Salt Lake City and its surrounding environs are gifted with a raft of talented classical music ensembles and long-standing concert series. 2015 was, as in recent years, filled with an array of choices for memorable performances. Many, if not most, of my comments will be gushingly positive, but […]
NOVA Chamber Music Series & Utah Symphony | Andrew Norman Premieres | Concert review by Gregory Walz In three days, two of Utah’s premiere classical music organizations collaborated in Salt Lake City in a way that will continue on four additional weekends for the 2015-2016 concert season. Both entities premiered compositions by a living composer – […]
Sitting in the lush, wood-paneled dignity of the University of Utah’s Libby Gardner Concert Hall, watching a group of talented musicians dressed in black evening wear play the music of a cutting-edge composer, you find mirth welling up in your chest, swelling towards a guffaw, and wonder, “Is […]
Everyone’s favorite musician and folklorist, Hal Cannon is performing with his group 3hattrio at a free in-store concert and Dark Desert Night CD release at Ken Sanders’ Rare Books in Salt Lake City (Thursday, Nov. 5th), followed by two performances at the Moab Folk Festival (Nov. 6-7). Modern dance patrons can sample five of 3hattrio’s pieces in tandem with RDT at “Revel” (November 19 – 21, 2015) at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Salt Lake City.
Westminster Concert Series | An Evening of Gabriel Fauré | Vieve Gore Concert Hall | Monday, October 26, 2015 | Concert review by Gregory Walz Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) was a masterful French composer, and is best known for his languidly vigorous and consoling choral Requiem — likely his most performed composition. His chamber music […]
Utah Chamber Artists | Jubilate | Cathedral of the Madeleine | Monday, September 21, 2015 | Concert review by Gregory Walz Style and passion, with remembrance—these attributes, when elegantly assembled, create a realm fit for a silver anniversary. For Utah Chamber Artists (UCA), its annual Collage concert at the Cathedral of […]
The press has used many words to describe the music of Christian Asplund: passion, panoramic power, pure pointillist, plaintive, painstaking…and that’s just the “p”s. Asplund is a Canadian-American composer-performer based in Utah. He is an associate professor of music at Brigham Young University and extremely active in the […]
Utah Symphony Recording, Mahler’s Symphony No.1 | Reference Recordings | Release Date: September 11, 2015 The Utah Symphony has a Mahler performance tradition, one that began when Maurice Abravanel became its third and most influential music director in 1947. This tradition helped to place the orchestra on the national and international map of major […]
In a novel and effective move, each piece, and each movement in the case of the Brahms, was prefaced by a reading of lines of poetry, or lines from a play, or in the case of the Glinka, a narrative of a brief portion of the composer’s life in the composer’s words. Three actors/actresses from Salt Lake Acting Company performed these readings. They were Olivia Custodio, Robert Scott Smith, and Alexis Baigue.
A dash of two rather obscure (mostly) twentieth-century Danish composers, mixed with the still most–prominent one, along with a peak from a young German composer’s early romanticism. What makes for a superb chamber music concert? The right performers for the repertoire and compelling performances of course.
Choir of the Cathedral of the Madeleine @ Cathedral of the Madeleine. Gounod’s Messe solennelle de Sainte-Cecile and Mozart’s te Deum in C Major. Salt Lake City, Utah, May 10, 2015. Concert review by Gregory Walz. This past Sunday, May 10, 2015 the Choir of the Cathedral of […]
Concert Preview NOVA Chamber Music Series presents its final concert of the season, appropriately named “Season Finale” on Sunday, May 10, at 3 p.m. NOVA always curates a thoughtful and meaningful program that is meant to provide a challenging, yet rewarding experience for the audience. As always, NOVA […]