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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

News: Utah Symphony | Utah Opera to be Honored by Utah Legislators

NEWS ADVISORY: February 15, 2011

Media Contact: Hilarie Ashton | Public Relations Manager
hashton@usuo.org | (801) 869-9027
Utah Symphony | Utah Opera to be Honored by Utah Legislators
Musicians to perform in Capitol Rotunda to thank State for continued support

WHO:               Utah Symphony Music Director Thierry Fischer, Utah Opera Artistic Director Christopher McBeth, Utah Symphony | Utah Opera President & CEO Melia Tourangeau, and Chairman of the USUO Board of Trustees Patricia A. Richards

WHAT:             Utah Symphony musicians will perform in the Capitol Rotunda after the organization receives recognition from the Utah Senate. Symphony and Opera officials will also be available to discuss the organization’s statewide outreach and educational programs.

WHEN: Friday, February 17, 2012

11:30 a.m. – Maestro Fischer and Mr. McBeth will represent USUO on the floor of the Utah Senate as Senator Pat Jones presents a resolution in the organization’s honor.

Noon-2 p.m. – Musicians will perform in the Capitol Rotunda, as Utah Symphony | Utah Opera officials present information about the organization’s continuing statewide impact.

WHERE:           Utah State Capitol

Following recognition by Utah House of Representatives and Senate, Utah Symphony musicians will perform in the Capitol Rotunda to thank lawmakers for their continued support of Utah Symphony | Utah Opera.

USUO is committed to arts education and community outreach, performing 240 education concerts in 2011, allowing 170,000 students across the state to enjoy a firsthand experience with the Utah Symphony or Utah Opera.

This year, the organization has approximately 45 community performances scheduled outside of Salt Lake City, expanding its reach to allow Utahns from across the state the opportunity to participate in the world-class performances.

These performances, as well as those at Salt Lake City’s Abravanel Hall and Capitol Theatre, contribute to economic development in communities across the state and improve the quality of life for all Utahns.

**MEDIA NOTE: Maestro Thierry Fischer will be available for interviews immediately following the Utah Senate recognition. Other USUO officials will be available throughout the afternoon.**

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