February 4, 2020
Utah Symphony Announces 2020-21 Season
Left to right: Utah Symphony Music Director Thierry Fischer; 
Utah Symphony Composer-in-Association Arlene Sierra; 
Utah Symphony Artist-in-Association Emmanuel Pahud
Left to right: Utah Symphony Music Director Thierry Fischer; Utah Symphony Composer-in-Association Arlene Sierra; Utah Symphony Artist-in-Association Emmanuel Pahud
Marco Borggreve; Ian Phillips-McLaren; Josef Fischnaller

Music Director Thierry Fischer conducts world and U.S. premieres of Utah Symphony commissions, while also continuing ‘Beethoven 250’ celebration

Highlights of the Utah Symphony’s 81st season include:

World premiere of Composer-in-Association Arlene Sierra’s “Bird Symphony,”
as well as U.S. premieres of her works “Aquilo” and “Nature Symphony”

Complete Beethoven piano concerto cycle, featuring soloists Stephen Hough,
Benjamin Grosvenor, Ingrid Fliter, Steven Osborne, and Louis Schwizgebel;
performances are part of second season celebrating Beethoven’s 250th birthday

Artist-in-Association Emmanuel Pahud performing Nielsen’s Flute Concerto,
Robert Fobbes’s Fantasy on Themes from Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,”
and U.S. premiere of Philippe Manoury’s “Saccades”

Third season of UNWOUND, the Utah Symphony’s casual concert experience featuring
shorter, intermission-free, visually enhanced programs, further complemented by
refreshments and opportunities to mingle with fellow patrons and the performers

Additional guest soloists including violist Tabea Zimmermann; violinists Vadim Gluzman,
Daniel Lozakovich, and Inmo Yang; guitarist Pablo Villegas; and singers Kirstin Chávez,
Andrew Foster-Williams, Arnold Livingston Geis, and Celena Shafer

Guest conductors including Jun Märkl and—in their Utah Symphony Masterworks debuts—David Afkham, Marc Albrecht, Rune Bergmann, David Danzmayr, Domingo Hindoyan, Ludovic Morlot, and Shiyeon Sung

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (February 4, 2020) — Music Director Thierry Fischer and Interim President and CEO Patricia A. Richards today announced the Utah Symphony’s 2020–21 season, with highlights including world and U.S. premieres commissioned by the orchestra, as well as a cycle of all five Beethoven piano concertos featuring world-renowned pianists in celebration of the composer’s 250th birthday. American composer Arlene Sierra will be the Utah Symphony’s 2020–21 Composer-in-Association, and in addition to having several works premiered or given their first U.S. performances by the orchestra, she will travel to Salt Lake City to engage with the community as an ambassador for contemporary music. The orchestra also welcomes a new Artist-in-Association, flutist Emmanuel Pahud, who performs works by Mozart and Nielsen, as well as a U.S. premiere by Philippe Manoury. Additional highlights include the third season of UNWOUND, which offers a more casual alternative to the traditional concert hall experience, and numerous guest artists making their Utah Symphony debuts. A complete schedule of performances is included below.

For me, the diversity of our 2020–21 season is really exciting. From the international artists like my good friend, flutist Emmanuel Pahud, to the varied repertoire, we are in store for an inspiring season that showcases what Utah Symphony does best: bring a high level of musical excellence to the stage while interpreting a wide array of musical genres,” said Music Director Thierry Fischer, who was appointed in 2009 and will be in his tenth full season with the orchestra. “Whether it’s contemporary music by our Composer-in-Association Arlene Sierra or Michael Jarrell’s commission, smaller chamber ensembles, or classical masterworks by Beethoven, Brahms and Mozart, I am proud of the orchestra for mastering an assortment of styles that inspires and engages audiences.”

On September 18 and 19, Mr. Fischer leads the orchestra in season-opening performances of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 (“Emperor”) with Stephen Hough, who also appears with Mr. Fischer on September 24 and 25 as the soloist in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4. Premieres conducted by Mr. Fischer this season are the U.S. premiere of “Emergences-Résurgences” by Swiss composer Michael Jarrell and the world premiere of “Bird Symphony” by Composer-in-Association Arlene Sierra—both commissioned by the Utah Symphony. Mr. Fischer also conducts Weber’s Overture to “Abu Hassan,” Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G minor, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, Stravinsky’s “Song of the Nightingale,” Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet” Fantasy-Overture, Haydn’s Symphony No. 11, Nielsen’s Flute Concerto, Fauré’s “Requiem,” Rachmaninoff’s “Symphonic Dances,” Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9, Strauss’s “Ein Heldenleben” (A Hero’s Life), Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphonies No. 1 and 2, and Mozart’s “Eine kleine Nachtmusik.”

