Utah Symphony to perform in Bluff

The Utah Symphony is touring spectacular areas in the state and is set to perform a free concert in Bluff on Thursday, August 31 at 8 p.m.
It will be necessary to have tickets for the free performance. Tickets are available by calling 801-533-6683 or at www.utahsymphony.org/tours/gart/.
Based on availability, walk-up tickets on the night of the concert may be offered.
Led by Music Director Thierry Fischer, the Utah Symphony embarks upon a 1,200-mile tour of Utah from August 29 to September 2, 2017, connecting with rural communities through free outdoor performances and educational activities to pay homage to the state’s landscape and the country’s Native American heritage.
The “Great American Road Trip” tour comprises three full orchestra concerts and three chamber performances near parks and monuments.
Maestro Fischer conducts symphonic works that complement the natural beauty of Utah, as well as music by Native American composer Brent Michael Davids, who performs in his own work as a wood flute soloist.
The tour’s educational outreach includes in-school assemblies and pre-concert presentations revolving around the role of wind in music making, while post-concert “star parties” allow visitors to learn about the night sky.
The tour is presented in collaboration with Utah’s National and State parks and also the Utah Office of Tourism’s Road to Mighty campaign, which encourages visitors to explore not only the parks, but other scenic locations in Utah.
Educational programming is provided in partnership with the Natural History Museum of Utah. The post-concert “star parties” are held in collaboration with the University of Utah Consortium for Dark Sky Studies and the Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative.
Other funding is from the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, FJ Management Inc., State of Utah, Zions Bank, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
“What better way to connect great live music with the unparalleled natural beauty and heritage of our state than for the Utah Symphony to perform outdoors in the heart of our dramatic landscape!” said Utah Symphony CEO Paul Meecham.
The orchestral program includes Debussy’s “Clair de lune,” Bernstein’s Overture to Candide, the first movement of Dvorák’s Symphony No. 8, and works by Brent Michael Davids.
Davids performs the second movement from his concerto “Fluting Around” on a traditional wooden flute, and his vocal work “Spirit Woman Song” is sung by Utah Opera Resident Artist soprano Abigail Rethwisch.
Performances take place at Springdale – OC Tanner Amphitheater near Zions National Park and Cedar Breaks National Monument, at Bluff near Natural Bridges and Hovenweep national monuments, and at Vernal near Dinosaur National Monument.
“We are honored to once again travel across our magnificent landscape and bring great live music to communities throughout the state,” said Maestro Fischer. “This time, we will focus not only on the natural beauty of Utah but also the cultural beauty, and the human beauty, we find around us. We are so proud to include a Native American performer and composer on the tour and hope our concerts will strengthen the connection between all of the wonderful people who call this special place home.”
Tickets for all performances are free. Attendance at each concert will be ticketed and free-of-charge.
Tickets are available by calling 801-533-6683 or at www.utahsymphony.org/tours/gart/. Based on availability, walk-up tickets on the night of each concert may be offered.
Visit utahsymphony.org/tours/GART for more information.

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