18 November 2019
Utah Arts Review – Utah Symphony’s Gershwin feast takes flight, with a maestro switch
by Edward Reichel
A George Gershwin extravaganza is on tap at the Utah Symphony this weekend, featuring three of the composer’s piano concertante works along with a pair of works for orchestra alone.
Thierry Fischer was to have conducted this weekend but withdrew on the advice of his doctor, due to a back injury.
Instead the orchestra’s associate conductor, Conner Gray Covington, made his Masterworks debut. Normally leading the pops and family concerts, Covington made the most of his opportunity Friday night in Abravanel Hall. He displayed a solid grasp of the music, knew what he wanted and conveyed his intentions to the orchestra convincingly. His readings captured the spirit of what makes Gershwin’s music so perennially popular.