The Utah Symphony has big plans for Thierry Fischer’s final season, including the Tabernacle Choir

Fischer, conductor and musical director of the symphony since 2009, will step down in August 2023.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Symphony music director Thierry Fischer helps members of the Cottonwood High School Symphony Orchestra bring Stravinsky’s “The Firebird” to life through the first pilot program Adopt a School, in 2019. The 2022-23 season will be Fischer’s last with the Utah Symphony Orchestra.

In his final run at the helm of the Utah Symphony Orchestra, Thierry Fischer aims to provide music lovers with an unforgettable season.

“In my final season as Music Director of this magnificent orchestra, it will be my privilege to push the boundaries of our artistry and hear the insights the extraordinary musicians of the Utah Symphony will bring to the large-scale repertoire we have scheduled,” Fischer said in a statement released by the symphony orchestra, as it announced the schedule for the 2022-23 season.

Fischer, a Swiss-born conductor and musical director of the symphony since 2009, announced in 2019 that he would leave Utah when his contract expired in August 2022. He agreed in October 2020 to extend his one-year contract, until August. 2023, in part because the COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult for the symphony to find its successor.

Fischer has already embarked on his next job, as conductor and musical director of the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra in Brazil.

Programming his final season with the Utah Symphony, Fischer said, “My hope is to give back a gift to our audience who have given us so much over these years. I want to explore musical moments to celebrate the creativity of the orchestra, and I’m confident this season will allow our community to experience the unparalleled power of live music like never before.

The season will start on September 8 with a special event, “A toast to Thierry”. The program will include musical tributes from Utah Symphony musicians, as well as stories to mark its legacy.

The season finale, May 26-27, 2023, will be a grand concert: a performance of Symphony No. 3 by Gustav Mahler, one of Fischer’s favorite composers. The show will feature not only the Utah Symphony Orchestra, but also sopranos and altos from the Tabernacle Choir in Temple Square and backing vocalists from the Madeleine Choir School.

In between, the season at Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City also promises:

• Three-time Tony Award winner Bernadette Peters performs with the Symphony Orchestra under the direction of arranger Marvin Laird, November 18-19.

• Five remarkable uses of the number 5: Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, with guest conductor David Danzmayr, October 21 and 22; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, with guest conductor Markus Poschner, December 2 and 3; Dvořák’s Symphony No. 5, with guest conductor Jiří Rožeň, on March 3 and 4, 2023; Bruckner’s Symphony No. 5, conducted by Fischer, on March 24 and 25, 2023; and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5, conducted by Fischer, on April 21 and 22, 2023.

• Broadway singer/actress Morgan James performing for “A Soulful Holiday with the Utah Symphony,” with guest conductor Teddy Abrams, December 16-17.

• Singer Storm Large, known for her work with Pink Martini, will perform with the Symphony Orchestra and guest conductor Nicholas Hersh, February 10-11, 2023.

• The continuation of the popular Films in Concert series, with the live symphony accompanying the soundtrack of the following films: “The Goonies” on September 23 and 24; “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1” October 27, 28 and 29; “The Nightmare Before Christmas” by Tim Burton on December 21, 22 and 23; “An American in Paris” on February 24 and 25, 2023; and “Star Wars, Episode VII: The Force Awakens” on June 23 and 24, 2023.

• Two traditions of the holiday season: the singing of the “Messiah”, with the symphony orchestra and the Utah Opera, on November 26 and 27; and the family concert “Here Comes Santa Claus!” December 17.

More information regarding the full season can be found at utahsymphony.org. The symphony offers several ticket options, all available through the USUO mobile app, online at Utahsymphony.org, or by phone at 801-533-6683. Season tickets are on sale now and individual tickets go on sale June 14.

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