Deer Valley Music Festival adds more concerts |

Deer Valley Music Festival adds more concerts

Submitted by the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera

Utah Symphony | Utah Opera today announced three additional performances and an additional soloist for its 2016 Deer Valley Music Festival.

Additions include a chamber orchestra performance with music from Mozart, Honegger and Poulenc; The Music of John Williams including the new suite from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’" Will Hagen performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and multi-platinum-selling entertainer Michael Feinstein with the Utah Symphony.

The addition of these performances brings the summer festival’s schedule to 17 performances between July 2 and Aug. 9. Tickets for all performances are on sale now.

On Wednesday, Aug. 3, Associate Conductor Rei Hotoda conducts the Utah Symphony in a program that features music from Mozart, Honegger and Poulenc at St. Mary’s Church on the Chamber Orchestra Series.

The performance will begin with Ms. Hotoda performing as soloist and conductor on Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9, a piece Albert Einstein dubbed as one of Mozart’s "monumental works." The program continues with Honegger’s Alps-inspired symphonic poem "Pastorale d’été" and concludes with Poulenc’s Sinfonietta.

Tchaikovsky’s "1812 Overture," previously announced for the Saturday, Aug. 6 performance, has been rescheduled for Friday, Aug. 5. In addition to this perennial favorite, Utah native Will Hagen returns to the Festival and performs Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Utah Symphony.

Mr. Hagen first performed with the Utah Symphony at age nine on the 2001 Salute to Youth program. He has since performed with major orchestras both nationally and internationally. The program will also feature Shostakovich’s "Festive Overture," Borodin’s "Polovtsian Dances" from "Prince Igor" and Khachaturian’s "Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia."

On Saturday, Aug. 6, the Festival continues with the ever-popular Music of John Williams led by Associate Conductor Rei Hotoda.

The Utah Symphony performs the suite from the new "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," and music from other cinematic blockbusters including "Harry Potter," "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "Jurassic Park," "Schindler’s List," "E.T. the Extraterrestrial" and "Saving Private Ryan."

On Tuesday, Aug. 9, the Deer Valley Music Festival will close with Michael Feinstein performing an evening of Gershwin standards with the Utah Symphony.

Mr. Feinstein, the multi-platinum- selling, two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy Award-nominated entertainer dubbed "The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook," is considered one of the premier interpreters of American standards. His 200-plus shows a year have included performances at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and the Hollywood Bowl as well as the White House and Buckingham Palace. Early in his career he was Ira Gershwin’s assistant, which earned him access to numerous unpublished Gershwin songs, many of which he has since performed and recorded.

Previously announced highlights of festival include Utah Symphony performances with high- energy, new wave rock band, The B-52s; Matthew Morrison, who starred as teacher Will Schuester on TV’s "Glee"; DreamWorks Animation in Concert with scenes from favorite movies including "Home," "Shrek," "How to Train Your Dragon," "Kung Fu Panda," and "Madagascar;" a tribute to the music of late rock legend David Bowie; and violinist Robert McDuffie performing Philip Glass’ "The American Four Seasons."

General public, subscription, group, and VIP tickets for the Deer Valley Music Festival are on sale now. Performance tickets are available by calling (801) 533-6683 or online at

VIP Events and Packages

VIP packages for both Friday and Saturday performances will continue at this year’s festival and can include VIP parking, pre-concert gourmet dinner at the resort, premium reserved seating and access to the intermission reception. VIP package pricing includes a charitable contribution built into the various package options. Salon Events will also continue, featuring intimate performances in luxurious private residences by festival artists. Cost for the Salon Events will be $125 per person. For more information regarding VIP packages and our Salon Events schedule please call (801) 869-9011 or email

Volunteer Information

Volunteers for the festival are needed in multiple positions: ushers, ticket takers, security, etc. Benefits include a complimentary ticket voucher. Contact Melissa Robison at or (801) 869-9067 for more information.

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