Some music had to overcome great obstacles before becoming beloved works. Some composers faced the
challenges of culture, gender, self-doubt, or political environment. All these works have a story rooted in
struggle and triumph. Fanny Mendelssohn, Felix’s older sister, wrote more than 350 pieces, although
most remained unperformed outside her immediate family group during her lifetime, and almost all of her
music was unpublished. This includes the outstanding Overture in C major, which is now finding its
rightful place in the orchestral repertoire. Serge Prokofiev’s Lt. Kije tells the unlikely story of a soldier
brought to life by a clerical error, which grows into a grand lie and entire life history that must be
propped up. (A satirical take on the Russian bureaucracy). University of Utah faculty pianist Viktor Valkov joins us performing Brahms’s early masterpiece, his First Piano Concerto. Riddled with inexperience and self-doubt, Brahms turned to others for assistance in molding the work, including Clara Schumann, who remarked after a rehearsal, "(it) went very well ... Almost all of it sounds beautiful, some parts far more beautiful even than Johannes himself imagined or expected."
Welcome to the 48th Season of YOUR Salt Lake Symphony! It is with great pleasure that I welcome and invite you to another fantastic season of music by one of the nation’s most dedicated volunteer orchestras. Many people tell me they are surprised this is not a professional orchestra, especially given the full schedule, major repertoire presented, and, most importantly, the quality of our performances. I always respond that we have the most dedicated orchestra I’ve ever worked with. The talent, focus, and enthusiasm are second to none.
This season will highlight known masterpieces and music “waiting in the wings” for you to experience. As always, we will highlight local Utah talent and look forward to doing our part to foster the future generation of musicians and music-lovers. We also look forward to an expanded presence during the summer, so be prepared to hear music in places you might not expect!
Like all creative ventures, it would not be possible without the support of our friends, patrons, and supporters. You can assist in many ways, from letting your friends know about our concerts, to making a tax-deductible gift. Please remember the joy you receive as we play music when considering your philanthropic gifts. It is certainly our joy to perform music for you!