Park City Music Festival announces 26th season |

Park City Music Festival announces 26th season

Intimate concerts reign at the Park City International Music Festival, which announces its landmark 26th season as Utah’s longest-running classical music festival July 12 through Aug. 2.

Violist Leslie Harlow founded the chamber music 26 years ago. The winning format for the Festival has remained the same since the first summer. Outstanding classical artists from around the country and beyond converge on Park City to perform together. The players are always in-residence, balancing their time here between intense rehearsals every day and enjoying the atmosphere of Park City. Many players have returned year after year, including two artists from the first season, Jeffrey Solow and Michael Gurt.

Former winner of the Gina Bachauer Piano Competition, Gurt will join Solow for an opening week performance. Both artists are absolutely at home in the personal style of the festival. Their performances are as engaging as their personalities, as festival-goers will discover.

Festival co-director and clarinetist Russell Harlow is famous for his quips to the audience, and the audiences will have ample opportunities to enjoy his banter along with his elegant playing in 13 works featuring clarinet with strings and piano. On July 18, Harlow will debut his arrangement of the hauntingly beautiful Portrait No. 1 by Bartok, a work the composer wrote for the young virtuoso violinist Stefi Geyger.

Russell programs the works for the Park City International Music Festival with both chamber music fans and first-time concertgoers in mind. The colorful combination of clarinet, strings and piano provides for colorful contrasting combinations. Audiences enjoy favorite gems of chamber music literature mixed with new, intriguing works and lesser-known treasures discovered through research and the Harlows’ passion for chamber music.

Over the years, house concerts offered during the Park City International Music Festival, called "Musical Evenings," have a favorite activity for patrons. This summer’s season will offer a full series of performances in beautiful private homes in both Park City and Salt Lake City. Patrons interested in attending house concerts should send an email to and include "subscribe house concerts" in the subject line.

The Festival will send out information on the dates, times and locations, along with invitations. Those interested in hosting a concert in their home should contact the Festival office at 649-5309.

The summer festival is the flagship event offered by the Park City Chamber Music Society, but over the years the Society has added an entire menu of events spanning the entire year. PC Chamber Society events now include the Autumn Classics Music Festival, the Winter Classics Music Festival, the Spring Chamber Music Festival, and the successful Park City Film Music Festival, now going into its eighth season as a film festival dedicated entirely to the impact of music in film.

Locals and tourists are invited to enjoy the Festival that started it all. The Park City Music Festival schedule is available online at Tickets are available at the door prior to the concerts and there are discount punch cards and senior and student discounts available online and at the concerts.

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