Pink Martini Joins Utah Symphony for Holiday Weekend

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Highly-anticipated special guest ensemble Pink Martini joins Principal Pops Conductor Jerry Steichen and the Utah Symphony in Abravanel Hall this weekend, December 12 and 13 at 8 p.m. for a holiday show that brings music, magic and excitement from around the world right to our doorstep. Tickets, priced from $34 to $68, are available for purchase through www.utahsymphony.org or by calling (801) 355-2787.

Also this weekend is the Utah Symphony's annual holiday concert "Here Comes Santa Claus!" at Abravanel Hall on December 13 at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Led by Santa's favorite conductor Vladimir Kulenovic, the two kid-friendly, 45-minute long family concerts are full of holiday favorites including "Joy to the World," "O Christmas Tree" and "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer." Santa Claus will be in the lobby before each concert, so don't forget your wish list! Tickets, priced from $8 to $18, are available for purchase through www.utahsymphony.org or by calling (801) 355-2787.

Pink Martini is well-known for a culturally eclectic repertoire. The ensemble, known as Portland's "Little Orchestra," draws inspiration from music from the world over, fusing the genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop. Their multilingual vocalists sing in different languages including, but not limited to, English, Spanish, Arabic, Japanese, and French. It is easy to relate to their music, energy, and appeal. "The New York Times" said, "The sparkle of fantasy, even more than musicianship or internationalism, just might be the secret to Pink Martini's success."

The members of Pink Martini are Phil Baker (upright bass), Gavin Bondy (trumpet), Pansy Chang (Cello), Nicholas Crosa (violin), Brian Lavern Davis (congas, drums and percussion), Dan Faehnle (guitar), China Forbes (vocals), Storm Large (vocals), Thomas M. Lauderdale (piano), Timothy Nishimoto (vocals and percussion), Robert Taylor (trombone), and Anthony Jones (drums and percussion).

RELATED EVENTS

Utah Symphony | Utah Opera's Education Department offers free holiday lobby activities for families in the lobby prior to each of the "Here Comes Santa Claus!" concerts. The Madeleine Choir School Orchestra will perform from 10 to 10:45 a.m. and Stirling Strings will perform from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Santa Claus will be available to talk to children and to take pictures with families in front of the Chihuly from 9:45 to 10:50 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Kids of all ages are invited to make their own Utah Symphony holiday ornament with Youth Guild and Education staff volunteers. Lobby opens at 9:30 a.m.

PROGRAM

The Utah Symphony presents

Joy to the World with Pink Martini

Abravanel Hall, 123 West South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah

Dec. 12-13, 2014 | 8:00 p.m.

Jerry Steichen, Conductor

Selections will be announced from the stage.

Concert Sponsors

Conductor Sponsor: Caffé Molise & BTG Wine Bar

Tickets, priced from $34 to $68, are available for purchase through www.utahsymphony.org or by calling (801) 355-2787. Tickets increase $5 on the day of the performance.

PROGRAM

The Utah Symphony presents

Here Comes Santa Claus!

Abravanel Hall, 123 West South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah

Dec. 13, 2014 | 11:00 a.m and 12:30 p.m.

Vladimir Kulenovic, Conductor

Various: Holiday Fanfare Medley

Lowell Mason: Joy to the World

Ernst Anschütz: O Christmas Tree

James M. Stephenson: A Charleston Christmas

Jester Hairston: Mary's Little Boy Chile

Various: Swing Carol Fantasy

Gene Autry/ Oakley Haldeman: Here Comes Santa Claus

Johnny Marks: Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Various: Holly and Jolly Sing-Along

All pieces on this program arranged by James M. Stephenson

Concert Sponsors

Family Concert Sponsor: Emma Eccles Jones Foundation

Tickets, priced from $8 to $18, are available for purchase through www.utahsymphony.org or by calling (801) 355-2787. Tickets increase $5 on the day of the performance.

About the Utah Symphony

Founded in 1940, the Utah Symphony is dedicated to offering orchestral performances that span the traditions of the past and challenge possibilities for our present and future audiences. Utah Symphony | Utah Opera, the orchestra's parent organization, reaches 450,000 residents in Utah and the Intermountain region, with educational outreach programs serving more than 155,000 students annually. The orchestra presents more than 70 performances each season in Abravanel Hall, participates in the Utah Opera's four annual productions at the Capitol Theatre, in addition to numerous community concerts throughout Utah and the annual outdoor summer series - the Deer Valley Music Festival -in Park City, Utah. With its many subscription, education, and outreach concerts and tours the Utah Symphony is one of the most engaged full-time orchestras in the nation. For more information visit www.utahsymphony.org.



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