My seat of choice is the last row of the mezzanine where I close my eyes and soak in the sounds (although I enjoy sitting closer to the stage a few times a year to see the intricate movements that make instruments resonant and the exuberant conducting by Thierry Fischer). A favorite intermission pastime—which never tires—is reveling in the beauty of Dale Chihuly’s Olympic Tower sculpture in the foyer. Knowing each blown glass piece in separately and intricately placed to create the gloriously-hued artwork makes it that much more admirable. However, the thought of dusting the delicate twirls sends me outside to enjoy the playful water fountain.
A few nights at the symphony I won’t miss and I recommend you don’t either are: Pictures at an Exhibition, September 21-22, Bach & Mendelssohn, September 28-29, Rhapsody in Blue, November 2-3, the 35th annual Messiah Sing-in, November 24, Water Music, January 4-5, Romeo & Juliet, February 14-16, An American in Paris, March 8-9, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerti, April 19-20, and Dvorak & Brahms, May 24-25.
All symphonies begin at 8 p.m., the perfect time to enjoy a pre-concert dinner at one of downtown’s delicious dining establishments. Tip: The New Yorker offers validated valet parking and a shuttle bus to and from Abravanel Hall—with decadent food and unrivaled ambience to boot.
Visit utahsymhpony.org for details and the complete schedule.