Gretchen Wilson, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Complexions Contemporary Ballet part of the Park City Institute’s season |

Gretchen Wilson, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Complexions Contemporary Ballet part of the Park City Institute’s season

Performing arts nonprofit reveals schedule

Complexions Contemporary Ballet will kick off the Park City Institute's new season on April 17 with "StarDust: From Bach to Bowie."
Photo by Sharen Bradford

The Park City Institute is cautiously optimistic that live performances will return to town in the spring.

During a Zoom conference Wednesday night, Park City Institute Executive Director Ari Ioannides unveiled the performing-arts nonprofit’s new season that is slated to start in April and includes Grammy-winning country singer Gretchen Wilson, New York Times Critics’ Choice Award-winning Complexions Dance, a collaboration with Park City Film and the return of swing-revival giant Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.

Sibling rockers Jocelyn and Chris Arndt are scheduled to perform on July 17 at the Eccles Center for the Performing Arts.
Courtesy of Bridge Road Entertainment

The schedule, so far, will be as follows:

  • April 17 — Complexions Contemporary Ballet, “Star Dust: From Bach to Bowie”
  • May 1 — Award-winning documentary filmmakers Louis Pepe and Keith Fulton; “He Dreams of Giants” and “Lost in La Mancha” screenings and presentation in partnership with Park City Film
  • July 17 — Jocelyn and Chris Arndt, sibling rockers
  • July 23 — Grammy-winning country singer Gretchen Wilson
  • July 30 — Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
  • Aug. 14 — An evening with Stephanie Land, New York Times best-selling author of “Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive” that recounts her plight as a single mom navigating the poverty trap
  • Aug. 21 — Grammy-winning country and bluegrass pioneer Marty Stuart

Complexions, the Arndts, Wilson and Land were all scheduled to appear in Park City last season, but had to postpone due to the pandemic, according to Ioannides.

Grammy-winning country singer Gretchen Wilson is part of the Park City Institute's upcoming season that also includes Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Marty Stuart.
Courtesy of the Park City Institute

The May 1 documentary film screenings of Louis Pepe and Keith Fulton’s “He Dreams of Giants” and “Lost in La Mancha” will cover director Terry Gilliam’s arduous journey to make his film “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” Ioannides said.

The films examine Gilliam’s setbacks and complete collapse of the film’s production that featured an all-star cast, he said. The movie was eventually released in 2018 after many years in development.

The evening is made possible through a collaboration between Park City Institute and Park City Film. The partnership had been proposed before the coronavirus hit Park City, said Katharine Wang, Park City Film executive director, who addressed the Zoom audience.

“One of the greatest pleasures of our organization is to work with other nonprofits,” Wang said. “We were super excited that Ari approached me about doing a partnership.”

All performances and presentations, which are slated to take place in the Eccles Center for the Performing Arts at Park City High School, are subject to whether or not the Park City School District, state and local officials greenlight the schedule, Ioannides said. The Eccles Center has been dark since the beginning of the pandemic.

Once the OK is given, masks will be required, social distancing will be implemented and concert-goers will be admitted with virtual tickets, he said.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will swing back into Park City on July 30.
Photo by Andy Rowley

Tickets will go on sale at least 30 days before each performance date, according to Ioannides.

“Once you purchase tickets, we will send you electronic tickets (and) we’ll scan them when you get to the theater,” Ioannides said. “You can print those off on a sheet of paper if you want, but no one will touch them. We have plans in place to exceed everything as far as COVID mitigation goes to keep people safe.”

Ioannides, who has been Park City Institute’s executive director since March 1, also thanked donors and supporters for making the plans for the season possible.

Because of the pandemic, Park City Institute had to cancel a portion of the 2019-20 winter season as well as its whole 2020 summer season. And while the nonprofit presented live online music streamings during the spring to support local musicians, the streamings fell to the wayside due to expenses.

“You have allowed us to be here and continue to do the work we’re doing,” he said to donors and supporters, while also acknowledging the grants the nonprofits have received from the Utah Division of Arts and Museums and Park City through its coronavirus relief program. “You have allowed us to take the time to plan for the new season.”

In a statement released after the Zoom reveal, Ioannides said he was looking forward to the performances and presentations.

“Each brings their talent to enrich our community, and allows the Institute to do what we do best — entertain, educate and illuminate,” he said.

For information about Park City Institute and its upcoming season, visit

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