SALT LAKE CITY — From music to museums, this weekend is full of all kinds of entertainment for the curious minded. Wondering what a 282-year-old violin sounds like? Try the Utah Symphony. Never been to a real science lab? Stop by the Natural History Museum of Utah for a behind-the-scenes look. Or if you’re in the mood for something more familiar, Utah Valley University’s “A Year With Frog and Toad” might just do the trick.
Violinist William Hagen and the Utah Symphony
Violinist William Hagen will be returning to the Utah Symphony stage this weekend. Since performing with the symphony as a member of the Salute to Youth as a teenager, Hagen has since graduated from Juilliard School and studied under the renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman. Additionally, Hagen plays a 1735 “Sennhauser” violin, on loan to him from the Stradivari Society of Chicago. According to its website, there are fewer than 10 known examples of its kind by the violin maker Guarneri del Gesu. The concert will be held Nov. 3-4, 7:30 p.m, Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple, $15-$66 (801-533-6683 or utahsymphony.org).
Behind the scenes at the Natural History Museum of Utah
Go behind the scenes this weekend at the Natural History Museum of Utah. Poke around scientific labs, learn from paleontologists and talk with researchers about ancient artifacts. Or get up close with ceramics and pottery, check out the new genetics lab and discover new facts about Utah tarantulas. Open for just two days to visitors Nov. 4-5, Natural History Museum of Utah, 301 Wakara Way, free with the price of admission (801-581-4303 or nhmu.utah.edu).
SALT Contemporary Dance
SALT Contemporary Dance is taking the stage for its fifth anniversary season this fall. From original works to world premieres, the professional dance company will be showcasing a wide range of works during this year’s fall concert at The Gateway’s Grand Hall on Nov. 2-4, 7:30 p.m., Union Pacific Depot, The Gateway, 400 W S Temple, $25, (385-240-4554 or saltdance.com).
The Jerry Douglas Band
Musician Jerry Douglas has collaborated with many in the music industry, including Alison Krauss, James Taylor, Eric Clapton, Paul Simon and Mumford and Sons — just to name a few. Not to mention he has 14 Grammys to his name. This weekend, the Jerry Douglas Band will be visiting Utah on Nov. 5, 8 p.m., State Room, 638 S. State St., $35 (801-596-3560 or thestateroom.com).
“A Year With Frog and Toad”
For family fun this weekend, spend “A Year With Frog and Toad” at Utah Valley University in Orem. According to their Facebook page, the vaudeville act will show frog and toad as they “wake from hibernation in the spring, plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, and learn life lessons along the way.” A story of friendship, performances will take place Nov. 3-18, 6:30 p.m., dates vary, Noorda Theatre, 800 West University Parkway, $5-$14, (801-863-8610 or uvu.edu/arts).
Ballet West's "Carmina Burana"
There's a good chance that when German composer Carl Orff composed his cantata "Carmina Burana," based on medieval poetry, he didn't expect it to end up as a ballet. Ballet West will perform an updated version of William Christensen's 1974 ballet this weekend complete with a chorus onstage with the dancers. George Balenchine's lyrical "Sarenade" will open the program. Nov. 3-11, dates and times vary, Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South, $29-$87, (801-355-2787 or www.balletwest.org)