Utah Symphony’s 2022-23: Mahler 3, women composers, guest conductors, Fischer’s last season as music director

Posted on: March 31, 2022

“In his last run conducting the Utah Symphony, Thierry Fischer aims to give music lovers a season to remember,” writes Palak Jayswal in Friday’s (3/25) Salt Lake Tribune (UT). “Fischer, who has been … music director since 2009, … agreed in October 2020 to extend his [current] contract one year, to August 2023, in part because the COVID-19 pandemic made it difficult for the symphony to search for his successor…. The season will kick off Sept. 8 with … ‘A Toast to Thierry’ [featuring] musical tributes from Utah Symphony musicians, along with stories to mark his legacy. The season finale … will be a huge concert: A performance of Symphony No. 3 by Gustav Mahler, [featuring] not only the Utah Symphony, but the sopranos and altos of the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square and choristers from the Madeleine Choir School.” The season will include the fifth symphonies of Beethoven, Bruckner, Dvořák, Sibelius, and Tchaikovsky; Florence Price’s Piano Concerto in One Movement, with Michelle Cann; and music by Unsuk Chin, Joshua Credenza, Helen Grime, Kaija Saariaho, Ana Sokolović, and Augusta Read Thomas. Guest conductors will include Alexandre Bloch, Anja Bihlmaier, Douglas Boyd, David Danzmayr, Kevin John Edusei, Fawzi Haimor, Markus Poschner, David Robertson, and Jiří Rožeň.