The Hershey Theatre, conceived in 1933 by noted philanthropist and chocolatier Milton S. Hershey, stands as an opulent tribute to the performing arts. Taking architectural cues from Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the foyer’s towering arches gleam with golden paint and crystal chandeliers. The blue-and-gold mosaic that leads to the main seating area is the masterwork of two German artists who spent two years on its construction. Once inside the theater, audiences might think they’ve stepped onto the streets of Venice thanks to the atmospheric ceiling, stonework facades, and gondoliers paddling them to their seats. ####Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Music has permeated the 800 manicured acres where the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has stood since 1969, when farmer Max Yasgur agreed to let love, peace, and harmony grow wild at the very first Woodstock festival. These days, the renowned outdoor venue and cultural center continues to attract the biggest acts in music to its pavilion stage. The open-air design ensures ample ventilation on the natural sloping lawn, and a roof protects up to 15,000 fans from inclement weather and the prying eyes of Cessna pilots.
The ensemble, recent winner of a Best of State medal for Best Vocal Group, currently consists of 40 singers backed up by a 40-piece orchestra. Carol cravers can get their fill of candy cane–shaped chords at the December 6 performance of "Christmas with Utah Chamber Artists", which includes Francis Poulenc's Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël. Two of the most euphonious dual-syllabic composers of all time share the spotlight in the February 28 concert "Bernstein & Mozart: The Long and the Short of It". The program features beloved Utah soprano Celena Shafer performing in Mozart’s Requiem and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. 2011 marks the Utah Chamber Artists' 20th anniversary, and on May 2, "The Beverley Sorenson Young Artist Concert" features talented key-tickler Richard Marshall, who, with the choir and orchestra, will play audience favorites from the last two decades, excluding the popular piano remix of "The Macarena."
Under the guidance of founder and director Nathaniel Drew, the Salt Lake Pops Studio Orchestra's skilled musicians tackle movie scores, pop hits, and other earworms—adding a dose of social media for good measure. A YouTube sensation (a recent Bruno Mars cover has garnered nearly two million views), the Pops maintains a robust blog and encourages audiences to request songs and comment on the current repertoire. Many of its stirring arrangements can leap from stereos into living rooms thanks to sheet music posted online, a gesture that allows fans to tackle "Firework" and "Skyfall" on their very best kazoo.