Classical Music

NOVA Chamber Music starts a new era with wide-ranging diversity – Oct 15, 2018

Violinist and music director Madeline Adkins performed in the season-opening concert of the NOVA Chamber Music Series Sunday afternoon.

Sunday’s season-opening concert of the NOVA Chamber Music Series saw the debut of Madeline Adkins as the group’s new music director. For the occasion, Adkins, who also serves as the Utah Symphony’s concertmaster, chose a wonderfully diverse yet cohesive program to open the ensemble’s 41stseason.

Diverse, since it brought together a wide spectrum of composers, from Mozart to Schoenberg; cohesive, because the younger composers … Read More

Utah Opera opens season with a moving and delightful “Roméo et Juliette” – Oct 14, 2018

Joshua Dennis and Anya Matanovič star in Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette” at Utah Opera. Photo: Dana Sohm/Utah Opera

With just a four-show season, Utah Opera artistic director Christopher McBeth must make some difficult decisions as to which operas to stage in any given year.

But Charles Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, which opened the company’s season Saturday night at the Capitol Theatre, is certainly a work that deserves to be seen more frequently. (It was last produced at Utah Opera in 2005).

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Fischer, Utah Symphony jazz it up with Gershwin, Ravel and Schubert – Sep 29, 2018

Thierry Fischer conducted the Utah Symphony Friday night at Abravanel Hall. Photo: Kathleen Sykes

If there truly is a popular classical music program, that doesn’t manage to beat old warhorses to death, then this weekend’s Utah Symphony offering surely is it.

It’s certainly difficult not to like a concert featuring works by George Gershwin, Maurice Ravel and Franz Schubert, especially when played as magnificently as they were by the orchestra under Thierry Fischer Friday night at Abravanel Hall. For all their familiarity, none … Read More

Utah Symphony opens season with dynamic Beethoven, quirky Norman – Sep 22, 2018

Thierry Fischer conducted the Utah Symphony in music of Beethoven and Andrew Norman Friday night at Abravanel Hall. File photo: Dominick Reuter

It’s a decades-old tradition that the Utah Symphony open its season with a work by Beethoven. And music director Thierry Fischer kept that tradition alive last night by programming the composer’s Ninth Symphony, a work that he and the orchestra have played numerous times over the years.

Fischer has a penchant for brisk tempos with Beethoven, which sometimes works … Read More

Welcome to Utah Arts Review – Sep 01, 2018

Welcome to Utah Arts Review. As with our seven Classical Review websites, we plan to bring the finest and most comprehensive classical music coverage to Salt Lake City, and elsewhere in Utah, as we have done in Boston, Chicago, New York, South Florida and Washington D.C.

The key difference is that for the first time we will be expanding beyond classical music to other genres. As the site name indicates, Utah Arts Review will also cover dance, theater and visual arts. We will bring the finest local writers to … Read More

– Aug 22, 2018

Watch this space.

– Aug 22, 2018

Watch this space.