Utah Symphony broadcast wins an Emmy
An hour-long televised musical special on BYU Broadcasting featuring the Utah Symphony with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and American folksinger, James Taylor, has won an Emmy at the 2014 Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards.
"We are deeply honored that Utah Symphony was part of a recording that was recognized at such an outstanding level of achievement," said Utah Symphony | Utah Opera President and CEO Melia Tourangeau. "Our partnerships with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, BYU Broadcasting and O.C. Tanner Company continue to exemplify how the power of music and community can change lives. We could not be more proud of the Emmy win. Congratulations to all involved."
The award in the category of Special Event Coverage (other than news or sports)—Live or Edited, was presented to BYU Broadcasting on October 18, 2014 by the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). Award recipients included producers Jim Bell and Ed Payne; Choir music director Mack Wilberg and general manager Scott Barrick; and BYU Broadcasting executive producers Derek Marquis and Scott Swofford.
BYU Broadcasting recorded the live concert in October 2013, which coincided with the 30th anniversary celebration of the ongoing O.C. Tanner Gift of Music series. The late Obert C. Tanner established and endowed the free concert series presenting the Utah Symphony with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir with soloists, conductors and other choirs as guests in 1983 to foster unity and shared community revolving around the performing arts.
The one-hour special, "The Mormon Tabernacle Choir Presents an Evening with James Taylor", aired on BYUtv in April 2014, and showcases the talents of the 360-member Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the 83-member Utah Symphony, and the legendary Mr. Taylor, who performed hits from his 40-year career, including "Up on the Roof," "The Water Is Wide," "Shed a Little Light" and "You’ve Got a Friend."
Founded in 1940, the Utah Symphony is dedicated to offering orchestral performances that span the traditions of the past and challenge possibilities for our present and future audiences. Utah Symphony | Utah Opera, the orchestra’s parent organization, reaches 450,000 residents in Utah and the Intermountain region, with educational outreach programs serving more than 155,000 students annually.
The orchestra presents more than 70 performances each season in Abravanel Hall, participates in the Utah Opera’s four annual productions at the Capitol Theatre, in addition to numerous community concerts throughout Utah and the annual outdoor summer series the Deer Valley Music Festival in Park City, Utah.
With its many subscription, education, and outreach concerts and tours the Utah Symphony is one of the most engaged full-time orchestras in the nation.
For more information visit http://www.utahsymphony.org .
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