Director’s Message

Photo of Robert Baldwin Welcome to the 40th Anniversary Season of the Salt Lake Symphony! I’m sure that when the group of musicians first formed the ensemble, then called the Salt Lake Repertory Orchestra, they never dreamed of the lasting institution they were founding! But perhaps they were! You never know what will happen when musicians get together. After four decades, little has changed in that regard. The 2015-2016 season is a fantastic realization of 40 years of community music making. Highlights include Stravisky’s Rite of Spring, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 (Pathetique) and Strauss’s Death and Transfiguration. Those are all pieces regularly seen on the professional stage. Our orchestra, community in strength, volunteer in spririt and professional in quality excels at presenting the finest in orchestral repertoire. There is music for all tastes, Bach, Beethoven, Faure, Dvorak and more! And we continue our long-standing tradition of commitment to regional performers and composers with a world premiere of the Brahma Viharas by Salt Lake composer, Phillip Bimstein and the Yellowstone Concerto by Wyoming resident Jett Hitt. Soloists for the season include some of our own orchestra members and local talent of all ages from our Utah community. It is sure to be a banner year. Please join us as we close our fourth decade and plan to launch the next era of musical excellence!

Robert Baldwin

Next Performance

Life, Death, and Beyond
Saturday September 26, 2015 7:30 pm

Libby Gardner Hall
Charlotte Bell, English Horn

Grieg Peer Gynt Suite #1
Phillip Bimstein The Brahma Viharas, A Meditation for English Horn and Orchestra
(World Premiere)
Strauss Death and Transfiguration

Earthly realities, heavenly music. No better way to kick off four decades of music making in Salt Lake City! The 40th Season opens with one of the most beloved works by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg, the Peer Gynt Suite No. 1. Compiled from incidental music for the Ibsen play of the same title, Grieg’s compilation contains four movements that have long been audience favorites, including the deeply moving Åse’s Death and the slightly scary In the Hall of a Mountain King. We will follow this familiar music with something no one has heard before—a world premiere! Phillip Bimstein’s The Brahma Viharas was written especially for Charlotte Bell, our SLS English horn player. It is a work celebrating and describing the four Buddhist virtues of Loving Kindness, Compassion, Joy and Equanimity using the solo English horn and the colors of a modern orchestra. Since we are on the topic of life and death, we thought it appropriate to close the concert with Richard Strauss’s great tone Poem, Death and Transfiguration, a testament to the late Romantic philosophy. Depicting a dying artist, thoughts of life pass through the orchestra as memories: his childhood innocence, the struggles of his manhood, the attainment of his worldly goals; and at the end, the longed-for transfiguration from the infinite reaches of heaven. It’s an orchestral thrill ride worthy of the life it depicts.

Tickets $10 adults, $5 students and seniors.
Available by calling 801-531-7501 or at the door with cash, check or credit card.

Be sure to attend the free pre-concert lecture by Dr. Baldwin, discussing the culture behind the music, from 6:00 to 6:45 p.m. in Room 270, right behind the concert hall.


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