Fall at the Hall: Kingsbury Hall's Exciting Fall Season

Fall is almost here, and as the outdoor concert and theater season is winding down, Salt Lake's indoor performing arts venues are gearing up. One of Salt Lake's favorite venues is Kingsbury Hall on the University of Utah campus, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year.

Built in 1930, Kingsbury Hall is named after former University of Utah president Joseph T. Kingsbury. The hall was the original home of Ballet West and the Utah Opera company before both companies moved to the Capitol Theatre downtown. Kingsbury Hall was renovated extensively in 1996 and currently hosts about 180 performances a year.

This year's fall season at Kingsbury Hall includes a wonderful variety of performances from a human rights lecture by Spike Lee to a children's theater adaptation of Arnold Lobel's beloved "Frog and Toad" stories. It also includes my favorite Utah dance event of the year, "Thriller" by Odyssey Dance Theatre.

Sep 14: Spike Lee (Tanner Lecture on Human Values)
Sep 24: Sinbad (standup comedy)
Sep 30: Second City: The FAFSA and the Furious (improv comedy national tour)

Oct 08: Vox Lumiere - Phantom of the Opera (rock opera)
Oct 13-30: "Thriller" by Odyssey Dance Theatre (Halloween-themed modern dance)

Nov 01: Sufjan Stevens (folk singer)
Nov 04: Straight No Chaser (men's a capella singing group)
Nov 07: Gordon Lightfoot (folk/pop singer)
Nov 11: ABBA MANIA (ABBA tribute band)
Nov 13: The 5 Browns (classical piano)
Nov 18-20: A Year With Frog and Toad (youth theater production)

Dec 03-4: The Wizard of Oz (musical theater national tour)
Dec 17-18: Jon Schmidt (Christmas music)

Kingsbury Hall is located at 1395 E. Presidents Circle on the University of Utah Campus.

Photo by Edgar Zuniga Jr.
Read more from Marsha Maxwell at Salt Lake City's about.com.