Utah Symphony opens new public plaza at its longtime home

Posted on: September 10, 2015

“ ‘Our hope is that this wonderful anniversary is not an end but a galvanizing step to help us continue to grow.’ Those were the words of Thierry Fischer, Utah Symphony music director, at the nationally renowned symphony’s 75th anniversary celebration Wednesday,” writes Katie McKellar in Wednesday’s (9/9) Deseret News (Salt Lake City). “The gathering of Salt Lake County leaders, art community members and longtime symphony supporters kicked off the Utah Symphony’s historic season with a ribbon cutting to the newly designed plaza of Abravanel Hall … ‘Our 75th anniversary is about legacies and new beginnings, such as this beautiful new entranceway to the home of Utah Symphony,’ said Patricia A. Richards, interim president and CEO of the Utah Symphony. … ‘We think it turned out beautifully,’ Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams said. ‘It provides an appropriately grand entrance to the concert hall. It also doubles as a comfortable gathering spot for the public. The trees, benches and walkways welcome the public to sit and relax.’ Frances Darger, who played for the Utah Symphony for 69 years before retiring in 2012, said she loved the historic fountain but she was glad to see the plaza accessible to the public once again.”

Posted September 10, 2015