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Johan H. Benthin: Nielsen Symphony No. 5

This weekend the Utah Symphony continues its Carl Nielsen Symphony Cycle. On display in the lobby on Friday and Saturday will be a painting by Johan H. Benthin (1936-2006) representing Carl Nielsen’s Symphony No. 5. Benthin was an artist from Denmark who was asked by Mogens Mogensen to create art representing each of Carl Nielsen’s Read the full article…

Carl Nielsen’s Fifth Symphony

Mogens Mogensen now resides in Utah but was originally from Denmark. He published a five-volume biography on the life of Carl Nielsen in the 1990s. Throughout the 2013-14 season as the Utah Symphony performs all six symphonies of Carl Nielsen, Mogens will be contributing insights into Nielsen’s life for our blog. This story comes from Read the full article…

What do Central Davis High School, Oquirhh Community Symphony, and Utah Valley Symphony have in common?

Every year, Utah Symphony | Utah Opera invites community musicians to take part in our Symphony Pro-Am, an education program that brings together professional orchestra members and amateur musicians. The next performance of Pro-Am is Thursday, April 3 at Abravanel Hall. Conducted by Vladimir Kulenovic, the Utah Symphony “Pros” and selected “Ams” will rehearse and Read the full article…

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Q & A with Chris Botti

Chris Botti has been playing the trumpet since he was twelve years old. And in my humble opinion, he has taken the trumpet and transformed it into more than what people normally think of. He doesn’t limit himself to jazz or pop or classical. He blends all three into rich, sweet sounds and pure, clear Read the full article…

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A Brief Look at Musical Films

Ohhhhhh-kla-homa where the wind comes sweeping down the plain! Did you read that without singing it? I didn’t type it without singing it, and now that song is sure to be stuck in my head for the rest of the day. Growing up, I didn’t understand that musicals used to be more than a stage Read the full article…

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Procrastinate Spring Cleaning

I have several ways to help you procrastinate spring cleaning for at least a week: 03/28-03/29 — Go see Rodgers & Hammerstein at Abravanel Hall; you know you’ll want to sing along. Friday is almost sold-out, so don’t wait too long to call 801-355-2787 or click here. 03/31 — Call Dustin Dehlin at 801-325-7212 and Read the full article…

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Maestro Thierry Fischer on the 2014-15 Masterworks Series

After the 2014-15 Utah Symphony season announcement, we were able to take some time with Music Director Thierry Fischer to ask him a few questions about what we can expect to experience with the upcoming Masterworks season.   Is there a particular piece in the 2014-15 season that you feel challenges and showcases the Utah Read the full article…

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RAWR!

RAWWWRRRRR! That was my impersonation of a dinosaur. Did I scare you? I didn’t mean to. Dinosaurs can be scary. But they can be really cute, too. Yes, cute. The Utah Symphony is going to prove that with their performance of Tyrannosaurus Sue: A Cretaceous Concerto written by Bruce Adolphe. Premiered in 2000 by the Read the full article…

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Inspiration for the “New World” Symphony

Written in the early 1860s by Wallis Willis, “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” is a well-known African-American spiritual hymn. The lyrics refer to the bible verse 2 Kings 2:11: “As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went Read the full article…

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A Freak in Burbank: Inspiration from Tim Burton

This weekend, the Utah Symphony is proud to play the U.S. Premiere performance of “A Freak in Burbank” by Albert Schnelzer. This piece was commissioned by the Stockholm Chamber Orchestra and premiered in 2008. Inspired dually by Joseph Haydn and Tim Burton, Schnelzer asked himself, “Will the spirit of Haydn survive in an American suburb?” Read the full article…

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