Staff Picks: Mandi Titcomb

Not sure what symphony performance you want to see next? Take a look at what shows our staff—the people who live and die by classical music—would recommend for you! You’ll even get an idea of how to make a night of going to the symphony. We’re featuring Mandi Titcomb’s pick. She has a passion for all things musical theatre and is excited to see Audra McDonald.

What do you do?

I’m Mandi Titcomb, the Opera Production Coordinator. You could say that I wear many hats in my position, but essentially I provide administrative support to the opera artistic director, company manager, costume shop manager, technical director, and opera music staff.

Which performance are you most looking forward to and why?

Even though I mostly work on our opera productions I love attending the symphony, and the Audra McDonald concert has been on my calendar since it was announced last year. Not only is Audra McDonald a six time Tony winning actress, but she is one of the most talented and versatile singers you will ever have the opportunity to hear live. Her repertoire includes some of the most beloved Broadway tunes, as well as opera, jazz, and blues. I’ve got my fingers crossed she will grace us with her rendition of “Summertime” from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.

What do you recommend doing before the show?

I prefer to warm up my musical palate before the concert by grabbing drinks at either Avant Groove or Lake Effect, where they often have live jazz bands playing. After the performance I like to head over to my favorite little local Mexican restaurant, Alberto’s, where you can get the best burrito in town and catch up with your symphony date into the wee hours of the night.

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Staff Picks: Rachel Campbell

Not sure what symphony performance you want to see next? Take a look at what shows our staff—the people who live and die by classical music—would recommend for you! You’ll even get an idea of how to make a night of going to the symphony. This week we’re featuring Rachel Campbell’s picks for the upcoming months. She has a passion for all things Broadway, and loves our entertainment series.

What do you do?

I’m Rachel Campbell, the Patron Loyalty Marketing Manager. I’m in charge of building relationships with our patrons and sending them emails and communication of upcoming shows that might interest them.

Which performance are you most looking forward to and why?

I’m so excited for Dancing & Romancing! I grew up watching all the classic dance movies with my mom and grandma. The dance scenes were always epic… the guy and girl were always in the best costumes, the music started up and there was no need for talking because the music and the dancing said it all.  So, of course, my date to the show will be my mom because she introduced me to all the classics like Funny Face, Singin’ in the Rain and An American in Paris.

This is part of our Entertainment Series (to which you can buy a subscription here) which is great for anyone who loves Broadway musicals! We’ve had a lot of fun concerts this year like Broadway Divas, and we have some others coming up like A Broadway Christmas with Brian Stokes Mitchell.

What do you recommend doing before or after the show?

I love to go to dinner before the show, that way I can catch up with the person I’m going with. There are so many restaurants in the downtown area, I like to try a new one each week. But my go-to favorite restaurant to go to is Sawadee or Blue Lemon if I’m short on time. After we’ve filled up, all I have to do sit back and enjoy the show!

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Staff Picks: Hillary Hahn and Jeff Counts

Not sure what symphony performance you want to see next? Take a look at what shows our staff—the people who live and die by classical music—would recommend for you! You’ll even get an idea of how to make a night of going to the symphony. This week we’re featuring Hillary Hahn and Jeff Counts’ picks for the upcoming months.

What do you both do?

We are the Senior Director of Institutional Gifts and the General Manager. Hillary works with Corporations, Foundations, and Government organizations to support all the wonderful programs that USUO offers. She also plays the violin, and you’ll occasionally see her playing in the orchestra as a substitute musician! Jeff runs the day-to-day operations of the symphony, and he and his team are responsible for the effortless-feeling performances.

Which performance are you most looking forward to and why?

The Hilary Hahn plays Dvořák’s Violin Concerto, of course! We’ll bring ‘our’ Hillary Hahn’s violin students with us. We always try to invite them to see the great soloists that perform with the orchestra. Augustin Hadelich and Will Hagen were already highlights for them and we know Hilary will be too. As former educators ourselves, we have always appreciated how committed Hilary is to interacting with young people and advocating for the arts in every community she visits.

What do you recommend doing before or after the show?

We don’t always get to see each other before or after concerts because our jobs here are so different, but, if we were patrons, we would definitely go out for a drink and a bite afterward. Salt Lake continues to add interesting post-concert options around Abravanel Hall (this wasn’t always the case!) and our favorites include BTG, Lake Effect, Under Current, Squatters…the list is getting longer each year! Before the show, we enjoy getting sushi at Happy Sumo, grabbing some pasta at Caffé Molise or working our way down Main Street to try the many new great places there. Downtown starts to quiet down a bit after the holidays so it’s nice to take a walk if it isn’t too cold!

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