In general, I think most of us probably have too many things and stuff, and the prospect of getting another thing for the person who has everything? Just way too daunting for me.
That is why I am a huge fan of giving away Utah Symphony | Utah Opera tickets as a present. And I’m not just saying that because I work here! Tickets to the Symphony or Opera have been my awesome present to my parents for years. It’s not another thing that’s going to clutter up someone’s knick-knack shelves. When you give someone tickets, they go out, have a fabulous time, and have a great memory that they can remember always. You haven’t just given a thing, you’ve given an experience! And really, isn’t that what life’s all about?
If you’re like me, your holiday budget is a little bit smaller than in years past, but that doesn’t mean you can’t give someone an awesome gift. Utah Symphony | Utah Opera is having our First-Ever Holiday Sale, and now until December 23rd, you can get premium seats to most Masterworks concerts and Operas for only $20! These great seats will charm your in-laws, impress your boss, and leave all your friends in awe of your gift-giving skills. All you have to do is call the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera box office at 801-533-NOTE (6683), and ask for the holiday discount. The complete list of available concerts can be found here.
Still not sure what to get some of the people on your “nice” list? We’ve come up with a few suggestions:
For the Bargain Hunter: Suor Angelica & Gianni Schicchi. This operatic double-header gives you two operas for the price of one! You’ll cry with Suor Angelica and this story of a mother’s love for her son, and then you’ll laugh with Gianni Schicchi as he connives to ensure his daughter’s happiness.
For the World Traveler: Send them on a musical journey to Egypt or Czechoslovakia. The Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 5 is nicknamed “The Egyptian”, because it was inspired by a trip to Luxor. Music Director Emeritus Keith Lockhart returns in February to conduct Smetana’s Má Vlast – a tribute to the composer’s Czech homeland.
For the Art Lover: Give them the experience of music’s most famous art gallery with Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. This music tour explores images and fables from Russian history, written to commemorate the work of one of Mussorgsky’s dear friends, Viktor Hartmann.
For the Bookworm: Entertain your favorite bibliophile with one of the greatest stories ever told – Scheherazade. Rimsky-Korsakov’s symphonic adventure is inspired by some of the tales this legendary Persian Queen told in the book of One Thousand and One Nights.