Critic’s Choice – Feb 06, 2020

Joyce Yang

After last weekend’s demanding program that featured Richard Strauss’s Eine Alpensinfonie, this weekend’s Utah Symphony concerts are positively pops-like.

On the program are a trio of well-known audience favorites, opening with Bernstein’s “Three Dance Episodes” from the 1949 film On the Town, the music of which is partly based on the composer’s ballet score Fancy Free. Also on the program are Gershwin’s Concerto in F, for piano and orchestra and Dvorák’s Symphony No. 8.

The soloist is Korean pianist Joyce … Read More

Critic’s Choice – Apr 24, 2019

The program for this weekend’s NOVA Chamber Music Series concert focuses in large part on music that blurs the line between classical and more populist styles. Featured works are Aaron Copland’s Quiet City, William Grant Still’s Suite for Violin and Piano and Nikolai Kapustin’s Double Concerto for Violin and Piano. Rounding out the concert is Sergei Prokofiev’s Violin Sonata No. 1.

Portuguese pianist Luis Magalhães and violinist (and NOVA music director and Utah Symphony concertmaster) Madeline Adkins are the spotlighted artists. Also performing … Read More

Critic’s Choice – Apr 11, 2019

Vassily Sinaisky

This weekend’s Utah Symphony concerts focus on Central and Eastern Europe.

On the program is one of Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodály’s most frequently played works, Dances of Galanta. Rounding out the evening are two Russian works: Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 12, “The Year 1917,” written in 1961 and dedicated to the memory of Vladimir Lenin; and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s lesser known Piano Concerto No. 4.

On the podium is renowned Russian conductor Vassily Sinaisky. Soloing in the Rachmaninoff is the … Read More

Critic’s Choice – Apr 03, 2019

Lynn Nottage’s Sweat, currently onstage at Pioneer Theatre, takes a hard look at recent American history.

The play, a 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner, chronicles the lives of a group of friends who also happen to work at the same plant. The story opens in 2000 when life is good for everybody. They congregate regularly at a bar run by Stan, a former employee at the same plant who was injured on the job. The group, led by Tracey, hangs out after work to … Read More

Critic’s Choice – Mar 27, 2019

Alban Gerhardt

This weekend’s Utah Symphony concerts should appeal both to traditionalists and those who desire something a bit more modern

Music director Thierry Fischer, who’ll be on the podium in Abravanel Hall this weekend, will open and close the program with two wildly popular works: the overture to Rossini’s opera William Tell and Dvorák’s Symphony No. 9, “From the New World.”

Sandwiched between these two concert-hall stalwarts is Henri Dutilleux’s Tout un monde lointain (A Whole Distant World) … Read More

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 … 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, … 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 … 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