KUED celebrates the centennial of the National Park Service with a stunning visual portrait of Utah’s “Mighty Five” national parks, set to a score selected and recorded by the Utah Symphony. National Park Symphony – The Mighty Five premieres Monday, March 14, at 7 p.m., and again at 8:30 p.m. on KUED.

The film grew out of the Utah Symphony’s “Mighty Five” tour in August 2014, during which the orchestra performed free outdoor concerts against the backdrop of Utah’s five national park locations, both as a prelude to the centennial and as a celebration of the orchestra’s 75th anniversary season. The KUED special kicks off Year of the Parks, a trilogy of KUED programs celebrating the National Park Service during 2016.

Utah Symphony Music Director Thierry Fischer, who conducted the symphony on its tour, introduces National Park Symphony, which was shot on location over four seasons in Zion, Arches, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, and Canyonlands National Parks.

Produced by KUED’s award-winning Carol Dalrymple, the film features both grand vistas and secret locations. Primary photographers were Gary Turnier and Nick Vincent, with additional footage from John Howe.

Musical selections include:

•“Szene am Bach (Andante molto mosso)” from Symphony No. 6, Op. 68 “Pastorale” by Ludwig van Beethoven.

•“Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune” by Claude Debussy.

• Largo from Symphony No. 9, Op. 95 “From the New World” by Antonín Dvo?ák.

•“Majesté du Christ demandant sa gloire à son Père” from L’Ascension by Olivier Messiaen (With the permission of Alphonse Leduc and G. Schirmer Inc.).

•“Bryce Canyon et les rochers rouge-orange,” “La Grive des bois,” and “Zion Park et la Cité Céleste” from Des Canyons aux étoiles… by Olivier Messiaen.

•Adagio from Symphony No. 2 by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

•“Danse religeuse” and “Lever du jour” from Daphnis et Chloé by Maurice Ravel.

•“Dreams and Memories” from EOS by Augusta Read Thomas.

The second film in the trilogy, coming in August, is National Parks: Beyond the Crowds, highlights the hidden wonders outside Utah’s national parks. Utah’s national parks attract visitors from around the world, but beyond the iconic landscapes is a collection of diverse, federally-designated national monuments, recreation areas, and trails that offer remarkable, accessible experiences. From the near-urban setting of Timpanogos Cave National Monument, to Dinosaur National Monument, to Hovenweep National Monument and Great Basin National Park (one of the best places in the nation for stargazing) to Cedar Breaks, and kayaking through the canyons of Lake Powell, this program, produced by Nancy Green and Joe Prokop, provides an eye-opening introduction to less crowded wonders beyond the national parks.

The Year of the Parks trilogy will culminate with a documentary by John Howe examining challenges facing the national park system. For all of the beauty in the national parks and all of the pride Utahns express for them, the state’s five national parks face the risk of overuse, among other challenges.

Nationally, 300 million people visit national parks annually, creating tension for the park service between protecting park resources and accommodating tourism. The park service must also deal with landscape abuse and vandalism, as well as the impact of climate change. With infrastructure at the parks dating back to the 1920s, the backlog of repair and maintenance grows each year. The documentary profiles the greatest challenges to the national parks in Utah and the Intermountain West, and the options for ensuring the future of these unique natural resources.