“Sitting in Abravanel Hall with one’s eyes closed, a classical music fan would scarcely tell the difference between the Utah Symphony’s upcoming Friday night concert and its Saturday night show,” writes Sean Means in Saturday’s (3/16) Salt Lake Tribune. “It’s what the audience sees onstage, and experiences in the lobby, that will be different on Saturday … the first of the Utah Symphony’s new Unwound concert series…. ‘We’re trying to deconstruct the concertgoing experience without deconstructing the concert itself,’ said Jeff Counts, Utah Symphony’s general manager and the onstage host of Saturday’s performance…. The audience is encouraged to dress casually. The orchestra’s musicians will follow suit, putting away the traditional tuxedos and evening gowns…. Dramatic lighting will be synced to the music, and video screens will help showcase parts of the show…. Before the concert … musicians will mingle with concertgoers near the cash bar … Jimmy Martin and Shannon Barnson, from the popular ‘Geek Show’ podcast, will host a ‘trivia night.’… Utah Symphony is hopeful the first Unwound concert will be a success…. They have planned two more next season.” Assistant Concertmaster Kathryn Eberle said, “It’s going to be a really fun experience.”

Posted March 21, 2019

Pictured: Abravanel Hall, home of the Utah Symphony