American Visionary: A Festival Celebrating the Music of Michael Hersch

NOVA is collaborating with other arts organizations in Salt Lake City in a week-long festival devoted to the music of the extraordinary American composer Michael Hersch. Hailed as “a natural musical genius who continues to surpass himself” (Washington Post), Mr. Hersch will be in Utah to oversee production of his chamber opera and to serve as the Maurice Abravanel Distinguished Visiting Composer at the University of Utah School of Music, where he will present lectures and teach composition students. 

Events are held at 7:30 PM. 


February 1, 2018  (Thursday): NOVA presents Michael Hersch’s recent chamber opera, On the Threshold of Winter. This performance features soprano Ah Young Hong (Peabody Conservatory), conductor Tito Muñoz (Phoenix Symphony, Music Director), and an outstanding ensemble of Utah musicians. (Studio Theatre at the Rose Wagner Center for the Performing Arts)


January 29 (Monday), 2018: This concert features Michael Hersch’s stunning 2.5-hour cycle for solo piano, The Vanishing Pavilions. This program will be performed by NOVA Artistic Director Jason Hardink, presented in partnership with the Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation at Libby Gardner Hall at the University of Utah School of Music. This event offers a preconcert talk with the composer and performer starting at 7 PM.

January 30 (Tuesday), 2018: The festival continues with another major work by Mr. Hersch, Last Autumn. Scored for horn and cello, this modern masterpiece features Utah Symphony Acting Principal Horn Edmund Rollett and cellist Noriko Kishi. (Libby Gardner Hall at the University of Utah School of Music, this event offers a preconcert talk with the composer and Artistic Director Jason Hardink starting at 7 PM.)


The Sudden Pianist from Richard Anderson on Vimeo.




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