Symphony expands Winter Series
The Utah Symphony’s summer concerts were so well received at Deer Valley they decided to come back for the winter.
"What’s so exciting is that things were so successful with the summer festival we thought we should have a presence in the ski season," said Anne Ewers, president and chief executive officer of the Utah Symphony.
Last summer’s ticket sales during the Deer Valley Music Festival skyrocketed, which, she says, is good news for the symphony and Park City.
"What I feel is that this festival is just growing by leaps and bounds in the summer," Ewers said. "We made 158 percent of our ticketing goal. The same group that does the Sundance Festival survey figured out that people who attended the Deer Valley Festival spent $4 million. That’s a great influx of money into the community."
Ewers said nearly 100 percent of the people surveyed said they would return to Park City specifically for the Deer Valley Music Festival
"A thousand-plus people came to Park City to attend the festival," Ewers said. "We had representation from 38 different states and foreign countries. This will only grow from here. We are in the beginning stages."
Part of the goal for the Winter Series is to bring those followers back and to introduce newcomers to what takes place in the warmer months.
"What we try to do with the Winter Series is give people a sneak peek of the summer. Our hope is that people who haven’t discovered Utah in the summer will come to the Winter Series and get excited about the summer," Ewers said.
"Our hope is that winter introduces them to the summer and Park city flourishes in the summer."
Last year the symphony hosted only a few events, but this winter they expanded the Deer Valley Winter Music Series.
This winter the symphony will bring pops, classical, and chamber music to Park City, including a free performance. The festival will include more salon events, modern chamber music, as well as a performance by Tony Award-winning actress Bernadette Peters. Violinist Viviane Hagner, members of the Muir Quartet, and cast members from Utah Opera’s production of Ariadne auf Naxos will also perform.
The Festival begins Thursday, Dec. 28 with a salon event featuring Jason Hardink, the Utah Symphony’s principal pianist. A free chamber concert will be offered at St. Mary’s Church on Tuesday, Jan. 16 as a gift to the Park City Community for supporting the Deer Valley Music Festival.
Salon events, according to Ewers are perhaps the most popular events of the festival. They are held with a musician in private Deer Valley luxury homes and will include a specially selected buffet. A few of the winter salons will be hosted at ski-in ski-out homes so attendees can enjoy recreation and music simultaneously.
There will be one salon event each month through March. Ewers said it is a unique way to experience the music on a personal level.
"With the salon events, you have an up-close, intimate opportunity with guest artists. You are sitting in a living room with the artist performing. You get this opportunity to be close to the artist," Ewers said.
Ewers said not only are the salon events ideal for listening to music in a mountain setting but it’s also good for socializing.
"People mix and mingle for half an hour. You enjoy a lovely meal and incredible surroundings. It is a terrific way of meeting folks. It’s a great way to experience the music in a unique way," Ewers said.
On Sunday, Jan. 14 cast members from the Utah Opera’s production of "Ariadne auf Naxos" will perform, accompanied by piano, at noon.
Members of the Muir String Quartet will perform at a salon event at noon on Feb. 18
"They are the centerpiece of our chamber in the summer," Ewers said. "They do an incredible education program. That’s where we have quartets from around the world come and work with young composers. They are able to work together and learn how to manage it and get along artistically during the summer."
The final Salon event will take place Sunday, March 4 at noon featuring guest artist Viviane Hagner on the violin.
There will be four salon events in the winter and seven next summer. The cost to attend is $100 per person. In order to protect the homeowner, the salon events are by invitation only. If people are interested they should call Amanda for tickets at (801) 869-9010.
On Wednesday, Jan. 10, the Utah Symphony will perform "Eight Songs for a Mad King" at the Egyptian Theatre at 8 p.m. Keith Lockhart will be the conductor, Marc Verzatt the director and Timothy Jones will be the baritone.
"That is a stunning opportunity," Ewers said. "It’s a gorgeous piece. Keith Lockhart conducts and it’s fully staged and it’s stunning. That reflects the classical repertoire for the summer."
Ewers said "Eight Songs for a Mad King" remains one of the great stage works of our time, and holds an iconic status in modern music-theatre. It is based on the life and writing of England’s notorious ‘mad king’ George III. She said the performance challenges musical and psychological norms. After the performance, there will be a screening of the film "The Madness of King George." For tickets to this show, call 649-9371.
The free program, an all Mozart program, will be performed by the Utah Symphony Chamber Orchestra Jan. 16 at 8 p.m. at Saint Mary’s Church.
"The Saint Mary’s concert is a free concert just to thank you, the community, for being so supportive," Ewers said. "St. Mary’s is the perfect place for a chamber concert."
People who wish to attend the free program must call for tickets at (800) 864-9298.
The last performance of the Winter Series will be Bernadette Peters with the Utah Symphony in the Eccles Center on Saturday, March 24. There will be a cocktail buffet party at one of the luxury homes prior to the show.
"The concert on March 24 reflects the pop that we do in the summer," Ewers said. "The cool thing with that is we create these cocktail buffets before the concert and we provide shuttle service to the concert. It’s a unique experience."
The cost is $150 per person. The cocktail buffet starts at 5:30 p.m. and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information and tickets to this show call (801) 869-9010. This concert is also being presented as part of the Park City Performing Arts Foundation’s 2006/07 Season. For information about tickets for the performance, contact the Eccles Center Box Office at 655-3114.
The Deer Valley Music Winter Series will start Dec. 28 and go through March 24. For general information on times, events and tickets call (801) 533-5626 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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