Classical Music

Russian worlds collide in contrasted rarities from Sinaisky, Utah Symphony – Apr 13, 2019

Vassily Sinaisky conducted the Utah Symphony in music of Shotsakovich and Rachmaninoff Friday night at Abravanel Hall.

This weekend’s Utah Symphony concerts explore Russian/Soviet music, with a short side trip to Hungary.

On the program are Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 12, “The Year 1917,” Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 4 and Kodály’s Dances of Galánta.

Under the baton of guest conductor Vassily from the Shostakovich was given an expansive reading Friday evening at Abravanel Hall, capturing the energy and drama of what is … Read More

Gerhardt, Utah Symphony find a whole world of hues with Dutilleux – Mar 30, 2019

Alban Gerhardt performed Henri Dutilleux’s “Tout un monde lointain” with the Utah Symphony Friday night at Abravanel Hall. Photo: Kathleen Sykes

The focal point at this weekend’s Utah Symphony concerts in Abravanel Hall is Henri Dutilleux’s magnificent Tout un monde lointain for cello and orchestra. A concerto in all but name, the work was written for Mstislav Rostropovich between 1967-70, and the cello is in the solo spotlight nearly throughout. 

Inspired by poems from the 19th-century poet Charles Baudelaire’s collection Les fleurs … Read More

Minetti Quartett shows unity and versatility, from Schubert to Shostakovich – Mar 26, 2019

The Minetti Quartett performed Monday night, presented by the Chamber Music Society of Salt Lake City.

The Chamber Music Society of Salt Lake City welcomed the Minetti Quartett to Libby Gardner Concert Hall Monday evening on the campus of the University of Utah. The Austrian ensemble’s program featured music by a trio of titans of the string quartet genre.

The Minetti Quartett is a young group with a mature sound. Their ability to listen to each other and beyond each individual’s … Read More

Norman’s brilliant “Play” receives inspiring performance by Utah Symphony – Mar 23, 2019

Andrew Norman’s “Play” was performed by Thierry Fischer and the Utah Symphony Friday night.

Few young composers are as celebrated as Andrew Norman. The Los Angeles-based composer’s career has spanned a brief 17 years, but has only really begun to pick up steam during the last decade. Already, the 39-year-old’s music has been performed by many of the world’s great orchestras and has won a long list of prestigious awards.  

Norman’s three-movement orchestral work Play, performed by the Utah Symphony Friday evening, … Read More

Utah Opera to serve up a varied menu in 2019-20 season – Mar 06, 2019

Anya Matanovič stars in Verdi’s “La Traviata,” which will open Utah Opera’s 2019-20 season October 12.

Utah Opera will offer four operas in the 2019-20 season, with two Italian favorites, one French rarity, and an acclaimed 21st-century American work.

Verdi’s La traviata will open the Salt Late City opera season October 12 running through October 20. Anya Matanovič stars as the doomed courtesan Violetta, with tenor Rafael Moras making his company debut as her lover Alfredo. Michael Chioldi returns as Germont, and Steven White … Read More

Fischer, Utah Symphony explore lighter Berlioz, dark Tchaikovsky – Feb 09, 2019

Thierry Fischer conducted the Utah Symphony in music of Wagner, Berlioz and Tchaikovsky Friday night at Abravanel Hall. Photo: Kathleen Sykes

This week’s Utah Symphony program features three short pieces by Berlioz that will be included in the orchestra’s all-Berlioz album for Hyperion to be released in 2020. (The centerpiece of the CD is the Symphonie fantastique which the orchestra and Thierry Fischer recorded at last weekend’s concerts.)

Friday’s performance in Abravanel Hall proved yet again that Fischer is indeed a … Read More

From Bach to Shostakovich, the Calefax Reed Quintet makes a case for the art of transcription – Feb 06, 2019

The Calefax Reed Quintet performed Tuesday night for the Chamber Music Society of Salt Lake City. Photo: Marco Borggreve

Despite the snowstorm that began Tuesday afternoon, a sizable audience turned out for the evening’s concert by the Chamber Music Society of Salt Lake City in Libby Gardner Concert Hall. Those who braved the elements were rewarded with a captivating concert by the Calefax Reed Quintet.

The Netherlands-based ensemble has an extensive repertoire ranging from the baroque to the 20th century. In … Read More

Utah Symphony to offer Beethoven, world premiere, and progressive Messiaen in 2019-20 season – Feb 05, 2019

Olivier Messiaen in Bryce Canyon in 1971. All 12 sections of the French composer’s epic, Utah-inspired “Des canyons aux étoiles” will be performed throughout the Utah Symphony’s 2019-20 season.

The Utah Symphony announced its 80th season Tuesday night in a press conference at the Clark Planetarium.

The setting was symbolic because the orchestra and its music director Thierry Fischer will spotlight a work written in and about Utah in the 2019-20 season: Olivier Messiaen’s Des canyons aux étoiles. What’s unusual about this … Read More

Fischer leads the Utah Symphony in whirling and powerful Berlioz – Feb 02, 2019

Thierry Fischer conducted the Utah Symphony brass in Pierre Boulez’s “Initial” on the first half of Friday night’s concert at Abravanel Hall. Photo: Kathleen Sykes

Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique is a work closely associated with Thierry Fischer. It was his audition piece when the Utah Symphony was looking for a music director to replace Keith Lockhart, and in the decade since, Fischer has conducted it a number of times.

The work is on the program again this weekend, and for these performances … Read More

Utah Opera’s “The Little Prince” is captivating, well-cast magic for all ages – Jan 20, 2019

The Prince (Nitai Fluchel) and the Pilot (Jared Bybee) in “The Little Prince.” (Dana Sohm/Utah Opera)

The Little Prince made its Utah Opera debut to boisterous acclaim Saturday at the Capitol Theatre for what proved to be a superb adaptation of a literary classic. Composer Rachel Portman and librettist Nicholas Wright have taken the much-loved children’s novella by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and transformed it into an opera with universal appeal.

At first glance, the story of a young prince visiting Earth from a distant planet seems simple and fanciful … Read More