UNWOUND: Rhapsody in Blue

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UNWOUND: Rhapsody in Blue
Abravanel Hall
123 W S Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, USA Get Directions


Unwound: No ties. No rules. Just Music

Don’t know when to clap? Don’t worry about it. Don’t know what to wear? Come as you are. Join us for Utah Symphony’s casual concert series at Abravanel Hall. The music is the same, but we’ve thrown the rules out the window. 

Re-introduce yourself to one of America’s greatest and most unique musical voices and remember why you love just about everything he ever said with it.

Intrigued? Watch this from last year’s UNWOUND event to learn more:

Concert Highlights

The evening will be hosted by the incomparable Jeff Counts, host of the Utah Symphony Ghostlight Project. You’ll be in good hands.

Marvel at pianist Kevin Cole as he tackles Gershwin’s notable Rhapsody in Blue.

Let yourself be astounded as IMAG video of the pianist and orchestra musicians bring you closer to the action on stage.



Season Sponsor George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation
Masterworks Series Sponsor O.C
UNWOUND Sponsor Silicon Slopes


GERSHWIN: Second Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra
GERSHWIN: Promenade (“Walking the Dog”)
GERSHWIN: “I Got Rhythm” Variations for Piano and Orchestra
GERSHWIN: Cuban Overture
GERSHWIN: Rhapsody in Blue



Conner Gray Covington, conductor
Kevin Cole, piano

Due to a recent back injury and on the advice of his doctor, Music Director Thierry Fischer has withdrawn from conducting this week’s Masterworks concerts, “Rhapsody in Blue.” Associate Conductor Conner Gray Covington will lead the Utah Symphony and guest pianist Kevin Cole in a program featuring Gershwin and composer in association Andrew Norman’s “Sacred Geometry” on Thursday, Nov. 14 at Brigham Young University in Provo, Friday, Nov. 15 at Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City, and the all-Gershwin UNWOUND on Saturday, Nov. 16 at Abravanel Hall.

Additional Info


GENERAL AGE GUIDELINE: Individuals ages five and older are welcome at this performance. Parents should ensure their children are able to sit quietly through the performance without disturbing others around them. No babes in arms will be admitted.

LATE SEATING POLICY: Late seating will be at an appropriate break in the concert, to be determined at a later date, or at intermission. More information on our late and re-entry policies is found here.


Prepare to be leapt through time as Abravanel Hall is transformed into a Gatsby era speakeasy.

Break out your bowler hats and flapper dresses for a chance to win great prizes at our costume contest. Otherwise, feel free to dress down. Even the orchestra will be in jeans.

Make sure to get your photo taken before the concert!

Grab a souvenir “Unwound” Concert T-shirt from our screen-printing station – designed by local artists.

Get a drink at the cash bar in the lobby before or after the performance.

Hungry for more than music? Grab a bite before the concert at the Fatty Tuna food truck in the lower plaza by the ticket office starting at 6:00 pm.

Special thanks to The Food Truck League!


After the performance, stay in your seat for a post-concert Q & A with Kevin Cole and Jeff Counts.

Mingle with the musicians of the Utah Symphony in the lobby.

Swing dance to the talented New Deal Swing band led by Utah Symphony Principal Clarinet Tad Calcara in the lobby.