Classical Music

Salt Lake Symphony, Utah Voices rise to the challenge of Mahler’s “Resurrection” – May 17, 2019

Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (“Resurrection” ) was performed by the Salt Lake Symphony Thursday night.

The Salt Lake Symphony’s annual collaboration with Utah Voices closed out its season Thursday night with a compelling performance of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection.”

The Second isn’t a work one would expect a community orchestra to play, but the Salt Lake Symphony roster contains some of the best freelance musicians in the area. And since Robert Baldwin has become its music director he has raised … Read More

Distracting visuals apart, Utah Opera wraps season with a vocally outstanding “Norma” – May 05, 2019

Marjorie Owens (left) sings the title role in Utah Opera’s “Norma” with Annie Rosen as Adalgisa. Photo: Kathleen Sykes

Utah Opera is closing its season this weekend on a grand scale, with a vocally outstanding company premiere of Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma.

Because of renovation work in the Capitol Theatre, the company has moved Norma into Abravanel Hall, presenting Bellini’s bel canto drama in a fully costumed, semi-staged production with projections by Greg Emetaz.

Bradon McDonald’s costumes were lovely — lavish in Norma’s case … Read More

Soprano Marjorie Owens looking forward to Utah Opera debut in Bellini’s “Norma” – May 02, 2019

Marjorie Owens will sing the title role in Utah Opera’s production of Bellini’s “Norma” Saturday night. Photo: Kathleen Sykes/Utah Opera

Utah Opera will close its season this weekend with Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma. This marks the first time in its history that the company has presented Bellini’s 1831 opera

Singing the title role is the American soprano Marjorie Owens, who will be making her Utah Opera debut. This will only be her second time singing the role, having debuted it in 2016 with the … Read More

Gluzman and Yoffe inspiring and instinctive partners for Chamber Music Society – Apr 30, 2019

Vadim Gluzman and Angela Yoffe performed Sunday at Libby Gardner Concert Hall. Photo: Marco Borggreve

A concert by violinist Vadim Gluzman and pianist Angela Yoffe closed out the Chamber Music Society of Salt Lake City’s season Monday night.

Playing a wonderfully varied program spanning three centuries, the husband-and-wife duo displayed remarkable artistry and consummate musicality for the large audience in attendance in Libby Gardner Concert Hall. The musical and life partners were a pleasure to hear (and watch), since over the years they … Read More

Salt Lake Choral Artists celebrate 15 years with a glorious “Elijah” – Apr 28, 2019

Brady Allred conducted the Salt Lake Choral Artists in Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” Saturday night.

The Salt Lake Choral Artists under music director Brady Allred have been celebrating the choir’s 15th anniversary this season. The culmination of their milestone year came Saturday at Libby Gardner Concert Hall with a stirring performance of Mendelssohn’s great oratorio Elijah.

The 1846 work tells the story of the Hebrew prophet through passages taken from Old Testament verses. A powerful work, it shows Mendelssohn at the height of his compositional … Read More

Guitarist Villegas shines in wide-ranging program from Utah Symphony – Apr 27, 2019

Guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas was the soloist with the Utah Symphony Friday night at Abravanel Hall. Photo: Kathleen Sykes

In the comparatively small world of virtuoso classical guitarists — compared to pianists and violinists — Pablo Sáinz Villegas ranks at the top for his mastery of the instrument, technical chops and consummate musicality.

The Spanish guitarist is this weekend’s guest artist with the Utah Symphony, and at Friday’s concert in Abravanel Hall he put his artistry on full display in a magnificent performance … Read More

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