Utah Symphony’s Tolokan keeps puzzle pieces in place

Posted on: September 7, 2010

In Saturday’s (9/4) Salt Lake Tribune, Catherine Reese Newton writes, “You won’t see Anthony Tobias ‘Toby’ Tolokan’s face on banners lining Salt Lake City’s South Temple Street, but like new Utah Symphony music director Thierry Fischer, he’ll have a significant influence on what you hear in Abravanel Hall in coming seasons. Tolokan is the new vice president of symphony artistic planning at Utah Symphony | Utah Opera. His duties include collaborating with Fischer on season schedules and hiring soloists. Planning an orchestra season is like putting together a 3-D puzzle, he said. ‘I hate puzzles—I could never do them on the table—but I can do the mental version.’ He thrives on working behind the scenes, tending to details and ‘making sure nothing falls through the cracks.’ … He lit up with enthusiasm when listing highlights of the soon-to-open 2010-11 season—three Stravinsky ballets, John Adams’ ‘Harmonielehre,’ Berlioz’s ‘Roméo et Juliette’ and appearances by violinist Hilary Hahn, cellist Pieter Wispelwey, organist Richard Elliott, conductor Stanislaw Skrowaczewski and the Utah Symphony’s own Louise Vickerman and Tad Calcara, just for starters.”

Posted September 7, 2010