Symphony sets stage at southern Utah's red rocks

AP News
Posted: Aug 15, 2014 1:24 PM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Symphony hopes to complement the beauty of Utah's soaring red rocks and canyons with free desert performances near Utah's national parks his weekend.

The 75-piece orchestra is set to perform Friday near Bryce Canyon and Saturday near Zion National Parks. Smaller chamber performances are also scheduled along the national parks tour that began Tuesday and continued near Arches and Canyonlands.

Music will include movements from Dvorak's "New World Symphony," Bizet's Orchestral Suite from Carmen, and Gershwin's "An American in Paris." Utah soprano soloist Celena Shafer is scheduled to sing pieces from Johann Strauss, Puccini, and Gershwin.

"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, the audience has been asked to bring their own chairs or blankets to sit on the grass or rocky ground, organizers said.

The orchestra is scheduled to perform Friday at Ruby's Bryce Canyon Rim and Saturday in Springdale's O.C. Tanner Amphitheatre.