EOS World Premiere, Andre Watts, Kazuki Yamada and More Set for Utah Symphony's 2014-15 Season
Utah Symphony Music Director Thierry Fischer and President & CEO Melia Tourangeau today announced the Utah Symphony's complete 2014-15 season. Maestro Fischer will lead the Symphony through 11 of the 18 Masterworks Series performances, which include more than 60 pieces with repertoire spanning 250 years, all performed in the Utah Symphony's Abravanel Hall. A complete list of programs is provided below.
"I'm thrilled to share plans for our 2014-15 season, leading up to our 75th anniversary celebration in 2015-16. I am pleased to honor this anniversary with a big Mahler Symphony Cycle, a wonderful tribute to the legacy of Maurice Abravanel that will be performed over two seasons, ending in May 2016," said Maestro Fischer, who will begin his sixth season as Utah Symphony's Music Director. "I hope that our passion on stage, our dedication to the community, our energy, motivation and vision of excellence will be contagious. I look forward to seeing everyone in Abravanel Hall, and hope that all will be inspired by our programs. We are striving to create a bridge between the outside world and our inner world."
This season's highlights include the world premiere of EOS, a new work named after the Greek goddess of dawn, by composer Augusta Read Thomas and commissioned by the Utah Symphony, on February 20 and 21. In a collaboration between the Utah Symphony and the Utah Symphony Chorus, prepared by newly-appointed Symphony Chorus Director Barlow Bradford, Maestro Fischer will lead a performance of Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé on April 10 and 11. In a special New Year's program on January 2 and 3, Maestro Fischer will lead the symphony in a concert featuring works by Johann Strauss II and Shostakovich that reflects the annual televised performances of the Vienna Philharmonic on New Year's Day from Musikverein in Vienna.
The 2014-15 season also brings the long-anticipated reintroduction of a Chamber Music Series. The series brings regular season Utah Symphony | Utah Opera programming to Park City, where the organization presents its annual Deer Valley Music Festival outdoor summer series, in an effort to establish a larger presence there during the winter season. The Chamber Series will have music complementing the operas that are opening the following week at Utah Opera: French music in January right before Bizet's The Pearl Fishers (January 17-25, 2015) and Stravinsky's music in May in anticipation of the composer's opera, The Rake's Progress (May 9-18, 2015).
Guest soloists for the 2014-15 season include pianist Yefim Bronfman, who will perform Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2 on September 19 and 20; pianist and conductor Ignat Solzhenitsyn, who will lead the Utah Symphony in a performance of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 18 in B Flat, K. 456 on October 24 and 25; and pianist André Watts, who has been a favorite with Utah Symphony audiences for five decades, in a concert of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5, "Emperor" on March 6 and 7.
Other guest artists include Principal Guest Conductor of Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Kazuki Yamada, in his United States debut leading the Utah Symphony in works by Glazunov, Mussorgsky, and Saint-Saëns on May 1 and 2; soprano Celena Shafer, a native of Utah performing in three concerts as an artist in residence beginning with Mahler's Symphony No. 2 on November 14 and 15; and German violinist Veronika Eberle closing the season with a performance of Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1 on May 22 and 23.
President and CEO of the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera, Melia Tourangeau, said, "In his sixth season as Music Director, I am thrilled with the level of musicianship Thierry Fischer brings to our audiences. He continues to introduce world-renowned guest conductors, world-class guest artists, and compelling and exciting repertoire to all of us. As we approach the 75th anniversary of the Utah Symphony in 2015, I can see no better way to celebrate this milestone than reviving the Mahler tradition that Maurice Abravanel brought to our community and the world. Yefim Bronfman is probably one of the most sought-after pianists in the industry and his return to the Abravanel stage is going to be a personal highlight of my season, along with the Mahler symphonies, Bartók Concerto for Orchestra and Strauss' 'Ein Heldenleben'."