Join the Utah Symphony and Associate Conductor Vladamir Kulenovic for Utah’s favorite Halloween tradition, with theme music from your favorite superhero classics, including Batman, X-Men, Superman and Spiderman. Compete for great prize giveaways – including passes to Utah’s best loved museums, attractions and 2014 Comic Con – in one of the state’s largest costume contests.
Utah families and superhero fanatics are invited to enjoy the magic and thrills of the Utah Symphony’s 23rd annual Halloween concert and costume contest complete with prizes, musical storytelling and festive symphonic tunes.
This year, community partners including KSL NewsRadio, Salt Lake City Comic Con, Utah Museum of Natural History, Geek Show podcast and The Leonardo have donated multiple prizes for each of the four costume contest categories: adult, child, group and symphony member. Prizes include VIP weekend passes to 2014 Salt Lake City Comic Con, as well as family passes to The Leonardo, Clark Planetarium, Thanksgiving Point, Utah Museum of Natural History, Tracy Aviary and various gift cards.
“Superhero Halloween” will take flight October 29 at 7 p.m. in Abravanel Hall and feature well-known selections from iconic symphonic superhero repertoire such as Richard Wagner’s “The Ride of the Valkyries”, John William’s iconic themes to “Star Wars”, “Hook” and “Superman”, and Danny Elfman’s music for “Batman” and “Spider-man”. The program will come together with the musical storytelling of local actor Casey Elliott, who plays the role of a superhero with a mystery identity. Associate Conductor Vladimir Kulenovic and the orchestra’s musical super powers help solve our hero’s crisis.
Sponsored by KSL NewsRadio, the Utah Symphony’s traditional Halloween Costume Contest will precede the concert in the lobby of Abravanel Hall from 5:30 pm. to 6:30 pm. Guests from KSL NewsRadio, Salt Lake City Comic Con and Geek Show will judge the contest, which has become known over the past 22 years for its exciting prizes and outrageous costumes. They will choose three finalists from adult, child and group categories to appear onstage during the concert to be ranked by the audience. Potential contestants must be in line at the judges’ table (on the main floor of the Abravanel Hall lobby) no later than 6:15 p.m. to be considered. The contest concludes at 6:30 pm.
Single tickets for the performance range from $6 to $22 and can be purchased by phone at (801) 355-2787, in person at the Abravanel Hall ticket office (123 W. South Temple) or online by visitingwww.utahsymphony.org. Season subscribers and those desiring group discounts should call 801-533-6683. All ticket prices are subject to change and availability. Ticket prices are subject to change and will increase $3 when purchased on the day of the performance.
GUEST ARTISTS & JUDGES
Bryan Brandenburg – Vice President of Salt Lake City Comic Con
Bryan Brandenburg is a serial entrepreneur, marketing expert and scientist. He has founded two of the largest computer game companies in the country and produced games for Disney, Hasbro and Dreamworks. He has been a senior executive and partner in two of the industry’s top 3D model companies, selling 3D models and software to over 1 million artists worldwide. He is currently VP of Marketing and partner in Salt Lake Comic Con that broke multiple records including largest convention in the state of Utah and largest first year Comic Con in North American history. The event was written about in Forbes magazine and the Huffington Post. Bryan received his education at Weber State University in Mathematics and Physics and is a speaker at the upcoming Utah Governor’s Economic Summit.
Casey Elliot – Guest actor
A resident of Layton, UT, Casey Elliot has performed across the world in various musical theater productions, and concerts. Notable productions include the ’06-‘07 North American Tour of Aida, playing Radames, the first Broadway Tour of Aida in China (’08), playing Radames, and the Taiwan Tour of Aida(’12), playing Radames.
Casey has also appeared locally in a variety of productions including: Zorro (U.S. premier) playing Zorro;Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, playing Joseph; A Tale of Two Cities (Regional Premier) playing Sydney Carton – all at Hale Centre Theatre. Casey also performed last summer in the Utah Symphony’s ‘Accentuate the Positive’ concert, a celebration of the Jewish American composers of Broadway.
In addition to his acting career, Casey is the CEO of thereNow, an education technology company that has pioneered the use of classroom cameras to allow teachers to get better feedback on their teaching.
