Director’s Message

Photo of Robert Baldwin Welcome to the 2013-14 Salt Lake Symphony Season! Since 1976, the SLS has served as the premiere community orchestral ensemble in the Salt Lake region. Now in our 38th season, we are more engaged than ever in bringing high quality music and educational programs to the area. Come check us out this season and see soloists from your own neighborhoods: Utah Symphony leaders such as Ralph Matson and John Eckstein, Monika Jalili our own SLS principal flutist Christina Castellanos, the U of U Opera Theatre and The Utah Voices are just a sampling of the highlights. But also take note of the ensemble of over 100 of your neighbors dedicated to preserving and presenting the finest in symphonic music. We engage the community in exciting and unique ways. You will hear music by Utah's Henry Wolking alongside an established masterpiece by Brahms. You will hear Iranian melodies juxtaposed with music by Rimsky-Korsakov. You will hear opera, sung by rising student stars, alongside favorite Christmas carols. You will hear the known and the unknown, from J.S. Bach to Amy Beach. We pride ourselves as an ensemble that reaches for new heights and willing to take risks for our audience. I know of no community orchestra in the United States that displays this level of talent, dedication and musical depth. See you at the show!

Robert Baldwin

Next Performance

The Legacy of Bach
Saturday May 17, 2014 7:30 pm
Libby Gardner Concert Hall

Ahhh, Bach! Radar O'Reilly may have used this line to impress a young nurse on the TV show M*A*S*H, but it is also an expression most of us music lovers come understand after hearing the music of the great German master. For our final concert of the season, we are pleased to present music by, and inspired by, Johann Sebastian Bach. Known as one of the "Three Bs" (along with Beethoven and Brahms), Bach's music represents the culmination of the Baroque tradition as well as the catalyst for much of the music that followed. We open with a highlight of our horn, string and oboe sections performing the Brandenburg Concerto No. 1. Representing the culmination of the concerto grosso tradition, these unique concertos are perhaps the finest examples of group solo works ever written. Though it's far from Leipzig to Rio de Janeiro, Brazilian composer Heitor Villa Lobos wrote several works inspired by Bach. Perhaps the most famous is the Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, which will be performed in a new version for strings and guitar. The season will close with the Symphony No. 5 of Felix Mendelssohn. The so-called "Reformation Symphony" is steeped in Lutheran tradition and includes tunes and compositional techniques taken from the Renaissance through the time of Bach, including Mendelssohn's own setting (of Bach's version) of the hymn, "A Mighty Fortress is Our God." Through music, new and old, we'll all leave the concert hall saying, "Ah, Bach!" --And we'll likely understand what it means, too!

Tickets $10 adults, $5 students and seniors.
Available by calling 801-531-7501, or 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, from 6:15 to 7:00 p.m. in Room 270, right behind the concert hall. These lectures are sponsored, in part, by the Utah Humanities Council.


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