Park City Institute announces 2019-20 Main Stage season |

Park City Institute announces 2019-20 Main Stage season

Singer Perla Batalla, seen here during a Park City Institute summer performance in 2015, will perform during the nonprofit’s 2019-20 Main Stage season on Feb. 15 at the Eccles Center for the Performing Arts.
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Park City Institute’s 2019-20 Main Stage season unveiling Wednesday night took an unexpected turn when Teri Orr announced she plans to step down from her post as executive director after 25 years next summer.

“I’m sharing tonight that this will be my last season with the Park City Institute,” Orr said to a shocked crowd gathered at Gallery MAR for the announcement of the nonprofit’s winter lineup. “I’m announcing it now so there is time enough for the board to have a long enough runway to find the persons or peoples or whatever they need to do to make it work.”

She capped the announcement by saying, “This has been the best gig.”

Orr then went through the upcoming schedule, which includes three National Geographic Live presentations, magic, music and magic.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Dec. 14 — National Geographic Live: “Coral Kingdoms and Empires of Ice” with David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes
  • Dec. 22 — PIff the Magic Dragon
  • Jan. 4, 2020 — An Evening with New York Times best-selling author Stephanie Land
  • Feb. 15 — Perla Batalla Sings the Songs of Leonard Cohen
  • Feb. 22 — Aspen/Santa Fe Ballet
  • Feb. 29 — National Geographic Live: “Natures Roars Back” with Bob Poole
  • March 7 — An Evening with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Eli Gaslow
  • March 20 — TBA
  • April 4 — Complexions Dance
  • April 18 — National Geographic Live: “Lost Giant of the Cretaceous” with Nizar Ibrahim

All the performances will be held at the Eccles Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets for Piff the Magic Dragon are currently on sale at

Tickets for the other events will go on sale to members of the Park City Institute on Monday, Oct. 28, in person at the box office, 1750 Kearns Blvd., or by phone at 435-655-3114. Public ticket sales will start Wednesday, Oct. 30, online at, as well as by phone or in person. As with all Park City Institute regular-season performances, students in grades kindergarten through 12 who attend Summit County schools can purchase tickets for $5.

Park City Institute has presented Batalla, Aspen/Santa Fe Ballet and Complexions Dance in the past, and Orr said she is happy to see their return for her final season.

“I love the fact that we were able to include so many great favorites,” she said. “But I’m also grateful that we are able to introduce people to new acts, speakers and talents.”

Orr, a recipient of the 2012 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Award, said she is proud of what she and her staff have accomplished over the years by bringing art and thought-provoking programs to Park City.

“We brought in both emerging and legendary acts, and we took a lot of risks,” she said. “Some of them paid off, and many of them did not.”

Five years ago, Orr first decided she was ready to take her leave, but circumstances made her think twice.

“Three years passed, and suddenly it was the 20th anniversary of the (construction of the Eccles Center building),” she said. “So I wanted to be there for that.”

While the Park City Institute was preparing for that celebration, Orr learned that Deer Valley’s Snow Park Amphitheater, which served as the nonprofit’s summer concert venue for 14 years, would no longer be available for the Big Stars, Bright Nights summer series.

“So, I thought, ‘I’m going to have to stick around and help fix that,’” Orr said.

Although Orr will step down from her role, she plans to work with Park City Institute on future endeavors.

“I hope I’m stepping sideways,” she said. “I hope there is an act three, and I want to do that in a way that allows someone else to step in and think they got the greatest job in the world.”

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