By Stephanie Powell
The performance, led by conductor Kory Katseanes of the BYU Phil, was introduced by Katseanes, who expressed his gratitude to have Harrell present and performing with his students.
“I’m also grateful for the Utah Symphony having the night off,” Katseanes said with a coy smile, “so that we can play here tonight.”
The concert’s repertoire included Hector Berlioz’s Overture to Benvenuto Cellini, Richard Strauss’ Don Juan, and Antonin Dvorak’s Concert for Cello and Orchestra in B Minor, Op. 104—with the 71-year-old Harrell as soloist, fervently leading the way.