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Preparatory Division String Camp, June 20-24, Ages 6-9 and 9-12. Registration deadline is May 20th. Preparatory Division, Tanner Dance and Youth Theatre Arts Passport, June 27 - July 1, Create an original performance work to be presented at the Tanner Dance Building. Preparatory Division International Piano Festival, July 26 - July 29, Musicianship, ukulele, and choir classes. University of Utah, School of Music.

Home in Their Eyes: Images and Stories of Home by Residents in Rural China, Friday, March 25 – Thursday, June 2, 2016, J. Willard Marriott Library 3rd Floor

Salt Dance Fest 2016 brings together internationally renowned dance artists and dance makers Jeanine Durning, Alex Ketley and Jennifer Nugent, along with esteemed SLC dance artists Daniel Charon, Molly Heller and Stephen Koester for two weeks of moving, collaborating, dance making and the lively exchange of ideas, June 6-17, 2016.

Summer Chamber Music Workshop, Matt Zalkind, June 26 - 30, 2016, Hasse Borup, Director, Open for serious string and piano players, age 12 - 26,  School of Music, University of Utah

University of Utah Department of Ballet Summer Intensive, June 20 - July 15, 2016. Join us for an exciting four-week ballet intensive with internationally recognized faculty and guest artists.

Performance Calendar of 2015 - 2016 Season, Department of Ballet, University of Utah

Performance Calendar of 2015 - 2016 Season, Department of Modern Dance, University of Utah

Natural History Museum of Utah 2015 Lecture Series

College of Fine Arts, University of Utah

Maurice Abravanel

Maurice Abravanel (January 6, 1903 – September 22, 1993) was an American conductor of classical music. He conducted Balanchine's ballets in Paris and was the youngest conductor of New York's Metropolitan Opera. He is remembered as the conductor of the Utah Symphony Orchestra for over 30 years.

Abravanel was born in Salonika, Ottoman Empire (modern Thessaloniki, Greece). He came from an illustrious Sephardic Jewish family, which was expelled from Spain in 1492. In 1909, the Abravanel family moved to Lausanne, Switzerland, where his father was a successful pharmacist.

For several years, the Abravanels lived in the same house as Ernest Ansermet, the conductor of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. The young Abravanel played four-hand piano arrangements with Ansermet, began to compose, and met composers such as Darius Milhaud and Igor Stravinsky. He was passionate about music and knew he wanted a career as a musician. He became the pianist for the municipal theatre and music critic for the city's daily newspaper.

Abravanel lived in Germany from 1922 to 1933, heavily involving himself in the music scene there. He lived in Paris from 1933 to 1936, serving as music director of Balanchine's Paris Ballet, then conducting for two years in Australia. In 1936 Abravanel accepted a post at New York's Metropolitan Opera, becoming at age 33 the youngest conductor the Met had ever hired. He became a U.S. citizen in 1943. In 1947 he was hired as music director of the Utah Symphony, and over the next 30 years raised the ensemble to international prominence, leading the symphony in live radio broadcasts and releasing more than 100 commercial recordings.

Abravanel is remembered for making the first-ever complete recording of the nine Mahler symphonies, as well as classic recordings of the Berlioz Requiem, several orchestral works by Edgar Varèse, and Vaughan Williams.

This fall, the School of Music of the University of Utah celebrates the legacy of Maurice Abravanel with succession of events: the Camerata Awards Concert Gala, Red Night with the Utah Symphony & Opera, and the University of Utah McKay Music Library project to digitize his Mahler scores.

For more information, please visit:

Link 1 (thefinerpointscfa.com)

Link 2 (Wikipedia)

Here are some recordings of Maurice Abravanel. You can find more by visiting YouTube.

Delibes' Valse Lente - Maurice Abravanel, The Vienna State Opera Orchestra:

Leroy Anderson "Sleigh Ride" - Maurice Abravanel:

Eric Satie "Gymnopedie No 3" Maurice Abravanel:

Maurice Abravanel "Symphony No. 1" Mahler (2. Mov.):

Mahler "Symphony No 2" Maurice Abravanel (4. Mov.):

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