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Gregory Walz

Gregory Walz is a native of Bitburg, Germany and received a B.A. in History from the University of Utah. He has worked at the Utah Division of State History since 2004, in the joint Research Center with the Utah Division of State Archives in the historic Rio Grande depot. He enjoys music in almost all of its forms and genres.


Composers: Wanted Dead or Alive

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 – one being a world premiere, and the other two Utah premieres. The now-venerable but lively […]

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Brevity Begets Beauty

  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 is exquisitely crafted, but this craft can at times conceal some of the intense emotional arcs that it harbors.  It is […]

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The Utah Symphony and Thierry Fischer slide into the Shadow of Mahler

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 […]


Intermezzo Contemplates Words and Music

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.