FEB 08 – 09 | 2019
Three distinctive, intense musical voices –German, French, and Russian—epitomize the extraordinary richness of the 19th century romantic era. Wagner’s medieval hero achieving redemption through love, and Berlioz’s obsession with the Shakespearean actress that he would later marry, provide the set-up for the ultimate romantic, Tchaikovsky. He (or his brother) dubbed his final symphony the “Pathétique,” which translated from the Russian means passionate. Declaring he put his “whole soul into this work,” Tchaikovsky pulled out all the emotional stops to produce great depths of emotion. Was the decision to end his last completed work in tragic despair done in the knowledge that he was to die only 9 days after the first performance? We will never know, but we do know that we cannot be without Tchaikovsky’s aching melodies and wrenching harmonies.
LERNER AND LOEWE’S MY FAIR LADY WITH THE UTAH SYMPHONY
FEB 15 – 16 | 2019
I could have danced all night! Bring your valentine and enjoy the elegance and enchantment of Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady. Experience the classic Broadway hit with Broadway singers in period costumes and the Utah Symphony performing the breathtaking score.
BRAHMS’ VIOLIN CONCERTO
FEB 22 – 23 | 2019
Swiss conductor Mario Venzago leads a selection of light classical favorites—and while you may not recognize the titles, you will surely recognize the familiar tunes. At the heart of the program is a performance of the great violin concerto by Brahms, a pinnacle of the repertoire requiring an extraordinary artist such as violinist Stefan Jackiw, whose captivating performances have been heard with major orchestras around the world.
MOZART’S THE MAGIC FLUTE
MAR 09 – 17 | 2019
A distressed queen, a kidnapped princess, a handsome prince and, of course, his trusty sidekick combine to create a colorful fantasy in The Magic Flute. Mozart’s unique opera blends myth, magic, and music to deliver its life-affirming message that love conquers all. Tasked with rescuing the princess, the prince Tamino and his sidekick Papageno set out on their quest with nothing more than enchanted musical instruments. They undergo trials of virtue, discretion, and charity and soon realize that all may not be as it seems in this magical land. Come be a part of one of Mozart’s most fantastical journeys, conducted by Utah Symphony’s Music Director Thierry Fischer.
CASABLANCA IN CONCERT
MAR 01 – 02 | 2019
Widely regarded as a landmark in American cinema, don’t miss your chance to experience Casablanca in a whole new way. Watch all the drama unfold as the Utah Symphony performs Max Steiner’s moving score live while the entire film plays on the big screen. Winner of the Academy Award® for Best Picture and lauded as one of the greatest movies of all times by the American Film Institute, Casablanca sweeps you up in the action as Rick (Humphrey Bogart) struggles to do what is right for himself, and for his long-lost love, Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman).
RACHMANINOFF’S PIANO CONCERTO NO. 2
MAR 22 – 23, 2019
It’s hard to believe that Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No.2 was the product of low self-esteem and writer’s block. But as Rachmaninoff confronted his problems the concerto became confident and lyrical. One of Rachmaninoff’s most enduringly popular works, it established his fame as a concerto composer. Also on the program is Andrew Norman’s epic, highly energetic Play, a cycle of pieces that explore ideas of choice, chance, free will, and control. Play won the prestigious 2016 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition and Norman was named the Musical America’s 2017 Composer of the Year.
DVOŘÁK’S “NEW WORLD” SYMPHONY
MAR 29 – 30, 2019
As Neil Armstrong took the iconic first steps on the moon, he brought along a recording of Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 “From the New World” to accompany him on his own new world journey. Inspired by his time in America, Dvořák drew upon Native American melodies and African American spirituals. The program also features Dutilleux’ shimmering cello concerto Tout un monde lointain, inspired by the poetry of French poet Charles Baudelaire.
RACHMANINOFF & SHOSTAKOVICH
APR 12 – 13, 2019
The third time was the charm for Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 4. After two unsuccessful premieres, Rachmaninoff revised and republished it in 1941, finally achieving public acceptance as a worthy addition to his first three concertos. Shostakovich, forced into the Soviet Communist Party and expected to compose a work dedicated to Lenin’s memory, achieved the seemingly impossible in his Symphony No. 12 in D minor—writing music that pulses with the energy of a revolution, while maintaining his personal integrity through his uniquely subversive, sardonic voice.
VILLEGAS PLAYS CONCIERTO DE ARANJUEZ
APR 26 – 27, 2019
Praised as “the soul of the Spanish guitar,” Pablo Sáinz Villegas has become a worldwide sensation. With his “virtuosic playing characterized by irresistible exuberance” (The New York Times), Villegas will be in his element as he conjures up the passion and drama of his homeland’s rich musical heritage in the famous Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquín Rodrigo. Conductor Richard Egarr makes a welcome return, framing the Concierto with Classical and early Romantic symphonic masterpieces. Definitely a night not to be missed.
MAY 04 – 06 – 2019
Honor, love, and friendship collide in Bellini’s spectacle Norma, considered the pinnacle of the Italian bel canto repertory, to create high drama and vocal pyrotechnics! The spiritual leader of her people is secretly involved with an officer in the enemy army that occupies her country, a crime that would surely bring the penalty of death. What she doesn’t know is that her closest friend and confidant is also in a romantic relationship with that same officer. Hear some of opera’s most passionate and technically demanding vocalism as lies and secrets are revealed in this new production with projections from filmmaker Greg Emetaz and costumes by season 12 Project Runway finalist Bradon McDonald.
STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE IN CONCERT
MAY 09, 11, 13 – 2019
Luke Skywalker begins a journey that will change the galaxy as he joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookie, and two droids to rescue the princess Leia from the evil Empire and learn the ways of the Force. Don’t miss Star Wars: A New Hope in concert, with the Utah Symphony performing John Williams’s Oscar-winning score live while this epic film plays on the big screen.