Director’s Message

Photo of Robert Baldwin Welcome to the 42nd Season of the Salt Lake Symphony. As music director of this fine ensemble, I am pleased to welcome you to another fantastic season of Salt Lake City’s premiere community ensemble. Long known for quality performances and exciting programs, the Salt Lake Symphony has once again planned an exciting season of classic standards as well as brand new music deserving to be heard. Be sure to attend our regular programs, but don't forget our family programs and special concerts as well. That’s the place where you can see audiences and players of all ages. Also, the Vienna Ball, our only fundraiser, has become the “go-to” event of the season for seasoned ballroom dancers and folks who just like to dress up for a night of dancing, no matter the skill level. Where else can you dance to a full symphony orchestra, playing some of the most beautiful music ever written?

Everything we do is focused on our people: the musicians, the students we work with, and of course, you, the audience! We tirelessly work towards making every concert a memorable musical event for all. We also pride ourselves at being the best value for classical music in the region. A concert costs less than an evening showing at the movie theater. (And you never regret attending!)

So, what have you got to lose? Join me and the SLS musicians this season to experience a unique cultural gem: Your Salt Lake Symphony!

Robert Baldwin

Next Performance

Season Opener
Saturday September 30, 2017 7:30 pm

Libby Gardner Concert Hall
Rachel Call, violin, Linda Margetts, organ

Walton Portsmouth Point Overture
Sibelius Violin Concerto, op. 47 in D minor
Saint-Saens Symphony #3 “Organ Symphony”

We open the season with the Salt Lake Symphony by continuing our tradition of presenting some of the finest talent in the State of Utah. Rachel Aina Call, 1st Prize Winner, Utah Division of the 2016 Stradivarius International Violin Competition will join us for Sibelius’ Violin Concert in D minor. The work captures all of the vibrant energy and muted color of Sibelius’ native Finland in a work full of melody and virtuosic violin playing. Libby Gardner’s magnificent organ will be featured on the second half of the program as organist Linda Margetts joins us for Saint-Saëns' powerful Organ Symphony (Symphony No. 3). Long considered one of Saint-Saëns' finest works, the symphony has been an audience favorite since its premiere in 1887. The concert will open with a delightful overture by William Walton, the Portsmouth Point Overture. The jazzy, rhythmic score depicts rambunctious life of British sailors as depicted in a painting by Thomas Rowlandson. In total it’s a concert that is sometimes reverent, sometimes rowdy and always exciting!


Tickets $10 adults, $5 students and seniors.
Available at the door with cash, check or credit card.

Be sure to attend the free pre-concert lecture by Dr. Baldwin, discussing the culture behind the music, at 6:15 p.m. in Room 270, right behind the concert hall. Funded in part by a generous donation from the South Salt Lake Rotary Foundation.

 

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