David Cho has been with the Utah Symphony for four and a half years. As Associate Conductor, David has conducted more than 300 performances, including Symphony Orchestra, Pops, Educational, and Subscription Classical Series programs, and this season he will conduct a variety of programming ranging from the Haunted Symphony (Holst, Borodin, Berlioz, Grieg, Wagner, Saint-Seäns) to the Wizard of OZ to Peter and the Wolf. Meet Maestro David Cho!
This summer, the Lyceum Music Festival (Lyceum) held its third annual youth orchestral music camp in Park City, Utah. Designed for musicians ages 13-21, the week-long program offered students the opportunity to work with Violinist Jenny Oaks Baker, Conductor David Cho, Utah Symphony musicians, the Muir String Quartet and fellow orchestral peers from schools around the nation.
This weekend, the Utah Symphony presented Verdi’s Requiem. I had no idea what it was, but I knew it involved the Utah Symphony, a large chorus, and 4 soloists – a soprano, a mezzo-soprano, a tenor, and a bass baritone. Oh, and I presumed it would not be in English. There is so much about Verdi’s Requiem that I absolutely loved. The music, the singers, the orchestration – it was all amazing!
The highlight of the evening was 17-year old violinist Will Hagen. Any time an artist graces the stage at such a young age, there is surely something spectacular, and with his first performance with the symphony at age 9, he must have some great talent. I was really looking forward to hearing how good this kid was!
Keith Lockhart returned to Salt Lake City this month to conduct two weeks of performances with the Utah Symphony that include works by Walton, Smetana, Stravinsky and Rachmaninoff. Cellist Julie Albers performed Walton’s Cello Concerto flawlessly, and Smetana’s Má Vlast inspired me. The Utah Symphony musicians played their hearts out and it was a pleasure to see Maestro Lockhart lead the symphony through this amazing work.
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