Preview: Utah Symphony with Pablo Villegas at Red Butte

Thursday evening presents a rare opportunity to enjoy the Utah Symphony in an outdoor setting, as associate conductor Rei Hotoda leads the orchestra in a program of light classics and audience favorites at Red Butte on Thursday evening.

The orchestra will also be joined by self-styled classical guitar hero Pablo Villegas, as he performs Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez. Rodrigo once said that his concerto, inspired by the gardens at Palacio Real de Aranjuez near Madrid, “is meant to sound like the hidden breeze that stirs the treetops in the parks” – which sounds ideally suited to a Red Butte show.

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Other pieces that will feature on the two hour, plus intermission, program will include Carnival Overture by Dvorák, Emperor Waltzes by Strauss, The Moldau by Smetana, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, and “Pathétique,” Movements II. and III.

The forecast for Thursday is a little cooler, so it promises to be a lovely evening at Red Butte in the company of a world-class orchestra, who hope to “transport your mind to another place and evoke the sounds of nature.” Given that tomorrow is the first night of the Perseid meteor shower, there could well be a spectacular visual backdrop for the show.

Doors at 7pm, program begins at 8pm. Tickets still available from Red Butte Garden’s website – $32 Garden & USUO Members / $37 General Public / $15 Youth/Child

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