The upcoming Utah Symphony season showcases the artistry and versatility of this incredible group of musicians. We are especially proud to highlight two of our own extraordinary violinists as soloists this season in our Masterworks Series, which presents some of the most beautiful and inspiring music ever written,” said Interim President & CEO Patricia A. Richards, who was Board Chair from 2005 to 2014 and is a Lifetime Trustee on the Board of Trustees. “And on the lighter side, from Films in Concert to show-stopping favorites like Cirque de la Symphonie and Pink Martini, to our exciting UNWOUND series, we are offering programs with wide appeal. It is going to be a great year!

The Utah Symphony’s 2020–21 Composer-in-Association, Arlene Sierra, has been recognized by “The New York Times” for her “vividly scored, colorful works,” three of which are performed by the orchestra this season. In the fall and winter are two U.S. premieres: “Aquilo” (2001) and “Nature Symphony” (2017), the latter a BBC commission that explores “the mechanics and processes of nature.” In the spring, Mr. Fischer conducts the world premiere of Ms. Sierra’s Utah Symphony-commissioned “Bird Symphony.” Ms. Sierra’s planned outreach activities in Salt Lake City as Composer-in-Association range from talks and workshops to performances of her music. She engages with residents of all ages, from elementary school students to high school composers to adults who are interested in the arts.

The Utah Symphony also expands its reach through non-traditional concert formats and through performances beyond Abravanel Hall. The UNWOUND series, a casual classical experience introduced during the 2018–19 season, will return for a third season and includes orchestra debuts by pianist Benjamin Grosvenor and violinist Inmo Yang. These Saturday-evening programs are short, intermission-free, and incorporate visuals into the concert experience. Each concert is preceded by activities and refreshments in the lobby and on the plaza, as is followed by an opportunity to mingle with fellow patrons and participate in a Q&A with the artists.

As part of its mission to inspire and connect communities throughout the state with great live music, the Utah Symphony performs an eight-part series in Ogden, UT in partnership with Onstage Ogden at Austad Auditorium at Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Weber State University; a six-part series in its second year at The Noorda, the new performing arts center on the campus of Utah Valley University in Utah County; and a performance with violist Tabea Zimmermann in partnership with the BRAVO! Series at de Jong Concert Hall at the Harris Fine Arts Center on the campus of Brigham Young University in Provo, UT.

As board chair, I am very proud to witness firsthand how music changes lives when I attend orchestra performances. We are so fortunate to live in a state with a full time, world-class symphony orchestra and experience the high caliber of talent this group of musicians offers to all Utahns,” said Board Chair Tom Love. “This truly is Utah’s Symphony! And we can only accomplish this with the generous support of a great many community leaders, patrons, and elected officials, for whom we are extremely grateful. The board and I continue to advocate on behalf of this cultural gem so that future generations will continue to have access the transformative power of music.”

2020–21 Season at a Glance

BEETHOVEN'S 250TH BIRTHDAY

The Utah Symphony continues its 2020 celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday with a cycle of the composer’s complete piano concertos.

In addition to MacArthur Fellow Stephen Hough’s performances of Piano Concertos No. 5 on September 18 and 19 and Piano Concerto No. 4 on September 24 and 25—both works conducted by Thierry Fischer—Piano Concerto No. 3 is performed by multiple Gramophone Award winner Benjamin Grosvenor on October 23 and 24 in his Utah Symphony debut with conductor Jun Märkl at the podium; Piano Concerto No. 1 is performed by 2006 Gilmore Artist Ingrid Fliter on December 3 and 4, Rune Bergmann conducting; and Piano Concerto No. 2 is performed on December 11 and 12 by Louis Schwizgebel, whose accolades have included first prize at Young Concert Artists International Auditions and recognition as a BBC New Generation Artist. David Afkham conducts.

Additional works by the composer to be featured this fall include Symphony No. 9 (“Choral”), led by Shiyeon Sung with the Utah Symphony Chorus and University of Utah Choirs on November 13 and 14; the “Fidelio” Overture on December 3 and 4; and the “Coriolan” Overture on December 11 and 12.

FIVE WORLD AND U.S. PREMIERES

The Utah Symphony continues to champion the music of our time with five world and U.S. premieres, including the Composer-in-Association Arlene Sierra’s new Utah Symphony commission, “Bird Symphony,” which receives its world premiere under Thierry Fischer on April 23 and 24.

