Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1971-10-051
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CO o co CD E Z f ( S in T3 - 00 D .o CO MO E o TO T3 () 0) 3 3 o .O Utah Symphony Silver Season Gala Opening Tonight at WS 4 -4 'i .4 The Utah Symphony will open a new season tonight at Weber State College. The gala opening will be held in the Fine Arts Auditorium at 8:00 p.m. This is the Silver Season of the Utah Symphony, as it is the 25th year of the Symphony's continuous performance under the able direction of Maestro Maurice Abravanel. To inaugurate his 25th season, Maestro Abravanel has selected a program that spans a period in history of some 200 years. It begins with the monumental Toccata and Fugue in D Minor by the 18th century composer Johann Sebastian Bach. This will be followed by the powerful 20th century masterpiece by the Richard Strauss, "Thus Spake Zarathustra," which moviegoers will recognize as the music used for the sound track of the "2001 Space Odyssey" film. After this fitting tribute to the old and the new, the baroque and modern, Mr. Abravanel and the Utah Symphony will climax the evening with a performance of the great Symphony No. 2 in D minor by one of history's all-time giants, Johannes Brahms. The Early Years For those familiar with the early years of the Utah Symphony, the opening of Maurice Abravanel's 25th season will call to mind a number of interesting contrasts. The Utah Symphony of 1971 has grown from its community base of operations in 1947 to an orchestra of major proportions which has followed its unparalleled number of recordings outside the boundaries of the United States and won the respect of critics and music lovers everywhere. Mr. Abravanel was born in Greece and studied music in Berlin. He came to America in 1936 where he served with the Metropolitan orchestra.Mr. Abravanel was invited to Utah in 1947 to conduct a total of ten concerts which constituted the entire season effort of the young orchestra. In the past three seasons, the number of concerts has averaged 170. Cultural Growth While the Maestro is always one of the first to cite Utah's dedicated and self-sacrificing citizenry as being a major factor in the amazing growth and development of the Utah Symphony, his own role as enlightened, tireless, and eminently qualified architect of the Orchestra's destiny would have to emerge as the underlying reason for the overwhelming success of the past 24 seasons. A world citizen when he came to Utah in 1947, with already an enviable record of artistic triumphs in New York, Paris, Berlin, Sydney, and elsewhere, Abravanel saw in Utah an opportunity and a challenge to mold a great orchestra and establish an unparalleled cultural climate which has since witnessed the emergence of other nationally and internationally known performing arts and undertakings. If there is one thing that distinguishes Maurice Abravanel among the top conductors of our time, it might well be his inherent honesty in seeking to pull out of the musical score what the composer put into it rather than using the music as a vehicle to enhance his own personal grandeur. . Abravanel himself is most proud of recent comments by leading music critics on both sides of the continent who underscored his unusual attribute. Abravanel Praised The dean of New York critics, Harold Schonberg, in New York Times wrote, "Abravanel is a superior conductor, more interested in the music than in himself." Three thousand miles away at the Hollywood Bowl, Abravanel was praised by Albert Goldberg of the Los Angeles Times who said, "It was a relief and a pleasure to hear the music unadorned by willful distortions and personal idiosyncracies. He did not maul the music, tear passion to tatters or push it around to show how original or different he could be. He treated Tchaikovsky with the conscience of a true musician, which is a luxury the Russian master is not often permitted to enjoy." It will be an audience filled with antitipation tonight as Maurice Abravanel steps to the podium to launch his Silver Season. Tickets are available at the Bertha Eccles Center, 2580 Jefferson or the Fine Arts Center Box Office. Students receive a 50 cent discount with ID cards.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1971-10-05, Vol. 31, No. 3|
|Creator||Weber State College|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber College; A generous grant from the Utah State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.|
|Description||Weber's current student newspaper, the Signpost, first appeared on September 29, 1937. For two years prior to that time, campus news was disseminated via announcements posted on a bulletin board known as the "Signpost". As a result, the masthead of the first issue of the paper itself featured a rudimentary wooden sign with the title spelled out in rustic-looking letters. Over the years the paper has been published continuously, though the look, size and style has changed several times.|
|Subject||College student newspapers and periodicals; Weber State College|
|Publisher Digital||Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|