The Utah Symphony, Wagner, Bruch, Elgar and a Brilliant Young Violinist Named Will Hagen…Oh My!

March 27, 2010

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!

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Utah Symphony’s Mini Magic Flute Not Just For Kids

March 22, 2010
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As I arrived at Abravanel Hall and watched hundreds of children stream through the doors, I wondered why there aren’t more of these types of concerts. How exciting it was to see so many kids at the Symphony! For less than the cost of a night at the movies, I had the opportunity to hear a wonderful Mozart piece, I heard fabulous singers, I laughed a lot and had so much fun! Tara Faircloth’s adaptation was brilliant. What a great introduction to the opera for kids and adults alike.

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Keith Lockhart Leads Utah Symphony with an Inspiring Walton and Smetana

February 23, 2010

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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Salt Lake City Performing Arts Scene Alive and Kicking with Ballet West, Utah Symphony and Lyric Opera Ensemble

February 13, 2010

This weekend, the Performing Arts scene in Salt Lake City is offering a little bit of something for everyone. With the myriad of choices, how do you decide which performance(s) to attend? Since I have a hard time choosing just one I’ll be attending three; Le Nozze di Figaro, Ballet West and Utah Symphony! All of the Performing Arts are struggling financially. Help keep these Arts alive and thriving by supporting the artists. Go enjoy a show!

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