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Enjoy classical music without the suit and tie

ANNA BLOOMOf the Record staff

"Especially in the summer, the Salt Lake area is such an outdoor group of people," explained conductor Keith Lockhart, Utah Symphony music director. "It’s hard to get people to come downtown even if it’s air conditioned in a concert hall. People want to be outside."

On Saturdays at Deer Valley, the festival focuses on pops orchestral music, a lighter kind of music composed for a broader audience, and often meant to appeal also to those who don’t listen to classical music regularly, Lockhart explained.

This weekend, continuing the momentum started by the Fourth of July’s Patriotic Celebration last week, the symphony will accompany the soft-spoken modern folk artist Jewel. An artist who has crafted a unique blend of rock, country, blues and jazz and autobiographical lyrics, Jewel plans to play a repertoire of some of her best-known originals and new songs from her 2006 album "Goodbye Alice in Wonderland."

Lockhart, who primarily lives in Boston where he conducts the Boston Pops, regrets he will not be conducting either Jewel or legendary crooner Tony Bennett, who will be the closing act on August 18. "They don’t need me there anyway they’re big enough names on their own to draw a crowd," he said. The symphony’s assistant conductor, David Cho, will take the helm.

Instead, Lockhart will return to conduct the 1812 Overture on August 4, a piece by Tchaikovsky commemorating the unsuccessful French invasion into Russia which involves real cannons exploding more than 10 times throughout the performance. Though the performance features explosives, rest assured, Lockhart says, "it doesn’t really affect my job at all it just kind of adds big noise to the proceedings."

The series also includes more subdued chamber orchestra performances at St. Mary’s Church, including string trios and violin concertos.

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Lockhart says he’s chosen music that hasn’t been heard in the festival before such as Franz Joseph Haydn’s "Concerto for Cello in C major" and "Symphony No. 100 in G major," featuring cellist Alexandre Bouzlov at St. Mary’s.

On July 25, Lockhart’s second performance will bring him back to the Deer Valley Stage for a concert of classics from works by Gioacchino Rossini and Franz Liszt to Ottorino Respighi.

Lockhart says he conducts according to the music and not according to the atmosphere, though sheet music might need to be weighed down to parry gusts of wind, and some might want thermals on hand for when the sun sets and temperatures dip. Aside from those details, high altitude affects very little about the symphony’s performance, he says, besides lending it a spectacular backdrop and a more casual environment.

"In a place as beautiful as Deer Valley and Park City, it’s really about the marriage of a beautiful setting and beautiful music," Lockhart said. "People love coming out there they love getting their picnic basket and their wine glasses and sitting there and listening to great music in a very relaxed, don’t-have-to-put-your-coat-on atmosphere and we have a good time with the audience."

Tickets to the Deer Valley Music Festival are available by calling (801) 355-ARTS or (888) 451-2787 or by visiting http://www.deervalleymusicfestival.org.

Deer Valley Music Festival lineup

Saturday, July 21, 7:30 p.m.

Jewel with the Utah Symphony

(at the Snow Park Amphitheater)

Pop folk singer Jewel will pick from her bank of over 500 original songs from her twelve-time platinum album "Pieces of You" released in 1995, to her latest album that debuted last year, "Goodbye Alice in Wonderland."

Wednesday, July 25, 8 p.m.

Haydn Seek

(at St. Mary’s Catholic Church)

Utah Symphony Conductor Keith Lockhart, and featured cellist Alexandre Bouzlov will bring to life Franz Joseph Haydn’s Concerto for Cello in C major and Symphony No. 1000 in G major.

Thursday, July 26

Muir String Quartet No. 1

(at St. Mary’s Catholic Church)

The Muir String Quartet, Boston University’s in-residence quartet since 1983, has taught master classes nationwide. An ensemble committed to advancing contemporary American music, the quartet has commissioned works written for them by distinguished contemporary composers.

Friday, July 27, 7:30 p.m.

Keith Lockhart Conducts the Classics

(at Deer Valley Resort)

Featuring Lise de La Salle on piano, Lockhart has chosen a classics program that includes Gioacchino Rossini’s Overture to La Cenerentola, Franz Liszt’s Concerto No. 1 for Piano in E-flat major, and Ottorino Respighi’s Fontane di Roma and Pini di Roma.

Saturday, July 28, 7:30 p.m.

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Friends

(at Deer Valley Resort)

Guests vocalists Christiane Noll, Debbie Gravitte and Doug LaBrecque will sing recognizable Broadway favorites from "The Phantom of the Opera" to "Les Miserables."

Wednesday, August 1, 8 p.m.

Choral Classics

(at St. Mary’s Catholic Church)

Utah Symphony conductor Susanne Sheston along with Utah Sympony Chorus will perform Franz Joseph Haydn "Te Deum in C major," Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s "Exultate" and "Vesperae Solemnes de Confessore, K. 339."

Thursday, August 2, 8 p.m.

Muir Quartet No. 2

(at St. Mary’s Catholic Church)

The Muir String Quartet returns to St. Mary’s to play chamber music.

Friday, August 3, 7:30 p.m.

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

(at Deer Valley Resort)

Conducted by Thomas Wilkins and featuring Katia Skanavi on piano, Deer Valley will host a romantic evening of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, op. 43."

Saturday, August 4, 7:30 p.m.

1812 Overture

(at Deer Valley Resort)

Utah Symphony Conductor Keith Lockhart will lead a cannon-filled performance of Tchaikovsky’s patriotic "1812 Overture."

Thursday, August 9, 8 p.m.

Onder Piano Duo

(at St. Mary’s Catholic Church)

Join twin sisters Ferhan and Ferzan Onder for a piano duo.

Friday, August 10, 7:30 p.m.

Utah Opera’s "The Gondoliers"

(at Deer Valley Resort)

Conducted by Gerald Steichen, Gilbert and Sullivan’s "The Gondoliers" is a comic opera that achieved popularity through its satirical wit and melodies. The plot is about two Venetian gondoliers who have just been informed that one is the heir to the throne of Barataria. Utah Opera starts Geroge Dyer and Lisa Vroman return to lead the absurd plot.

Wednesday, August 15, 8 p.m.

Ralph Matson Plays Spohr

(at St. Mary’s Catholic Church)

Join conductor James Gaffigan and violinist Ralph Matson for a night of Haydn, Spohr and Luwig van Beethoven.

Thursday, August 16, 8 p.m.

Time for Three

(at St. Mary’s Catholic Church)

A young string trio known as "the future of music" or Tf3, has attracted n eclectic fan base with a repertoire of classical music and popular hits and bluegrass.

Friday, August 17, 7:30 p.m.

Symphonie Fantastique

(at Deer Valley Resort)

Conductor of Time for Three and guest artist David Cho will feature the revolutionary symphony of Hector Berlioz’s "Concerto No. 1 for Piano in E-flat major."

Saturday, August 18, 7:30 p.m.

Tony Bennett

(at Deer Valley Resort)

Multi-Grammy award-winning crooner Tony Bennett will join the Utah Symphony for the grand finale of the Deer Valley Music Festival.