Monday, May 2, 2016

New York Times Reviews Utah Symphony at Carnegie Hall!

The New York Times reviews the Utah Symphony's Friday night performance and the “Switch” New York Premiere at Carnegie Hall!

“The inspired players excelled in an ambitious program that featured the New York premiere of Andrew Norman’s ‘Switch,’ one of several recent Utah Symphony commissions. … ‘Switch’ explores nonlinear, narrative-scrambling techniques borrowed from video games. His restless music gurgles and explodes in often fragmented phrases, leaping breathlessly from one thing to another.

‘Switch’ actually begins calmly, until slicing chords startle you. Only after the piece had been going for a minute or so did the percussion soloist, Colin Currie, sneak onstage and pick up mallets. The piece unfolded with bouts of frenetic activity, volleys of percussion and gnashing chords. As the title ‘Switch’ suggests, the soloist’s riffs are like triggers, turning other players on and off, including other percussion in the rear.

This technique of quick cuts could easily result in just jumbles of sounds and rhythms. But the pitches Mr. Norman piles up came across as precisely chosen for their astringent beauty and impact. Also, stretches of subdued, if taut, music provided relief from the frenzy. Mr. Currie brought stunning virtuosity and tireless energy to the solo part, which required him to dash constantly among groups of instruments onstage.” —Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times

See the full review on NYTimes.com

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Utah Symphony At Carnegie Hall - TONIGHT!

TONIGHT — The Utah Symphony Returns to Carnegie Hall!

Utah Symphony with
Thierry Fischer, Andrew Norman, and Colin Currie

The Utah Symphony, which opened Carnegie Hall’s 75th anniversary season, returns with Music Director Thierry Fischer to celebrate its own 75th anniversary. Colin Currie performs the New York premiere of Andrew Norman’s Switch on a program that opens with Haydn’s cheerful Symphony No. 96, “The Miracle." The night closes with a performance of selections from Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet and Bartók’s adventurous Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin.

Program


  • HAYDN Symphony No. 96, “The Miracle”
  • BARTÓK Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin
  • ANDREW NORMAN Switch (NY Premiere)
  • PROKOFIEV Selections from Romeo and Juliet

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New York Times Features:


The Utah Symphony has been rebuilding under Mr. Fischer, who was appointed music director in 2009. He has hired more than 30 musicians, a change that has not been without tensions, and recently named a new concertmaster, Madeline Adkins. The ensemble is wrapping up a Mahler cycle and released a recording of that composer’s First Symphony last year, following it a few weeks ago with an album of works it commissioned by Augusta Read Thomas, Andrew Norman and Nico Muhly. Friday’s concert at Carnegie includes the New York premiere of Mr. Norman’s percussion concerto “Switch.”

Read the Michael Cooper feature

“…the [Utah Symphony] can take pride in how it has blossomed under its new music director, Thierry Fischer — just in time for the current 75th anniversary season. An ambitious overhaul of personnel and programming is bearing fruit, as evidenced by an excellent new recording of commissioned works by Nico Muhly, Augusta Read Thomas and Andrew Norman.”

Read the Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim feature

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Mahler: Symphony No. 1

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

RR Heads to Memphis!

Next week, we’ll be in Memphis for the annual Blues Foundation gathering; Hall of Fame celebration and Blues Awards ceremony, with plenty of music and soulful food in between.

Doug MacLeod, Fiona Boyes and drummer Jimi Bott are all up for awards. All of this years nominees represent a special group in the blues universe and we’re thrilled to be working with 3 of them.

Fiona Boyes will perform at the awards and the Hall of Fame reception and Jimi Bott will be at playing at the awards with Bob Margolin, Henry Gray, Willie J. Campbell and Bob Corritore!

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Dawn To Dust a “gratifying” recording

Dawn to Dust shows the broad diversity among contemporary American composers and presents a wide range of styles and quality of work. And each is played with fervor and passion. Nico Muhly's Control…is distinctively American and calls to mind Aaron Copland’s Western inspired works. Andrew Norman's Switch… is a tour de force piece that puts the virtuosity of both the soloist and orchestra on full display. It’s a fabulously dynamic piece that takes the listener on a remarkable sonic journey. But the real gem of this disc is Augusta Read Thomas' EOS. Thomas understands the instruments of the orchestra like few of today’s composers do. EOS is an excellent example of her orchestration talents; it’s brilliantly written and each instrument and section is seamlessly integrated into the textural and musical fabric. The score is vibrant, dynamic and rhythmically thrilling. … These three works are performed with meticulous attention to detail by Fischer and his band. The orchestra plays with clarity, precision and finely crafted articulation. In his time as music director of the Utah Symphony, Fischer has molded it into a first rate ensemble and it’s gratifying to see it once again represented on disc.” —Edward Reichel, Salt Lake Magazine

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Dawn To Dust is Second Inversion's Album of the Week!

“Utah Symphony and Thierry Fischer present an immaculately conceived performance of works by three of our most prominent composers of the moment: Augusta Read Thomas, Nico Muhly, and Andrew Norman. … Utah Symphony really wows in Augusta’s music: the way challenging runs pass through the entire orchestra with perfect precision and ensemble is truly something for the ears to behold… [Control is] a fascinating work, such a far evolution from Muhly’s earlier minimalist-influenced textures, although this DNA partially forms the rhythmic backbone of Beehive. It’s interesting that the fourth part, Petroglyph and Tobacco, reminds me of Copland’s most muscular, swashbuckling populist works… Andrew Norman’s Switch… never ceases to surprise, enthrall, or sound less than tremendously difficult. It’s an incredibly symphonic work that seems to be successful in a purely shock-and-awe way, a work that clearly says ‘look what a modern orchestra is capable of.’ Haydn would have been terrified.” —Geoffrey Larson, Second Inversion

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Monday, April 25, 2016

New York Times features the Utah Symphony!

The New York Times features Thierry Fischer and the Utah Symphony before their Carnegie Hall performance this Friday (4/29/2016)!

“…the [Utah Symphony] can take pride in how it has blossomed under its new music director, Thierry Fischer — just in time for the current 75th anniversary season. An ambitious overhaul of personnel and programming is bearing fruit, as evidenced by an excellent new recording of commissioned works by Nico Muhly, Augusta Read Thomas and Andrew Norman.” —Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, New York Times

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Mahler: Symphony No. 1

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Friday, April 22, 2016

From Utah To Carnegie Hall!

Online magazine Smile Politely highlights the upcoming Utah Symphony tour on their way to next week's Carnegie Hall Performance!

“The Utah Symphony will perform a concert of varied works at the Foellinger Great Hall of Urbana’s Krannert Center on April 27. This is an orchestra from a seemingly small market that has earned a world-class pedigree through a legacy of fine recordings and superb playing. Current Music Director, Thierry Fischer, is touring his superb ensemble with concert offerings from Haydn, Prokofiev, Bartok, Mahler and a new work commissioned for the 75th anniversary of the orchestra. … Since 2009, Swiss national Thierry Fischer has been Music Director of the Utah Symphony and will conduct the April 27 concert. He continues the tradition of Maestro Abravanel of championing American composers and recording the symphonies of Gustav Mahler. He is on track for a second Mahler cycle and his April 27 concert includes a new American work written for the 75th anniversary of the Utah Symphony, Andrew Norman’s Switch. Great Hall patrons will also get to hear Haydn’s Symphony #96, excerpts from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet and Bartok’s suite from the Miraculous Mandarin.” —Jeff Nelson, Smile Politely

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Mahler: Symphony No. 1

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