Founded in 1940, the Utah Symphony has become a vital presence on the American music scene through its distinctive performances worldwide and its well-known recording legacy.
And now the players of the orchestra are giving a free concert at the Emery High School auditorium at 7 p.m. on Sept. 24. This production will include the full orchestra (more than 80 musicians), conducted by music director Keith Lockhart.
Lockhart is also the Music Director of the Boston Pops Orchestra.
The symphony will also have with them the fabulous gospel singer, Renese King, who is coming in from Boston specifically for this event.
The concert will be 90 minutes in length without intermission to help accommodate those with children, or those who travel from a greater distance.
This concert is a volunteer effort by the musicians of the orchestra, with the generous help of many others within the Utah Symphony and in our community. We hope to show these communities our support by performing this concert.
The orchestra became recognized as a leading ensemble largely through the efforts of Maurice Abravanel, its music director from 1947 to 1979. Under his direction, the orchestra made its first recordings of works by Varese, Milhaud, Gottschalk, Honegger and Satie, as well as the first complete cycle of Mahler Symphonies.
Under Keith Lockhart, whose tenure as music director began in 1998, and Joseph Silverstein, music director from 1983 to 1998, the orchestra has continued its commitment to the music of our time, recording and premiering a number of American works.
The Utah Symphony has its home in Maurice Abravanel Hall, which is acclaimed as one of the world's great concert halls, having won awards for both its architecture and its extraordinary acoustics.
In addition to performing more than 70 subscription concerts in Abravanel Hall, the symphony regularly travels around the intermountain west serving communities in Utah, Wyoming, Nevada and Idaho.
In April 2005, the orchestra embarked on its first European tour in 19 years, visiting concert halls in Austria and Germany.
The orchestra accompanies the Utah Opera in four productions per year at Salt Lake's Capitol Theatre. In addition, the Utah Symphony performs numerous concerts as part of Utah Symphony and Opera's Deer Valley Music Festival, held each summer in the Park City mountain community.
Funding from the Utah State Legislature makes it possible for the Symphony to perform for over 55,000 students each year, both in Abravanel Hall and traveling to schools throughout the state.
With its many subscription, educational, and outreach concerts and tours, the Utah Symphony is one of the most engaged orchestras in the nation.