Two U.S. premieres by Ms. Sierra are also featured in the orchestra’s season. Her 2001 work “Aquilo” is performed November 12–14 under the baton of Shiyeon Sung, the first woman to win first prize the Sir Georg Solti International Conductors' Competition. Originally premiered by Susanna Mälkki and the Tokyo Philharmonic, “Aquilo” takes its name from a classical Roman term for the Northeast wind, and the piece is musical interpretation of the wind and its elemental interactions. The U.S. premiere of Ms. Sierra’s “Nature Symphony,” a joint commission of the BBC Philharmonic and BBC Radio 3, is conducted on January 29 and 30 by Ludovic Morlot, who conducted the world premiere in 2017. Following that performance, “The Guardian” wrote that the work “nods to everything from bees to the dark landscapes of Georgia O’Keeffe,” and that “the symphony does what Sierra sets out to do with impressive economy and a succession of striking orchestral ideas.”

Beyond works by Ms. Sierra, the Utah Symphony under Mr. Fischer gives the U.S. premiere of Swiss composer Michael Jarrell’s 2016 viola concerto “Emergences-Résurgences,” co-commissioned by the orchestra with the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Konzerthaus Berlin, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Wiener Symphoniker et Wiener Konzerthaus, with the support of the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung. The Utah performances, November 19–21, feature the work’s dedicatee, Tabea Zimmermann, as soloist. On May 21 and 22, Mr. Fischer also conducts the U.S. premiere of French composer Philippe Manoury’s 2018 flute concerto “Saccades,” originally premiered by Artist-in-Association Emmanual Pahud, who reprises the work at Abravanel Hall.

GUEST SOLOISTS

Sharing the Abravanel Hall stage during the 2020–21 season are eleven internationally renowned guest soloists, including five piano and four strings soloists, and virtuosos each of the classical guitar and flute. World-renowned pianist Stephen Hough opens the 2020–21 season in two consecutive programs performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor” on September 18 and 19, and Piano Concerto No. 4 on September 25 and 26; pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, winner of Gramophone’s Young Artist of the Year and Instrumental Awards, performs Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 on October 23 and 24 in his Utah Symphony debut; 2006 Gilmore Artist Ingrid Fliter performs Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 on December 3 and 4; recent BBC New Generation Artist Louis Schwizgebel returns to perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 on December 11 and 12; two-time Gramophone Award-winning pianist Steven Osborne makes his orchestra debut with Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12 on March 26 and 27.

Guest string soloists are acclaimed violist Tabea Zimmermann in her Masterworks Series debut on November 20 and 21, performing Berlioz’s “Harold in Italy” as well as the U.S. premiere of Michael Jarrell’s “Emergences-Résurgences,” a Utah Symphony commission dedicated to her in 2016; the return of globe-trotting violinist Vadim Gluzman on January 8 and 9 to perform Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2; the Utah Symphony debut of Korean violinist and Paganini Competition winner Inmo Yang on February 5 and 6 playing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto; and Swedish violinist Daniel Lozakovich, who in 2016 signed with Deutsche Grammophon as its youngest artist, playing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto on April 23 and 24.

Additional guest artists are Spanish classical guitarist Pablo Villegas, who joins the orchestra on January 29 and 30 to perform Rodrigo’s “Fantasía para un gentilhombre”; and Artist-in-Association Emmanuel Pahud, who returns to Utah on February 21 and 22 to perform Nielsen’s Flute Concerto and Robert Fobbes’s Fantasy on Themes from Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” and on May 21 and 22 to appear in the U.S. premiere of Philippe Manoury’s “Saccades.”

Two Utah Symphony principal players are featured soloists on Masterworks programs this season. Concertmaster Madeline Adkins performs Bruch’s “Scottish Fantasy” on April 9 and 10, and she also joins Principal Second Violin Claude Halter on April 30 and May 1 to perform J.S. Bach’s Double Violin Concerto.

VOCALISTS AND CHORAL PERFORMANCES

The combined forces of the Utah Symphony Chorus and choirs from the University of Utah prepared by Utah Symphony Chorus Director Barlow Bradford are prominently featured on November 13 and 14 performing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (“Choral”), as well as Mozart’s “Ave verum corpus” and offertory “Misericordias Domini.” Featured soloists are soprano and Utah native Celena Shafer, mezzo-soprano and Associate Professor of Voice at the University of Utah Kirstin Chávez, and the Utah Symphony debuts of tenor Arnold Livingston Geis and bass-baritone Andrew Foster-Williams.

On February 26 and 27, Utah Symphony Chorus joins the orchestra for Fauré’s “Requiem” and are later joined by University of Utah Choirs for Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture.”

GUEST CONDUCTORS

Guest conductors during the Utah Symphony’s 2020–21 season include Jun Märkl, who returns on October 23 and 24 to conduct an UNWOUND program featuring Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with Benjamin Grosvenor and selections from Brahms’s Symphony No. 2 (he will also be making his Utah Opera conducting debut with “The Flying Dutchman” in the season-opening October opera); and the Masterworks debut of Chief Conductor of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra David Danzmayr on January 8 and 9 in Schubert’s Overture to “The Magic Harp,” Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with Vadim Gluzman, and Brahms’s Symphony No. 1.

