The Utah Symphony, founded in 1940, developed a distinctive reputation because it was the first orchestra to record the first complete cycle of Mahler symphonies, along with works by Varese, Milhaud, Gottschalk, Honegger, and Satie. Under the direction of Joseph Silverstein, and now Keith Lockhart, the orchestra has continued its commitment to new music, premiering and recording many American works.
Each season the Utah Symphony, in collaboration with the Utah Opera, presents a festival that bridges all forms of artistic expression, providing an opportunity to expand and explore how each defines the human experience. A collaboratation with local museums, art galleries, libraries, film centers, performing arts groups, and scholars, this festival truly offers something for everyone.
The Symphony also offers annual concerts for special needs individuals, including “An Evening at the Opera for the Blind and Visually-Impaired” and “The Concert for Children with Autism and their Families”.
Utah Symphony Information
- Performances/Programs: Over 70 per season
- Ticket Prices: Range from $16-$58. Elementary, high school, and college students are entitled to a discount for most Utah Symphony and Utah Opera performances.
- Group Discounts: Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more; students are $8 and accompanying parents, teachers, and professors are $16.
- Subscriptions: Multiple subscription offers are offered. Pre-formed Series include: Classical, Opera, “Finishing Touches” (Dress Rehearsals), Pops, Chamber, “Lollipop” (Children’s Concerts), and “Discovery” (children’s concerts) packages. “Design-a-Series” allow subscribers to order tickets to four or more performances from the 2008-2009 season, and save 20% off the regular single ticket price. The Student “Design-a-Series” subscription offers tickets for just $8 a concert. Subscriber benefits include savings at the area’s best businesses with your Subscriber Advantages Card, exclusive invitations to special events, a free subscription to Tempo magazine and complimentary ticket exchanges.
- Membership: Donations beginning at $50 receive an “I Support” window decal and periodic program listing. At higher donation levels, members get the opportunity to participate in backstage “Meet and Greets” upon request and also receive invitations to board-hosted dinners with special guests from the Orchestra and Opera Ensemble.
- Activities for Children: The “Lollipops” Series, for children ages 5 through 10 and the “Discovery Series”, for students ages 11 through 18, are concerts featuring young musicians, and include activities for children.