Utah Symphony

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The Utah Symphony is a full-time orchestra 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.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1982 Symphonie fantastique Berlioz; Utah Symphony Orchestra, Varujan Kojian 2
1983 The Star Wars Trilogy: Star Wars / The Empire Strikes Back / Return of the Jedi John Williams; Utah Symphony Orchestra, Varujan Kojian 4
1985 Music From Alfred Hitchcock Films The Utah Symphony Orchestra, Charles Ketcham 1
1987 Symphony no. 2 / Tragic Overture Brahms; London Symphony Orchestra, Enrique Batiz, The Utah Symphony Orchestra, Varujian Kojian 1
1989 Homage to Erik Satie Maurice Abravanel & Utah Symphony Orchestra 1
1990 Symphony no. 2 "Psalms" / Armenian Suite Richard Yardumian; Utah Symphony, Varujan Kojian, Lili Chookasian 1
1991 The Complete Ballets of Erik Satie Erik Satie; Maurice Abravanel, Utah Symphony Orchestra 1
1992 Peer Gynt Suites no. 1, op. 46 & no. 2, op. 55 / Symphonic Dances, op. 64 / Norwegian Dances, op. 35 Edvard Grieg; Utah Symphony & Chamber Orchestra, Maurice Abravanel 1
1993 Christmas Favorites: Do You Hear What I Hear Jay Welch Chorale, Utah Symphony 1
1995 Varèse: Nocturnal - Ecuatorial / Lazarof: Structures Sonores Edgard Varèse, Henri Lazarof; Utah Symphony Orchestra, Maurice Abravanel 1
1999 A German Requiem Johannes Brahms; Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Utah Symphony, Craig Jessop, Janice Chandler, Nathan Gunn 1
2002 Sophisticated Ladies Newton Wayland, Utah Symphony Pops 1
2005 Homage to Satie Erik Satie; Maurice Abravanel, Utah Symphony Orchestra 1
2005 Requiem Berlioz; Utah Symphony Orchestra, Maurice Abravanel 1
The Great Composers 19: Tchaikovsky Short Orchestral Works including "1812" Festival Overture Tchaikovsky; Utah Symphony Orchestra, Maurice Abravanel 1
The Great Composers: 04 - Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 Tchaikovsky; Prague Symphony Orchestra, Utah Symphony Orchestra 1
The Great Composers: 16 - Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 "Pathétique" Tchaikovsky; Utah Symphony Orchestra, Maurice Abravanel 1
The Great Composers: 37 - Grieg: Peer Gynt & Piano Concerto in A Op. 16 Grieg; Utah Symphony Orchestra, Maurice Abravanel, Grant Johannesen 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1986 The Lady Remembers (The Statue of Liberty Suite) / Wilderness Suite Richard Adler; Detroit Symphony, Günther Herbig, Utah Symphony, Charles Ketcham 1
1996 The Nutcracker (complete ballet) / Swan Lake Suite Tchaikovsky; Utah Symphony Orchestra, Maurice Abravanel 1
2001 Complete Symphonies / Overtures Tchaikovsky; Utah Symphony Orchestra, Maurice Abravanel 1
2004 Orchestral Masterpieces: Pulcinella / Violin Concerto / Concerto for Strings / Dunbarton Oaks / Petrouchka Igor Stravinsky; Australian Chamber Orchestra, Christopher Lyndon-Gee, Utah Symphony Orchestra, Maurice Abravanel, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Edmond de Stoutz, London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras 1
Lincoln Portrait Copland, Morton Gould; Utah Symphony Orchestra, Maurice Abravanel, Charlton Heston 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Mahler Symphony no. 8 Utah Symphony 1
2004 Swan Lake, Grand Ballet in Four Acts, Op. 20 Peter Tchaikovsky; Utah Symphony, Maurice Abravanel 1

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