Graf closes Texas Music Festival with a compelling Shostakovich portrait

Dmitri Shostakovich may be a familiar presence in the concert hall, …

Texas Music Festival offers power, if not always precision, in Brahms, Tchaikovsky

The Texas Music Festival dubbed Saturday’s orchestral program “Heroic Statements”–which may …

Texas Music Festival opens with sonic spectaculars by Strauss and Holst

On paper, the pairing may have looked like overkill. Richard Strauss’ …

Van Zweden bids farewell to DSO with a concerto premiere and a momentous Beethoven Ninth

Thursday night at Meyerson Symphony Center, Jaap van Zweden opened his …

With a last-minute Wotan, van Zweden leads DSO in a memorable “Walküre”

Jaap van Zweden’s penultimate program as music director of the Dallas …


Monastyrska finds strength in challenging role of Norma

Liudmyla Monastyrska specializes in Italian opera’s soprano fireballs. Lady Macbeth from …

Violinist Stefan Jackiw works hard to bring out the grit and nostalgia of Charles Ives

Charles Ives is still a problem.

Our current era accepts and …


Utah Arts Review to launch this fall

Tue Jul 17, 2018 at 1:56 pm

I’m delighted to announce the launch of Utah Arts Review, our eighth website, coming in September.

As with our existing sites, Utah Arts Review ( will bring first class, in-depth coverage of classical music and opera to Salt Lake City, as well as the rest of Utah. But, as its title indicates, UAR will also mark a new expansion of Classical Review’s mission, as we broaden our imprint to cover theater, dance, and visual art in Salt Lake City and throughout the state.

Why Utah, some will ask. Classical Review goes into markets where there is a void in existing arts journalism and where we feel we can make a difference by providing high-quality cultural coverage of benefit to local audiences, arts organizations and communities. Of course, any new site also has to make practical business sense as well. Enough leading Salt Lake City arts organizations have shown a commitment to ad partnerships that we feel a Utah presence is too good an opportunity for us to pass up.

More broadly, I have been wanting to expand Classical Review’s reach to other arts genres for some time. Unfortunately, coverage of dance, theater and the visual arts is becoming just as neglected by legacy media in many markets as is coverage of classical music. As The Classical Review enters its second decade of steady growth, widening of our reach into covering other arts was inevitable.

Utah offers an ideal market for us to debut our first multi-arts site. There is a rich, thriving cultural scene in Salt Lake City with enough top-rank groups–Utah Symphony and Utah Opera, BalletWest, and Pioneer Theatre Company  to name a few—to make for varied and lively coverage within a manageable beat as we start to expand our boundaries beyond classical music.

So look for Utah Arts Review to launch in early September. And, as with all our sites, UAR will be accessible from the drop-down menu when you click Elsewhere at the top of any Classical Review site.


August 18

Round Top Festival
Chamber Music Trio
Works of Mendelssohn, Haydn, and …


Fabio Luisi named Dallas Symphony music director

You can’t say the Dallas Symphony Orchestra likes to waste time.…

HGO appoints Kim as principal guest conductor

Houston Grand Opera has appointed Eun Sun Kim as principal guest …