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Utah Symphony announces 2016 Deer Valley Music Festival lineup

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Matthew Morrison, who starred as teacher Will Schuster on TV's "Glee," will perform an evening of Broadway standards during the Utah Symphony's 2016 Deer Valley Music Festival. (Courtesy of the Utah Symphony|Utah Opera)

Utah Symphony | Utah Opera announced its first batch of concerts for the 2016 Deer Valley Music Festival in Park City.

Highlights of the six-week music festival, which begins on July 2 and runs through Aug. 6, include Utah Symphony performances with high-energy, new wave rock band The B-52s; Matthew Morrison, who starred as teacher Will Schuster on TV’s "Glee"; DreamWorks Animation in Concert with scenes from favorite movies including "Home," "Shrek," "How to Train Your Dragon," "Kung Fu Panda," and "Madagascar;" a tribute to the music of late rock legend David Bowie; and violinist Robert McDuffie performing Philip Glass’ "The American Four Seasons."

It will feature performances on the main stage at Deer Valley’s Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater and four chamber concerts at the intimate venue of St. Mary’s Church.

Additional performances at Deer Valley Resort for the final week of the Festival will be announced at a later date.

While subscription, group, and VIP tickets for the 2016 Deer Valley Music Festival are on sale now, a locals-only sale for Summit and Wasatch county residents will be held on Saturday, April 2, from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the Park City Utah Visitor Information Center, 1794 Olympic Pkwy., at Kimball Junction.

VIP packages for both Friday and Saturday performances will continue at this year’s festival and can include VIP parking, a pre-concert gourmet dinner at the resort, premium reserved seating and access to the intermission reception. VIP package pricing includes a charitable contribution built into the various package options.

"With the exponential growth of the Deer Valley Music Festival each season, Park City really feels like the summer home of Utah Symphony," said Interim President and CEO Patricia A. Richards. "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, including on the hillside at the incredible Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheatre, inside the intimate venue at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and at salon events in private homes around Park City."

Snow Park Amphitheater Performances

The festival in Park City will launch on July 2 with a Patriotic Celebration conducted by Festival-favorite, Jerry Steichen, and featuring Broadway singer Doug LeBrecque, who has portrayed The Phantom and Raul in "The Phantom of the Opera."

The second weekend of performances at Deer Valley will start on Friday, July 8, with Randall Craig Fleischer conducting the Utah Symphony in "Rock On!" featuring hit songs from the ’70s and ’80s, including music from Bruce Springsteen, Cyndi Lauper, the Eagles, Whitney Houston, Dusty Springfield, Chicago, Aretha Franklin, Heart, Diana Ross, Queen, the Bee Gees, Donna Summer, Led Zeppelin, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Aerosmith, Journey and Elton John. The following evening, Saturday, July 9, The B-52s, known to some as the world’s greatest party band, will perform their hit music with the Utah Symphony.

The Festival continues on Friday, July 15, when Under the Streetlamp, featuring lead cast members from the Tony Award-winning sensation "Jersey Boys," performs with the Utah Symphony and brings their unique blend of tight harmonies and slick dance moves to favorite doo-wop, Motown and old time rock ‘n’ roll hits. On Saturday, July 16, Emmy-, Tony- and Golden Globe-nominated actor and singer Matthew Morrison, who starred as Will Schuester on TV’s "Glee," will perform an evening of Broadway standards including "Luck be a Lady," "It Don’t Mean a Thing" and "Singin’ in the Rain" with the Utah Symphony and conductor Jerry Steichen.

Steichen will also conduct a Rodgers and Hammerstein celebration and sing-a-long concert on Friday, July 22, with Broadway stars Christiane Noll, William Michals and John Cudia performing classics from "Showboat," "The Sound of Music," "South Pacific," "The King and I," "Carousel," and "Oklahoma." Then on Saturday, July 23, the Utah Symphony performs "The Music of David Bowie" with conductor Brent Havens and a full rock band in a symphonic tribute that explores the incredible range of Bowie’s music.

On Friday, July 29, the Utah Symphony will entertain the entire family with music from "Home," "Shrek," "How to Train Your Dragon," "Kung Fu Panda," "Madagascar" and more in "DreamWorks Animation in Concert." Then on Saturday, July 30, Grammy Award-winning Steep Canyon Rangers, the bluegrass band known to be just as at home taking the stage at Carnegie Hall as they are fly-fishing knee-deep in a mountain brook, returns to the Festival to perform with the Utah Symphony.

The Deer Valley Music Festival will close on Saturday, Aug. 6, as the Cannoneers of the Wasatch join the Utah Symphony for its traditional performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

St. Mary’s Church Performances

In addition to the Snow Park stage performances, the Deer Valley Music Festival will present four concerts in the more intimate confines of St. Mary’s Church as part of its chamber orchestra series every Wednesday in July.

On July 6, conductor Jayce Ogren, former assistant conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra, and soprano Simone Osborne, winner of the 2008 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, will make their Utah Symphony debuts with a program that includes Barber’s "Adagio for Strings" and "Knoxville, Summer of 1915," Mozart’s "Exsultate, Jubilate" and Schubert’s "Symphony No. 5."

On July 13, Jeannette Sorrell, founder of Apollo’s Fire (the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra), will conduct a program featuring selections from Handel’s "Water Music" and "Terpsichore," Haydn’s Overture to "The Uninhabited Island" and Mozart’s "Ballet Music" from "Idomeneo."

The series continues on July 20, with Utah Symphony’s Associate Conductor Rei Hotoda conducting a program with Mussorgsky’s "Dawn over the Moscow River" from "Khovantchina," Tchaikovsky’s Suite No. 4 "Mozartiana" and Grammy Award-nominated violinist Robert McDuffie performing and conducting Philip Glass’ Violin Concerto No. 3, "The American Four Seasons."

The chamber series concludes on July 27, with conductor Pierre Bleuse leading Mozart’s Overture to "Cosi Fan Tutti" and "Sinfonia Concertante for Solo Violin, Solo Viola and Orchestra," Handel’s "Passacaglia," arranged by Halversen, and Haydn’s Symphony No. 92 "Oxford." Utah Symphony Associate Concertmaster Kathryn Eberle and Principal Viola Brant Bayless will be soloists on the program.

Tickets for the general public will go on sale on Tuesday, April 5, at 10 a.m. Lodging packages including tickets to performances will be available through lodging partners starting in May. Performance tickets and lodging information are available by calling 801-533-6683 or online at DeerValleyMusicFestival.org.

Deer Valley Music Festival Salon Events will also continue and feature intimate performances in luxurious private residences by festival artists. The cost for these events are $125 per person. For more information regarding VIP packages and the schedule of salon events call 801-869-9010 or email vipevents@usuo.org .

For more information, visit http://www.DeerValleyMusicFestival.org .

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