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Utah Symphony Presents 'Under the Stars and the Stripes' Tonight, 6/25

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The Utah Symphony will make a rare visit to Utah County for a performance at the SCERA Shell Outdoor Theatre in Orem tonight, June 25 @ 8pm. The concert, called "Under the Stars…and the Stripes" features a program full of patriotic and pop favorites. General admission tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for children (age 3-11), students (w/ID) and seniors (age 65+). Patrons can bring a blanket or rent a chair for $1.00. Reserved seating areas with a chair range from $14-20.

Tickets are available in advance from 10am-6pm weekdays and Saturdays from 12Noon-6pm at the main office of the SCERA Center for the Arts, 745 South State, Orem, by calling (801) 225-ARTS, online at www.scera.org or at the Shell 60 minutes prior to the concert.

The Symphony has put together a largely patriotic program to "help patrons kick off their 4th of July celebration a week early," says SCERA President & CEO Adam J. Robertson. The program, under the direction of Utah Symphony Associate Conductor Vladimir Kulenovic, will feature The Star Spangled Banner (Smith/Key); Fanfare for The Common Man (Copland); Armed Forces Salute; Colonel Bogey March (Alford); Music for the Royal Fireworks (Handel); South Pacific Symphonic Scenario (Rodgers & Hammerstein); Main Title from Stars Wars Suite for Orchestra (Williams); Overture to Candide (Bernstein); Raiders March (Williams); and the always rousing and popular 1812 Overture (Tchaikovsky). Since his professional conducting debut in 2006 with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada, Associate Conductor Vladimir Kulenovic has conducted performances with the Verbier Festival Orchestra, Beethoven-Orchester Bonn, Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss am Rhein, Aspen Music Festival AACA Orchestra, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra, Indian Hill Orchestra, Connecticut Valley Chamber Orchestra, Juilliard Conductors' Orchestra, Manhattan School of Music Symphony Orchestra, Peabody Institute Symphony Orchestra and Boston Conservatory Orchestra.

Mr. Kulenovic studied with Kurt Masur at the Kurt Masur Conducting Seminar in New York in 2008 and 2009, as well as at the Beethoven-Orchester Bonn and the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, where his final performance with the Verbier Festival Orchestra was internationally televised on Medici TV. Mr. Kulenovic spent the summer of 2010 as a conducting fellow at the Aspen Music Festival, and has also conducted in other prestigious music festivals worldwide, including the National Arts Centre Conducting Programme, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, and the Mozarteum Internationale Sommerakademie in Salzburg. Mr. Kulenovic was awarded the prestigious Alfred B. Whitney Prize for the highest scholastic achievement at the Boston Conservatory where he graduated summa cum laude, as valedictorian, earning degrees in Conducting and Piano Performance. As a pianist, Mr. Kulenovic was awarded the Second Prize at the Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Paris.

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