Utah Symphony to Kick Off MIGHTY 5 Tour on 8/11
The countdown is on, as Utah Symphony finalizes preparations to hit the road August 11-17 on an ambitious week-long journey to connect the communities of southern Utah with great live music.
Dubbed the Mighty 5 Tour, four free concerts featuring the full orchestra will take place in outdoor venues throughout the communities of southern Utah against the natural backdrop of arches, spires and canyons that define Utah's five national parks, known collectively as "The Mighty 5."
The long-anticipated tour has generated much excitement since it was announced in the spring. Free tickets became available for distribution on July 1 at participating Zions Bank locations, the national parks vistor centers, other southern Utah businesses, and online - and some concerts "sold out" in less than a day. Many Zions Bank branches in southern Utah reported people camping out outside their locations and lineups wrapping around their building exteriors in anticipation of the free tickets being released. More than 6,000 tickets have been distributed to date. Additional stand-by tickets may be available starting at 7:30 PM on the evening of each concert - ticket holders are recommended to be in their seats by this time, at which point those waiting without tickets will be permitted to enter pending additional space at the venues.
Those who are unable to attend the concerts in-person can still follow along online. The entire Mighty 5 Tour repertoire has been posted, along with a curated Spotify playlist created by Utah Symphony Principal Librarian Clovis Lark. The "Journal" portion of the Mighty 5 Tour website (utahsymphony.org/mighty5) will serve as the most up-to-date source of information, featuring photo galleries, behind-the-scenes videos, and blog entries from various voices on the tour, including musicians, volunteers, and fans.
Presented by the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, The Mighty 5 Tour represents a collaboration between two of Utah's great treasures: the state's leading arts organization, Utah Symphony | Utah Opera, and the unparalleled natural beauty of Utah's red rock country preserved within the five national parks. The tour is also made possible with major support from the Utah State Legislature and the Sorenson Legacy Foundation, in addition to funding from O.C. Tanner, Zions Bank, Questar, and Chevron.
At each concert, Music Director Thierry Fischer will lead the Utah Symphony and guest vocalist Celena Shafer, a Utah native, in symphonic works that complement the beauty of the surrounding southern Utah landscape. Rounding out the Mighty 5 Tour are educational outreach activities in the national parks' visitors centers, intimate chamber concerts and outdoor excursions with musicians, all designed to unite the communities with music in celebration of Utah Symphony's upcoming 75th anniversary.