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Deer Valley Music Festival announces lineup

MATT JAMES, Of the Record staff
The 2006 Deer Valley Music Festival will run July 22 through Aug. 19 at Deer Valley Resort and Saint Mary s Catholic Church. Photo courtesy of Utah Symphony and Opera.
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Summer might be months away and seem like a dream, but a few organizations are already beginning to think about the season. This past week, the Park City Performing Arts Foundation started looking for performers for its free Wednesday night concert series, and Utah Symphony and Opera announced the lineup for the third annual Deer Valley Music Festival, which will run July 22 through Aug. 19.

For 2006, the event will return to Park City essentially unchanged, featuring chamber music on Wednesdays and Thursdays at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and orchestral performances including classical pieces on Fridays and pops concerts on Saturdays at Deer Valley’s Snow Park Lodge.

"It’s still basically the same," said Utah Symphony and Opera spokesperson Spencer Clark.

This year, some of the schedule’s highlights include appearances by saxophonist Kenny G, a performance by swing rockers Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and "The Pirates of Penzance," an opera by Sirs W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan.

Clark also pointed to a performance by another local group.

"This year we’re actually bringing in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir," said Clark.

The group, he said, would showcase its skills with some slightly different material than normal, using mostly classical choral pieces for its collaboration with the symphony orchestra.

Aside from the main stage shows, Clark said the chamber performances would also make their mark. He pointed several concerts including, one show "Ferhan and Ferzan Onder Piano Duo," featuring Ferhan and Ferzan, a pair of twins with a knack for four-handed performances, and two shows with the Georgia Guitar Quartet, a young classical guitar group.

"They’re really on the cutting edge of chamber performances," said Clark.

Like past years, Clark noted that the Muir Quartet which will be running a seminar for a pair of young string quartets will open some of its classes to the public. The festival will also feature a free performance by the quartets and a new free feature, a rehearsal of "The Pirates of Penzance" the Wednesday before the show runs.

Parkites can also take an inside line on festival tickets, which are on sale now. In June, Clark said Park City locals could buy tickets for 20-percent off their normal prices. During the festival, several local businesses will also give discounts for those who display a Music Festival ticket stub. So the event will provide more than just its songs, but with everything from 13-year-old violin prodigies to composer Keith Lockhart, the festival should provide its share of musical moments.

Clark said that with classical music, chamber concerts, pops performances and the opera, the Deer Valley Music Festival will satisfy a range of musical tastes.

"The theme," he said, "has always been complete variety. It’s always about seeing how much variety you can provide concert goers."

For tickets or more information about the Deer Valley Music Festival, go to http://www.utahsymphony.org .


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