Six guest conductors make their Utah Symphony debut during the 2020–21 season. They include South Korean conductor Shiyeon Sung, the first woman to win top prize in the Sir Georg Solti International Conductors’ Competition, on November 13 and 14 conducting Mozart’s “Ave verum corpus” and “Misericordias Domini,” Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (“Choral”), and the U.S. premiere of Arlene Sierra’s “Aquilo”; Rune Bergmann, Music Director of the Calgary Philharmonic, on December 4 and 5 leading the orchestra in Beethoven’s “Fidelio” Overture and Piano Concerto No. 1 with Ingrid Fliter, and Nielsen’s Symphony No. 4 (“The Inextinguishable”); David Afkham, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Orquestra y Coro Nacional de España, on December 11 and 12 leading performances of Beethoven’s “Coriolan” Overture and Piano Concerto No. 2 with Louis Schwizgebel, as well as Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5; Conductor Emeritus of the Seattle Symphony Ludovic Morlot leading the orchestra on January 29 and 30 in Schumann’s Symphony No. 1 (“Spring”), Rodrigo’s “Fantasía para un gentilhombre” with Pablo Villegas, and the U.S. premiere of Arlene Sierra’s “Nature Symphony”; Marc Albrecht, ‘Conductor of the Year’ at the International Opera Awards 2019, conducting Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12 with Steven Osborne and Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 on March 26 and 27; and Principal Guest Conductor of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Domingo Hindoyan leading April 9 and 10 performances of Zhou Tian’s “Trace,” Bruch’s “Scottish Fantasy” with Concertmaster Madeline Adkins, and Stravinsky” “Pétrouchka.”

“LIVE WITH THE UTAH SYMPHONY” CONCERTS 

During the 2020–21 season, the orchestra will feature a variety of Broadway, family and special performances under the banner “Live with the Utah Symphony.” These 13 programs include favorites such as the 2nd annual ¡Celebración Sinfónica! honoring Hispanic Heritage month with conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto on September 14; REVOLUTION: The Music of The Beetles with rare footage seen on the big screen on November 6 and 7; the return of holiday fiddling sensations, Celtic Woman, on December 15; Cirque de la Symphonie with live feats of acrobatic athleticism soaring above the orchestra performance on December 18 and 19; Video Games Live! with music from iconic video games on January 2; a Rodgers and Hammerstein celebration on February 12 and 13; Pixar in Concert featuring favorite music from Pixar movie classics on April 13 and 17; and the return of Portland’s favorite “little orchestra” with big sounds of vintage pop, jazz, classical and global styles, Pink Martini, on April 16 and 17.

Some annual classics return: The 61st anniversary Salute to Youth on November 25, 2020; Handel’s “Messiah” Sing-in holiday favorite tradition on November 28 and 29; “Here Comes Santa Claus!” concert on December 19; “Peter and the Wolf” on March 17; and the All Star Evening on May 25 featuring prodigious youth musicians playing alongside Utah Symphony.

The 2020–21 Films in Concert Series features the Utah Symphony performing the scores live to picture for “Back to the Future” on October 29 and 30; Disney Pixar’s “Beauty and the Beast” on December 23 and 24; the seventh installment of the Harry Potter™ Film Concert Series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows™ Part 1,” on March 5 and 6; and “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi” on June 25 and 26.

2020–21 Masterworks Series Guest Artists

CONDUCTORS
Jun Märkl
Shiyeon Sung (*Utah Symphony debut)
Rune Bergmann (*Utah Symphony debut)
David Afkham (*Utah Symphony debut)
David Danzmayr (*Utah Symphony Masterworks debut)
Ludovic Morlot (*Utah Symphony debut)
Marc Albrecht (*Utah Symphony debut)
Domingo Hindoyan (*Utah Symphony debut)

PIANISTS
Stephen Hough
Benjamin Grosvenor (*Utah Symphony debut)
Ingrid Fliter
Louis Schwizgebel
Steven Osborne (*Utah Symphony debut)

STRING SOLOISTS
Tabea Zimmermann, viola (*Masterworks Series debut)
Vadim Gluzman, violin
Inmo Yang, violin (*Utah Symphony debut)
Daniel Lozakovich, violin
Claude Halter, violin (Utah Symphony Principal Second)
Madeline Adkins, violin (Utah Symphony Concertmaster)

ADDITIONAL SOLOISTS
Pablo Villegas, classical guitar
Emmanuel Pahud, flute

VOCAL SOLOISTS

Celena Shafer, soprano
Kirstin Chávez, mezzo-soprano
Arnold Livingston Geis, tenor (*Utah Symphony debut)
Andrew Foster-Williams, bass-baritone (*Utah Symphony debut)

