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Utah Symphony will celebrate Mahler and Mozart

Maestro Thierry Fischer will lead the Utah Symphony through the music of Austrian composers Mozart and Mahler this weekend at Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City. (Courtesy of the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera)

Maestro Thierry Fischer leads the Utah Symphony during a performance featuring the music of Austrian composers Mozart and Mahler on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 8 to Jan. 9, at 7:30 p.m. at Abravanel Hall, 123 S. West Temple.

The concert will not only feature famous masterpieces from two great composers, but also shine a light on the modern violin talent Augustin Hadelich. Tickets, priced from $18 to $79, are available for purchase through http://www.utahsymphony.org or by calling 801-355-2787.

Utah Symphony Vice President of Artistic Planning Toby Tolokan will offer a pre-concert lecture prior to each performance starting at 6:45 p.m. in the First Tier Room at Abravanel Hall. Lectures are free to all ticket holders.

The Utah Symphony’s Mahler Symphony Cycle, paying homage to the symphony’s founder Maurice Abravanel’s legacy and vision during its 75th anniversary, continues at this performance with Symphony No. 7, also sometimes referred to as "Song of the Night."

The Utah Symphony performed Mahler’s first four symphonies in the 2014-15 season and will conclude the two-year cycle with Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 on May 27 and 28.

Under the baton of Maestro Abravanel, the Utah Symphony became the first American orchestra to record all of Mahler’s symphonies. The performance of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, "Titan," recorded live in Abravanel Hall in September 2014, was released September 2015 on Reference Records.

In addition, Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 will be featured in the first half of the concert, showcasing world-renowned violinist Augustin Hadelich.

Mr. Hadelich is a much sought after violinist who recently won the Warner Music Prize of $100,000, which is awarded to a promising musician between the ages 18 and 35 who demonstrates exceptional talent and outstanding promise.

Continuing to astonish audiences around the globe with his technique, poetic sensibility, and angelic tone, Mr. Hadelich’s 2015-16 season includes debuts with the Chicago Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in Carnegie Hall.

The Washington Post raves, "The essence of Hadelich’s playing is beauty: reveling in the myriad ways of making a phrase come alive on the violin, delivering the musical message with no technical impediments whatsoever, and thereby revealing something from a plane beyond ours."


  • The Utah Symphony under the direction of Maestro Thierry Fischer will present Mozart and Mahler on the Brigham Young University campus at the de Jong Concert Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center on Thursday, Jan. 7 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets and information can be found by visiting arts.byu.edu/event/utah-symphony.
  • Utah Symphony | Utah Opera’s education department has posted an online listening guide to the "Mahler Cycle" on the Utah Symphony website to provide people with information and insight into the composer and his famous symphonies.

    In advance of every Mahler symphony, an online listening guide by University of Utah School of Music’s Dr. Bettie Jo Basinger filled with background materials and information movement by movement will be posted. Also included in the drop-down menu are audio clips and oral histories of former Utah Symphony musicians recalling Maestro Abravanel’s work with the Mahler symphonies.

    For more information, visit http://www.utahsymphony.org/the-mahler-cycle .

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