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Critic’s Choice – Feb 07, 2019

Thierry Fischer

After a successful performance last week of Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, Thierry Fischer mounts the podium in Abravanel Hall this weekend to lead the Utah Symphony in another round of Berlioz.

The three works by the French composer that are on the upcoming program are Sara la baigneuse and La Mort d’Ophélie, both for chorus and orchestra, and Rêverie et caprice for violin and orchestra. The three will also be recorded for inclusion in the orchestra’s all-Berlioz CD on Hyperion, along with the … Read More

Critic’s Choice – Jan 30, 2019


Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique was Thierry Fischer’s audition piece when the Utah Symphony was looking to replace outgoing music director Keith Lockhart. His performance was a resounding success with the audience and, more importantly, with the search committee. That was a decade ago, and in the years since Fischer has conducted what is unquestionably Berlioz’s best-known work several times with the Utah Symphony.

Symphonie fantastique is on the program once again this weekend, and it will be interesting to see how Fischer tackles … Read More

Critic’s Choice – Jan 22, 2019

Grace Kahl is The Rose and Nitai Fluchel is “The Little Prince” in the Utah Opera premiere. Photo: Dana Sohm/Utah Opera

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince has been a beloved children’s book ever since its publication in 1943. But it took 60 years before it became an opera, and it was well worth the wait. 

Academy Award-winning composer Rachel Portman and librettist Nicholas Wright transformed the novella it into a captivating two-act opera now having its Utah Opera debut at the Capitol Theatre. Staying close to the original, the opera … Read More

Critic’s Choice – Jan 15, 2019

“Chance Has Spoken” by Gity Razaz is on the NOVA Chamber series bill this Sunday at Gardner Hall.

Since its inception four decades ago, the NOVA Chamber Music Series has been a standard-bearer in offering audiences innovative programming that encompasses new works and standard repertoire.

With its new music director, Madeline Adkins, who also serves as the Utah Symphony’s concertmaster, the tradition continues in a new season that will also see a number of contemporary women composers represented.

The next NOVA concert features the music of two women: Joan … 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