Summer concert season offers something for everyone
The summer music season floodgates are open and the sounds of the season will flow throughout Park City and Summit County all the way through September.
While restaurants and bars will have their fair share of bands, DJs and fun, the summer season’s focus is mostly on outdoor and indoor concerts presented at Deer Valley, the Egyptian Theatre, Temple Har Shalom, St. Mary’s Catholic Church and outdoor stages scattered throughout the area.
Deer Valley Music Festival
The Utah Symphony | Utah Opera’s annual Deer Valley Music Festival, which kicks off on July 2, has been a summer staple in Park City since 2003 and offers chamber music, classical and pops offerings in several venues, including Deer Valley’s Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater, St. Mary’s Church and private homes in the Park City area.
"We are excited to return for a 13th season to that spectacular mountain community and share the fantastic live music experience with fellow Utahns and visitors alike at the various venues throughout Summit County," said Interim President and CEO Patricia A. Richards in a statement. "With the exponential growth of the Deer Valley Music Festival each season, Park City really feels like the summer home of Utah Symphony."
Information about the Deer Valley Music Festival can be accessed by visiting http://www.deervalleymusicfestival.org.
Park City Beethoven Festival
Another music festival that offers classical morsels is the Beethoven Festival, presented by the Park City Chamber Music Society.
The festival, run by Leslie Harlow, turns 33 this year and boasts as being "Utah’s oldest classical music festival."
The Beethoven Festival will run July 5 through Aug. 15.
"[We] have again invited virtuoso artist colleagues from across the United States, Venezuela, Mexico, China, Poland and Japan," Harlow said in an email. "The six-week festival will present 23 performances featuring the Festival’s signature concerts at Temple Har Shalom and the Park City Community Church, [as well as] five elegant Salon concerts in private homes, five free Monday evening outdoor classical concerts in City Park and a number of Festival Special Events to be announced."
More information can be found by visiting PCMusicFestival.com.
Park City Institute St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights
Deer Valley’s Snow Park Amphitheater is a popular place to host outdoor concerts. Not only does the Utah Symphony use it for the Deer Valley Music Festival, two other local nonprofits — Park City Institute and Mountain Town Music — take advantage of the venue’s hillside accommodations.
The Park City Institute headed by Executive Director Teri Orr, a 2012 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts award recipient, has presented concerts at Deer Valley for 12 years and the St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights Concert Series has been running for the past eight.
Past concerts have included One Republic, All-American Rejects, Railroad Earth and Jewel.
This year’s season will begin July 3 with the dancehall swing of the Squirrel Nut Zippers and end with an encore appearance by Jewel on Sept. 3.
Artists such as Emmylou Harris with Lyle Lovett & His Large Band, Mike Posner, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Kip Moore and Jon Batiste, and more, have been slotted between those bookends.
"This is the most exciting season for me," Orr told The Park Record during the unveiling event earlier this year. "We always try to have variety, but I feel this year we are all the way across the board."
More information about the St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights Concerts can be found at http://www.bigstarsbrightnightsconcerts.org.
Mountain Town Music
While Mountain Town Music presents free Wednesday night shows called Grand Valley Community Concerts at Deer Valley, the organization also programs live music throughout Summit County.
Last year, the nonprofit organization produced 227 performances with various community partners such as Park City Mountain, Park Silly Sunday Market and The Kimball Arts Center, according to Brian Richards, Mountain Town Music’s conductor of community affairs.
Other stages Mountain Town Music has scheduled concerts include Miners Park on Park City’s Historic Main Street, Newpark Plaza at Kimball Junction, Billy Blanco’s at Quarry Village, Coalville’s Main Street, Woodenshoe Park in Peoa and Park City Mountain Resort’s Canyons Village, to name a few.
This year, Mountain Town Music is partnering with the new DeJoria Center in Kamas.
"We’re going forth with pretty much the same stages in the past," Richards said. "The only difference is that we’re adding an outdoor venue at the DeJoria Center at High Star Ranch. It’s going to be an outdoor series on Thursday nights."
Mountain Town Music is currently updating its website, but its concert programing can be found by visiting http://www.parkcitylivemusic.com.
Although known for presenting live theatre and stand-up comedy year-round, the Historic Egyptian Theatre also programs live music.
The venue, located at 328 Main St., has presented such artists as Judy Collins, Loudon Wainwright III, J.D. Souther, B.J. Thomas, Village People and Chubby Checker.
This summer, the Egyptian Theatre, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching lives through the performing arts, will present concert by Asleep at the Wheel, Richie Furay and Paul Revere’s Raiders.
For more information about the Egyptian Theatre concerts, visit http://www.parkcityshows.com.
To view a concert schedule, visit extras.parkrecord.com/Scene/SummerMusic.pdf.
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