Summer in Park City has a beautiful sound track
Wildflowers aren’t the only thing blooming in the mountains this summer. Local stages are brimming with music, offering options spanning musical tastes from rock and roll to acoustic. Every year, it seems, new venues are added, while traditional spots like the Deer Valley amphitheater and Egyptian Theatre continue to expand their repertoires.
Park City’s growing cultural calendar has played a big role in driving the current surge in summer tourism. (And that’s to say nothing of how much locals enjoy the musical gatherings on outdoor stages in Deer Valley, Old Town, Canyons, NewPark and even Peoa.
Many of the venues receive support from generous public grants and corporate sponsorships. That ensures that, rain or shine, the music will go on.
Last weekend, for instance, the Utah Symphony took audiences on a Magical Mystery Tour of Beatles classics at Deer Valley, and the Egyptian Theatre offered an elaborate production of the iconic musical "West Side Story." In between, there were pickers and strummers at the pocket parks on Main Street and singers and songwriters nestled among the artist booths at the Park Silly Sunday Market on Main Street.
This coming weekend, an official Utah holiday, the entertainment calendar extends an extra day. Highlights include the Park City Institute’s concert at Deer Valley with Easton Corbin, a Utah Symphony tribute to country music at Deer Valley, the three final performances of "West Side Story" at the Egyptian, a tribute to Frank Sinatra, chamber music and much more.
During the summer months, you can’t go far in Park City without stumbling onto a reason to extend your evening well past sunset. And that strikes a harmonious chord with local businesses. Boutiques, bookstores, restaurants and lodges all benefit from having a vibrant tapestry of entertainment that entices visitors to spend a little more time in town.
But scheduling quality talent and ensuring the venues are top notch requires a lot of local support. Mountain Town Stages, the Park City Institute, the Egyptian Theatre and the Park City Beethoven Festival, to name a few, work hard to keep the music cranked up, but it is their sponsors who truly deserve the applause.
If you like what you hear, pay close attention to the banners and lists of contributors at each of your favorite venues. Then make a special effort to patronize their businesses. And, when you can, drop a donation in the bucket at the free concerts (which may be free to listeners but are expensive to present).
Most of all, though, show your appreciation by buying a ticket or two. Don’t let the summer go by without spreading a blanket under the stars and listening to a little night music.