National Parks Symphony - The Mighty Five

(Rochester, NY) – 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 Parks Symphony - The Mighty Five captures iconic images, grand vistas, and secret locations in Zion, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Arches National Parks. National Parks Symphony - The Mighty Five premieres Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

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. National Parks Symphony - The Mighty Five has been nominated for nine Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards including Best Arts/Entertainment Program/Special.

National Parks 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

Pictured: Trees in Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah.
Credit: Courtesy of Nick Vincent



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