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“Salt Lake Comic Con: Fans, ‘cosplay on steroids’ and start swarm downtown (with video)”

“Sirtis is pulling double duty this weekend, appearing at Salt Lake Comic Con and narrating a "Sci-Fi Spectacular" on Friday and Saturday nights with the Utah Symphony…”

“Dispatches from Salt Lake Comic Con: Getting Chris Evans and Chekov versus Bester”

“It turns out that Marina Sirtis, who played Deanna Troi on “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and will be narrating the Utah Symphony’s Sci-fi concert…”

“…Marine Sirtis of Star Trek: TNG popped onstage to join her fellow celebrities and invite everyone to attend the Utah Symphony’s performance of classical sci-fi songs…”

Salt Lake Tribune featured an interview with Lang Lang for our gala tonight;

“Lang Lang will headline Utah Symphony gala”
“Piano superstar Lang Lang will perform on the Utah Symphony’s 75th-anniversary gala concert, which doubles as a fundraiser for the orchestra’s April…”


“Review: Beethoven bonanza launches Utah Symphony’s 75th-anniversary celebration in style”

“Utah Symphony celebrates 75 years with ribbon-cutting at new Abravanel Hall plaza”

“’Always striving for something better’: At 75th anniversary, Utah Symphony continues building on Abravanel’s legacy”

“Utah Symphony 75th anniversary timeline”

“Utah Symphony invites some friends to help celebrate 75th season”

Salt Lake Tribune – January 12, 2015

Review: Utah Symphony, Mark Wigglesworth present a study in musical contrasts

Shostakovich’s valedictory Symphony No. 15 and the second act of Tchaikovsky’s "Nutcracker" ballet — it’s quite possible these diametrically different works have never shared a concert bill until now. But British conductor Mark Wigglesworth, a favorite of Utah Symphony audiences, paired them to surprisingly successful effect Friday.

Salt Lake Magazine – January 5, 2015

Utah's Top 10 Classical Performances of 2014

Utah Symphony with Matthias Pintscher: The young German composer/conductor Matthias Pintscher made an impressive Utah Symphony debut to start the new year.

Huffington Post – December 29, 2014

5 Up-and-Coming U.S. Tourism Cities

Before the rest of the world catches on, discover these five American cities that are gaining traction in the areas of fine arts, fine food, and fine beverages.

Salt Lake Tribune – December 28, 2014

Remembering Utah’s arts standouts in 2014

The state’s flagship arts organization, the Utah Symphony, was on the move this year, taking its music to new venues big and small.

Deseret News – December 27, 2014

A look back: A review of the 2014 series featuring arts organizations around Utah

The Utah Symphony delivers a “shower of sounds” each night it performs at Abravanel Hall, according to the symphony’s music director, Thierry Fischer.

Broadway World – December 18, 2014

Utah Symphony Receives $10,000 in Arts Grants

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced in early December that Utah Symphony is one of 919 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant.

Salt Lake Tribune – December 13, 2014

Rei Hotoda joins Utah Symphony conducting staff

"With her charismatic personality and musical talent, I am thrilled to welcome Rei as our next associate conductor," Utah Symphony music director Thierry Fischer said in a news release.

Salt Lake Tribune – December 5, 2014

Beethoven’s Ninth electrifies in Utah Symphony performance

Under Thierry Fischer’s direction, the orchestra played with a rawness and power that belied the ultrafamiliarity the work has achieved in the ensuing 190 years.

Salt Lake Magazine – December 1, 2014

Fumiaki Miura's return to SLC

The world of aspiring concert violinists is very crowded. To be noticed, the young artist needs to have something special. Fumiaki Miura, a 21-year-old Japanese violinist, has what it takes to make it in this competitive field. He has talent, technical chops and innate musicality.

Salt Lake Tribune – November 21, 2014

Rising star Fumiaki Miura shines with the Utah Symphony

Utah Symphony music director Thierry Fischer believes Fumiaki Miura is going places, and the young violinist’s performance with the orchestra on Friday made it easy to see why.

Ski City – November 17, 2014

Thierry Fischer: Maestro Of Symphony & Snow

Maestro Thierry Fischer began skiing at six years old, the same age he began playing music. The Utah Symphony Music Director is absolutely passionate about both—one just happens to be his career—and he enjoys living in a city where he can marry his two loves.

Deseret News – November 17, 2014

Symphony, Opera offering discounted tickets for skiers

Utah Symphony and Utah Opera have partnered with the Utah ski industry to provide skiers and snowboarders with discounted tickets to their performances.

Reichel Recommends – November 15, 2014

Magnificent Performance Of Mahler’s ‘Resurrection’ Symphony Friday

Friday’s performance featured some of the best playing to date by the Utah Symphony under Fischer’s direction. Fischer has high expectations of his players and they delivered.

Salt Lake Tribune – November 14, 2014

Utah Symphony, singers rise to the occasion in ‘Resurrection’

There’s no replacement for live performance. Friday’s Utah Symphony presentation of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (better known as the "Resurrection" Symphony), under Thierry Fischer’s decisive baton, made that point eloquently.

