Utah Symphony to Feature French Impressionist Works, 12/7 & 8

Utah Symphony to Feature French Impressionist Works, 12/7 & 8

The Utah Symphony and guest conductor Jun Märkl will stamp their musical passports as they perform the colorful creations of French impressionist composers Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel.

Märkl and the orchestra will first travel through the symphonic paintings of Debussy’s charming “Petite suite” and “Ibéria” No. 2, December 7 and 8, at 8 p.m. at Abravanel Hall. Then, French pianist Pascal Rogé will join the orchestra for Ravel’s enchanting Piano Concerto in G major. The concert will conclude with Ravel’s “Rhapsodie espagnole.”

These two Parisian orchestral music icons showed the world what it truly meant to “paint with sound.”

Debussy’s music is best known for its fluidity and sensory component. The notes float lyrically and do not often settle to form around a particular set of notes or key. He was an innovator who wove the joys and turbulence of his life into his music. The sweeping emotion in his passages glitters with melodic tonality, showcasing his poetic brilliance.

Ravel was inspired by his mother’s Spanish heritage, and the influence of traditional Basque music can be heard in his works. In many ways, Ravel regarded himself as a classicist, yet he was not solely dependent on classical tradition. His intricate modulations, complex harmonies and avant-garde melodies have made him one of France’s most beloved composers.

Märkl, Rogé and Toby Tolokan, Utah Symphony Vice President of Artistic Planning, will present a free pre-concert chat each night, one hour prior to the start of the performance on the orchestra level of Abravanel Hall.

Single tickets for the performances range from $18 to $53 and can be purchased by calling (801) 355-ARTS (2787), in person at the Abravanel Hall ticket office (123 W. South Temple) or by visiting www.utahsymphony.org. Discounted student tickets will be available on the date of the performance. Season ticket holders and those desiring group discounts should call (801) 533-NOTE (6683). All ticket prices are subject to change and availability. Ticket prices will increase $5 when purchased on the day of the performance.

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