Utah Arts Review – Worlds collide with Sierra and Bartok in Utah Symphony program
by Rick Mortensen
If one were forced to name one good thing about the pandemic, one might note how it showcased the Utah Symphony string section. Because string players can perform masked and don’t blow respiratory droplets into the air when they play, the Utah Symphony string section has been carrying the orchestra through its downsized programs of the past year.
Like most of the orchestra’s concerts since last March, Thursday night’s concert at Abravanel Hall featured two pieces for strings alone—Roberto Sierra’s Sinfonietta and Bela Bartok’s Divertimento—with Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 adding appropriately distanced wind instruments. Led by Domingo Hindoyan, a guest conductor making his Utah Symphony debut, the strings and the rest of the orchestra acquitted themselves well.