Director’s Message

Photo of Robert Baldwin Welcome to the 2013-14 Salt Lake Symphony Season! Since 1976, the SLS has served as the premiere community orchestral ensemble in the Salt Lake region. Now in our 38th season, we are more engaged than ever in bringing high quality music and educational programs to the area. Come check us out this season and see soloists from your own neighborhoods: Utah Symphony leaders such as Ralph Matson and John Eckstein, Monika Jalili our own SLS principal flutist Christina Castellanos, the U of U Opera Theatre and The Utah Voices are just a sampling of the highlights. But also take note of the ensemble of over 100 of your neighbors dedicated to preserving and presenting the finest in symphonic music. We engage the community in exciting and unique ways. You will hear music by Utah's Henry Wolking alongside an established masterpiece by Brahms. You will hear Iranian melodies juxtaposed with music by Rimsky-Korsakov. You will hear opera, sung by rising student stars, alongside favorite Christmas carols. You will hear the known and the unknown, from J.S. Bach to Amy Beach. We pride ourselves as an ensemble that reaches for new heights and willing to take risks for our audience. I know of no community orchestra in the United States that displays this level of talent, dedication and musical depth. See you at the show!

Robert Baldwin

Next Performance

Sacred Sounds
Saturday April 26, 2014 7:30 pm
Libby Gardner Hall
Robert Baldwin and Anton Armstrong, conductors

We welcome conductor Anton Armstrong to conduct on our next program, our annual collaboration with the Utah Voices. The colorful program will open with an orchestra showpiece, Dances of Galanta, by Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály. Filled with Slovakian gypsy tunes remembered from the composer's youth, the piece is a tour de force of orchestral color and writing. The chorus, baritone soloist Christopher Clayton, and maestro Armstrong join the Salt Lake Symphony on the second half for the deeply moving Sacred Service (Avodath Hakodesh) by Ernest Bloch. The result of a 1929 commission, Bloch considered his piece the first great "Jewish Oratorio." Originally conceived as a setting of a Sabbath liturgy, Bloch took four years to compose the work, creating a large 20th-century work with great momentum and structure. Although set to Jewish texts in Hebrew, the work speaks of universal qualities applicable to all mankind. Don't miss these two unique works performed by your unique Salt Lake Symphony with the Utah Voices!


Tickets $12.
Available by calling 801-531-7501, from utahvoices.org 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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