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Published June 28, 2013 8:20 am

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Winner (tie)

Red Butte Garden •(See People's Choice.)

Abravanel Hall • Utah boasts many splendid outdoor concert venues, but some music was meant to be heard indoors, up close and without amplification. (Not to mention that in most of the state, outdoor concerts aren't feasible seven months of the year.) For those occasions, you can't beat Abravanel Hall, where the acoustics are superb, the décor is tastefully elegant and the seating is considerably more comfortable than in the historic Mormon Tabernacle. Most weekends find the state's flagship arts organization, the Utah Symphony, ensconced in the 2,800-seat hall, but Abravanel also plays host to jazz, rock, pop music and stand-up comedy.

First runner-up

Mormon Tabernacle • (See People's Choice.)

Second runner-up

Libby Gardner Concert Hall • First-rate acoustics for chamber music, choral music and solo recitals, though things can get dicey as the size of the instrumental ensemble increases.