To avoid stagnation, musicians sometimes mix it up. Now in his fifth year with the Salt Lake Symphony, Robert Baldwin’s seasoned baton has wagged out classics from Dvorak, Haydn and Mozart—but it’s time for a change. In closing the season, Baldwin will stand on the shoulders of Benny Goodman and Count Basie, tuck away his classics for next year, and let the swinging commence.
The electrifying 1930s music still resonates. American composer George Gershwin pioneered bringing swing into a symphonic context, and the symphony will perform several of his compositions, including “Cuban Overture.” Out of the swinging soiree, they’ll also play an Ellington/ Sayre tune. Plus, local jazz stalwarts The Jerry Floor Quartet will perform several arrangements with the symphony.
Although made up entirely of volunteers, the symphony performs with all the zest you’d expect from professional ensembles—and you enjoy it for a fraction of the price.
Salt Lake Symphony Goes Swing @ Libby Gardner Hall, 1375 E. Presidents Circle, University of Utah, 801-581-6762, May 22, 7:30 p.m. $5-$10.