July 21, 2008

Qwest Foundation Hits High Note With Donation to Utah Symphony – Utah Opera

Doors to the music world of the Utah Symphony - Utah Opera (USUO) will open wide for children throughout the Wasatch Front, thanks to a $15,000 donation announced today by the Qwest Foundation.

Qwest's grant supports USUO's Educational Outreach Programs, which introduce students to classical and opera music, as well as other forms of music. As well as reaching all school districts in a three- to five-year rotation, USUO brings its Education Outreach Programs to underserved populations, students with physical and mental disabilities, and those experiencing economic hardship.

"The Utah Symphony - Utah Opera makes tremendous contributions to our communities," said Jerry Fenn, Qwest's Utah president. "The Qwest Foundation is proud to open doors for children that can lead to a lifetime of music appreciation."

W. Glenn Lanham, USUO vice president of development, said: "The generous support provided by the Qwest Foundation is instrumental to the success of our Education Outreach programs. Thanks to their support, during the 2007/2008 school year more than 169,000 students participated throughout the state."

In the past year, more than 7,800 teachers also participated in the concerts, events, workshops, and other activities offered.

Utah Symphony - Utah Opera is the largest performing arts organization offering classical music education outreach in the state of Utah. There are three program categories: symphony-focused programs; opera-focused programs; and, combined symphony/opera-focused programs. USUO's programs are designed to support the arts education curriculum for students throughout the state. In some cases, these programs may be the only experience students may have with symphony or opera.

About Qwest Foundation

The Qwest Foundation's core principle is that investing in people and communities provides lasting value for the future. The Qwest Foundation awards grants to community-based programs that generate high-impact and measurable results, focusing on pre-K through grade 12 education.

About Utah Symphony

Founded in 1940, Utah Symphony has become a vital presence on the American music scene through its distinctive performances worldwide and its well-known recording legacy. Utah Symphony has its home in Maurice Abravanel Hall, which is acclaimed as one of the world's great concert halls - having won awards for both its architecture and its extraordinary acoustics. In addition to performing more than 60 subscription concerts in Abravanel Hall, the symphony also accompanies 20 opera performances each season, as well as performing three days a week during our summer Deer Valley (R) Music Festival. With its many subscription, educational outreach concerts, and tours, Utah Symphony is one of the most engaged orchestras in the nation.