Utah Symphony to Present Dukas' SORCERER'S APPRENTICE and More, 10/25
Utah Symphony, led by guest conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier, presents Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's majestic Piano Concerto No. 25 and the dramatic Sorcerer's Apprentice by Paul Dukas, the charming musical fable made famous by Disney's Fantasia.
Acclaimed rising American pianist Orion Weiss joins the Utah Symphony for the Mozart piano concerto, which was written during one of the greatest years of the composer's compositional life and stands tall among his impressive wealth of piano masterpieces. The orchestra also performs Jean Sibelius' heroic Symphony No. 5, the original version of which was premiered by Sibelius himself with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra on his own 50th birthday, December 8, 1915.
It would be a challenge to find a composer who had a more important year than Mozart did in 1786, in which he completed The Marriage of Figaro, the "Prague" Symphony, the "Hoffmeister" String Quartet and the B-flat Major Piano Trio, and finally Piano Concerti nos. 23, 24 and 25. It was also the beginning of a transition for Mozart, from the performing pianist phase to the opera composer phase. Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 25 was last performed by the Utah Symphony in 2009. Stefan Solyom conducted and Gunilla Sussmann was soloist.
"Pity the poor one-piece composer" writes Orrin Howard in his essay on Dukas' great scherzo The Sorcerer's Apprentice, which premiered in May of 1897 and immediately launched the composer into stardom. An apt piece for the orchestra to play during the Halloween season, The Sorcerer's Apprentice has been frequently performed by the Utah Symphony over the years. The last Masterworks Series iteration was in 2002 under Pavel Kogan. Dukas' Fanfare to La Péri was last performed by the Utah Symphony as part of the Lollipops Series. The year was 2005 and Scott O'Neil was on the podium.
RELATED EVENTS: The Utah Symphony's Finishing Touches Series returns in the 2013-2014 season on Friday, October 25, 2013 at 10 AM. These events are a behind-the-scenes look at the orchestra during the final rehearsals. They will impress upon attendees the diligence and dedication that goes into each performance.
Single tickets for Finishing Touches open rehearsal are $15.50. Single tickets for the evening performance range from $18 to $69 and can be purchased by phone at (801) 355-2787, in person at the Abravanel Hall ticket office (123 W. South Temple) or online by visiting www.utahsymphony.org. $10 tickets are available to anyone 30 or younger through the USUO Upbeat and Youth Ticket programs. Season subscribers and those desiring group discounts should call (801) 869-9046. All ticket prices are subject to change and availability. Ticket prices are subject to change and will increase $5 when purchased on the day of the performance.
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Orion Weiss, Piano
One of the most sought after soloists in his generation of young American musicians, pianist Orion Weiss has performed with the major American orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and New York Philharmonic. The 2013?14 season will feature Weiss with orchestras around North America, including the Milwaukee and Vancouver Symphonies; in the summer of 2014 he will perform again with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The 2012-13 season saw Weiss in repeat engagements with the Baltimore Symphony and New World Symphony; he released a recital album of Dvorak, Prokofiev, and Bartok in spring 2012, and also spearheaded a recording project of the complete Gershwin works for piano and orchestra with his longtime collaborators the Buffalo Philharmonic and JoAnn Falletta. Named the Classical Recording Foundation's Young Artist of the Year in September 2010, in the summer of 2011 Weiss made his debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood as a last---minute replacement for Leon Fleisher. In 2004, he graduated from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Emanuel Ax.