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
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.
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.
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.
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
Capitol Theatre, Balcony and Stage