Utah Symphony Orchestra
Founded in 1940, the Utah Symphony has become an eminent presence in the American music scene through its distinctive performances worldwide and its well-known recording legacy. Previous to its official founding, the Utah Symphony's first incarnation was as a Works Progress Administration Orchestra from 1935 to 1940.
The orchestra became recognized as a leading ensemble largely through the efforts of Maurice Abravanel, its Music Director from 1947 to 1979. Under his direction, the orchestra made its first recordings of works by Varese, Milhaud, Gottschalk, Honegger and Satie, as well as the first full set of the Mahler Symphonies.
Under Joseph Silverstein, whose tenure as Music Director began in 1983, and Keith Lockhart, Music Director from 1998 to 2009, the orchestra has continued its commitment to the music of our time, recording and premiering a number of great American works.
With its many subscription, education and outreach concerts and tours, the Utah Symphony is one of the most engaged orchestras in the nation.
For more information about the Utah Symphony, visit their website at http://www.utahsymphony.org.