Letter: Utah Symphony is a treasure

Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune Timpani drummer Eric Hopkins and fellow members of the Utah Symphony as they perform Jose Pablo Moncayo's Huapango, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Symphony No. 25, Arturo Marquez's Danzon No. 2 and Antonin Dvorak's Symphony No. 8 at the Gallivan Center, June 25, 2018.

What a delight to hear 18th-century Johann Sebastian Bach in Abravanel Hall Friday night. The Utah Symphony rarely performs Baroque music in concerts. And there’s more to come this season.

Pairing 20th-century Pierre Boulez between the first two Brandenburg concerti was brilliant programming. Thierry Fischer’s comments set my musical sense to fully enjoy the performance.

Then, the intricate and massive sound of Aaron Copland’s Symphony No. 3 was spectacular. It was one of the finest concerts I’ve heard in the 18 years I’ve been in Salt Lake City.

Having lived in the Philly, Boston and New York areas over the years, I wonder how many Utahns realize what a treasure we have in the Utah Symphony.

Mike Imperiale, Salt Lake City

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