The stage is dark, but the conversation is just beginning.
Welcome to the Utah Symphony's Ghost Light, a behind the curtain look into the world of classical music and the artists who make it. Hosted by Jeff Counts, Utah Symphony's General Manager and Vice President of Operations. New episodes are released each Tuesday.
Ep. 16 – Renowned Director Paul Curran discusses Utah Opera’s production of Man of La Mancha. (Released 1/18/17)
Ep. 15 – Host Jeff Counts discusses the music of Charles Ives and other upcoming projects with Jason Hardink, Artistic Director of the NOVA Chamber Music Series and Principal Keyboard of the Utah Symphony. (Released 1/9/17)
Ep. 14 - Violinist David Porter talks about his work with MOTUS and in sharing classical music with the community in unexpected ways.(released 12/12/16)
Ep. 13 - Cellist John Eckstein discusses his outreach work and upcoming service trip with several Utah Symphony musicians for BLUME Haiti.(released 12/06/16)
Ep. 12 - Andrew Larson shares an inside look at the cello section of the Utah Symphony.(released 11/29/16)
Ep. 11 - Filmmaker Carol Dalrymple discusses collaborating with the Utah Symphony for her award-winning documentary National Parks Symphony: The Mighty Five. (released 11/22/16)
Ep. 10 - GRAMMY Award-winning sound engineer Dirk Sobotka gives us an inside look at the complexities of recording an orchestra. (released 11/16/16)
Ep. 9 - Elizabeth Beilman shares her journey as an orchestral violist (released 11/07/16)
Ep. 8 - Sarah Coit discusses the life of an opera singer (released 10/31/16)
Ep. 7 - Associate Conductor Rei Hotoda discusses Utah Symphony's education outreach. (Released 10/24/16)
Ep. 6 - Madeline Adkins discusses joining the Utah Symphony as the new Concertmaster. (Released 10/10/16)
Ep. 5 - Christopher McBeth discusses the process of planning an opera season (Released 10/3/16)
Ep. 4 - Paul Meecham discussed the state of orchestral music in America (Released 9/26/16)
Ep. 3 - Michael Pape discusses auditioning for a major orchestra and being an orchestral percussionist (Released 9/19/16)
Ep. 2 - Mary Anne Huntsman discusses getting kids involved with classical music (Released 9/12/16)
Ep. 1 - Thierry Fischer discusses planning an orchestra's season (Released 9/5/16)
What is a ghost light?
If you were to walk on the stage in Abravanel Hall or Capitol Theater when the venue was closed and no one was there, you wouldn't be alone in the dark. A ghost light is a single bulb that is left on and placed on the stage after each performance. There are different explanations for ghost lights, which is a tradition in most venues. Some believe it keeps ghosts away from the stage. Others think it appeases the ghosts and keeps them happy. The pragmatic see it as an important safety measure to keep people from falling over things that have been left on stage (or off the stage itself!).