Utah Symphony Orchestra
Founded in 1940, the Utah Symphony has become an eminent presence in the American music scene through its distinctive performances worldwide and its well-known recording legacy. Previous to its official founding, the Utah Symphony's first incarnation was as a Works Progress Administration Orchestra from 1935 to 1940.
The orchestra became recognized as a leading ensemble largely through the efforts of Maurice Abravanel, its Music Director from 1947 to 1979. Under his direction, the orchestra made its first recordings of works by Varese, Milhaud, Gottschalk, Honegger and Satie, as well as the first full set of the Mahler Symphonies.
Under Joseph Silverstein, whose tenure as Music Director began in 1983, and Keith Lockhart, Music Director from 1998 to 2009, the orchestra has continued its commitment to the music of our time, recording and premiering a number of great American works.
Maurice Abravanel Hall, current home of the Utah Symphony, is acclaimed as one of the world's great concert halls - having won awards for both superb architecture and extraordinary acoustics. In addition to performing more than 70 subscription concerts annually in Abravanel Hall, the Symphony regularly travels around the Intermountain West, and has served communities in Utah, Wyoming, Nevada and Idaho. In April 2005, the orchestra embarked on its first European Tour in 19 years, visiting concert halls in Austria and Germany.
The orchestra participates in the Utah Opera's four annual productions at Salt Lake's Capitol Theatre. In addition, the Utah Symphony performs numerous concerts as part of the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera's Deer Valley® Music Festival, held each summer in the Park City mountain community. 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 schools throughout the state.
With its many subscription, education and outreach concerts and tours, the Utah Symphony is one of the most engaged orchestras in the nation. - utahsymphony.org