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Music notes: Utah Symphony continues the Nielsen cycle

Published November 12, 2013 9:56 am

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The Utah Symphony continues its seasonlong presentation of the complete symphonies of Carl Nielsen. This week brings Symphony No. 3, nicknamed "Sinfonia espansiva."

"The Third is a very special symphony to me," said music director Thierry Fischer. "[Nielsen] was incredibly sad and totally depressed. … He was putting his sadness in writing, and this is the first time you have this depth [from him]." Fischer said a highlight for concertgoers will be the symphony's second movement, in which soprano Melissa Heath and baritone Shea Owens will sing wordless melodies. "I like to believe that the two singers represent Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden," he said. "It says a lot about the element of the human voice."

Also on the program is Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 — the only piano concerto Beethoven wrote in a minor key. The renowned Dutch pianist Ronald Brautigam is the soloist. "He's a great artist, especially in the Classical repertoire," Fischer said.

The conductor joked that he will continue his Haydn symphony cycle this week with the fourth of the composer's 100-plus symphonies. The overture to Mozart's final opera, "The Magic Flute," rounds out the bill.

When • Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.

Where • Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $18 to $55 at http://www.utahsymphony.org

Learn more • Fischer and Nielsen scholar Mogens Mogensen will chat about the music with Utah Symphony VP Toby Tolokan onstage at 7 each night.

Master class • Brautigam will teach a master class onstage at Abravanel Hall on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. The class, featuring advanced Utah Symphony Youth Guild members playing for Brautigam, is free and open to the public, but seating onstage is limited. Register at http://www.usuoeducation.org/index.php/adults/masterclasses.

Cadenza • Utah Symphony | Utah Opera's social networking group for older listeners presents its first event of the season on Friday. Join the group for dinner (around $30) and then sit together at the concert. Concert tickets are $35, or $146 for a seven-concert package; call 801-533-NOTE (6683) for information.

Salute to veterans

The American Festival Chorus will pay tribute to American veterans. The Utah State University Symphony Orchestra will join the volunteer chorus, conducted by Craig Jessop, in patriotic selections. Guest speaker is Hoyt Kelley, a veteran of World War II.

When • Monday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m.

Where • Kent Concert Hall at Utah State University, Logan

Tickets • Free; no tickets required

Percussion Extravaganza

The University of Utah Graduate Percussion Quartet, Drumline and other percussionists will perform hits from the classical to contemporary, as well as non-Western and jazz-influenced works by John Cage, David Skidmore, Aurel Hollo and more.

When • Monday, Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m.

Where • Libby Gardner Concert Hall, 1375 E. Presidents Circle, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $10; students/seniors/U. faculty and staff $6 Arts Pass; U. of U. students and high-school students are free with student ID

Chamber Music Society: Modigliani Quartet

The French Modigliani Quartet was formed by four close friends. Now celebrating 10 years of partnership, this ensemble has produced four award-winning CDs and gained international recognition. Its Salt Lake City program will include Haydn, Debussy and Dohnanyi.

When • Tuesday, Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m.

Where • Libby Gardner Concert Hall, 1375 E. Presidents Circle, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $25; $13 for University of Utah faculty and staff

Symphonic Band and Chamber Ensembles Concert

Utah State University's Department of Music will present the fall Symphonic Band and Chamber Ensembles concert. The program will feature diverse works for band, including arrangements of "Amazing Grace" by Frank Ticheli and the "March to the Scaffold" from Berlioz's "Symphonie fantastique."

When • Wednesday, Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m.

Where • Utah State University Kent Concert Hall, 1400 Old Main Hill, Logan

Tickets • Free

Love Is Where You Find It

Southern Utah University Opera will present a double bill of "Love Is Where You Find It," varied opera and musical theater scenes, with Michael Ching's "Speed Dating Tonight!: A Comic Opera in One Act."

When • Wednesday through Saturday, Nov. 13-16, 7:30 p.m.

Where • Thorley Recital Hall at Southern Utah University, 351 W. University Blvd., Cedar City

Tickets • $6; $4 for SUU faculty and staff; SUU students are free with a valid student ID.

Joshua Bell

Superstar violinist Joshua Bell will give a recital in Provo. Assisting is pianist Sam Haywood.

When • Thursday, Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m.

Where • de Jong Concert Hall, Brigham Young University, Provo

Tickets • Sold out.

Jazz Repertory Band

New this year, the Jazz Repertory Band, directed by David Hall and John Olshinski, performs classic jazz ensemble repertoire from varying eras. The band's inaugural concert will feature rarely performed music of the Miles Davis Nonet.

When • Thursday, Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m.

Where • Libby Gardner Concert Hall, 1375 E. Presidents Circle, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $10; students/seniors/U. faculty and staff $6 Arts Pass; U. of U. students and high-school students, free with student ID

Selena Gomez

Pop rock singer Selena Gomez will perform. Visit http://www.energysolutionsarena.com for information. Visit smithstix.com/events/item/root/selena-gomez for tickets.

When • Thursday, Nov. 14, 8 p.m.

Where • EnergySolutions Arena, 301 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $36-$66; visit bit.ly/ZEdLkl

A Joyful Noise

Join Holy Trinity Lutheran Church for a musical evening of praise and thanksgiving by members of the worship bands from The Adventure Church in Draper. Proceeds to benefit the building fund for Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Concordia Learning Center and LCMS World Relief and Human Care.

When • Friday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m.

Where • Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 12723 Park Ave., Riverton

Tickets • $15

U. Women's Chorus with Morgan High School Women's Chorus

The University of Utah Women's Chorus teams up with Morgan High School's Women's Chorus in an "Adopt-a-Choir" concert. Each choir will perform and then combine for Hampton's rousing gospel anthem "Praise His Holy Name."

When • Friday, Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m.

Where • Libby Gardner Concert Hall, 1375 E. Presidents Circle, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $10; students/seniors/U. faculty and staff $6 Arts Pass; U. of U. students and high school students, free with student ID

Bells on Temple Square

The Bells on Temple Square will present a Christmas concert. They are under the direction of LeAnna Willmore. Tickets are required. For ticket information, call 801-570-0080 or visit http://www.lds.org/events.

When • Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15-16, 7:30 p.m.

Where • Salt Lake LDS Tabernacle, 50 N. Main, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free

Tully Cathey

Guitarist, composer and teacher Tully Cathey will perform in the sanctuary of All Saints Episcopal Church. Visit http://www.ucgs.org for information or call 801-580-9881.

When • Friday, Nov. 15, 8-9:30 p.m.

Where • All Saints Episcopal Church, 1710 Foothill Drive, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $25; students with ID, $5

St. Cecilia's Day

The Choir of the Cathedral of the Madeleine will present its annual St. Cecilia's Day Concert. The choir will perform Herbert Howell's "Take Him, Earth for Cherishing"; Arvo Pärt's "Cantus" and Britten's "Saint Nicolas." Seating passes are free and may be requested in advance at utmcs.org or by calling 801-994-4663.

When • Sunday, Nov. 17, 8 p.m.

Where • Cathedral of the Madeleine, 331 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free