UTAH SYMPHONY CHORUS

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH CHAMBER CHOIR AND A CAPPELLA CHOIR

ABOUT THE UTAH SYMPHONY

Founded in 1940, the Utah Symphony performs more than 175 concerts each season and offers all Utahns easy access to world class live musical performances of the world’s greatest music in the state’s top venues. Since being named the orchestra’s seventh music director in 2009, Thierry Fischer has attracted leading musicians and top soloists, refreshed programming, drawn increased audiences, and galvanized community support. In addition to numerous regional and domestic tours, including the Mighty 5® Tour of Utah’s National Parks, the Utah Symphony has embarked on seven international tours and performed at Carnegie Hall in Spring 2016 coinciding with the orchestra’s 75th anniversary celebrations. The Utah Symphony has released more than 100 recordings, including Mahler Symphony No. 1 in Fall 2017, and will release the first of three CDs of all Saint-Saëns works in January 2019.

Utah Symphony | Utah Opera, the orchestra’s parent organization, reaches 450,000 residents in Utah and the Intermountain region, with educational outreach programs serving around 137,000 students annually. These initiatives include child-friendly Family Series concerts, pre-performance lectures before every classical symphony and opera performance, and other special learning events and activities for adults and special needs individuals. In addition to performances in its home in Salt Lake City, Abravanel Hall, and concerts throughout the state of Utah, the Utah Symphony participates in Utah Opera's four annual productions at the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre and presents the six-week Deer Valley® Music Festival each summer in Park City, Utah, the orchestra’s summer residency. With its many subscription, education, and outreach concerts and tours, the Utah Symphony is one of the most engaged orchestras in the nation. For more information, visit utahsymphony.org.

Season Sponsor for Utah Symphony | Utah Opera is the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation.

Masterworks Series Sponsor: OC Tanner Company

Entertainment and Films in Concert Series Sponsor: Zions Bank Corporation

Family Series Sponsor: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Foundation

TICKETS AND SUBSCRIPTIONS

Subscription renewals and purchases are available online at utahsymphony.org starting February 4, 2020. Current season subscribers have until March 31, 2020 to renew their subscriptions or request seat changes for the 2020–21 season before seats are released to new subscribers and subscribers requesting seat changes. Subscriptions may also be renewed or purchased by calling (801) 533-6683 or by visiting the Abravanel Hall Ticket Office (123 West South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah).

To request a printed 2020–21 Utah Symphony season schedule, please call Utah Symphony | Utah Opera Patron Services at (801) 533-6683, email info@usuo.org, or write to ATTN: USUO Patron Services, 123 West South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101.

Single tickets for select concerts in the 2020–21 Utah Symphony season will be available starting June 9, 2020.

Utah Symphony // 2020–21 Season

2020–21 O.C. TANNER COMPANY MASTERWORKS SERIES

Beethoven’s “Emperor” with Stephen Hough
September 17, 2020 | 10 AM | Abravanel Hall (Finishing Touches)
September 17, 2020 | 7:30 PM | Austad Auditorium at the Val A. Browning Center (Ogden)
September 18 & 19, 2020 | 7:30 PM | Abravanel Hall

Thierry Fischer, conductor
Stephen Hough, piano

WEBER: Overture to Abu Hassan
BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor”
R. STRAUSS: Fantasy from The Woman without a Shadow
ELGAR: In the South (Alassio)

Prokofiev’s “Cinderella” & Beethoven
September 24, 2020 | 7:30 PM | Concert Hall at UVU’s Noorda Center for the Performing Arts (Orem)
September 25, 2020 | 7:30 PM | Abravanel Hall

Thierry Fischer, conductor
Stephen Hough, piano

PROKOFIEV: Suite from Cinderella
SCHOENBERG: Chamber Symphony No. 1
BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 4

Oktoberfest: Beethoven & Brahms 2
October 22, 2020 | 7:30 PM | Concert Hall at UVU’s Noorda Center for the Performing Arts (Orem)
October 23, 2020 | 7:30 PM | Abravanel Hall

Jun Märkl, conductor
Benjamin Grosvenor, piano

SCHUMANN: Genoveva Overture
BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 3
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 2

“Ode to Joy” with Mozart & Arlene Sierra
November 12, 2020 | 7:30 PM | Austad Auditorium at the Val A. Browning Center (Ogden)
November 13, 2020 | 7:30 PM | Abravanel Hall
November 14, 2020 | 5:30 PM | Abravanel Hall

