Director’s Message

Photo of Robert Baldwin Welcome to the 44th Season of the Salt Lake Symphony!

On behalf of all our musicians, I welcome you to the 44th Season of the Salt Lake Symphony A truly FANTASTIC year awaits, from Berlioz’s Symphony Fantastique to music of the jazz age. Our season runs the gamut from beloved light classics to monumental works and world premieres. You’ll recognize many of the composers: Copland, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Gershwin, and Prokofiev. Others might be new to you: Ginastera, Franck, Peck, and Leavitt. But whatever the case, familiar or not, each concert will be an experience you’ll enjoy and not soon forget. We are dedicated to fostering the musicians and music being made right here in Utah, including premiering two works this season by Utah composers, John Costa and Kurt Bestor. Also joining us for several concerts will be first-rate soloists sharing the music of Duke Ellington. Ludwig van Beethoven, and more. Special family concerts and holiday fare promise something for the entire family, all season long. And don’t miss our Annual Vienna Ball on February 8th, where friends and lovers can dance the night away, and help support the orchestra!

Thank you for checking out this fine ensemble. This orchestra is a gem, truly special amongst community ensembles in the United States. This is YOUR symphony; your friends, neighbors, co-workers and teachers; all local musicians playing high-caliber music. The love and commitment is unparalleled. Come see what all the buzz is about. Come experience our art. You’ll be glad you did.

Robert Baldwin

Next Performance

New Horizons
Saturday November 9, 2019 7:30 pm

Libby Gardner Concert Hall
Gerald Elias, Matthew Makeever, conductors

John Williams Cowboys Overture
(Side-by-Side with high school students)
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Ginastera Four Dances from Estancia
Copland Symphony #3

From the gauchos of Argentina to some of the most sweeping symphonic notes every composed, we’re travelling to the New World for our November concert. Now considered a standard of the orchestral repertoire, Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera's energetic Estancia was one of the first to introduce the rhythms and melodies from South America to a wider audience.

Joining the orchestra will be some of Salt Lake's finest high school student musicians for a side-by-side performance of John Williams' delightfully swaggering overture to motion picture, The Cowboys.

The evening will be capped off with what many consider to be the finest ever symphony by an American composer, the Symphony No. 3 by Aaron Copland. Though non-programmatic, the work nonetheless reminds the listeners of the broad vistas and powerful stories of the American narrative and of the distinctive benign, noble self-confidence that has historically defined the American spirit. It is no surprise that the aptly named Fanfare for the Common Man, which forms the motivic backbone of the entire symphony, still resonates so strongly within us. It's an immersive experience that simply must be experienced in person!

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

Free Parking for Libby Gardner Hall: 100 South and Wolcott (1450 East)

Be sure to attend the free pre-concert lecture, 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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