Symphony under the stars

The Utah Symphony has performed several times outdoors this summer. So far, all of the the performances have been at Deer Valley Resort in Park City — a good 45 minutes away from campus.

On Aug. 18, the symphony will descend into Utah Valley and perform at the SCERA Shell.

“Utah is privileged to have such an acclaimed symphony, and in the summer there’s nothing quite like the Utah Symphony’s instrumental genius under the backdrop of the Wasatch Mountains,” said SCERA President and CEO Adam J. Robertson.

Tickets for students are $8, compared to the $12 required to see the same performance at Deer Valley. As usual at the Shell, audience members are encouraged to bring blankets or can rent chairs for $1 apiece.

According to the symphony’s press release, the performance will include Americana fanfares, marches, and big band music. Composers range from Aaron Copeland to George Gershwin.

The decorated conductor David In-Jae Cho will conduct. Cho is in his second year as assistant conductor with the symphony. Before relocating to Utah, he worked for the San Antonio symphony for three years.

The symphony was started in 1940, and since has become an important American orchestra. They have performed internationally and have an extensive recording history. According to the symphony’s press release, “For more than three decades, from 1947 to 1979, maestro Maurice Abravanel guided the symphony to its international reputation and is the artist after whom the Utah Symphony’s performance hall is named.”
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