Park Record – October 28, 2014

Utah Symphony broadcast wins an Emmy

An hour-long televised musical special on BYU Broadcasting featuring the Utah Symphony with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and American folksinger, James Taylor, has won an Emmy at the 2014 Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards.

Broadway World – October 27, 2014

BYUtv Broadcast of James Taylor, Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Utah Symphony Wins 2014 Emmy

"We are deeply honored that Utah Symphony was part of a recording that was recognized at such an outstanding level of achievement," said Utah Symphony | Utah Opera President and CEO Melia Tourangeau.

ABC 4 News Utah – October 24, 2014

BYU Broadcasting, Mormon Tabernacle Choir win Emmys

The Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) announced Emmy winners on Saturday. In the category “Special Event Coverage (other than news or sports)—Live or Edited,” BYU Broadcasting took home the award for its special “The Mormon Tabernacle Choir Presents an Evening with James Taylor.”

The Salt Lake Tribune – October 24, 2014

Concert review: Ignat Solzhenitsyn is stellar in Utah Symphony debut

It’s remarkable how a guest conductor can come into town and, in a matter of days, establish sufficient rapport with 80-plus strangers that they can perform complex musical works together. Some guests are more successful than others; this week’s conductor, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, clearly has the gift.

Salt Lake Magazine – October 6, 2014

Utah Symphony's brilliant opening weekend

Fischer wanted the Utah Symphony to be one of the best in the country and now, five years later, he is well on his way to having his dream realized. And the symphony’s audiences have reaped the benefits. The orchestra has never sounded better than it does now.

Salt Lake Tribune – October 1, 2014

Salute to Youth musicians amaze audience in Abravanel Hall

Seven talented young musicians impressed the audience as they performed with the Utah Symphony at the 55th annual Salute to Youth concert Tuesday night.

Salt Lake Tribune – September 12, 2014

Review: Utah Symphony gets into the Mahler groove

There was more excitement than usual at Friday night’s Utah Symphony season opener: The orchestra is recording this weekend’s performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 for commercial release sometime next season...

Salt Lake Magazine – September 5, 2014

Utah Symphony's Video Games Live: Chat with Chance Thomas

Chance Thomas: “Composing music is a crazily demanding profession. It can be difficult to make a living in music, especially in Utah, so my time is tightly constrained by my career choice. Having said that, I do like to play the games I’m working on when I can.”...

Salt Lake Tribune – August 29, 2014

Pat Richards hands over Utah Symphony | Utah Opera board leadership to Dave Petersen

Dave Petersen knows he’s stepping into big shoes. "Pat might be the best symphony board chair ever, and not just in Utah," O.C. Tanner CEO Petersen said of retired banker Patricia A. Richards, whom he will succeed as head of the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera board effective Monday...

Utah: Life Elevated—Official Tourism Website – August 21, 2014

The Utah Symphony Mighty 5® Tour at Zion National Park

The setting for the evening performance is the O.C. Tanner Amphitheater, with tiered stadium seating and several huge colorful monoliths as the backdrop. The colors subtlety change as sunset approaches, from brilliant red, to muted gold, to amber. Acoustics at Tanner are superior, and the orchestra does not let the audience down...

The Wall Street Journal – August 13, 2014

Barnstorming Utah's National Parks

So—as prelude to the ensemble's 75th anniversary next year—the orchestra has embarked on something of an intrastate barnstorming tour...

Salt Lake Tribune – August 12, 2014

Utah Symphony kicks off Mighty 5 concerts at Capitol Reef

"I really feel I’m in the middle of America," Fischer, who was born in Zambia and raised in Switzerland, said while preparing to go onstage Tuesday. "To imagine people living here the whole year, in the middle of the beauty here, is amazing to me."...

Outside – August 12, 2014

Utah Symphony embarks on 'mighty' musical tour

When it comes to celebrating American grandeur, few things are grander than a full orchestra playing Dvorak against the backdrop of Zion Canyon—which is exactly what the Utah Symphony is doing as part of its Mighty 5 tour...

The Specturm – August 8, 2014

Utah Symphony embarks on 'mighty' musical tour

When Melia Tourangeau hikes through some of Southern Utah's signature landscapes, she can almost hear music emanating from the red rocks. Now, thanks to the Utah Symphony's Mighty 5 Tour, the music won't only be inside Tourangeau's head...

Broadway World – August 6, 2014

Utah Symphony to Kick Off MIGHTY 5 Tour on 8/11

The countdown is on, as Utah Symphony finalizes preparations to hit the road August 11-17 on an ambitious week-long journey to connect the communities of southern Utah with great live music.

Departures – July 31, 2014

Classical Music Goes Back to Nature

From August 11 to 17, the natural wonders will host another state treasure, the Utah Symphony, which will present a series of free open-air, classical-music concerts during its first-ever tour.

LA Times – July 31, 2014

Utah national parks to serve as the setting for symphony performances

As a prelude to the symphony's 75th anniversary celebration next year, the full orchestra will perform in the parks the nights of Aug. 12, 14, 15 and 16.

