Mary Anne Huntsman to play Utah Symphony Opening Gala

Utah and Huntsmans go together like piano concertos and Rachmaninoff. And on Tuesday we’ll get a little of all of the above when Mary Anne Huntsman, daughter of Jon and Mary Kaye, plays at the Utah Symphony’s Opening Fundraising Gala on Tuesday night at Abravenel Hall.


Opening USO’s 76th season, Ms. Huntsman will be playing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and, the ever-recognizable, Beethoven’s 5th. Huntsman has told news outlets that she first heard the Rachmaninoff piece at Abravenel Hall as a seven year old and her mother promised to take her to Disney World if she learned how to play it. Two weeks later, she’d mastered the complicated piece. And the rest, as they say, is history.

The former Utah first daughter has gone on to play in music halls all over the world, everywhere from Carnegie Hall to China—where her father served an ambassadorship under President Obama before his run for President.

The Utah Symphony orchestra will be led by conductor Thierry Fischer and the entire concert will be played for 90 minutes without intermission.

The event is a fundraiser for the Utah Symphony, and tickets start at $21 and go all the way up to a VIP sponsorship experience of $10,000. There is room in nearly every budget to show support for the Utah Symphony. You can purchase tickets here.

Christie Marcy
Christie Marcy
Christie Marcy is a former managing editor at Salt Lake magazine. Though she writes about everything, she has a particular interest in arts and culture in Utah. In the summer months, you will find her at any given outdoor concert on any given night. In the winter, you will find her wishing for summer. Follow her on social media at @whynotboth.

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