The Rite of Spring

Location: Abravanel Hall
Price Range: $18.00 - $79.00
Duration: 2 hours with intermission

May 26, 2017 | 10:00 AM
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Thierry Fischer, conductor
Simone Porter, violin


Tchaikovsky Souvenir d’un lieu cher
Varèse Amériques
Stravinsky The Rite of Spring

Get in touch with your primal side.

Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring incited a riot during its premier in Paris over a century ago. Now, when it’s performed by the Utah Symphony, its savage, propulsive sound will have you sitting on the edge of your seat.


Artist Profile

Violinist Simone Porter has been recognized as an emerging artist of impassioned energy, musical integrity, and vibrant sound and at 19 years of age, Ms. Porter has already appeared with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Houston Symphony, and Los Angeles Philharmonic, and with renowned conductors including Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Nicolas McGegan, Ludovic Morlot, and Donald Runnicles. Ms. Porter made her professional solo debut at age 10 with the Seattle Symphony and her international debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at age 13.

Ms. Porter made acclaimed debuts in the recent years at the Aspen Music Festival with conductor Thomas Søndergård, the Grand Teton Music Festival with conductor Donald Runnicles and at the Hollywood Bowl, debuting with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and conductor Ludovic Morlot. Ms. Porter has also performed with the Nashville Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the Albany, Corpus Christi, Pasadena, Pacific and the Costa Rica Youth Symphonies. Previous engagements include an appearance with the New York Philharmonic on their Young People’s Concerts series, and performances with New West, Olympia and Utah Symphonies, the Reno Philharmonic, Orchestra Seattle, and the American Youth Symphony and Young Musician Foundation's Debut Orchestra in California. She has also performed recitals on the South Bay Chamber Music Series and in Salt Lake City at Libby Gardner Hall and had the honor of performing for the Dalai Lama at the opening ceremony of a five-day symposium on compassion in Seattle, Washington, in 2008.

The recipient of numerous honors and awards, Ms. Porter is a 2011 Davidson Fellow Laureate, an award given by the Davidson Institute for Talent Development, which carries a $50,000 scholarship to further her musical education. In 2009, she was presented as an Emerging Young Artist by the Seattle Chamber Music Society.

Raised in Seattle, Washington, Ms. Porter studied with Margaret Pressley as a recipient of the Dorothy Richard Starling Scholarship, and was then admitted into the studio of the renowned pedagogue Robert Lipsett, with whom she presently studies at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. Summer studies have included the Aspen Music Festival for seven years, Indiana University's Summer String Academy, and the Schlern International Music Festival in Italy.
Simone Porter plays on a 1745 J.B. Guadagnini violin on generous loan from The Mandell Collection of Southern California.


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