Salt Lake Tribune – June 29, 2014

Champion of the Utah Symphony passes away: “Huck” Gregory left a legacy, following the retirement of Maurice Abravanel.

“Gregory’s efforts kept the symphony prospering after Abravanel’s retirement, in large part due to Gregory’s decision to start recording their work.”

Broadway World – June 20, 2014

Utah Symphony Announces Commission by Composer Nico Muhly to Write Music Inspired by Southern Utah

Music Director Thierry Fischer: “We are honored that Nico Muhly will be composing a new musical work to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Utah Symphony. Maurice Abravanel started an amazing tradition of pursuing adventurous programming by introducing new music and composers to Utah's audiences, and I am excited that this dynamic and creative young composer will be continuing this great legacy.”

The Salt Lake Tribune – May 24, 2014

Utah Symphony delivers a grand finale

“Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme received the most enthusiastic reception from the good-sized crowd in Abravanel Hall. The soloist was hometown favorite Matthew Zalkind, an up-and-coming cellist whose parents, trombonist Larry and violist Roberta, are longtime members of the orchestra.”

The Salt Lake Tribune – May 23, 2014

Orchestra execs upbeat about future

“After taking a couple of severe beatings in the past 13 years, symphony orchestras are making another comeback, League of American Orchestras president and CEO Jesse Rosen told Utah Symphony | Utah Opera stakeholders this week.”

The Utah Review – May 12, 2014

Utah Opera’s The Abduction from the Seraglio

“Utah Opera’s final performance for the 2013-2014 season is The Abduction from the Seraglio, a comic opera by Mozart full of cheery scenery and cheeky laughs. While the production is lighthearted, the music contains some of the most difficult arias in opera.”

The Salt Lake Tribune – April 25, 2014

Review: Utah Symphony brings out some ‘pieces you don’t hear every week’

“Boreyko and the orchestra seemed to enjoy a strong rapport, as the players responded readily to the conductor’s refreshingly ostentation-free direction.”

The Salt Lake Tribune – April 15, 2014

Utah Symphony to perform at Utah’s ‘Mighty 5’ national parks

“… the concerts are a way to ‘combine the different energies we are surrounded by. Nature creates sound, and sounds are nature’."

The Salt Lake Tribune – April 11, 2014

Utah Symphony violinist Kathryn Eberle shines in the solo spotlight

“Eberle is a highly charismatic performer. In Friday’s concert, she married unimpeachable technical skill with a persuasive and perceptive voice.”

The Salt Lake Tribune – March 16, 2014

Utah Opera delivers superb ‘Turandot’

"’Turandot’ is one of Utah Opera’s most highly anticipated productions in recent memory. The opening performance Saturday lived up to the show’s buzz — and then some. Possibly the only way to improve this production would be to shorten the intermissions, because after the thrilling conclusions of the first two acts, 20 minutes seems too long to wait to resume the action.”

Reichel Recommends – March 16, 2014

Utah Opera’s ‘Turandot’ A Must See

“At the risk of sounding repetitive, this cast is one of the best — if not the best — that Utah Opera has assembled. Turandot demands singers with prowess and imposing stage presence, and this group certainly delivers on both counts.”

The Salt Lake Tribune – March 7, 2014

British conductor Wigglesworth wows the ‘New World’ faithful again.

“[Wigglesworth] brings something special out of the players, who always give lively and attentive performances under his direction. Each of the three works on Friday’s program felt like a living, breathing organism.”

Deseret News – Feb 22, 2014

Utah Symphony: Giving Utah a 'shower of sounds'

“The joint Utah Symphony and Utah Opera organization website describes its vision to offer access to live music in three simple phrases: ‘To perform. To engage. To inspire.’ [Thierry] Fischer further expounded upon the symphony’s objective by listing four guiding principles: the urge for excellence, education, sharing and the role of beauty in the community.”

Deseret News – Feb 22, 2014

Symphony's 'Magic of Harry Potter' reveals the magic of music

“The Utah Symphony's ‘The Magic of Harry Potter’ lived up to its name. It was nothing short of magical.”

Reichel Recommends – Feb 8, 2014

Utah Symphony Gives Emotionally Stunning Performance Of Shostakovich’s ‘Leningrad’ Symphony

“Under the baton of Thierry Fischer, the orchestra gave a stunningly vibrant and effusive performance, playing with passion and energy. The musicians were in command of the score and invested in the music. It was yet again another mesmerizing outing by this ensemble.”

The Salt Lake Tribune – Jan 31, 2014

Pianist Conrad Tao is in his element at Abravanel Hall

“Perhaps the Utah Symphony should consider listing Conrad Tao on its roster. … Tao’s fluid, confident phrasing meshed with Utah Symphony music director Thierry Fischer’s bracing tempos to exhilarating effect.”

The Daily Utah Chronicle – Jan 20, 2014

Utah Opera recreates “La Traviata”

“The Utah Opera has successfully transformed Verdi’s “La Traviata” into an enjoyable and captivating experience. … Along with set designer Peter Dean Beck, the Utah Opera and Capitol Theatre have displayed this story in a versatile and realistic setting.”