Park City Institute announces 2023-24 Main Stage performances

The nonprofit celebrates 25th anniversary in January

Park City Institute Executive Director Betsy Wallace greets supporters and donors night during the nonprofit’s announcement of the 2023-24 Main Stage season Tuesday night at the Pendry Park City. Upcoming performances include Lalah Hathaway, Nella and Puppy Pals.
Photo by Sara Lambrinos

On the heels of Big Stars, Bright Nights’ successful return to outdoor summer concerts at Canyons Village, the Park City Institute announced its 2023-24 Main Stage series that takes place inside the Eccles Center for the Performing Arts.

The season will feature Grammy Award-winning Venezuelan singer Nella, a country Christmas concert performed by Mitch Rossell and contemporary dance offering from BodyTraffic, as well as family-friendly illusions conjured up by magician Farrell Dillion and some canine antics with Puppy Pals.

Here is the current schedule, with more performances to be announced later:

  • Oct. 7 — Lalah Hathaway, five-time Grammy-award winning singer and producer
  • Nov. 8 — Arthur C. Brooks, author, speaker and professor at the Harvard Business School
  • Dec. 2 — Country Christmas with Mitch Rossell
  • Dec. 27 — “The Greatest Showman” movie sing-a-long
  • Feb. 17 — Nella, Grammy Award-winning Venezuelan singer
  • March 1 — Danielle McGuire, Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, who specializes in African-American history
  • March. 9 — BodyTraffic, an American contemporary dance company
  • March 22 — “Polar Bears” with Mike Lebecki, a National Geographic explorer and adventurer
  • March 23 — Farrell Dillon, a magician with kid-friendly comedic timing
  • April 20 — Puppy Pals, a family-friendly canine troupe and finalist of “America’s Got Talent” 
  • May 18 — HUB New Music‘s new collaboration with Park City’s own BalletNext

Just before Park City Institute’s Artist Liaison Jenny Knaak announced the season to a gathering of donors and supporters Tuesday night at the Pendry Park City, Executive Director Betsy Wallace thanked everyone in attendance, and talked about the goal for the series.

“This year we’ve divided up the series into five pillars,” she said. “We made sure that we were hitting what we wanted to accomplish.”
Those pillars are:

  • Music
  • Speaker series
  • Family programming
  • Dance
  • Specific programming

Wallace addressed the specific programming pillar, a new one that will change its focus from season to season.

“This year that programming is science, and I just think this is going to be a remarkable series,” she said. 

In addition to the season announcement, Wallace talked about Park City Institute initiatives — equity and student engagement — that complement these performances.

Equity involves giving access to these performances to everyone in the community, she said. 

“(The) equity initiative is really important to us,” she said. “We try to (see through) that lens when we are deciding which acts we are going to bring to town.”

With student engagement, the Park City Institute tries to schedule acts who are willing to take the time to participate in workshops with local youths.

“It is a remarkable way to ensure our students have an unique opportunity to talk and work with artists,” she said. “It’s something we’re very proud of.”

The Main Stage series announcement comes a few weeks after Park City Institute’s Big Stars, Bright Nights summer concert series wrapped up its Canyons Village debut this year.

The performances that included The National Parks, Danny Seraphine’s CTA and Booker T. Jones’ Stax Records Revue marked the series’ return to an outdoor stage since 2018.

“We’ve been dark for about four years after we left Deer Valley and tried other avenues, including Quinn’s Junction,” Wallace said. “It was remarkable for us to be able to come back to an amphitheater at a big resort.”

Wallace thanked those who attended the concerts, and said the series will be back next summer.

“We just started negotiations with Vail and (Canyons Village Management Association), and we hope to sign a contract next month,” she said.

Board member Moe Hickey, also took to the stage during the evening and announced the Park City Institute will celebrate its 25th anniversary in January.

He also talked a bit about the Institute’s mission.

“The original founder, Teri Orr, always signed her letters, ‘Art Matters,’ and I think that’s an important thing to remember in this community,” he said. “This community was actually built upon a lot of the arts and organizations that deal with the arts, and that’s really helped this community grow during a time when it was trying to figure out what it was. The Park City Institute has always played a key role in that, and we’re really looking forward to not just celebrating the 25th anniversary, but celebrating years to come.” 

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