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Utah Arts Review – Utah Symphony opens 2020 with a scintillating mix

by Kate Mattingly

The Utah Symphony opened the new year with a textured and scintillating journey through centuries and countries, expertly guided by associate conductor Conner Gray Covington Friday night at Abravanel Hall.

2020 marks the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth, and the program began with his Leonore Overture No. 3.

Written for the composer’s sole opera Fidelio, the overture reflects the narrative of a prisoner’s reprieve, moving from trepidation to hope to relief and joy. The slicing sounds of the violins evoked a sense of force and conflict. The off-stage trumpeter, beautifully performed from the balcony by principal Travis Peterson, shifts the feeling of uncertainty to one of possibility.

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