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Season to showcase big stars

Dan Bischoff, Of the Record Staff
The Golden Dragon Chines Acrobats will be one of the performances at the Eccles Center this season.
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The Park City Performing Arts Foundation (PCPAF) continues to build off momentum of successful concert seasons.

Following what PCPAF claims as a record-breaking summer at Deer Valley, it announced its 2006-2007 season Thursday and the lineup is star-studded with a blend of cultural acts.

"I think it’s a very exciting variety of performances," said Terri Orr, PCPAF executive director. "It’s a great mix. It continues in our tradition of having other cultures on stage."

Well known names such as Cyndi Lauper, Wynona Judd, performing along side the Utah Symphony, and Lyle Lovett will take the stage at the Eccles Center. According to Orr, there are multiple reasons PCPAF has been able to attract the big names

"It’s taken building our reputation with agents," Orr said. "It’s taken sponsors who have increased donation levels to bring in bigger acts, and it’s taken the performers themselves that have heard of the quality of these concerts and now want to come here. I think we’ve grown each year."

In a press release sent out Thursday, Orr said "Our sponsors continue to up the ante. Each season promises to be better than the last and this, our 10th, features performers of an extraordinary caliber."

But, it’s not just the big names Orr is focusing on.

"There are some thoughtful, cultural experiences to be had this coming season, and we made sure there would be plenty of fun as well," Orr said.

This season’s mix of entertainment ranges from the stars previously mentioned to The Animal Guys with everything from Chinese acrobats to Celtic jigs.

"We have acts that we think we will be introducing to people like the Duhks, and the East Village Opera company," Orr said. "We’ll have Aids Orphans from South Africa, Celtic music and the Chinese acrobats, Golden Dragon, on the Chinese new year, Feb. 17, the year of the pig. We’ll also have Children of Agape and gaylic storm.

According to Orr, the PCPAF is continuing the tradition of providing cultural views of enmtertainment for Park City.

"Once again we have a very eclectic season, which is part of our mission, we have dance theatre music, family entertainment all mixed together," Orr said.

PCPAF is also continuing its outreach program with students. Many of the artists performing will spend an extra day working with kids.

"We’ve been doing it since 1988 with Bill Cosby," Orr said. "He gave the Park City High School two hours for free. We try to get most every performer involved in some sort of the outreach program, whether it’s a free performance, master class or a demonstration. Last year more than 10 thousand students got to be part of students outreach."

The season will begin with Cyndi Lauper, the ’80s pop-diva, Sunday, Sept. 24.

"Not only has Ms. Lauper recently debuted on Broadway, but she’s found a critically acclaimed "unplugged" sound on her most recent album. As Rolling Stone put it, ‘Many rockers lose their fire and much of their vocal range while journeying through middle age. But the ever-unusual Cyndi Lauper now sings with more power, more nuance and with more notes than she had at her mid-Eighties popularity peak,’" wrote Kirsta Albert in a press release.

Following Lauper will be the Children of Agape on Oct. 7. In the same press release Albert wrote they "will offer a cultural, upbeat, yet eye-opening element to the line-up. This endearing choir of young South Africans orphaned by AIDs performs traditional Zulu song and dance, which The Salt Lake Tribune touted as both ‘heartwarming’ and ‘heartbreaking.’ In addition to a colorful on-stage concert, the Children of Agape Tour will include student outreach events, as well as feature screenings of the award-winning HBO documentary ‘Ithuteng’ by Kip Kroeger, Charlie and Willie Ebersol."

According to Orr, and up-and-coming teen phenomenon Teddy Geiger will take the stage on Oct. 13.

A fiddle Canadian group, Barrage,will perform Nov. 18.

"Barrage, simply bombards the audience with energy and talent. Featured on BBC, PBS and CMT, these lads and lasses strike up tunes in every genre creating a show that lies somewhere between ‘Riverdance’ and ‘Stomp,’" It read on the press release.

Juno-award winning artists, The Duhks (pronounced Ducks), will take the stage Nov. 25. The band will play "Celtic fiddles, Irish reels, old-time banjo, gospel vocals, and Latin percussion forge a common spirit within the uncommonly vibrant fusion of the Duhks. Banjo iconoclast Béla Fleck has championed The Duhks as fellow trailblazers who use traditional elements to create a sound all their own," Albert wrote.

Wynonna Judd and the Utah Symphony will perform as a special fundraising event for one night on Dec. 9.

"Streb performs thrilling year-topping shows on Dec. 29, 30 and 31. They will showcase high-flying dance moves (both dependent and independent of a complex on-stage apparatus) feature split-second timing and dynamic performance. According to The New York Times, Streb’s "presentation is brilliantly theatricalized," according to the press release.

Complexions Contemporary Ballet will perform Jan. 6 followed by the East Village Opera Company, on Jan. 13.

Eve Ensler’s "The Vagina Monologues" will be read by local readers Feb. 3.. Proceeds from Park City’s V-Day will benefit The Peace House.

The Songwriters Tour featuring Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, Joe Ely and Guy Clark will perform on Feb. 10.

The Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats will dance on Feb. 17 followed by the Canadian group, The Wailin’ Jennys Feb. 21.

Bernadette Peters will perform alongside the Utah Symphony Mar. 24.

"March also welcomes Gaelic Storm to the stage. The high-spirited band that helped Jack and Rose kick up their heels in the blockbuster ‘Titanic’ has blossomed into a mainstream, Irish-flavored phenomenon," read the press release. They will perform Mar. 31.

The Animal Guys, a team of biologists and expert animal handlers, will bring Los Angeles’ largest wildlife education program to Park City on April 14. "The show incorporates an around-the-world adventure featuring creatures from the African desert fox to the Amazon’s anaconda," according to the press release.

All tickets go on sale Monday, Sept. 11 at 9 a.m. Season punch cards of 10 (redeemable for all regular season shows except Children of Agape, Wynonna, New Year’s Eve and Vagina Monologues) are available for $200 (bronze) $300 (silver), $400 (gold) and $500 (platinum).

Individual tickets range from $18 to $65 with special pricing for Wynonna and Streb. Children of Agape is a non-ticketed show with contributions suggested, and Vagina Monologue tickets are $10 & $25. Discounts are available for children (12 and under), seniors and Summit County students (K-12). In addition to Main Stage performances.

All performances are presented at The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Center for the Performing Arts (1750 Kearns Blvd., Park City) and start at 7:30 p.m. The Streb matinée performance on Dec. 29 begins at 4 p.m., and the Streb Dec. 30 and New Year’s Eve performances begin at 8 p.m. The Animal Guys’ performance on April 14 begins at 7 p.m.

New this season: PCPAF has a second Box Office location 625 Main Street (in the Prudential office building on the corner of Heber Avenue and Main Street). Tickets and information are available at the Eccles Center and Main Street box offices at 655-3114 or http://www.ecclescenter.org or http://www.ParkCityTickets.com. Tickets and information are no longer available through ArtTix.


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