Concert Archive - 2012-13 Season - Rhapsody in Blue - An Evening of Jazz Favorites

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November 2-3 | 8 PM Abravanel Hall

Jerry Steichen, Conductor
Jason Hardink, Piano
Lisa Vroman, Soprano

George Gershwin's mega-hit for solo piano and orchestra headline this all-Gershwin concert led by Principal Pops Conductor Jerry Steichen.

Additional Info

  • Program:

    Gershwin - Overture to Girl Crazy
    Gershwin - “'S Wonderful” from Funny Face
    Gershwin - “Someone to Watch Over Me” from Oh, Kay!
    Gershwin - “Fascinating Rhythm” from Lady be Good
    Gershwin - Gershwin Favorites
    Gershwin - “By Strauss”
    Gershwin - “Love Walked In” from The Goldwyn Follies
    Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue


    Gershwin - Selections from Porgy and Bess
    Gershwin - “The Man I Love” from Lady be Good
    Gershwin - “They All Laughed” from Shall We Dance
    Gershwin - Strike Up the Band
    Gershwin - “Just Another Rhumba” from The Goldwyn Follies
    Gershwin - “I'd Rather Charleston”
    Gershwin - “I Got Rhythm”

  • Student Tickets:

    Youth in grades 2– 12 (age 8 and older) can enjoy this Utah Symphony performance for $10. Click here for details on youth tickets.

    If you are 30 or younger, discounted tickets are available for this performance through USUO's Upbeat program. Click here for details on Upbeat.

  • Artist Profile:

    Pianist Jason Hardink is celebrating his tenth season as Principal Keyboard of the Utah Symphony. During his time in Utah, he has enjoyed an extraordinarily diverse career as a member of the orchestra, solo recitalist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist. Recent concerto appearances include performances with the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra and Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared as guest recitalist and adjudicator for both the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition and the Oberlin International Piano Competition. Hardink holds a DMA from Rice University, where he studied with Brian Connelly. Last season he gave a series of lecture recitals on the stage of Abravanel Hall as a part of the Utah Symphony’s year long festival celebrating the music of Beethoven.


    In Salt Lake City Mr. Hardink is also Artistic Director of the NOVA Chamber Music Series, an organization known for superb performances of the chamber repertoire by Utah musicians. His interests beyond music include hiking and running. He has climbed over 600 distinct peaks in Utah and recently ran his first ultramarathon, the Grand Teton 50 Mile. He is married to pianist Kimi Kawashima, and they are proud and busy parents of twin boys, Luc and Derek.


    Lisa Vroman starred on Broadway, Los Angeles and San Francisco as Christine Daae in The Phantom of the Opera. As “One of Amercian Musical Theater’s most beautiful voices” ( Cameron MacIntosh) , she has garnered Theatre critics’ awards for her portrayal. Lisa has starred as Lili Vanessi in Kiss Me Kate (Glimmerglass Opera/MUNY Theatre of St. Louis), Birdie in Regina, Josephine in HMS Pinafore, Anna 1 in The Seven Deadly Sins (Utah Symphony/Opera), Marian Paroo in The Music Man (with Shirley Jones), Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus (New Jersey Opera), and Rosabella in The Most Happy Fella (New York City Opera). For PBS: Johanna in Sweeney Todd (2001 Emmy Award), and Hey! Mr. Producer (London Royal Gala). She played Laurey in Oklahoma (BBC PROMS festival), Mary Turner in Of Thee I Sing (San Francisco Symphony w/Michael Tilson Thomas), and sang and danced opposite Dick Van Dyke as Mary Poppins at the Hollywood Bowl.

    Lisa is a frequent guest with Symphonies including San Francisco, Nashville, Philadelphia, Dallas ,Utah, St. Louis, Houston, Pacific, Atlanta, Hong Kong, Cleveland, National, Florida, New York Pops, BBC Concert Orchestra, Boston Pops (Keith Lockhart), Philly Pops (Peter Nero), as well as with the New York Festival of Song (NYFOS) and Organist David Higgs. Her Broadway debut was in Aspects of Love and she was the first to play both Fantine and Cosette in Les Misérables.

    This year included trips to Taiwan, Kuala Lumpur, as well as an evening of Cole Porter’s La Revue des Ammbasedeurs in Paris. Please visit