In August Thierry and the Utah Symphony and Opera embark on the Great American Road Trip, performing free outdoor classical music concerts in rural populations of Utah. The tour aims to forge connections with new communities and celebrate the state’s rich natural and cultural heritage.
The Great American Road Trip is a collaboration with the Utah Office of Tourism and the Natural History Museum of Utah and will take music outside of the four walls of the concert hall into the landscapes of the state’s national parks and monuments. The tour will highlight the natural elements through song, classical repertoire and storytelling and exciting outreach opportunities and events. Thierry and his musicians are accompanied on the tour by Native American composer/musician Brent Michael Davids, soprano Abigail Rethwisch and baritone Andrew Paulson. The tour features music by Brent Michael Davids, iconic American works by Bernstein, Copland and Rodgers and Hammerstein as well as famous pieces by Mussorgsky, Dvorák, Mozart and Rossini.
The Great American Road Trip begins at the O.C. Tanner Amphitheater near Zion National Park on 29 August and also visits Bluff on 31 August and Split Mountain in Dinosaur National Monument on 2 September. It also includes chamber concerts at the Cedar Breaks National Monument and Goblin Valley State Park, educational events in collaboration with the Natural History Museum of Utah and star-gazing with the Committee for Dark Skies Studies.