A show about all things geek: comics, movies, TV, toys, video games, role-playing games, etc. The podcast is recorded every week with a new episode available every Monday (but you can listen to it whenever you want … (Hooray for technology!). This outrageous spectacle is provided by Kerry Jackson (X96), Jimmy Martin (KUTV), Jeff Vice (MSN), Scott Pierce (Salt Lake Tribune), Leigh George Kade (Frisch Compassionate Eatery), Shannon Barnson (City Weekly’s “Worst Utahan”), comedian Jay Whittaker and producer Tony Eccles. Everything can be found at www.geekshowpodcast.com.
Vladimir Kulenovic – Associate Conductor
Since his professional conducting debut in 2006 with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada, Kulenovic has conducted performances with the Verbier Festival Orchestra, Beethoven-Orchester Bonn, Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss am Rhein, Aspen Music Festival AACA Orchestra, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra, Indian Hill Orchestra, Connecticut Valley Chamber Orchestra, Juilliard Conductors’ Orchestra, Manhattan School of Music Symphony Orchestra, Peabody Institute Symphony Orchestra and Boston Conservatory Orchestra.
Kulenovic studied with Kurt Masur at the Kurt Masur Conducting Seminar in New York in 2008 and 2009, as well as at the Beethoven-Orchester Bonn and the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, where his final performance with the Verbier Festival Orchestra was internationally televised on Medici TV. Kulenovic spent the summer of 2010 as a conducting fellow at the Aspen Music Festival, and has also conducted in other prestigious music festivals worldwide, including the National Arts Centre Conducting Programme, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, and the Mozarteum Internationale Sommerakademie in Salzburg.
Amy Iverson – Co-host of KSLNewsRadio “The Browsers”
Amy Iverson is a native of Salt Lake City and is the co-host of KSL NewsRadio’s The Browsers.
She started her radio career at KSL and after 12 years away, she is happy to be back at the station she considers home. Amy has worked as a producer, editor, and reporter in Dallas, Seattle, and for the Armed Forces Radio Network in Europe. Amy spent several years overseas and fell in love with the people and places near her homes in Germany and Italy. Her time spent as a military wife has shaped her views on the world in many ways. Amy and her husband live in Summit County and have three children.
Jay Mcfarland – Co-host of KSLNewsRadio “The Browsers”
Jay Mcfarland spent most of his early career as a restaurant owner and operator in Salt Lake City and Las Vegas Nevada. At the age of 29 he was asked to run 42 restaurants for a national corporation. In 2002 Jay financed a small talk radio show with a desire to have an impact on local and national issues. Within a matter of months Jay was offered a position with the number one talk station in Nevada. In 2005 Jay was asked to bring his show to Dallas Texas where he hosted a very popular talk program focusing on issues instead of partisan bickering. In August of 2010, with a great desire to return home, Jay accepted a position with KSL NewsRadio as a co-host on the Browser radio program.
In addition to his hosting duties on KSL Jay has also authored two books, “Freedom Ain’t Free” and “Joyful Union,” and he has created several popular apps and games for the iPhone and iPad devices.
The Utah Symphony presents
A Superhero Halloween
Abravanel Hall, 123 West South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah
Tuesday, October 29, 2013, 7:00 PM
Igor Stravinsky “Danse Sacrale” from Le Sacre du printemps
Sergei Prokofiev March from The Love for Three Oranges, op. 33bis
Richard Strauss Also sprach Zarathustra, op. 30
Edward Elgar “Nimrod” from Enigma Variations
Danny Elfman Batman Suite
1. The Batman Theme
John Williams “The Flight To Neverland” from Hook
John Ottman Suite from X2: X-Men United
Richard Wagner “The Ride of the Valkyries” from Die Walküre
John Williams “Imperial March” from Star Wars Suite for Orchestra
“Main Title” from Star Wars
Danny Elfman Spider-Man
James Horner “To the Rescue” from The Rocketeer
John Williams Theme from Superman
About the Utah Symphony
Founded in 1940, the Utah Symphony is dedicated to providing Utah residents and visitors with great performances which engage, educate and enrich lives. Utah Symphony | Utah Opera, the orchestra’s parent organization, reaches 450,000 citizens in Utah and the Intermountain region, with educational outreach programs serving more than 200,000 students annually. The orchestra presents more than 70 performances each season in Abravanel Hall, participates in the Utah Opera’s four annual productions at the Capitol Theater, in addition to numerous community concerts throughout Utah and the annual outdoor summer series – the Deer Valley® Music Festival –in Park City, Utah. With its many subscription, education and outreach concerts and tours, the Utah Symphony is one of the most engaged full-time orchestras in the nation. For more information visit www.utahsymphony.org.
Season Sponsor for Utah Symphony | Utah Opera is the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation.