January 2015 marks the 22nd anniversary of the Salt Lake County Board of Commissioners’ decision to honor Maurice Abravanel (1903-1993), conductor of the Utah Symphony for over 30 years. In 1993, the Commissioners approved the renaming of Utah’s Symphony Hall to Abravanel Hall.
Abravanel had an illustrious career as a conductor. In fact, at 33 Maurice became the youngest conductor in the history of the Met. Abravanel also work with many notable names in the industry including: Bruno Walter, George Balanchine, and Pierre Monteux. Maurice worked in Berlin, Paris, on Broadway, California, and even turned down a job at Radio City Music Hall to stay in Utah and support the Utah Symphony. Throughout his career Abravanel received many awards and recognition for his work. The renaming of Symphony Hall allowed the citizens of Utah to express their gratitude to a man who gave so much of himself to the Symphony and Utah.
On December 16, 1991 the Salt Lake County Commission honored Maurice Abravanel with the following resolution:
~Entry contributed by Tarienne Mitchell, Salt Lake County Archivist