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National Park Symphony - The Mighty Five

Sunrise in Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah.
Courtesy of Nick Vincent
Sunrise in Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah.

Airs Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

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The Grandeur and Majesty of Utah’s Five Stunning National Parks Set to Glorious Music Selected and Recorded by the Utah Symphony

Celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service with a stunning visual portrait of the breathtaking landscapes of Utah’s “Mighty Five” national parks set to a score selected and recorded by Music Director Thierry Fischer and The Utah Symphony.

Shot over the splendor of four seasons, “National Park Symphony - The Mighty Five” captures iconic images, grand vistas and secret locations in Zion, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Arches National Parks.

Broken Arch in Arches National Park in Utah.
Courtesy of Gary Turnier
Broken Arch in Arches National Park in Utah.

The film grew out of the Utah Symphony’s “Mighty Five” tour in August 2014, during which the orchestra performed free outdoor concerts against the backdrop of Utah’s five national parks, both as a prelude to the centennial and as a celebration of the orchestra’s 75th anniversary season.

This program has been nominated for nine Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards including Best Arts/Entertainment Program/Special.

Flowers bloom in Capitol Reef State Park in Utah.
Courtesy of Nick Vincent
Flowers bloom in Capitol Reef State Park in Utah.

“National Park Symphony - The Mighty Five” features these performances:

• “Danse Religieuse” and “Lever du Jour” from Daphnis et Chloé – Maurice Ravel

• “Dreams and Memories” from EOS – Augusta Read Thomas

• “Szene am Bach (Andante molto mosso)” from Symphony No. 6, Op. 68 “Pastorale” – Beethoven

• Largo from Symphony No. 9, Op. 95 “From the New World” – Antonin Dvořák

• Adagio from Symphony No. 2 – Sergei Rachmaninoff

• “Bryce Canyon et les Rochers Rouge-Orange” – Olivier Messiaen

• “Prélude à l'après-midi d’un Faune” – Claude Debussy

Chimney Rock in Capitol Reef State Park in Utah.
Courtesy of Nick Vincent
Chimney Rock in Capitol Reef State Park in Utah.

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CREDITS:

Presented by KUED-TV. Producer is Carol Dalrymple.