Shiyeon Sung, conductor
Celena Shafer, soprano
Kirstin Chávez, mezzo-soprano
Arnold Livingston Geis, tenor (*Utah Symphony debut)
Andrew Foster-Williams, bass-baritone (*Utah Symphony debut)
Utah Symphony Chorus
University of Utah Choirs
Barlow Bradford, chorus director

MOZART: Ave verum corpus
ARLENE SIERRA: Aquilo (U.S. Premiere)
MOZART: Misericordias domini
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9 “Choral”

Mozart 40 & Berlioz
November 19, 2020 | 7:30 PM | de Jong Concert Hall at the Harris Fine Arts Center (Provo)
November 20 & 21, 2020 | 7:30 PM | Abravanel Hall

Thierry Fischer, conductor
Tabea Zimmermann, viola

MOZART: Symphony No. 40
MICHAEL JARRELL: Emergences-Résurgences (Utah Symphony Commission, U.S. Premiere)
BERLIOZ: Harold in Italy

Beethoven & Nielsen 4
December 4, 2020 | 10 AM | Abravanel Hall (Finishing Touches)
December 4 & 5, 2020 | 7:30 PM | Abravanel Hall

Rune Bergmann, conductor
Ingrid Fliter, piano

BEETHOVEN: Fidelio Overture
BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 1
NIELSEN: Symphony No. 4 “The Inextinguishable”

Beethoven & Shostakovich 5
December 11, 2020 | 7:30 PM | Abravanel Hall
December 12, 2020 | 5:30 PM | Abravanel Hall

David Afkham, conductor
Louis Schwizgebel, piano

BEETHOVEN: Coriolan Overture
BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 2
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 5

Brahms 1 & Prokofiev
January 7, 2021 | 7:30 PM | Austad Auditorium at the Val A. Browning Center (Ogden)
January 8, 2021 | 7:30 PM | Abravanel Hall
January 9, 2021 | 5:30 PM | Abravanel Hall

David Danzmayr, conductor
Vadim Gluzman, violin

SCHUBERT: Overture to The Magic Harp
PROKOFIEV: Violin Concerto No. 2
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1

Pablo Sáinz Villegas plays Rodrigo
January 29 & 30, 2021 | 7:30 PM | Abravanel Hall

Ludovic Morlot, conductor
Pablo Sáinz Villegas, guitar

ARLENE SIERRA: Nature Symphony (U.S. Premiere)
RODRIGO: Fantasía para un gentilhombre
SCHUMANN: Symphony No. 1 “Spring”

Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo & Juliet” with Mendelssohn & Stravinsky
February 4, 2021 | 7:30 PM | Concert Hall at UVU’s Noorda Center for the Performing Arts (Orem)
February 5, 2021 | 7:30 PM | Abravanel Hall

Thierry Fischer, conductor
Inmo Yang, violin

STRAVINSKY: Agon
MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concerto
STRAVINSKY: The Song of the Nightingale
TCHAIKOVSKY: Romeo and Juliet

“Pictures at an Exhibition” with Mozart & Haydn
February 18, 2021 | 7:30 PM | Austad Auditorium at the Val A. Browning Center (Ogden)
February 19 & 20, 2021 | 7:30 PM | Abravanel Hall

Thierry Fischer, conductor
Emmanuel Pahud, flute

HAYDN: Symphony No. 11
MOZART/FOBBES: Fantasy on Mozart’s The Magic Flute
NIELSEN: Flute Concerto
MUSSORGSKY/RAVEL: Pictures at an Exhibition

Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture
February 26 & 27, 2021 | 7:30 PM | Abravanel Hall

Thierry Fischer, conductor
Utah Symphony Chorus
University of Utah Choirs
Barlow Bradford, chorus director

FAURÉ: Requiem
GINASTERA: Estancia
MARIO LAVISTA: Clepsidra
TCHAIKOVSKY: 1812 Overture

Mozart & Mahler 5
March 26, 2021 | 10 AM | Abravanel Hall (Finishing Touches)
March 26, 2021 | 7:30 PM | Abravanel Hall
March 27, 2021 | 5:30 PM | Abravanel Hall

Marc Albrecht, conductor
Steven Osborne, piano

MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 12
MAHLER: Symphony No. 5

Madeline Adkins plays a “Scottish Fantasy”
April 8, 2021 | 7:30 PM | Concert Hall at UVU’s Noorda Center for the Performing Arts (Orem)
April 9 & 10, 2021 | 7:30 PM | Abravanel Hall

Domingo Hindoyan, conductor
Madeline Adkins, violin

ZHOU TIAN: Trace
BRUCH: Scottish Fantasy
STRAVINSKY: Pétrouchka

Tchaikovsky & Rachmaninoff
April 23 & 24, 2021 | 7:30 PM | Abravanel Hall

Thierry Fischer, conductor
Daniel Lozakovich, violin

ARLENE SIERRA: Bird Symphony (World Premiere)
TCHAIKOVSKY: Violin Concerto
RACHMANINOFF: Symphonic Dances

