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."