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Performing Arts in Salt Lake City

From Salt Lake’s earliest days, a high priority has been placed on the performing arts. The nation’s first Sate Arts Council was organized in Utah in 1899. Today, Salt Lake is home to the world-famous Mormon Tabemacle Choir and boasts a world-class symphony, ballet, and opera company, as well as several professional theater troupes, and two nationally acclaimed modern dance companies. During the summer the city buzzes with the excitement of outdoor music performances in plazas, mountain sides and parks.

Maurice Abravanel Hall
Home of the Utah Symphony & Opera and host to many other concerts. The excellent acoustics are praised by musical experts as among the finest of any modern concert hall. Olympic Tower, a Dale Chihuly sculpture commissioned by the Olympic Arts Festival and exhibited during the the 2002 Cultural Olympiad, is on display in the lobby. 123 W. South Temple

Utah Opera
Beginning performances in 1978 with Puccini’s La Boheme, the Utah Opera has become one of America’s premier regional opera companies. In 1996, the Utah Opera premiered Dreamkeepers, the story of a Native American woman’s confrontation with the difficulties of and prejudices about her people. The work was commissioned to commemorate the centennial of Utah Statehood. It remains a significant accomplishment both for the company and for modem opera. The company recently purchased a production house allowing them to prepare for each show entirely under one roof. The Utah Opera performs in the Capitol Theatre at 50 West @00 South.

Utah Sympony
Founded in 1940 the Utah Symhony is Salt Lake’s premier classical music organization. Many symphony members are native to Utah and provide the group with a distinctive, cohesive performing style. Lead by Maurice Abravanel from 1947-1979 the symphony now performs in a concert hall named for the venerable maestro. Today the Symphony performs under music director Keith Lockhart who also conducts the Boston Pops Orchestra. The Symphony performs year- round with more than 70 performances in Abravanel Hall, a world-renowned concert hall praised for it’s architecture and acoustics. Abravanel Hall is located at 123 West South Temple. www.utahsymphony.org

Pioneer Theatre Company
Utah’s resident professional Theatre company performs a mixture of styles from classic to contemporary, with dramas, comedies, and musicals. The Pioneer Theatre Company is in residence at the University of Utah and produces seven plays each season. The pioneer Theatre Company is housed in the Roy W. and Elizabeth E. Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre at 300 South 1400 East. www.ptc.utah.edu

Ballet West
The Ballet was started in 1963 as the Utah Civic Ballet . In 1968 it was chosen by the Federation of Rocky Mountain States to represent the West and was subsequently renamed Ballet West. Today the Ballet has 46 dancers and ranks among the best ballet companies in the Unites States. Ballet West is lead by artistic director Jonas Kaege, who began dancing in the Royal Swedish Ballet at age 17. He has also been a member of the American Ballet Theatre, Stuttgart Ballet, and Zurich Ballet. Under Kaege’s direction the ballet has expanded their repertoire to include American and world premiere ballets.

Abravanel Hall and the Utah Symphony
Abravanel Hall and the Utah Symphony

Capitol Theatre, Balcony and Stage
Capitol Theatre, Balcony and Stage



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Source: Salt Lake City CVB, Steve Greenwood, Salt Lake County Center for the Art
Last modified: 20050101
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