Utah Symphony aims to inspire


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<strong>A formally dressed couple walks down the aisle of the concert hall, excited about the orchestra that is warming up on stage. They find the correct row number, then their seats. They sit down, and wait for the curtain to raise.</strong>

This very scenario will be taking place this weekend on Sept. 28 and 29 at 8 p.m. in Abravenal Hall. The Utah Symphony will be performing with vocalists Twyla Robinson, Priti Gandhi Colin Balzer and the Utah Symphony Chorus.

The program includes pieces of music that had humble beginnings when written, but are now classical masterpieces readily recognized and anticipated by those who hear them. They include Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, Stravinsky’s Concerto in E-flat major for Chamber Orchestra, and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2, Lobgesang or “Hymn of Praise.”

Hilarie Ashton, a public relations representative for the Utah Symphony said that the show is classical, but still suitable for any audience.

“These pieces were chosen because they have proven to<strong> </strong>be a concert that a lot of people are familiar with,” Ashton said.

Ashton went on to say how excited she was about the guest performers that will be highlighting Mendelssohn and Bach pieces.

“Twyla and Priti are spectacular. … Colin Balzer debuted with Utah Symphony last year… and we’re excited to be bringing him back,” Ashton said.

Brittany Fisher [more student info?], a member of the BYU Women’s Chorus, said people like to hear what they already know, musically.

“Who doesn’t like listening to a piece they recognize?” Fisher said. Music can sometimes start to sound repetitive after a while, so it’s nice to throw in some more familiar pieces. It definitely wakes the crowd up.”

Tina Andersen, a nursing student [from where? what year of school?] who plays the violin, said music can be inspiring when an orchestra works together on performing a show.

“I love good harmonies,” Andersen said. “I love when different lines of music blend together to make emotions seem tangible. Music is really just a fluid expression of emotion.”

For more information on the Utah Symphony, visit <a href=”http://www.facebook.com/utahmusic” target=”_blank”>facebook.com/utahmusic</a>, or <a href=”http://utahsymphony.org/” target=”_blank”>utahsymphony.org</a>. Ticket information can be found on their website, and discounted student tickets are available on the day of the performance.

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