Salt Lake County Arts & Culture
Abravanel Hall is an architectural and artistic icon in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City. Built as the home of the Utah Symphony in 1979, the Hall is named for Maurice Abravanel, the long-time conductor of the Symphony and champion of classical music throughout Utah.
Abravanel Hall is renowned for its acoustical excellence. The performance space is actually a concrete building within a brick building, blocking out the din of the city and the lobby. Inside the performance hall, the white oak walls with distinctive raised paneling, allows the clear sounds of the Symphony to float throughout the Hall.
Abravanel Hall’s interiors are as stunning as the distinctive architecture, with its gold-leaf covered tiers, balconies, staircases, and white oak wood paneling. The stunning four-story glass lobby boasts iconic city views of Temple Square and the Wasatch Range and is home to the Olympic Tower, a red blown-glass sculpture by renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly. The performance hall is adorned with brass chandeliers decorated with 18,000 hand-strung Bohemian crystals, gold leafing framing the stage and decorating the balconies, and walls of white oak.
All That Glitters…
Is in fact gold, at least in Abravanel Hall! O.C. Tanner donated 12,000 square feet of 24-karat gold leaf that adorns the lobby stairs and tiers inside the auditorium. The hand-brushed gold leaf adds elegance to the building and the rich gold complements the white oak walls and brass railings.