Utah Arts Review: Utah Symphony to offer Beethoven, world premiere, and progressive Messiaen in 2019-20 season

By Edward Reichel

The Utah Symphony announced its 80th season Tuesday night in a press conference at the Clark Planetarium.

The setting was symbolic because the orchestra and its music director Thierry Fischer will spotlight a work written in and about Utah in the 2019-20 season: Olivier Messiaen’s Des canyons aux étoiles. What’s unusual about this performance is that Fischer will conduct individual movements of this 12-movement work throughout the season, intermingled with other short works or movements of works dealing with nature. Many of these pieces will be accompanied in concert by images projected on a giant screen behind the orchestra.

Besides the Messiaen, other nature-themed works this season will include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, Respighi’s The Pines of Rome and the world premiere of The Maze, by American composer Nathan Lincoln de Cusatis. 

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