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

Märkl, Utah Symphony warm up the winter chill with Spanish program – Dec 15, 2018

Jun Märkl conducted the Utah Symphony Friday night at Abravanel Hall.

Jun Märkl has been a frequent guest conductor of the Utah Symphony, appearing in Abravanel Hall almost every season since his first engagement in 2012.

Past appearances have seen him conducting weighty programs, But this week he was able to let his hair down, as it were, and indulge in populist Spanish-flavored pieces, including Emmanuel Chabrier’s España and Maurice Ravel’s ubiquitous Boléro. 

All of these works are timeworn … Read More

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 … Read More