Ghost Light

The stage is dark, but the conversation is just beginning.

Welcome to the Utah Symphony's Ghost Light, a behind the curtain look into the world of classical music and the artists who make it. Hosted by Jeff Counts, Utah Symphony's General Manager and Vice President of Operations. New episodes are released each Tuesday.

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Ep. 26 – Abigail Rethwisch, Soprano, talks about her unexpected opportunity to perform the title role in Utah Opera’s acclaimed production of Lucia di Lammermoor.(Released 4/12/17)

Ep. 25–Leslie and Michelle Peterson, daughters of Utah Opera founder Glade Peterson, talk about the opera’s rich heritage of artistic excellence and the excitement of a 40th Anniversary season.(Released 4/6/17)

Ep. 24 –Caitlyn Valovick Moore talks about performing as soloist for a world premiere NOVA Chamber Music Series performance and in her role as piccoloist/flutist for the Utah Symphony.(Released 3/24/17)

Ep. 23 – Associate Principal Trumpet Jeff Luke talks about his experiences sharing classical music around the world and in joining the Utah Symphony.(Released 3/17/17)

Ep. 22 – Utah Symphony President Paul Meecham talks about the new Films in Concert series and the thrilling performances of the 2017-18 season. (Released 3/7/17)

Ep. 21 – Maestro Thierry Fischer shares the exciting performances of the Utah Symphony’s 2017-18 season. (Released 2/16/17)

Ep. 20 – Artistic Director Christopher McBeth shares with us Utah Opera’s 40th Anniversary Season announcement. (Released 2/15/17)

Ep. 19– Clarinetist Erin Svoboda talks about joining the Utah Symphony and shares some insights into becoming a professional musician. (Released 2/7/17)

Ep. 18– Toby Tolokan vice president of artistic planning for Utah Symphony discusses the excitement and difficulty of planning an orchestra season. (Released 1/31/17)

Ep. 17 – Travis Peterson discusses his background in drum corps and how he transitioned his musical interests to become principal trumpet for the Utah Symphony. (Released 1/25/17)

Ep. 16 – Renowned Director Paul Curran discusses Utah Opera’s production of Man of La Mancha. (Released 1/18/17)

Ep. 15 – Host Jeff Counts discusses the music of Charles Ives and other upcoming projects with Jason Hardink, Artistic Director of the NOVA Chamber Music Series and Principal Keyboard of the Utah Symphony. (Released 1/9/17)

Ep. 14 - Violinist David Porter talks about his work with MOTUS and in sharing classical music with the community in unexpected ways.(released 12/12/16)

Ep. 13 - Cellist John Eckstein discusses his outreach work and upcoming service trip with several Utah Symphony musicians for BLUME Haiti.(released 12/06/16)

Ep. 12 - Andrew Larson shares an inside look at the cello section of the Utah Symphony.(released 11/29/16)

Ep. 11 - Filmmaker Carol Dalrymple discusses collaborating with the Utah Symphony for her award-winning documentary National Parks Symphony: The Mighty Five. (released 11/22/16)

Ep. 10 - GRAMMY Award-winning sound engineer Dirk Sobotka gives us an inside look at the complexities of recording an orchestra. (released 11/16/16)

Ep. 9 - Elizabeth Beilman shares her journey as an orchestral violist (released 11/07/16)

Ep. 8 - Sarah Coit discusses the life of an opera singer (released 10/31/16)


Ep. 7 - Associate Conductor Rei Hotoda discusses Utah Symphony's education outreach. (Released 10/24/16)

Ep. 6 - Madeline Adkins discusses joining the Utah Symphony as the new Concertmaster. (Released 10/10/16)

Ep. 5 - Christopher McBeth discusses the process of planning an opera season (Released 10/3/16)

Ep. 4 - Paul Meecham discussed the state of orchestral music in America (Released 9/26/16)

Ep. 3 - Michael Pape discusses auditioning for a major orchestra and being an orchestral percussionist (Released 9/19/16)

Ep. 2 - Mary Anne Huntsman discusses getting kids involved with classical music (Released 9/12/16)

Ep. 1 - Thierry Fischer discusses planning an orchestra's season (Released 9/5/16)

What is a ghost light?

If you were to walk on the stage in Abravanel Hall or Capitol Theater when the venue was closed and no one was there, you wouldn't be alone in the dark. A ghost light is a single bulb that is left on and placed on the stage after each performance. There are different explanations for ghost lights, which is a tradition in most venues. Some believe it keeps ghosts away from the stage. Others think it appeases the ghosts and keeps them happy. The pragmatic see it as an important safety measure to keep people from falling over things that have been left on stage (or off the stage itself!).