Sitting in Symphony Hall once again, I was reminded of the magic of this institution and of this Hall. There with Keith Lockhart at the podium, the third Pops conductor in the past 80 years, I was surrounded by history and the love and beauty of music. The Pops will be performing 37 concerts in less than three weeks, and when the day is over, it’s only about one thing…the music!
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.
Celebrating America is a year-long event that shouldn’t end on July 5th. The Spirit of America lives daily within the hearts of millions of Americans, thanks to people like OC McDaniel and organizations such as the Boston Pops who find a way to keep us connected us to our nation’s heritage.
This season I was fortunate to be able to attend Utah Symphony performances in Salt Lake City and one of my favorites was Dvořák’s “New World” Symphony. I saw a number of guest conductors and artists present wonderful performances by Mozart, Dvořák, Rachmaninoff and Smetana, and I was particularly moved by Mahler’s 2nd Symphony in the Salt Lake Tabernacle led by Keith Lockhart. The 2009-10 season was remarkable, and the 2010-11 season promises even more!
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