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Thierry Fischer to Conductor "Rite of Spring" @ Utah Symphony (SLC: May 27 - 28)

May 18, 2011


SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Symphony Music Director Thierry Fischer will return to the Abravanel Hall stage to conduct the orchestra in its final performance of the 2010-2011 Masterworks Series and regular season.

They will present a program featuring one of the most important and influential works of the 20th Century, Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring,” Friday, May 27 and Saturday, May 28 at 8 p.m. in Abravanel Hall (123 W. South Temple).

“The Rite of Spring,” known for the riots and fights that broke out during its 1913 Paris premiere, is also recognized as a groundbreaking 20th Century musical work with its complex rhythmic structures, timbres and percussive dissonance. This upcoming Utah Symphony program will also include works by two other important 20th Century composers, Charles Ives and Richard Strauss. The orchestra will perform Ives’ “Three Places in New England” and Strauss’ final completed work, “Four Last Songs,” featuring his favorite voice type, solo soprano. The Utah Symphony is honored to have guest artist Janice Chandler-Eteme joining them in this particular capacity.

Tickets for the performances range from $15 to $85 and can be purchased by calling (801) 355-ARTS (2787), in person at the Abravanel Hall ticket office 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 $5 when purchased on the day of the performance.

Maestro Fischer and Toby Tolokan, Utah Symphony Vice President of Artistic Planning, will present a free pre-concert lecture each night, 45 minutes prior to the start of the performance in the First Tier Room of Abravanel Hall.

As part of Maestro Fischer’s focus on Stravinsky music, Utah Symphony principal keyboard Jason Hardink will offer an “Insight Into Stravinsky” lecture about “The Rite of Spring” Monday, May 23 in the level 4 meeting room of the Salt Lake City Downtown Public Library (200 E. 400 S.). For more information, contact Paula Fowler, Director of Education and Community Outreach at (801)869-9090.

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 Janice Chandler Eteme, Soprano

Janice Chandler Eteme has long been among America’s foremost lyric sopranos, singing an astonishing range of music with the world’s top orchestras and conductors. Recent career highlights include Strauss’ Four Last Songs with Yuri Temirkanov and the Baltimore Symphony, Daniel Hege and the Syracuse Symphony, Stefan Sanderling and the Florida Orchestra and with Peter Oundjian at the Grand Teton Music Festival. She sang Haydn’s Die Schöpfung with James Conlon and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and with Gabriel Levine and the Pittsburgh Symphony, Tippett’s A Child of Our Time with Andrew Litton and the Dallas Symphony, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 and Mendelssohn’s Elijah both with Jahja Ling and the San Diego Symphony, and Orff’s Carmina Burana with Andreas Delfs and the Milwaukee Symphony.

A pre-eminent concert soloist, Ms. Chandler Eteme sang under the baton of Robert Shaw with the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Florida Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. In addition, she has worked with such distinguished conductors as Marin Alsop, Christoph von Dohnányi, Charles Dutoit, Jo Ann Falletta, Claus Peter Flor, Neal Gittleman, Raymond Harvey, Carlos Kalmar, Yakov Kreizberg, Raymond Leppard, Christof Perick, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Alfred Savia, Robert Spano, Vladimir Spivakov, Edo de Waart and Hugh Wolff. She has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, NHK (Japan), Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic and Hong Kong Philharmonic. In addition, she has sung at the Bard Music Festival, Grand Park Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Chautauqua Festival, Prague Autumn International Music Festival, and at the Blossom Music Festival.

Ms. Chandler Eteme holds a Bachelor of Arts in vocal performance from Oakwood College, a Master of Music in vocal performance from Indiana University, and has studied with Virginia Zeani, Margaret Harshaw and Todd Duncan.


Charles Ives Three Places in New England
I. The Saint-Gaudens in Boston Common (Col. Shaw and his Colored Regiment)
II. Putnam's Camp, Redding, Connecticut
III. From the Housatonic at Stockbridge

Richard Strauss Four Last Songs
I. Frühling
II. September
III. Bein Schlafengehen
IV. Im Abendrot
Janice Chandler Eteme, Soprano

Igor Stravinsky Le Sacre du printemps “The Rite of Spring”
Part I: The Adoration of the Earth
Part II: The Sacrifice


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801.335.9387 cell

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