Utah Symphony and Opera 2005-06 Schedule Includes Some Concessions to Financial-Recovery Plan

Classic Arts News   Utah Symphony and Opera 2005-06 Schedule Includes Some Concessions to Financial-Recovery Plan
The Utah Symphony & Opera has announced its 2005-06 season, with some concessions made to its financial difficulties, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

The season features soloists such as pianists Jon Kimura Parker and Jean-Yves Thibaudet (in his Utah Symphony debut), violinists Elmar Oliveira and Eugene Ugorski, percussionist Evelyn Glennie, and guest-conducting appearances from Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Raymond Leppard, Jean-Claude Casadesus, and Jahja Ling.

Music director Keith Lockhart will continue his Mahler cycle with the composer's Symphony No. 5; Skrowaczewski will lead an all-Beethoven evening, including the Ninth Symphony. Other works on the symphony's schedule include Leonard Bernstein's Symphony No. 2 ("The Age of Anxiety"), orchestral excerpts from Wagner's Ring cycle, an all-Dvoršk program with Isabelle Faust in the Violin Concerto, and a concert performance of Bart‹k's Duke Bluebeard's Castle.

The opera's schedule features four works: Puccini's La Rondine (which is also part of a multidisciplinary festival called "La Vie Parisienne"), Gounod's Romeo and Juliet, Rossini's The Barber of Seville, and Mozart's The Magic Flute. The Gounod and Mozart operas have replaced Saint-SaêŠns's Samson et Dalila and Handel's Alcina in a bid to revive flagging ticket sales.

According to the Tribune, a chamber-music series that didn't sell very well is on hiatus; the schedule of "extra sensory" performances, which include visual elements, has been limited to two concerts; and principal guest conductor Pavel Kogan will not be returning next season.

These concessions were made in light of the organization's current financial problems, and the strategy for financial and administrative recovery recommended by consultant Thomas W. Morris and approved by the US&O board.

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