Pops concert will close out ’05 at Eccles
When the Eccles Center opened in 1998, the Utah Symphony played one of the venue’s first shows. Now, seven years later, the orchestra is returning for a special pops show, presented by the Park City Performing Arts Foundation.
"We try almost every year since we’ve opened to have at least one Utah-based arts group," said Teri Orr, the organization’s director.
This year the Performing Arts Foundation will welcome two, as both the Symphony and the Repertory Dance Theatre visit the Eccles.
Orr said the Symphony chose the evening’s program with some input from the Eccles.
"We did ask them to create something that would be fun for our audience and sort of a pops show," she said.
"We’re pleased about this collaboration with the Performing Arts Foundation," said Anne Ewers, chief executive officer of the Utah Symphony and Opera.
Before the show, she added, the Symphony and Opera will host cocktail parties in four different Park City-area homes, and following the concert at the Eccles Center, there will be a reception.
"Dec. 28, we wanted to make it a very festive evening," said Ewers.
The Symphony’s program for the Eccles Center performance will include a range of Americana-type music.
"It’s selections from Gershwin, Bernstein and Copeland," said Ewers, "and we’re doing a number of Hollywood and Broadway pieces."
"It’s an Americana program," said the Symphony’s principle clarinetist, Tad Calcara, who will be the featured artist for the concert.
Keith Lockhart will conduct the symphony in a concert divided into two parts. The first will include Leonard Bernstein’s "Overture to Candide," Aaron Copland’s "Rodeo," and George Gershwin’s "An American in Paris."
The second set will feature, among other songs, the Rogers and Hammerstein tune "Carousel," Glenn Miller’s "In the Mood" and Artie Shaw’s "Concerto for Clarinet."
For the latter number, Calcara will play the leading role.
"It’s a jazz work for solo clarinet and orchestra by Artie Shaw," he said.
The song, he said, was first played in the 1940 film, "Second Chorus."
"It’s a good piece and I think it goes along with the theme of the program," said Calcara about the song.
While the concert will eschew some of the more traditional classical works, favoring a more accessible program focusing on popular pieces, Calcara said one shouldn’t look down upon the pops songs.
"I think people should enjoy and experience all genres of music," he noted. "I have a jazz band, and that’s definitely something I enjoy doing."
"I think it’s important to have a variety of musical genres that you do," he added.
Ewers noted another other important aspect of the concert.
"What I’m really ticked about is that we’re going to be doing an entire winter series in Park City," she said.
The show at the Eccles Center will serve as a kickoff for a monthly series of salon shows that will run in area homes from January through March. The events are meant to provide Park City with some wintertime programming reminiscent of the Deer Valley Music Festival.
"We’ve loved that," said Ewers, "but we’ve realized that so many people only come to the area during the wintertime."
The concerts will take place in different area homes on Jan. 10, Feb. 19 and March 12.
According to Ewers, the goal of the events is to give the area’s visitors an idea of the flavor of the summertime music festival, which features several salon events throughout its month-long run.
In the more immediate future, though, the Symphony is focused on its Dec. 28 pops concert.
"Just about anyone who enjoys music would have fun at this," said Calacara. "It should be a fun show and it might be a nice break for people between the holidays."
The Utah Symphony will play Park City’s Eccles Center in a show presented by the Park City Performing Arts Foundation on Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the show range from $15-$50 and are available at http://www.ecclescenter.org or by calling 655-3114. For more information about the Utah Symphony’s upcoming salon events, visit http://www.utahsymphony.org or call (801) 533-NOTE.
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