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Thierry & the Utah Symphony’s trip to Haiti featured in International Arts Manager magazine
A group of Utah Symphony musicians, along with music director Thierry Fischer and a luthier, will head to Haiti in March 2017 on a service mission to bring classical music training to 100 young Haitian-born instrumentalists. A Caribbean island nation situated 900 miles off the coast of Miami, Haiti has long had a difficult political and social economy, and was one of the regions hard hit by Hurricane Matthew in October. The Utah group will work with BLUME Haiti (Building Leaders Through Music Education), an organisation that utilises teachers, staff and students to provide programmes via the provision of instruments and curriculum development. The trip was spearheaded by Utah Symphony cellist John Eckstein, who, having experienced teaching in Haiti himself, set about getting his colleagues on board – including director Thierry Fischer.
‘When the opportunity was presented to me to join 14 of our Utah Symphony musicians in Haiti to share our musical knowledge, I did not hesitate in saying yes,’ said Fischer, who will conduct a concert with Haitian student musicians. ‘I felt it was so important to participate in sharing the transformative gift of classical music and am humbled [by] the chance to make a lasting impact on the music students of Haiti.’
Utah Symphony’s brilliant opening weekend
When Thierry Fischer became the Utah Symphony’s music director in 2009 he had a vision about what this orchestra could be.
He saw its potential and under his leadership he raised playing standards, boosted musicians’ morale and rejuvenated it. Fischer wanted the Utah Symphony to be one of the best in the country and now, five years later, he is well on his way to having his dream realized.
And the symphony’s audiences have reaped the benefits. The orchestra has never sounded better than it does now. The repertoire has been expanded, it has recorded its first CD in many years (not counting the album it recorded under Keith Lockhart in 2006, which was an artistic and creative flop) and it’s planning on undertaking some major tours.
Utah Symphony National Parks tour feature in Outdoor Utah Adventure Guide
Something incredible happened in Utah some 300 million years ago that can only be described as mighty. In the region of southern Utah’s magnificent canyon country, incredible geological forces were in motion. They eventually birthed the red rock country we know today, punctuated by slick rock domed cathedrals, massive arches, hoodoos, spires and pinnacles in a landscape that can be described with hushed awe as monumental.
Fast forward millions of years: the federal government created the national parks system and fortuitously safeguarded five magical parcels in this region each known for their unique brand of awe-inspiring beauty. More than 908,000 acres in total span the protected lands in Arches, Bryce, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Zion national parks. One would be hard pressed to find another state in the union with a more condensed collection of treasures within such easy proximity, collectively marketed to outside tourists as the Mighty 5.