NEWS: UTAH SYMPHONY BEGINS 2017-18 MASTERWORKS SERIES WITH MAESTRO FISCHER LEADING WORKS BY BEETHOVEN, SAINT-SAЁNS AND DVOŘÁK

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UTAH SYMPHONY BEGINS 2017-18 MASTERWORKS SERIES WITH MAESTRO FISCHER 
LEADING WORKS BY BEETHOVEN, SAINT-SAЁNS AND DVOŘÁK

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (September 15, 2017) – Utah Symphony opens its 2017-18 Masterworks season with Music Director Thierry Fischer as he leads the orchestra from the podium at Abravanel Hall in performances of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto on September 15 and 16, and Dvořák and the start of a cycle of all five symphonies by Camille Saint-Saëns the following weekend on September 22 and 23. Tickets are priced from $32 to $77 and can be purchased at http://www.utahsymphony.org or by calling (801) 533-6683.

 

Two guest artists will grace the Abravanel Hall stage: Augustin Hadelich returns to Salt Lake City to perform Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with the orchestra, and Dutch cellist Harriet Krijgh makes her Utah Symphony debut with Dvořák’s Cello Concerto.

During Utah Symphony’s 2017-18 season, Maestro Fischer and the Utah Symphony explore the remarkable music of Saint-Saëns, one of the late 19th century’s most significant and diverse French composers. The orchestra will present all five of his symphonies throughout the Masterworks Series, starting with Symphony No. 2 on September 22 and 23. The five symphonies and several other works by Saint-Saëns will be recorded live and released by European label Hyperion on three CDs as the orchestra’s sixth, seventh, and eighth recordings with Maestro Fischer. This marks the first time a U.S. orchestra has recorded and released all five of Saint-Saëns’ symphonies.

 

SEPT. 15 / 16, 2017 (FRIDAY / SATURDAY) – FISCHER CONDUCTS OPENING MASTERWORKS CONCERTS FEATURING BEETHOVEN’S VIOLIN CONCERTO WITH AUGUSTIN HADELICH 
Utah Symphony also performs two works by Richard Strauss

 

On September 15 and 16 at 7:30 PM, experience the extraordinary talent of GRAMMY-winning violinist Augustin Hadelich, “an intimate performer whose self-effacing quality allows the music to soar” (Los Angeles Times), as he performs Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. The program also features two of Richard Strauss’ orchestral showpieces, “Don Juan” and “Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks.” Tickets are $32 to $77, and can be purchased at http://www.utahsymphony.org or by calling (801) 533-6683.

Augustin Hadelich has established himself as one of the great violinists of today. He has performed with every major orchestra in the US, many on numerous occasions, as well as an ever-growing number of major orchestras in the UK, Europe, and the Far East. He is consistently cited for his phenomenal technique, poetic sensitivity, and gorgeous tone. Mr. Hadelich is the winner of a 2016 GRAMMY Award – “Best Classical Instrumental Solo” – for his recording of Dutilleux’s Violin Concerto, “L’arbre des songes,” with the Seattle Symphony under Ludovic Morlot (Seattle Symphony MEDIA).

 

SEPT. 22 / 23, 2017 (FRIDAY / SATURDAY) – UTAH SYMPHONY PERFORMS SAINT-SAЁNS SYMPHONY NO. 2, LAUNCHING RECORDING CYCLE DEVOTED TO THE COMPOSER 
Cellist Harriet Krijgh makes her orchestra debut performing Dvořák’s Cello Concerto

 

On September 22 and 23 at 7:30 PM, glittering French music fills Abravanel Hall as the Utah Symphony performs Berlioz’ “Roman Carnival Overture” and Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No. 2, the first of five symphonies by the composer to be recorded live by Utah Symphony for release by Hyperion Records. Tickets are $32 to $77, and can be purchased at http://www.utahsymphony.org or by calling (801) 533-6683.

Dutch cellist Harriet Krijgh, “a shooting star on the classical music scene” (Westdeutsche Zeitung), makes her Utah Symphony debut with Dvořák’s impassioned Cello Concerto, considered the pinnacle of the instrument’s repertoire.

RELATED EVENTS

A pre-concert lecture free to all ticketholders will take place at all Masterworks Series performances in Abravanel Hall’s First Tier Room 45 minutes prior to each performance.

PROGRAMS

The Utah Symphony presents
“Augustin Hadelich performs Beethoven’s Violin Concerto”
September 15 & 16, 2017 | 7:30 PM | Abravanel Hall

Thierry Fischer, conductor
Augustin Hadelich, violin

Mozart Overture to Don Giovanni
Beethoven Violin Concerto
R. Strauss Don Juan
R. Strauss Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks

SPONSORS

Symphony Season Sponsor: The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation
Concert Sponsor: O.C. Tanner
Guest Artist Sponsor: Arnold Machinery in memory of Al Richer

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The Utah Symphony presents
“Fischer conducts Saint-Saëns and Dvořák”
September 22 & 23, 2017 | 7:30 PM | Abravanel Hall

Thierry Fischer, conductor
Harriet Krijgh, cello

 

Berlioz Roman Carnival Overture
Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 2
Dvořák Cello Concerto

 

SPONSORS

Symphony Season Sponsor: The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation
Concert Sponsor: Dominion Energy
Guest Artist Sponsor: Patricia A. Richards and William K. Nichols

Tickets, priced from $32 to $77, are available for purchase through http://www.utahsymphony.org or by calling (801) 533-6683. Tickets increase $5 on the day of the performance.

About the Utah Symphony

Founded in 1940, the Utah Symphony performs more than 175 concerts each season and offers all Utahns easy access to world-class live musical performances of the world’s greatest music in the state’s top venues. Since being named the orchestra’s seventh music director in 2009, Thierry Fischer has attracted leading musicians and top soloists, refreshed programming, drawn increased audiences, and galvanized community support. In addition to numerous regional and domestic tours, including the Mighty 5® Tour of Utah’s National Parks, the Utah Symphony has embarked on seven international tours and performed at Carnegie Hall in 2016 coinciding with the orchestra’s 75th anniversary celebrations. The Utah Symphony has released more than 100 recordings, including, most recently, two albums for Reference Recordings: Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 and Dawn to Dust, which features three Utah Symphony-commissioned works by Nico Muhly, Andrew Norman, and Augusta Read Thomas. With its many subscription, education, and outreach concerts and tours, the Utah Symphony is one of the most engaged orchestras in the nation. For more information visitwww.utahsymphony.org.

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Season Sponsor for Utah Symphony | Utah Opera is the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation.

 

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