Utah Symphony Barnstorms Five National Parks

Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 06:00 PM

Utah Symphony performs at the Red Cliffs Lodge in Moab, UT Utah Symphony performs at the Red Cliffs Lodge in Moab, UT (Utah Symphony official Facebook)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Utah Symphony is using classical music to complement the beauty of Utah's soaring red rocks and canyons with free desert performances.

The 75-piece orchestra performed Friday at the edge of Bryce Canyon National Park. A performance took place Saturday near Zion National Park.

For the performances, the symphony prepared movements from Dvorak's New World Symphony, Bizet's Orchestral Suite from Carmen, and Gershwin's An American in Paris.

"This is what art is about - not just being in the concert hall," music director Thierry Fischer told the Salt Lake Tribune this week in Teasdale, near Capitol Reef, where the tour began.

Instead of concert hall seats, those attending were advised to bring their own chairs or blankets to sit on the grass or rocky ground, organizers said.

Utah Symphony brass at Dead Horse Point State Park
Utah Symphony brass at Dead Horse Point State Park (Official Facebook page)

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Anne Engels from Montana

Oh MY!!!! I'm so envious of those able to attend the concerts. Wouldn't it have been fantastic if the composers could have heard their music played in such gorgeous settings.

Aug. 20 2014 02:15 PM
Barry Owen Furrer

Great to see the US take their act "On The Trail."

Aug. 19 2014 10:52 AM
Jesse Hankla from Tampa Bay Area

What a great way to build audiences!

Aug. 18 2014 09:37 AM
Dave from New York, NY

Beautiful

Aug. 18 2014 09:19 AM

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