Deer Valley Music Festival line up revealed
March 15, 2011
Summit County residents will get first crack to purchase individual Deer Valley Music Festival tickets this Saturday, March 19, when a locals-only ticket sale takes place from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Bellemarc Building, 1912 Sidewinder Dr.
Locals, who present a valid Summit County ID or current utility bill, will also save 20 percent off the regular general admission price.
The Deer Valley Music Festival will run from Saturday, July 16, through Saturday, Aug. 13, with performances at the Snow Park Lodge amphitheater, St. Mary’s Church and Temple Har Shalom.
Carey Cusimano, vice president of development for the Deer Valley Music Festival, said the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera is giving the Friday-night performances of this year’s festival a light-classical theme.
"Those concerts will begin on Friday, July 22, with the Von Trapp children, the great-grandchildren of Capt. Von Trapp, as depicted in the (Rogers and Hammerstein musical) ‘The Sound of Music,’" Cusimano said.
The family-friendly element was a success last season when the Utah Symphony performed a night of Disney music.
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"That was a sell-out performances on the hill at Deer Valley," Cusimano said. "We thought we should continue with that concept, and what better than to bring the ‘Sound of Music’ to our hills."
Getting families to enjoy the performances is part of the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera overall mission, she said.
"We want to inspire and engage the community in our art forms of classical music and opera," Cusimano said. "The idea of the Deer Valley Music Festival is to bring those art forms to Deer Valley and the Park City community in the summertime."
In addition to the Von Trapp performance, Friday concerts will also include a performance by the trio Time for Three, which will be directed by Utah Symphony emeritus conductor Keith Lockhart.
"Time for Three are classically trained musicians, but play everything from classical to jazz to Celtic to rock," Cusimano said. "They have quite the following here in Utah, and this is, I believe, their fourth time coming back to the festival."
The music for the performance called "Travel in Time for Three" was composed by Chris Brubeck of the Brubeck Brothers. The Brubeck Brothers are sons of jazz legend Dave Brubeck, she added.
The third and fourth Friday concerts will feature performances that will be long remembered, Cusimano said.
"First will be the performance of Holst’s ‘The Planets,’ which will include videos of outer space, provided by NASA," she said. "The repertoire is very versatile and will appeal to all ages, but I think the visuals will especially appeal to children."
The final Friday classical concert will the season’s traditional rendition of Tchaikovsky’s "1812 Overture."
The night will also feature a piano concerto performed by Hilton Head International Piano Competition winner Dmitri Levkovitch, and a work chosen by the audience, Cusimano said.
"People can go online and vote for what they want to hear," she said.
In addition to "The Music of the Eagles," the Saturday-night pops concerts will feature Grammy Award-nominated jazz trumpeter Chris Botti (July 23), Idina Menzel (July 29), Broadway Rocks with Mandy Gonzales and "The Music of Queen" (Aug. 13).
"We always try to schedule a strong pop series during the Festival," Cusimano said. "For the last four years, we’ve had numerous cover bands come in and play with the orchestra."
In the past, the symphony has performed music from the Beatles, Abba and Led Zeppelin.
"I think with the Park City population and Deer Valley, ‘The Music of the Eagles’ will be well received overall," she said.
Cusimano said scheduling Botti was important for the Park City community since the Park City Jazz Foundation cancelled its festival last year.
"We wanted to fill that void, and bring a Grammy Award-nominated jazz musician to the Deer Valley Music Festival," she said. "Chris is young, hip and has performed with Josh Groban and various others."
For "Wicked" fans, the evening with Idina Menzel, who won the Best Leading Actress Tony Award for her performance as Elphaba in the Stephen Schwartz musical, will be a treat.
"She also performs as the mother of one of the lead characters in ‘Glee,’ which is a huge it on TV," Cusimano said. "She’s also married to (actor) Taye Diggs, which doesn’t hurt."
Wednesdays and Thursdays will feature a series of chamber concerts at St. Mary’s Church and Temple Har Shalom, which will include "Eastern European Dances" featuring the music of Dvorak, Saint-Saens, Bartok, Ravel and Kodaly and "Of Thee I Sing: The Jewish-American Songbook."
The dances will be performed by violinist Marie Rossano, the first prize winner of the Stradivarius International Violin Competition and the "Jewish-American Songbook" is part of a collaboration with the Temple Har Shalom, Cusimano said.
"The performance will include music by various Jewish composers including the Gershwins," she said. "We are also involving Rabbi Joshua Aaronson to do a little speaking engagement."
The Utah Symphony | Utah Opera resident Muir Quartet, who also participate in the emerging quartets and composers component of the DVMF, will perform during the chamber performances, too.
"We’re collaborating with the Park City High School orchestra," Cusimano said. "The orchestra’s director, Steve Fairbanks, has created a music festival for his students to coincide with our festival, so his students can work with various Deer Valley Music Festival guests and conductors."
Deer Valley is the official summer home for the Utah Symphony, she said
"While the Deer Valley Music Festival will be in the eighth season this year, we have been playing Deer Valley for the past 30 years."
Here is the schedule of the 2011 Deer Valley Music Festival.
DEER VALLEY SNOW PARK AMPHITHEATER, 7:30 p.m.:
16 "The Music of the Eagles," conductor Brent Havens
22 The Von Trapp Children, conductor Jerry Steichen
23 Trumpeter Chris Botti
29 Time for Three, conductor Keith Lockhart
30 Idina Menzel, conductor Keith Lockhart
5 Holst’s "The Planets," conductor David Lockington
6 "Broadway Rocks!" vocalists Mandy Gonzales, Rob Evan and Aaron Lazar, conductor Jerry Steichen
12 "1812 Overture" and Audience choice work, pianist Dmitri Levkovitch, conductor David Lockington
13 "The Music of Queen, conductor Brent Havens
ST. MARY’S CHURCH, 8 p.m.:
20 "Vivaldi’s Four Seasons," conductor Chad Hoopes
21 Trio Vornezh
27 "Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins," with violinists Zach de Pue and Nick Kendall, bass Ranaan Mayer, conductor Vladimir Kulenovic
28 Muir String Quartet
3 "Eastern European Dances," violinist Marie Rossano, conductor Keith Lockhart
10 Anonymous 4
TEMPLE HAR SHALOM, 8 p.m.:
4 "Of Thee I Sing the Jewish-American Songbook," narration by Rabbi Joshua Aaronson, conductor Jerry Steichen
The Deer Valley Music Festival will take place July 16-Aug. 13. Ticket packages and group tickets are on sale now and can be purchsed by calling (801) 533-6683 or visiting http://www.myusuo.org . Local’s only tickets go on sale March 19, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Bellmarc Building, 1912 Sidewinder Dr. Visit usuo.org/locals for more information. Deer Valley Music Festival Tickets for the general public will go on sale March 21 through all ArtTix outlets at (801) 355-ARTS, (800) 451-ARTS or by visiting http://www.arttix.org.