When: Nov. 7-8, 8 p.m. 2014
Guest conductor Ilan Volkov, the Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, leads the Utah Symphony for an evening of Béla Bartók. The program includes Bartók “Hungarian Sketches” and “Concerto for Orchestra.” Piano soloist Marc-André Hamelin joins the Utah Symphony to play Mozart’s “Rondo in A Major for Piano and Orchestra” and Richard Strauss’ “Burleske for Piano and Orchestra.” Mr. Hamelin’s unique blend of musicianship and virtuosity results in performances remarkable for their freedom, originality, and prodigious mastery of the piano’s resources. A musician of broad musical interests and curiosity, Hamelin is renowned in equal measure for his fresh readings of the established repertoire and for his exploration of lesser known works of the 19th and 20th century, both in the recording studio and in the concert hall. Guest conductor Ilan Volkov and Vice President of Artistic Planning Toby Tolokan will present a free pre-concert chat for ticket holders each night at 7 p.m., one hour prior to the start of the performance on the orchestra level of Abravanel Hall.