Utah Symphony offers first performance in its new Utah County home at UVU


The Noorda Center for the Performing Arts at Utah Valley University was built with state-of-the-art sound technology and ample space in the loading area to accommodate large productions. It was designed to host a wide variety of student and professional performances, but specifically to meet the needs of the Utah Symphony.

"I am proud to be a part of this prodigious organization and support its commitment to bring great live music to communities throughout the state," said Kem Gardner, board chair of the Utah Symphony and Utah Opera. "Our entire board is thrilled that the beautiful new Noorda Center for the Performing Arts will provide a Utah County home for the inspiring performances of this world-class orchestra!"

Beginning March 26, The Noorda welcomes the Utah Symphony to its new home. Six to seven times each year, audiences will fill the new Concert Hall to hear a Utah treasure perform. The first-ever concert will feature Thierry Fischer conducting Rossini’s "William Tell Overture" and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 ("From the New World").

"The new partnership with UVU at the Noorda Center for the Performing Arts represents a very significant initiative for us," says Paul Meecham, president & CEO of Utah Symphony and Utah Opera. "Situated in the heart of Utah's fastest-growing county, this beautiful new concert hall will become our long-term home in Utah Valley, meeting our goal to serve more Utahns, and encouraging businesses and individuals to support our work in schools and the community. In addition to the Utah Symphony's opening season of six concerts, we look forward to expanding our future connections with UVU through performances by the Utah Opera in the Noorda Center's Scott & Karen Smith Theatre. We are very grateful to the many donors and UVU administration who have made this dream possible."

Utah Valley University is honored to host the Utah Symphony, bringing greater accessibility to one of America's major symphony orchestras.

"This collaboration between the symphony and Utah Valley University will bring world-class orchestral music to the valley — and give audiences the opportunity to experience history’s greatest musical masterpieces in our marvelous new concert hall with its unparalleled acoustics," Stephen Pullen, dean and artistic director for UVU's School of the Arts.

The Noorda Concert Hall seats 900. It is surrounded by mechanized velvet curtains that, at the press of a button, tailor the acoustical profile to each unique musical number.

The ribbon-cutting on the Noorda Center for the Performing Arts is Monday, March 25, at 1:00 p.m. The Utah Symphony performance is part of the weeklong celebration, including the inauguration of Utah Valley University President Astrid S. Tuminez.

For ticket information and more details, visit "The Week of Dreams" website.