2020-21 Season: Re-imagined For Your Safety.


Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 with Schoenberg, Coleman, Venet & Mason

Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 with Schoenberg, Coleman, Venet & Mason
Abravanel Hall
123 W S Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, USA Get Directions


The season continues with standards of the repertoire highlighting the string section of the Utah Symphony and newer music to highlight the return of the brass, wind, and percussion sections to Abravanel Hall’s stage.

Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 asks the performers to be both soloist and ensemble members. Instead of a full slow movement, Bach only notated two linking chords, leaving the performers the option of inserting an improvised cadenza.

Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night) by Austrian-born composer Arnold Schoenberg tells the story of a walk and conversation between a couple in marital strife and their journey towards acceptance and forgiveness. Written before the composer adopted the 12-tone method of composition that became his signature, it is a highly romantic piece and, as such, is easily the composer’s most-performed piece.

Three short pieces from living composers complete the evening: Valerie Coleman’s Afro-Cuban Concerto for wind quintet; Andrea Venet’s Omnes Trio for percussion, and Quinn Mason’s Changes/Transitions for brass and percussion.

Estimated concert length: 70 minutes (with no intermission). There will be a ten minute pause between the Coleman and Venet pieces during which time the audience is asked to remain seated.


This project is funded in part by the CARES Act and the Utah State Legislature through Arts & Museums.


Learn more about our health and safety plan here.



Thierry Fischer, conductor

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. More information on our late and re-entry policies is found here.

Artists and programs are subject to change. No refunds. View Terms of Sale here.



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