The Utah Symphony Presents Rachmaninoff's "Symphonic Dances" with Utah Native William Hagen (Nov. 3-4)

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (October 18, 2017) – On November 3 and 4 at 7:30 PM, Utah’s own William Hagen takes the stage with guest conductor Matthias Pintscher to perform classic crowd pleasers by Saint-Saëns and Ravel with the Utah Symphony. Together, they’ll prepare you for the exhilarating majesty of Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, his only work fully composed in the US, yet imbued with the rhythmic energy and melancholy of his native Russia. Tickets range from $15-$66 and can be purchased at or by calling (801) 533-6683.

William Hagen, a 23 year old violinist, is the third prize winner of the 2015 Queen Elisabeth Competition – the highest ranking American since 1985. Mr. Hagen has been lauded as a “brilliant virtuoso…a standout” (The Dallas Morning News) with “an intellectual command of line and score, and just the right amount of power.” ( Since his professional debut at age nine with the Utah Symphony, Mr. Hagen has performed with conductors Marin Alsop, Christian Arming, Plácido Domingo, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, among many others. Mr. Hagen is passionate about chamber music, and has performed with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players in New York City, the Colburn Chamber Music Society in Los Angeles, and at the Aspen Music Festival and School. As a local Utahn, he began lessons at the age of 4, and at 10 entered the studio of Robert Lipsett at the Colburn School of Performing Arts, commuting to Los Angeles every week for lessons.

Matthias Pintscher, prolific composer and conductor, is the Music Director of the Ensemble Intercontemporian, as well as the Principal Conductor of the Lucerne Festival Academy. He continues his partnerships with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as its Artist-in-Association, and with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra as its Artist-in-Residence. His two areas of focus, composition and conducting, are extremely complementary; his intrinsic understanding of the score from the composer’s perspective informs his ability to communicate on the podium. “My thinking as a conductor is informed by the process of my own writing,” notes Mr. Pintscher, “and vice versa of course.” In the 2015/16 season, Mr. Pintscher made his conducting debuts with the Berlin Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the Prague Philharmonia. He may justly be titled the most sought-after German composer of his generation, with his music championed by some of the finest ensembles throughout the world- Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, and the BBC Symphony.


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.


The Utah Symphony presents

Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances

November 3 and 4, 2017 | 7:30 PM | Abravanel Hall

William Hagen, Violinist


Matthias PintscherConductor
Utah Symphony



Ravel: Ma Mère l’Oye (Mother Goose)
Saint-Saëns: Introduction and Rondo capriccioso
Ravel: Tzigane
Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances


Tickets are priced from $15-$66 and can be purchased at or by calling (801) 533-6683

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 Spring 2016 coinciding with the orchestra’s 75th anniversary celebrations. The Utah Symphony has released more than 100 recordings, including Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 in Fall 2017, Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 (2015) and Dawn to Dust (2016), which features three Utah Symphony-commissioned works by Nico Muhly, Andrew Norman, and Augusta Read Thomas. Utah Symphony | Utah Opera, the orchestra’s parent organization, reaches 450,000 residents in Utah and the Intermountain region, with educational outreach programs serving around140,000 students annually. In addition to performances in its home in Salt Lake City, Abravanel Hall, and concerts throughout the state of Utah, the Utah Symphony participates in Utah Opera's four annual productions at the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre and presents the six-week Deer Valley® Music Festival each summer in Park City, Utah. 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 visit


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

2017-18 Masterworks Series Sponsor: OC Tanner



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