Utah Symphony heads for state’s national parks

Posted on: August 4, 2014

“The Utah Symphony next month will bring its music to the state’s Mighty 5 national parks: Capitol Reef, Arches, Canyonlands, Bryce Canyon and Zion,” writes Jane Levere in Thursday’s (7/31) Los Angeles Times. “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; the concert on Aug. 14 will take place at Red Cliffs Lodge in Moab, near Arches and Canyonlands.… Utah native Celena Shafer, a soprano who sings with the Utah Symphony and Utah Opera, also will perform. Besides the full-orchestra concerts, starting Aug. 11, there will be evening chamber music programs, performed by the Utah Symphony’s brass and string ensembles and by Aspen Winds. Educational activities—such as demonstrations of bird songs and lessons on reproducing them—also will be offered at the various parks … Composer Nico Muhly, who has been commissioned to write a work using these national parks as inspiration for the symphony’s 75th anniversary season, will travel with the orchestra on the tour and be joined by a video designer who will film a video installation … All performances during the tour will be free.”

Posted August 4, 2014