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Orchestra Announces Spring Concert and First-Ever YouTube Concert Post

The annual spring concert of the Orchestra at Temple Square will be an evening of the great masters featuring Mozart, Beethoven and Dvořák. The concert March 22-23 under the direction of Igor Gruppman begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square.

The Orchestra, first formed in 1999 as a companion ensemble to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, will perform Overture to The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Piano Concerto no. 5 by Ludwig von Beethoven and Symphony no. 8 by Antonín Leopold Dvořák. These are well known and much-beloved pieces. Scientist Albert Einstein said of Mozart’s Magic Flute, “It was his bequest to mankind, his appeal to the ideals of humanity.”

Guest pianist Mykola Suk, former professor of piano at the Kiev State Conservatory and Moscow State Conservatory who also has taught Masters classes at the New England Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music and Columbia University, will join the Orchestra for the Beethoven concerto. Mr. Suk has performed once before with the Orchestra on their 2005 concert.

The event requires tickets, which are available free of charge beginning February 19 at, by calling 801-570-0080 or at the Conference Center Ticket Office. Admission to this event is limited to those ages eight and older.

The Orchestra is also pleased to announce the first posting of one of their full concerts on the Mormon Tabernacle Choir YouTube channel. The concert, entitled “A Night in Vienna,” was performed in October, 2012 and features the music of Haydn, Mozart, and Strauss. Maestro Gruppman and his wife, Vesna Stefanovich-Gruppman, performed on the violin and viola respectively during the concert, with soprano, Melissa Heath, adding her talents later in the program. Click here or on the video above to watch this fabulous concert program.