Video: Watch the Utah Symphony get ready for their Road Trip

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Set against Zion National Park’s red rocks, the Utah Symphony performed at the O.C. Tanner Amphitheater in 2014, where they will return Aug. 29 on their “Great American Road Trip.”

SALT LAKE CITY — After months of anticipation, the Utah Symphony is finally hitting the road for its Great American Road Trip.

On Aug. 29, the group will embark on a 1,200-mile journey throughout the Beehive State, performing free outdoor concerts at state parks and national monuments.

Before packing up their instruments, the musicians got one last rehearsal in on Monday afternoon at Capitol Theatre. The symphony was joined by Native American composer and flutist Brent Michael Davids, who will be a featured performer on the tour.

The tour’s opening concert kicks off Tuesday night at the O.C. Tanner Amphitheater in Springdale, Washington County, set against the red rocks of Zion National Park. The other performances will take place at Cedar Breaks National Monument in Brian Head, Iron County; near Natural Bridges and Hovenweep National Monuments in Bluff, San Juan County; Goblin Valley State Park in Green River, Emery County; and at Split Mountain in Dinosaur National Monument in Jensen, Uintah County.

Under the direction of conductor Thierry Fischer, the five-day tour will alternate between concerts performed by the full symphony and chamber concerts performed by the symphony’s brass musicians.

In addition to providing classical music in these scenic locations, the Utah Symphony has collaborated with the Natural History Museum of Utah to provide an educational component to the tour. As part of this effort, interactive presentations that explore the relationship between nature and music will be held before each concert.

Furthermore, in collaboration with University of…

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