Utah Symphony performs at spectacular site near Bluff
The Utah Symphony performed near Bluff on August 31 to a crowd estimated at exceeding 1,500 people.
The performance of the full symphony orchestra was presented from a temporary stage set up at Camp Sticki-Ta-Tudy, about two miles west of Bluff.
The spectacular setting was matched by a spectacular performance of music from the renowned symphony orchestra, which includes more than 100 members under the direction of Swiss director Thierry Fischer.
The program included two works of renowned Native American composer Brent Michael Davids, including Spirit Woman Song and Fluting Around.
The composer himself, a Mohican, performed during the second work.
The program included rousing performances of Fanfare for the Common Man, A Night on Bald Mountain, Clair de Lune, and the William Tell Overture.
Other performers included soprano Abigail Rethwisch and baritone Andrew Paulson.
Dramatic weather added to the effect, but resulted in the cancelation of the star party planned after the concert.
Camp Sticki-Ta-Tudy is owned by the Hole in the Rock Foundation, who helped coordinate the performance.
In addition to the spectacular concert, there were musical outreach programs in several of the local schools.
The tour was part of the Great American Road Trip tour of the symphony and included performances of the full orchestra in Bluff, Springdale and Dinosaur National Monument.
Chamber concerts were presented at Cedar Breaks National Monument, Goblin Valley State Park, and in Vernal.
Sponsors of the concert series include the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation, Zions Bank, Utah Travel Council, Jennifer Spears, the Charles and Annaley Redd Foundation, National Endowment of the Arts, Flying J, Art Works, and more.