“The Utah Symphony is going on another road trip. Three years after the Mighty 5 Tour took them to the state’s five national parks, Thierry Fischer will lead the orchestra in five outdoor performances at state or national parks and monuments,” writes Catherine Reese Newton in Tuesday’s (4/25) Salt Lake Tribune. “The 1,200-mile tour, dubbed the Great American Road Trip, will run Aug. 29-Sept. 2.… Three orchestral programs [will take place] in or near Zion National Park and Natural Bridges/Hovenweep and Dinosaur national monuments. A brass quintet led by principal trumpet Travis Peterson will perform at Cedar Breaks National Monument and Goblin Valley State Park…. Utah Symphony | Utah Opera president and CEO Paul Meecham noted … that two of the tour’s objectives are to ‘promote a greater understanding and appreciation of Utah’s natural and cultural history’ and ‘to serve more rural and isolated parts of Utah that do not have easy or frequent access to live, professional classical music.’ The orchestra will collaborate with the Natural History Museum of Utah, the University of Utah’s Consortium for Dark Sky Studies and the Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative on … in-school presentations and postconcert star parties.”

Posted April 26, 2017

Pictured: The Utah Symphony’s Mighty 5 Tour in 2014 featured performances at Utah’s five National Parks: Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands, and Capitol Reef.