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Monday, April 11, 2011

Big Budah Hosts Student-Selected Classical Favorites @ Utah Symphony (SLC: April 26)

April 11, 2011


SALT LAKE CITY – At the end of February, music students across the state voted on which classical masterworks they would like to see performed by the Utah Symphony.

FOX13 News personality Big Budah will announce the students' top 13 picks, and the Utah Symphony will perform these symphonic favorites under the baton of Associate Conductor David Cho on Tuesday, April 26 in Abravanel Hall at 7 p.m. Utah Symphony | Utah Opera is keeping voting results a secret, so audience members will be the first to find out at this family-friendly performance of some of the most well-known and loved orchestral works of all time.

Utah Symphony education staff, along with other symphony administrators and an orchestra member, began developing a list of repertoire to serve as voting options for the students last November.

“We consulted orchestra directors and high school music teachers, and came up with a long list of pieces we thought would be appealing to high school students,” said Beverly Hawkins, Utah Symphony Education Manager.

Once the list was narrowed down to a manageable number, Utah Symphony Youth Guild members and students in area youth orchestras were invited to submit their votes online.

Tickets for the evening’s performances range from $8 to $20 and can be purchased by calling (801) 355-ARTS (2787), in person at the Abravanel Hall ticket office (123 W. South Temple) or by visiting www.usuo.org . Students can purchase discounted tickets with a student ID. Season ticket holders and those desiring group discounts should call (801) 533-NOTE (6683). Ticket prices will increase $2 when purchased the day of the performance.

Press photos available by logging in at http://www.utahsymphony.org/about/press-and-reviews/itemlist/category/35-media-kit . (Username: usuoimages, Password: media).

About FOX13’s Big Budah

Big Budah utilizes his big personality to lighten the mood as FOX13’s Features Reporter.

In 1996, Big Budah began his radio career in Sacramento, CA, working for KSFM 102.5 before moving to Utah in 2000. Resuming his radio career here in Utah, he was part of the morning show that replaced the Fisher, Todd & Erin show on KISN 97 and began filling in for FOX13 as a features reporter in 2002. He was voted City Weekly’s Best TV Personality in 2006 and City Weekly’s Reader’s Choice Best TV Features Reporter in 2007.

In addition, Big Budah has been in several full-length movies including “The RM,” “American Pastime” and “Forever Strong.” He loves being able to show people that there is more to Utah then just the arches and snow. Big Budah continues to entertain and inform the people of Utah every weekday morning on FOX13’s Good Day Utah. Big Budah lives in Sandy, UT with his family.

About Utah Symphony | Utah Opera

Utah Symphony | Utah Opera is dedicated to providing Utah residents and visitors with great performances which engage, educate and enrich lives. The Utah Symphony, which performs at Abravanel Hall, and Utah Opera, which performs at the Capitol Theatre, reach 450,000 citizens in Utah and the Intermountain region, with educational outreach programs serving more than 200,000 students annually. The organization employs 60 staff and 83 full-time musicians, presenting four full operas and more than 70 symphony performances in each regular season as well as a summer season at Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah. For more information please visit www.usuo.org.


Hilarie Ashton
Public Relations Manager
(801) 869-9027 office
(801) 335-9387 cell

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