1940Utah Symphony presented its first season in
Salt Lake City with five concerts.
Two Ogden women brought the Utah Symphony to Ogden for 1 performance. The cost was $400, and 300 people attended.
The Welfare League, later known as the Junior League of Ogden, established a Symphony Committee with responsibilities for all of the operations needed for the Utah Symphony performances in Ogden. A Community Board of 25 members provided needed community support.
The Junior League and the Community Board saw increases in the number of concerts and concert attendance. The Community Board grew stronger, and with the aid of League volunteers, evolved into an effective Community Guild. Articles of Incorporation were filed for the Ogden Guild. The name was later changed to the Ogden Symphony Association.
In July, the Association, with support from Weber State College, held an outdoor "Pops" concert at the Ada Lindquist Plaza on the college campus. Approximately 2,500 people attended, listened to the symphony, and watched a display of fireworks. The Association continued to host the event for 10 years in partnership with Weber State University and the Lindquist Family. (In 2004, the event drew 60,000
Ballet West approached the Ogden Symphony Association to present Ballet West performances in Ogden. The Association agreed and changed its name to the Ogden Symphony Ballet Association.
During the first forty years of symphony performances in Ogden, the Association grew from the first concert with 300 in attendance to seven classical concerts, two chamber concerts, and ten Ballet West performances, including the Nutcracker. The Ogden Symphony Ballet Association met the artistic needs of the community for forty years and looked ahead to forty more.
The Association celebrated 50 years of "Bringing the Arts Home" to Ogden with a special performance of the Utah Symphony and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Most tickets were free to the public. Mayor Matthew Godfrey declared October 19-26 "Ogden Symphony Ballet Association
The Association budget reached nearly 1 million dollars. It included a season of five Utah Symphony Masterworks (Classical) concerts, five Utah Symphony Pops (Entertainment) concerts, five performances of Ballet West including the Nutcracker, three family performances (two with the Utah Symphony and one with Children's Dance Theatre), a full-length opera, and a self-produced concert called "A Broadway Valentine." The average concert cost $24,000 and 1,000 people attended.