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The Park City Institute announces its 2015-16 Eccles Center Main Stage Season

Hot on the heels of one of the most successful St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights summer concert seasons, the Park City Institute announced one of its more eclectic Eccles Center Main Stage lineups for the 2015-16 season.

Executive director Teri Orr took center stage at the home of Mike and Nann Worel and gave a brief presentation to donors, board members and guests Thursday night.

"It is so exciting to announce this season," Orr said. "We hope these performers educate and entertain, but at the end of the day, we really hope that what they do is illuminate and that [audiences] are stretched in what [they] see and hear."

The schedule, which starts in December, is as follows:

Dec. 5 —Live from Russia: Edward Snowden. KUER’s Doug Fabrizio will moderate an interactive evening with the former CIA, NSA and DIA Intelligence officer and special guest Ben Wisner, director of the ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project.

Dec. 12 —Violinist Eileen Ivers. Dubbed the "Jimi Hendrix of the violin" by the New York Times, Eileen Ivers, of the original "Riverdance" and founding member of Cherish the Ladies, will perform a night of traditional Celtic, pop, jazz and holiday music.

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Dec. 28-29 —Diavolo: Architecture in Motion. The acrobatic dance company is directed by Jacques Helm.

Dec. 31 —The Ann Wilson Thing. The co-founder and lead singer of the rock band Heart will perform an intimate New Year’s Eve concert

Jan. 9 —An Evening with the Creators of Invisible Thread. Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews, who performed in Park City with their musical "Witness Uganda," will return with a new production that features their award-winning story telling and music.

Jan. 16 —An Evening with Dr. B.J. Miller. Miller, known for his TED talks, will discuss the United States healthcare system in a thought-provoking and personal setting.

Feb. 6 —Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass. Glass is the Peabody Award-winning host of NPR’s "The American Life."

Feb. 13 —San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus was established in 1978, at the vigil of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

Feb. 20 —Railroad Earth. The folk and bluegrass band who appeared with Bruce Hornsby at Deer Valley in 2013 will return to Park City for a concert at the Eccles Center.

Feb. 27 —Allen Toussaint. The New Orleans-based singer, songwriter, pianist and producer Toussaint has performed with everyone from Etta James to the Rolling Stones.

March 5 —Bill T. Jones Arnie Zane Dance Company. The award-winning modern dance company will tell the story of Holocaust survivor Dora Amelan, Jones’ 95-year-old mother-in-law, through dance and spoken word.

March 19 —Grupo Corpo. The Brazilian dance company, directed by Rodrigo Penderneiras, bridges the gap between traditional Brazilian dance with western modern dance.

March 26 —An Evening of Spoken Word with Sarah Kay & Phil Kaye. Award-winning slam poet Kay will be joined by fellow slam poet Kaye.

April 2 —Ruthie Foster. Blues Music Award’s Best Contemporary and Best Traditional Female Artist Ruthie Foster is a recent Grammy Award nominee.

April 9 —The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. Directed by Jean-Philippe Malaty and Tom Mossbrucker, the dance company, which has performed in Park City many times, will perform a night of classically trained contemporary dance.

April 16 —Imagination Movers. The Emmy Award-winning group from Disney will entertain families with their positive messages.

"Every year the organization continues to morph a little differently," Orr said. "I’m enormously proud of where we’ve been, but [also] where we’re going. We are putting some meat around the Institute part of the Park City Institute."

Orr also emphasized the organization’s student outreach, where the artists and presenters go into local schools and hold workshops.

Park City Institute’s Managing Director, Moe Hickey, former member of the Park City School District board of directors, said this season’s free student outreach programs will be the largest the Institute has offered in its 19 years.

"Many of these acts have already committed to student outreach, but not just one day," he said. "In a number of cases, they have committed up to one week. It will be an amazing year with some tremendous opportunities for the students that they aren’t getting any place else.

"Having the Eccles Center on the [Park City High School] campus allows the students great and immediate access to the world-class performers who come here," Hickey said. "I grew up in New York City and students in New York City don’t get access to these same dance companies that are located just down the street in New York."

Tickets and season punch cards go on sale to Park City Institute members on Sept. 24 and to the general public on Oct. 1. Tickets may be purchased by calling 435-655-3114 , online by visiting http://www.EcclesCenter.org or at the box office, which is located within The Eccles Center, 1750 Kearns Blvd. Box office hours are from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.