Saint-Saëns’ “Organ” Symphony

Friday, December 1, 2017 7:30PM
Abravanel Hall

Saint-Saëns’ “Organ” Symphony
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Utah Symphony's O.C. Tanner Company Masterworks Series


From the exoticism and sensuality of the “Bacchanale” from his hit opera, Samson and Delilah, to the glorious splendor of the “Organ” Symphony with its grand C-major apotheosis, you’ll hear the full range of Saint-Saëns’ captivating musical voice. This is a performance not to be missed!

VENUE: Abravanel Hall, 123 W South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 | Get Directions


Thierry Fischer, conductor
Paul Jacobs, organist


Saint-Saëns: “Bacchanale” from Samson and Delilah
Saint-Saëns: Trois tableaux symphoniques d'après La Foi
Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 “Organ”


Lizst once called Saint-Saëns “the greatest organist in the world,” and this symphony certainly helps that argument. Listen to the bold and brassy finale of the magnificent “Organ” symphony.

The sultry-sounding Bacchanale from “Samson and Delilah” is sure to send you on a musical journey. Preview the music here:

Meet organist Paul Jacobs

Paul Jacobs is one of the leading organ performers of our time. He has performed in all 50 states and teaches organ composition at Julliard. Listen to his thought on the organ and Bach (not featured in this concert) in this video.

Legacy of a Carnival

What comes to mind when you think of Camille Saint-Saëns? Learn about his prolific legacy and what makes his music so intoxicating and irresistible in this article. Read more


Symphony Season Sponsor

Eccles Foundation

Masterworks Series Sponsor

OC Tanner

Conductor Sponsor:

The New Yorker


RUN TIME: Approximately 2 hours including intermission.

GENERAL AGE GUIDELINE: Individuals ages five and older are welcome at this performance. Parents should ensure their children are able to sit quietly through the performance without disturbing others around them. No babes in arms will be admitted.