BYU PERFORMING ARTS SERIES PRESENTS
Andrew Grams, conductor
COPLAND: Appalachian Spring
STRAVINSKY: Jeu de Cartes
GERSHWIN: An American in Paris
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George Gershwin commemorated his visit to 1920s Paris with his most popular orchestral work and inspired a 1951 dance film starring Gene Kelly. In addition to this classic of the stage and screen, Utah Symphony performs ballet scores from Gounod's grand opera Faust
, Copland's Pulitzer-Prize winning American classic Appalachian Spring
and the diabolically witty Jeu de Cartes
ABOUT THE ARTIST
As one of America’s most promising and talented young conductors, Andrew Grams has already appeared with many of the great orchestras of the world including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington D.C., the Vancouver Symphony, the Orchestre National de Lyon, the BBC Symphony Orchestra London, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Melbourne Symphony, and the Hamburg Symphony, to name a few. Grams was a protege of Franz Welser-Moest and served as Assistant Conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra from 2004 to 2007.
Also an accomplished violinist, Mr. Grams was a member of the New York City Ballet Orchestra at Lincoln Center from 1998 to 2004, serving as acting associate principal second violin in 2002 and 2004. In addition, he has performed with ensembles including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the New Jersey Symphony.
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. Swiss conductor Thierry Fischer
was announced in September 2009 as the Seventh Music Director of the Utah Symphony.
ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE
Thursday, March 7, 7:30 p.m.
$20 ($7 off with BYU or student ID, $3 off for senior citizens or BYU alumni)