Director’s Message

Photo of Robert Baldwin Welcome to the 44th Season of the Salt Lake Symphony!

On behalf of all our musicians, I welcome you to the 44th Season of the Salt Lake Symphony A truly FANTASTIC year awaits, from Berlioz’s Symphony Fantastique to music of the jazz age. Our season runs the gamut from beloved light classics to monumental works and world premieres. You’ll recognize many of the composers: Copland, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Gershwin, and Prokofiev. Others might be new to you: Ginastera, Franck, Peck, and Leavitt. But whatever the case, familiar or not, each concert will be an experience you’ll enjoy and not soon forget. We are dedicated to fostering the musicians and music being made right here in Utah, including premiering two works this season by Utah composers, John Costa and Kurt Bestor. Also joining us for several concerts will be first-rate soloists sharing the music of Duke Ellington. Ludwig van Beethoven, and more. Special family concerts and holiday fare promise something for the entire family, all season long. And don’t miss our Annual Vienna Ball on February 8th, where friends and lovers can dance the night away, and help support the orchestra!

Thank you for checking out this fine ensemble. This orchestra is a gem, truly special amongst community ensembles in the United States. This is YOUR symphony; your friends, neighbors, co-workers and teachers; all local musicians playing high-caliber music. The love and commitment is unparalleled. Come see what all the buzz is about. Come experience our art. You’ll be glad you did.

Robert Baldwin

Coronavirus Cancellation

The concerts scheduled for March, April and May 2020 have been cancelled.

Dear Patrons of the Salt Lake Symphony,

Thanks for your patience as we gathered more information regarding the developing situation regarding the COVID-19 epidemic. Our commitment to the health of our musicians and patrons is very important. After considering the developing news from the state and nation, I am saddened to report that we are canceling the remainder of concerts in our 2019-2020 season.

This is, of course, truly unprecedented, but there is no need to panic. Please realize that we are following university decisions and governmental guidelines by exercising an abundance of caution to help protect those who are most vulnerable in our community. It is important to remember this also may include some of us on the stage as well as those in our audiences.

Please know that your SLS Board remains committed to supporting our presentation of the music that we so dearly love and work very hard to perform. We stand with you as we do our part to lower the curve of this threat. The last time I remember feeling this powerless over a concert situation, the date was 9/11/2001. Of course, we weathered that storm as a national arts community and I am convinced we will do so again.

Please take care of yourself and each other. Stay safe. Stay at home. Stay committed to our return in September of 2020. I know we, as an ensemble, will do exactly that!

Next Performance

20th Century Masters
Saturday September 19, 2020 7:30 pm

Libby Gardner Concert Hall
Robert Baldwin, Matthew Makeever, conductors

Hindemith Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Weber
Bartok Rumanian Folk Dances
Shostakovich Symphony #9
(in E-flat Major, op. 70)


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