The Utah Symphony is one of the full-time orchestras in North America located in Salt Lake City, Utah. It has become a vital presence on the American music scene through its distinctive performances worldwide and its well-known recording legacy left by former music director Maurice Abravanel. The orchestra performs in Abravanel Hall (in downtown Salt Lake City near Temple Square), which is acclaimed as one of the world's great concert halls - having won awards for both its architecture and its extraordinary acoustics.
In addition to performing more than 70 subscription concerts in Abravanel Hall, the Symphony travels around the Intermountain West serving communities throughout Utah. It has also performed in Wyoming, Nevada and Idaho. In April 2005, the orchestra embarked on its first European Tour in 19 years, visiting concert halls in Austria, Slovenia and Germany. During August 2014, Utah Symphony embarked upon a week-long tour to southern Utah called "The Mighty 5®", performing free, outdoor classical music concerts with the full orchestra against the stunning red rock landscape of the state's five national parks (Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, Arches, Bryce Canyon and Zion).
The orchestra accompanies the Utah Opera in four productions per year at Salt Lake's Capitol Theatre. In addition, the Utah Symphony performs numerous outdoor concerts as part of the annual six-week Deer Valley Music Festival, held each summer at Deer Valley Resort Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater and chamber concerts at St. Mary's Catholic Church, both in the Park City mountain community, the summer home of the Utah Symphony. Funding from the Utah State Legislature makes it possible for the Symphony to perform for over 55,000 students each year, both in Abravanel Hall and traveling to schools throughout the state.