The Utah Symphony Blog

Emerging Quartets and Composers

“I have always been attracted to the raw power and visceral energy of a string quartet,” Anthony Suter, an American composer, currently on the faculty at Redlands University, says. “While often very beautiful and delicate, works for quartet can also be incredibly savage, even primitive.” Suter and Nicolas Chuaqui of Salt Lake City, UT are Read the full article…

Construction at Kimball Junction

If you’re headed up to the Deer Valley Music Festival in Park City this summer, be prepared for some minor road construction. As part of UDOT’s Renovate I-80 initiative, the stretch of road between the I-80 interchange and Bear Hollow Drive (near Kimball Junction) is being repaved. Pedestrian access is being upgraded as well. How Read the full article…

Posted in Deer Valley Music Festival | Comments Off

Summertime with the Utah Symphony

The Utah Symphony is one of the few symphonies in the United States that plays a full-time schedule. Debate is rampant over what that means exactly—most websites and search options and opinions put “full-time” in quotes. For us, it means that the Utah Symphony plays all year long with a 52-week schedule. (There are only Read the full article…

Posted in Utah Symphony | Comments Off

Q&A with Matthew Zalkind

You will be performing Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme. Have you performed this as a solo cellist before? What do you like about this particular piece of music? I have performed Rococo Variations as a soloist several times, but my first performance was quite memorable while I was a student- I performed the work Read the full article…

Posted in Guest Artists, Off Stage, Utah Symphony | Comments Off

The Beat Goes On: Music of the Baby Boomers

My step-father spent his teenage years on the beach in southern California in the 1960s. His first car was a 1969 Mustang, and one of his favorite bands was The Beach Boys. So naturally, thirty years later, I was subjected to tape after tape of The Beach Boys in the car driving around town and Read the full article…

Posted in Utah Symphony | Comments Off

A Conversation with Colin Currie

This weekend, the Utah Symphony is excited to welcome back Colin Currie, a solo percussionist from Scotland. He will be playing two pieces (Figment V and Two Controversies and a Conversation) by the famous Elliott Carter; an American composer who never let age define him—Carter was writing music almost until the day of his death. Read the full article…

Posted in Utah Symphony | Comments Off

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…

Posted in Carl Nielsen, Composer Spotlight, Utah Symphony | Comments Off

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…

Posted in Carl Nielsen, Composer Spotlight, Utah Symphony | Comments Off

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…

Posted in Education, Utah Symphony | Comments Off

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…

Posted in Utah Symphony | Comments Off