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Wednesday, October 19, 2011


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SALT LAKE CITY – New Assistant Conductor Vladimir Kulenovic will lead the Utah Symphony – decked-out in their best Halloween garb – for Kulenovic’s first and the orchestras’ 21st annual Halloween concert and costume contest.

“Spooky Symphonies: The Extraterrestrial Encounter,” coming to Abravanel Hall Tuesday, October 25 at 7 p.m., will feature selections from well-known symphonies and film scores such as “Star Wars” and “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” by John Williams, “The Rite of Spring” by Igor Stravinsky and “Night on Bald Mountain” by Modest Mussorgsky. Utah Symphony Concertmaster Ralph Matson will also solo with the orchestra on excerpts from Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 and “Danse Macabre” by Saint-Saëns, and Paula Fowler, Director of Education and Community Outreach, will narrate.

Sponsored by KSL NewsRadio, the Utah Symphony’s traditional Halloween Costume Contest will precede the concert in the lobby of Abravanel Hall at 5:30 p.m. Guests from KSL NewsRadio will judge the contest, which has become known over the past 21 years for its exciting prizes and outrageous costumes. They will choose three finalists from adult, child and group categories to appear onstage during the concert to be ranked by the audience. Potential contestants must be in line at the judges’ table (on the main floor of the Abravanel Hall lobby) no later than 6:15 p.m. to be considered.

Single tickets for the performances range from $8 to $15 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.utahsymphony.org <http://www.utahsymphony.org/> . Season ticket holders and those desiring group discounts should call (801) 533-NOTE (6683). Ticket prices will increase $2 when purchased on 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).

Costume Contest Guidelines
To guarantee entry in the costume contest, contestants must have a ticket to the performance and must enter the line at the judges’ table in the Abravanel Hall lobby between 5:30 pm and 6:15 pm. The group category includes groups of 2-20 people whose costumes are based on a common theme. The children’s category applies to those ages 14 or younger, and the adult category is for anyone over the age of 14. 

About Vladimir Kulenovic, Assistant Conductor
Since his professional conducting debut in 2006 with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada, Mr. Kulenovic has conducted performances with the Verbier Festival Orchestra, Beethoven-Orchester Bonn, Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss am Rhein, Aspen Music Festival AACA Orchestra, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra, Indian Hill Orchestra, Connecticut Valley Chamber Orchestra, Juilliard Conductors' Orchestra, Manhattan School of Music Symphony Orchestra, Peabody Institute Symphony Orchestra and Boston Conservatory Orchestra.                         

Mr. Kulenovic studied with Kurt Masur at the Kurt Masur Conducting Seminar in New York in 2008 and 2009, as well as at the Beethoven-Orchester Bonn and the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, where his final performance with the Verbier Festival Orchestra was internationally televised on Medici TV.  Mr. Kulenovic spent the summer of 2010 as a conducting fellow at the Aspen Music Festival, and has also conducted in other prestigious music festivals worldwide, including the National Arts Centre Conducting Programme, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, and the Mozarteum Internationale Sommerakademie in Salzburg.

Mr. Kulenovic was awarded the prestigious Alfred B. Whitney Prize for the highest scholastic achievement at the Boston Conservatory where he graduated summa cum laude, as valedictorian, earning degrees in Conducting and Piano Performance.  As a pianist, Mr. Kulenovic was awarded the Second Prize at the Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Paris.

About Utah Symphony | Utah Opera
Utah Symphony | Utah Opera <http://www.usuo.org/>  is dedicated to providing Utah residents and visitors with great performances that 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 175,000 students annually. The organization employs 60 staff and 83 full-time musicians, presenting four full opera productions 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.

Sergei Prokofiev           “Montagues and Capulets from Romeo and Juliet, Suite 2, No. 1
John Williams                “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial”
Igor Stravinsky              “Glorification of the Chosen One” from The Rite of Spring
Camille Saint-Saëns       Danse Macabre, op. 40
                                                Ralph Matson, Violin
Rimsky-Korsakov          “Capriccio espagnol,” op. 34
                                                Fandango asturiano      

Sergei Prokofiev           Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major for Violin and Orchestra, op. 19
Scherzo: Vivacissimo
Ralph Matson, Violin
Alexander Borodin         “Polovetsian Dances” from Prince Igor
John Williams                “Imperial March” from Star Wars Suite for Orchestra
Sergei Rachmaninoff     Symphonic Dances, op. 45
Lento assai - Allegro vivace  
Modest Mussorgsky      Night on Bald Mountain
(arr. Rimsky-Korsakov)
John Williams                “Main title” from Star Wars


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