Bach & Bruckner 9
April 30, 2021 | 7:30 PM | Abravanel Hall
May 1, 2021 | 5:30 PM | Abravanel Hall

Thierry Fischer, conductor
Madeline Adkins, violin
Claude Halter, violin

J.S. BACH: Concerto for Two Violins
BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 9

“A Hero’s Life”
May 21 & 22, 2021 | 7:30 PM | Abravanel Hall

Thierry Fischer, conductor
Emmanuel Pahud, flute

BERLIOZ: King Lear Overture
PHILIPPE MANOURY: Saccades (U.S. Premiere)
R. STRAUSS: Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life)

Tchaikovsky 5 with Mozart & Schoenberg
May 28, 2021 | 10 AM | Abravanel Hall (Finishing Touches)
May 28 & 29, 2021 | 7:30 PM | Abravanel Hall

Thierry Fischer, conductor

MOZART: Eine kleine Nachtmusik
SCHOENBERG: Chamber Symphony No. 2
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 5

2020–21 ZIONS BANK FILMS IN CONCERT SERIES

“Back to the Future” in Concert with the Utah Symphony
October 29 & 30, 2020 | 7 PM | Abravanel Hall
Conner Gray Covington, conductor

Signature Concert: No discounts available
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” in Concert with the Utah Symphony
December 23, 2020 | 7 PM | Abravanel Hall
December 24, 2020 | 12:30 PM | Abravanel Hall
Conner Gray Covington, conductor
Presentation Licensed by Disney Concerts © Disney

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows in Concert with the Utah Symphony
March 5 & 6, 2021 | 7 PM | Abravanel Hall
Signature Performance: No discounts available.

“Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi” in Concert with the Utah Symphony
June 25 & 26, 2021 | 7 PM | Abravanel Hall
Conner Gray Covington, conductor

2020–21 ZIONS BANK ENTERTAINMENT SERIES

REVOLUTION: The Music of The Beetles
November 4, 2020 | 7:30 PM | Concert Hall at UVU’s Noorda Center for the Performing Arts (Orem)
November 5, 2020 | 7:30 PM | Austad Auditorium at the Val A. Browning Center (Ogden)
November 6 & 7, 2020 | 7:30 PM | Abravanel Hall

The Beatles come to life in REVOLUTION, the new authorized symphonic tribute to the Fab Four. Featuring top vocalists and musicians accompanied by GRAMMY-winner Jeff Tyzik’s new arrangements, REVOLUTION includes music transcribed and arranged for orchestra from the original master recordings at Abbey Road. Your favorite Beatles’ hits will be accompanied by hundreds of rare and unseen photos from the historic, London-based archives of The Beatles’ official fan magazine – The Beatles Book Monthly – along with stunning video and animation. REVOLUTION will take you on a magical musical and visual journey of The Beatles. The production features arrangements of over 25 top hits including “Ticket to Ride,” “Penny Lane,” “All You Need Is Love,” “Get Back,” “Here Comes the Sun” and “Hey Jude.”

Cirque de la Symphonie: Holiday Spectacular
December 17, 2020 | 7:30 PM | Austad Auditorium at the Val A. Browning Center (Ogden)
December 18 & 19, 2020 | 7:30 PM | Abravanel Hall

The circus has invaded Abravanel Hall! Music takes flight in Cirque de la Symphonie, where - you guessed it - acrobats, jugglers, and aerialists join the Utah Symphony for a jaw dropping experience that will have you on the edge of your seat.

Bravo Broadway! A Rodgers and Hammerstein Celebration
February 11, 2021 | 7:30 PM | Austad Auditorium at the Val A. Browning Center (Ogden)
February 12 & 13, 2021 | 7:30 PM | Abravanel Hall

Jerry Steichen, conductor
Utah Symphony Chorus

Let us transport you back to the Golden Age of Broadway with a tribute to Rodgers and Hammerstein with the return of audience favorite pops conductor Jerry Steichen. This dazzling concert will feature Broadway stars performing showstoppers from critically acclaimed musicals such as “The Sound of Music,” “South Pacific,” “Oklahoma,” “The King & I,” and many more.

