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It’s remarkable how a guest conductor can come into town and, in a matter of days, establish sufficient rapport with 80-plus strangers that they can perform complex musical works together. Some guests are more successful than others; this week’s conductor, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, clearly has the gift. In his Utah Symphony debut Friday, Solzhenitsyn brought a cool, professional demeanor to the Abravanel Hall podium that belied the vividness of his interpretations of music by Prokofiev, Hindemith and Mozart. The musicians responded with a light, flexible sound, illuminating the composers’ masterful orchestrations. …

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