Director’s Message

Photo of Robert Baldwin Welcome to the 42nd Season of the Salt Lake Symphony. As music director of this fine ensemble, I am pleased to welcome you to another fantastic season of Salt Lake City’s premiere community ensemble. Long known for quality performances and exciting programs, the Salt Lake Symphony has once again planned an exciting season of classic standards as well as brand new music deserving to be heard. Be sure to attend our regular programs, but don't forget our family programs and special concerts as well. That’s the place where you can see audiences and players of all ages. Also, the Vienna Ball, our only fundraiser, has become the “go-to” event of the season for seasoned ballroom dancers and folks who just like to dress up for a night of dancing, no matter the skill level. Where else can you dance to a full symphony orchestra, playing some of the most beautiful music ever written?

Everything we do is focused on our people: the musicians, the students we work with, and of course, you, the audience! We tirelessly work towards making every concert a memorable musical event for all. We also pride ourselves at being the best value for classical music in the region. A concert costs less than an evening showing at the movie theater. (And you never regret attending!)

So, what have you got to lose? Join me and the SLS musicians this season to experience a unique cultural gem: Your Salt Lake Symphony!

Robert Baldwin

Next Performance

Heroic Gestures
Saturday November 11, 2017 7:30 pm

Libby Gardner Concert Hall
Seth Keeton, baritone

Shostakovich Festive Overture
(Side-by-Side with high school students)
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Mussorgsky Songs and Dances of Death
Beethoven Symphony #3 “Eroica”

Beethoven’s Eroica is widely recognized as the first important Romantic era symphony. The interesting backstory (Beethoven originally dedicated it to Napoleon and then angrily withdrew the dedication when Bonaparte declared himself Emperor) only touches on the genius found in this symphony. Truly revolutionary, Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony takes us on a journey into the human spirit, from the hopeful opening chords, into the depths of despair of the second movement, then returns to the heights of victory and joy in the Finale. Certainly one of music’s most heroic gestures, the other music on the program follows suit: Shostakovich’s Festive Overture (played side-by-side with our high school guests) and Mussorgsky’s seldom heard “Songs and Dances of Death.” Round out our program. bass-baritone Seth Keeton joins us to add his deeply resonant sound to the Mussorgsky songs. It’s a musical journey you won’t want to miss!

Tickets $10 adults, $5 students and seniors.
Available at the door with cash, check or credit card.

Free Parking for Libby Gardner Hall: 100 South and Wolcott (1450 East)

Be sure to attend the free pre-concert lecture by Dr. Baldwin, discussing the culture behind the music, at 6:15 p.m. in Room 270, right behind the concert hall. Funded in part by a generous donation from the South Salt Lake Rotary Foundation.


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