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Maurice Abravanel 100
Maurice Abravanel The quality and development of the arts in Utah owe much to Maurice Abravanel, Music Director of the Utah Symphony from 1947 to 1979. January 6, 2002 marks the 100th anniversary of Maurice Abravanel's birth.
Success came early to Abravanel, who while in his 30's, worked with composer Kurt Weill in Berlin and on Broadway, conducted ballets in Paris for legendary choreographer George Balanchine, and was recommended for jobs at both the Paris and Metropolitan Opera by Bruno Walter.

Unsatisfied with his early success, by his mid-40's, Abravanel knew that he wanted to build a permanent orchestra of his own. In 1947, he jumped at the chance to prove himself a worthy conductor with the little known Utah Symphony. In his 32 years with the Symphony, he built the part-time community ensemble into a full-time orchestra of world-renown through successful international tours and acclaimed recordings, including the first ever recording of Mahler's gargantuan "Symphony of a Thousand."

Abravanel interview -- Former PT Host Martin Goldsmith talked to Maurice Abravanel on the occasion of his 90th birthday in 1993

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