Utah Symphony's Valentine's Day Concert Features Tchaikovsky, Mahler, and More This Weekend

Utah Symphony's Valentine's Day Concert Features Tchaikovsky, Mahler, and More This Weekend

Flowers, hearts and marriage are showcased in the sounds of love and affection in the Utah Symphony's Valentine's Day performance this weekend, Feb. 14 - 15 at Abravanel Hall. Fall in love with Maestro Thierry Fischer as he leads guest Violinist Itamar Zorman through Tchaikovsky's "Violin Concerto in D Major." Composed in 1878, this concerto is one of the best known and is considered to be one of the most technically difficult.

After this special violin performance, dance through fields of flowers with Tchaikovsky's "Waltz of the Flowers" from the Nutcracker Suite and Gustav Mahler's "Bouquet of Flowers", and walk down the aisle with a performance of Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro Overture" and Felix Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" from A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Love isn't without a bit of drama. Midway through the performance the musicians will play a suite from Georges Bizet's "Carmen," the tragic tale of a soldier obsessed with a woman. This opera has become the greatest known and most beloved of Bizet's works. Passion also coincides with love, and the passion of the tango is shown in Astor Piazzolla's "Lebertango," a signature piece showcasing his creation of nuevo tango, which incorporates new elements, like new instruments and jazz beats, into the classical version of tango.

Finally, scattered throughout the performance are the sounds of love itself from John Cage's work "Amores", four movements composed for the prepared piano - a piano that has objects placed between its strings to create unique sounds. Cage wrote that he "thought anything that is small and intimate, and has some love in it, is beautiful." He further stated that "Amores" was "about my conviction that love is something that we can consider beautiful."

This combination of music will indeed be beautiful and give the listeners a chance to fall in love all over again this Valentine's Day.

The USUO Education Department is proud to present a Youth Guild Violin Masterclass taught by violinist Itamar Zorman on Saturday, February 15, 2014. The Youth Guild performers will play a variety of pieces including Beethoven's Sonata No. 2 and Vitali's Chaconne in G. This free event is open to the public and will take place at the Dumke Recital Hall (1375 Presidents Circle, Salt Lake City) at the University of Utah from 11 AM - 1 AM. For more information visit:

Single tickets for the performance start at $18 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 Season subscribers can purchase discounted tickets by contacting (801) 533-6683. Those desiring group discounts should call (801) 869-9046. All ticket prices are subject to change and availability, and will increase $5 when purchased on the day of the performance.

Recently awarded the 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant, violinist Itamar Zorman is the also the winner of the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Russia. He subsequently performed the winners' concerts with Maestro Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra. He previously won the first prize, and the special prize for a performance of a Mozart Concerto, in the 2010 International Violin Competition of Freiburg. In April 2011, upon winning the Juilliard Berg Concerto Competition, he made his Avery Fisher Hall debut with the Juilliard Orchestra led by the late James DePreist. Mr. Zorman has performed as a soloist with the American Symphony Orchestra in Carnegie Hall, the Het Gelders Orkest in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Jerusalem Symphony, the Israeli Chamber Orchestra, the Israel Sinfonietta, the Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra, the Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, and Orquesta Filharmonica de Cali among others.


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