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Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News
The Opening Ceremonies of the Salt Lake 2002 Winter Olympic Games at Rice-Eccles Stadium Friday, February 8, 2002.

Here are some highlights from Utah Symphony's 75-year history. Please note that this list is not all-inclusive.

• May 8, 1940 — Utah State Symphony Orchestra performs its first concert in Salt Lake City under the direction of Hans Henriot.

• 1946 — Utah State Symphony Orchestra changes its name to Utah Symphony. Werner Janssen becomes the second director of the Utah Symphony.

• 1947 — Maurice Abravanel begins his 32-year term as the third director of the Utah Symphony.

• 1963 — Utah Symphony begins making recordings of Gustav Mahler’s symphonies.

• 1963 — Utah Symphony is nominated for its first Grammy Award. The symphony was also nominated in 1979, 1980 and 1988.

• 1965 — Utah Symphony receives the Mahler Medal of Honor from the Bruckner Society of America.

• 1966 — Utah Symphony makes its premiere appearance at Carnegie Hall in New York City. It also appears at the Athens Festival in Greece and the Berlin Festival in Germany.

• 1974 — Utah Symphony becomes the first orchestra in the world to complete a recording of every Mahler symphony.

• 1975 — Utah Symphony wins the International Gustav Mahler Society Award for Best Mahler Recording for its recording of Mahler's Fifth Symphony.

• 1975 — Utah Symphony debuts at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

• 1979 — Varujan Kojian becomes the fourth director of Utah Symphony.

• 1979 — Utah Symphony changes venues from the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square to Symphony Hall, which was renamed Abravanel Hall in 1993.

• 1980 — Utah Symphony’s season is expanded to a 52-week schedule; today, it is one of only 15 orchestras in the U.S. to offer its musicians 52-week contracts.

• 1983 — Joseph Silverstein becomes the fifth director of the Utah Symphony.

• 1998 — Keith Lockhart becomes the sixth director of the Utah Symphony.

• 2002 — Utah Symphony performs in the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

• 2002 — Utah Symphony merges with Utah Opera (founded in 1978) to create Utah Symphony | Utah Opera.

• 2009 — Thierry Fischer becomes the seventh director of the Utah Symphony.

Sources: Utah Symphony, utahsymphony.org