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Thursday, April 25, 2013


SALT LAKE CITY— Accomplished high school musicians get the chance to perform side-by-side with members of the Utah Symphony in the annual All-Star Evening performance. 

All-Star Evening, led by Associate Conductor Vladimir Kulenovic, includes a performance of the famous fourth movement, Adagietto, from Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 and George Philipp Telemann’s Concerto for Viola in G major with young soloist Spencer Hunt on May 21, 2013 at 7 p.m. in Abravanel Hall.  Other classical masterworks include Debussy’s “Danses sacrée et profane” with youth soloist, Molly Langr performing on the harp.  The concert rounds out with recognizable opera preludes by Richard Wagner including his infamous love prelude from the opera, “Tristan und Isolde”. 

In addition to performing in Abravanel Hall with a professional orchestra, the 61 students will have the unique opportunity of having a mentoring session with a musician from the Utah Symphony and other musicians in their sections. Students will receive personalized and valuable instruction from a professional who plays their same instrument. In preparation for the concert, the students also have three rehearsals with the conductor and one rehearsal as a whole with the Utah Symphony orchestra.

Students were selected from area youth orchestras and come from 37 high schools.

American Fork Heritage Lyceum Philharmonic
Davis Youth Symphony
Granite Youth Symphony Orchestra
Jordan/Canyons Symphony Orchestra
Lincoln Youth Symphony
Nebo Youth Philharmonic
Timpanogos Chamber Orchestra
Utah Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra
Utah Youth Symphony Orchestra and Utah Youth Philharmonic
Young Artist Chamber Players

Violist Spencer Hunt is sixteen, lives in Pleasant Grove, and attends American Fork High School.  He loves soloing, playing chamber music, participating in orchestra, and teaching music lessons.  He has soloed with American Fork Symphony, Pleasant Grove City Orchestra, and Lyceum Chamber Ensemble.  He performed on “From the Top” with the Gifted Music School Orchestra and was a finalist in the UMTA Concerto Competition.  Spencer has played with the Gifted Music School Orchestra, the Lyceum Philharmonic Orchestra, Rocky Mountain Strings, and AF High Chamber Orchestra. He has also recently attended the Meadowmount School of Music in New York where he was selected to play in a quartet with Joseph Silverstein (a violin professor at Curtis institute of Music and former Music Director of the Utah Symphony). He currently studies viola with Dr. David Dalton, and former teachers include Deborah Moench, Natalie Reed and Denise Willey.  

Molly Langr began studying the harp when she was six years old with ShruDeLi Ownbey.  At age eleven Molly performed with the Utah Symphony in the Salute to Youth concert as well as several docent concerts for young people. In 2011, Molly won fourth place in the American Harp Society National Competition in Intermediate I Division as well as the Salzedo Award for her performance of “Idyllic Poem”.  That same year, she premiered two pieces with a Utah harp ensemble at the World Harp Congress in Vancouver, BC.  This year Molly was invited to play a concerto with the Young Artist Chamber Players, and she also performed on the Utah Symphony Youth Guild Recital for the fourth time.  She is a member of the Utah Youth Symphony Orchestra and volunteers at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, playing for patients and staff. When not playing the harp, Molly spends her time at West High School, where she is a junior in the International Baccalaureate program, and at Ballet West Academy where she pursues her other passion, ballet.

Single tickets for the May 21, 2013 performances range from $8 to $20 and can be purchased by calling 801-355-2787, in person at the Abravanel hall ticket office (123 W. South Temple) or by visiting www.utahsymphony.org.  Season subscribers and those desiring group discounts should call 801-533-6683.  All ticket prices are subject to change and availability.  Ticket prices will increase $2 when purchased on the day of the performance.

The Utah Symphony presents
All-Star Evening
Abravanel Hall
Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 7:00 p.m.

Vladimir Kulenovic, Conductor
Spencer Hunt, Viola
Molly Langr, Harp
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 5
     IV. Adagietto

Georg Philipp Telemann: Concerto for Viola in G major
     I. Largo
     II. Allegro
     III. Andante
     IV. Presto
     Spencer Hunt, Viola
Claude Debussy: Danses sacrée et profane
     I. Danse sacrée: Très modéré
     II. Danse profane: Modéré
     Molly Langr, Harp


Richard Wagner: Prelude from “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg“
Richard Wagner: Prelude to Act III from “Tristan und Isolde”
Richard Wagner: Overture to “Rienzi”


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