Pink Martini with the Utah Symphony
April 15, 2021 | 7:30 PM | Austad Auditorium at the Val A. Browning Center (Ogden)
April 16 & 17, 2021 | 7:30 PM | Abravanel Hall

Enrico Lopez-Yañez, conductor
China Forbes, vocalist

Portland’s favorite “little orchestra” returns to the Abravanel Hall stage with the Utah Symphony to perform their cosmopolitan blend of vintage pop, jazz, classical and global styles with vocalist China Forbes. Drawing inspiration from music from all over the world and crossing genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop, Pink Martini was founded by Thomas Lauderdale in 1994. Twenty years later, Pink Martini still tours the world, singing in 22 languages at opera houses, concert halls, film festivals, museums, and fashion shows.

2020–21 UNWOUND SERIES
Utah Symphony’s Casual Concert Experience

Oktoberfest: Beethoven+Brahms
October 24, 2020 | 7:30 PM | Abravanel Hall

Jun Märkl, conductor
Jeff Counts, concert host
Benjamin Grosvenor, piano

BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 3
BRAHMS: Selections from Symphony No. 2

Mendelssohn UNWOUND
February 6, 2021 | 7:30 PM | Abravanel Hall

Thierry Fischer, conductor
Inmo Yang, violin

MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concerto
STRAVINSKY: The Song of the Nightingale
TCHAIKOVSKY: Romeo and Juliet

2020–21 FAMILY SERIES
Sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Foundation

Here Comes Santa Claus!
December 14, 2020 | 7 PM | Austad Auditorium at the Val A. Browning Center (Ogden)
December 19, 2020 | 11 AM & 12:30 PM | Abravanel Hall

Conner Gray Covington, conductor

Nothing sets the holiday scene like hearing your wintry favorites performed live by the Utah Symphony. Kids from one to ninety-two will enjoy the musical gifts on stage, with a joyful sing-along closing out the concert. There may even be a special appearance by the jolly man himself.

Peter and the Wolf
March 16, 2021 | 7 PM | Austad Auditorium at the Val A. Browning Center (Ogden)
March 17, 2021 | 7 PM | Concert Hall at UVU’s Noorda Center for the Performing Arts (Orem)
March 20, 2021 | 11 AM & 12:30 PM | Abravanel Hall

Conner Gray Covington, conductor

Are you brave enough to outsmart the Big Bad Wolf? Let your imagination run wild in this symphonic adventure that introduces listeners to the instruments of the orchestra.

Pixar in Concert
April 13, 2021 | 7 PM | Abravanel Hall
April 17, 2021 | 11 AM | Abravanel Hall

Conner Gray Covington, conductor

From the “Toy Story" trilogy to “The Incredibles”, “Coco” and “Up,” Pixar has forever changed filmmaking while giving us some of the most beloved characters in cinematic history. Now, Pixar is coming to you like you've never heard or seen it before: in concert with live with the Utah Symphony.

2020–21 SPECIAL EVENT CONCERTS

¡Celebración Sinfónica!
September 14, 2020 | 7:30 PM | Abravanel Hall

Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor

When was the last time you danced during a Utah Symphony concert? Join us for our annual celebration of Hispanic Heritage month where you’ll have to fight yourself to stay in your seat. You may not know some of these Latin American composers, but they’ll soon be your favorites.

61st Anniversary Salute to Youth
November 25, 2020 | 7 PM | Abravanel Hall

Conner Gray Covington, conductor
Winning soloists from the Salute to Youth Competition

Enjoy the best of classical music played by Utah’s most up-and-coming musicians. Don’t miss the chance to see these break-out performers. You’ll be bragging to all your friends that you “saw them when they were young!”

Messiah Sing-in
November 28 & 29, 2020 | 7:30 PM | Abravanel Hall

Conner Gray Covington, conductor

Ranked as one of the top 100 Things to do in Salt Lake Before You Die (Jeremy Pugh), this holiday spectacular will be a staple to kick off your holiday traditions. This cherished tradition invites all to share in singing Handel’s masterpiece with the Utah Symphony. Bring your family and your score, and join in the majesty of Handel’s Messiah.

Celtic Woman: The Best of Christmas with the Utah Symphony
December 8, 2020 | 7:30 PM | Abravanel Hall

TBD, conductor

Celtic Woman promises an enchanting and festive evening filled with lots of holiday favorites and a few Celtic twists here and there, all with the accompaniment of your friendly neighborhood Utah Symphony.

Video Games Live: BONUS ROUND!
January 2, 2021 | 7:30 PM | Abravanel Hall

Tommy Tallarico, host/creator/producer/guitar

Do you wind down with video games at the end of the day? So do we! Join the Utah Symphony for this immersive concert featuring music from your favorite video games. This concert will be a celebration of the video game industry and all the delightful music it’s given us.

All-Star Youth Pro-Am
May 25, 2020 | 7 PM | Abravanel Hall

Witness the talent of Utah’s young musicians! Exceptional high school instrumentalists selected from 11 of Utah’s youth orchestras perform side-by-side with Utah Symphony mentors.

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