The Orchestra at Temple Square

Tabernacle: Friday and Saturday, March 22-23, 2013, 7:30 p.m.

A Spring Concert: Music of Mozart, Beethoven, and Dvořák

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Event Description

The Orchestra at Temple Square will present its annual spring concert on Friday, March 22, and Saturday, March 23, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. in the Tabernacle. The theme of the concert will be “A Spring Concert,” featuring the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig von Beethoven, and Antonin Dvořák. The evening’s concert will be led by Igor Gruppman, conductor of the Orchestra at Temple Square.

The concert will open with Mozart’s overture to his opera The Magic Flute. Composed in 1791, the last year of Mozart’s life, the opera is one of the composer’s more curious works. Written in German, the music is simultaneously symbolic and whimsical, with religious symbols familiar to Mozart. Much of the music in the overture falls into the traditional contrasting elements of slow dotted rhythms and sprightly, energized melodies.

The overture will be followed by Beethoven’s Piano Concerto #5, subtitled “Emperor.” One of the few major works Beethoven completed in 1809 was this piano concerto. It would turn out to be his last piano concerto and the only one he didn’t write for his own performance. Contrasting with the usual concerto style, the piano enters almost immediately after three orchestral chords. No longer secondary to the orchestra, nor even equal with it, the piano in the “Emperor Concerto” leads the way. It is the orchestra that accompanies. 

Mykola Suk will be the featured soloist on the concerto. Mr. Suk previously appeared with the Orchestra at Temple Square in August 2005. Ever since winning the first prize and gold medal at the 1971 International Liszt-Bartok Competition in Budapest, Suk has enchanted and captivated audiences all across the world. Born and schooled in Kiev, Suk went on to study at the prestigious Moscow Conservatory with Lev Vlasenko. He now resides in Las Vegas, Nevada, taking responsibility for keyboard studies at the Music Department of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

The second half of the concert will feature Dvořák’s Symphony no. 8. In 1866, the principal violist in Prague’s Provisional Theatre orchestra was Antonín Dvořák, at the time a young, energetic musician who seemed unusually interested in music with a Bohemian folk flavor. He became a composer tutored in part by Johannes Brahms. This symphony exemplifies the folk cheeriness of his native Bohemia. Relatively brief, upbeat, and playful, it was written in 1889 in gratitude for the composer’s election to the Bohemian Academy in Prague. There are tempestuous moments scattered throughout the work, but the symphony as a whole is decidedly optimistic in its outlook

The Orchestra at Temple Square was formed in 1999, under the direction of Gordon B. Hinckley, then President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Its charter as an all-volunteer musical organization is to accompany the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and to perform in two concerts of its own each year. 

Gruppman was named conductor of the Orchestra at Temple Square in 2003. He enjoys a career as a violin soloist, conductor, concertmaster, and chamber musician and has appeared in the great European capitals and in the major cities of North America, Israel, and New Zealand. He has been a frequent guest with such orchestras as the London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic and has worked with conductors Sir Georg Solti, Mstislav Rostropovich, Sir Colin Davis, Christoph Eschenbach, and Bernard Haitink. In addition to his duties with the Orchestra at Temple Square, he is currently concertmaster of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.


  • Free tickets are required for this event. There is a limit of four (4) tickets per person.
  • On Tuesday, February 19, 2013, tickets may be obtained over the Internet or by calling 801-570-0080 (locally) or toll-free 1-866-537-8457 (1-866-LDS-TIKS) beginning at 10:00 a.m.
  • Based on availability, tickets may be obtained in person at the ticket office located at door 4 of the Conference Center Wednesday, February 20, 2013. The ticket office is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Seating will be general admission.

Special Considerations

  • Children ages eight (8) and older are welcome at all performances. No babies, please.
  • Ambulatory seating is available. Patrons who require such seating should inform the ticket office when they obtain tickets or inform Guest Services when they arrive at the event.
  • Patrons should not bring cameras or audio or video recording devices into the performance halls. Photographs are not permitted during the performance.
  • Sunday dress is encouraged.
  • Patrons should turn off pagers, cellular phones, and similar electronic devices during the performance.
  • Food and beverages are not permitted in performance halls.
  • Patrons may not bring packages or backpacks into performance halls.
  • Those attending the production should consider traffic congestion, plan to arrive early, and park in designated parking areas only. Parking for this event will not be available at the Conference Center.
  • The Tabernacle doors will open 60 minutes before the performance start time.
  • Ticket holders are requested to be in their seats no later than 15 minutes before the performance begins.
  • Standby seating may be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The standby line is formed at the flagpole on Temple Square. 
  • The length of the performance is approximately 90 minutes.