Utah Symphony | Utah Opera Announces 2014 Deer Valley® Music Festival Concerts and Events; five weeks of open air concerts, from July 4 through August 9, feature a variety of programs from the symphonic, chamber, choral, and pops repertoire

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Utah Symphony | Utah Opera Announces 2014 Deer Valley® Music Festival Concerts and Events

Five weeks of open air concerts, from July 4 through August 9, feature a variety of programs from the symphonic, chamber, choral, and pops repertoire 

Utah Symphony Music Director Thierry Fischer makes
festival conducting debut
 in chamber series at St. Mary’s Church

Chamber series also includes resident ensemble The Muir Quartet and celebrates 25 years of the Emerging Composers Quartets and Composers Program in Utah with world premieres of works by composers Anthony Suter and Nicolas Chuaqua

 Utah Symphony shares the stage with Kenny Rogers,
Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Ben Folds

Single Tickets go on sale Monday, March 31 

PARK CITY, Utah (March 26, 2014) – The Deer Valley® Music Festival in Park City, UT, summer home of Utah Symphony | Utah Opera, announces plans for the 2014 season at the Deer Valley® Resort Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheatre and St. Mary’s Church in Park City, UT. For the past 11 years, the Deer Valley® Music Festival has brought live symphonic open air performances to the picturesque mountains of Park City, along with the best in bluegrass, folk rock, classic rock, show tunes, pop, classical, opera, and chamber music concerts. 

Highlights of the 2014 festival, which runs for five weeks from Friday, July 4 through Saturday, August 9, include Utah Symphony Music Director Thierry Fischer’s Deer Valley® Music Festival conducting debut performing Mozart and Beethoven symphonies on the festival’s chamber music series, world premieres of chamber works by composers Anthony Suter and Utah-native Nicolas Chuaqua as part of the 25th Emerging Composers Quartets and Composers Program with the Muir Quartet in Utah, and a concert featuring the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

“There is a reason why Deer Valley® Resort Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheatre was named by CNN as one of the top venues in the world to see an outdoor concert,” said Vice President of Development for Deer Valley® Music Festival Carey Cusimano, who has lived in Park City with her family for 17 years. “The fabulous mountain setting combined with world-class performers alongside the Utah Symphony is the recipe to a perfect summer evening.” 

The 2014 Deer Valley® Music Festival also features the Utah Symphony in an Independence Day celebration performance with the classical crossover trio the Texas Tenors led by Utah Symphony Principal Pops Conductor Jerry Steichen, with multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter Ben Folds in The Ben Folds Orchestral Experience, Country Music Hall of Fame inductee and multi-platinum recording artist Kenny Rogers, and Grammy award winning singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter.

“The Wasatch Mountains are known for their unparalleled natural beauty and wide variety of recreational opportunities. ParkCity is known for its fine dining and world class shopping. Deer Valley® Resort is known for its luxurious accommodations and consummate customer service, and Utah Symphony | Utah Opera is known for providing great live musical performances which engage and inspire,” said Melia Tourangeau, the organization’s president and CEO. “All of these ingredients together make for one stunning festival experience which we’ve been privileged to present for more than 10 years.”

Chamber Programs at St. Mary’s Church

Utah Symphony Music Director Thierry Fischer makes his Deer Valley® Music Festival debut conducting chamber orchestra concerts with the Utah Symphony performing Mozart’s Overture to Lucio Silla, K. 135 and Symphony No. 36 in C, K. 425, “Linz”. Two additional chamber orchestra concerts at St. Mary’s Church include Utah Symphony performances of Beethoven’s “Egmont” Overture led by Associate Conductor Vladimir Kulenovic and guest conductor Matthew Halls conducting the orchestra in Haydn “Symphony No. 96 in D major “Miracle” and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings.

The chamber series also includes two evenings of string music, beginning with the Muir Quartet, the festival’s resident string quartet, performing music by Debussy, Dvořák and Joan Tower’s String Quartet No. 5. The second concert features the Friction Quartet and local Utah ensemble, the Rosco String Quartet, performing world-premiere works by Anthony Suter and Nicolas Chuaqui, another Utah native, as part of the festival’s Emerging Quartets and Composers summer program, now in its 25th year.

An integral part of Education programs of the Deer Valley® Music Festival since its founding in 2003, the Emerging Quartets and Composers program was created in 1989 by the Muir Quartet and composer Joan Tower.  The program is a three-week seminar that joins two string quartets and two young composers for a performance of world premiere works. During the seminar, the musicians rehearse and are coached by members of the Muir Quartet and participate in discussions about the string quartet business, including the commissioning of new works, while the composers have their music workshopped under the mentorship of Ms. Tower. Each year the Muir Quartet also performs a work by Ms. Tower in a chamber music program.

Additional Deer Valley® Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater programs

Deer Valley® Music Festival’s traditions continue with the annual outdoor favorite, “1812 Overture,” complete with a cannon fire finale from the Cannoneers of the Wasatch.

Other performances at Deer Valley® Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater include Jeff Tyzik conducting the Music of John Williams, who has composed movie scores for some of the best known films in history including “Star Wars,” “Indiana Jones,” and “Superman”; Super Diamond’s high-octane Neil Diamond tribute show; four Broadway vocalists presenting music from some of Disney’s classics such as “Snow White”, “The Little Mermaid”, “Lion King” and more recent films such as “Tangled” and “Princess and the Frog”; and a tribute to the Music of U2.

Also returning to the festival is an instrument petting zoo hosted by USUO’s education and community outreach department on the plaza prior to the Disney in Concert: Tale as Old as Time concert, at which audience members can test play musical instruments provided by Summerhays Music as guided by Utah Symphony Youth Guild volunteers.

Concert Ticket Information

Discounted Design-A-Series packages and group tickets for all Deer Valley® Music Festival concerts are on sale now, and can be purchased at the Abravanel Hall Ticket Office by calling (801) 533-NOTE (6683). Single tickets will go on sale to the general public on Monday, March 31. At that time, ticket-buyers can also purchase tickets online at deervalleymusicfestival.org and through ArtTix outlets by calling (801) 355-ARTS (2787). Youth discounts will be available for select performances. Ticket prices will increase $5 when purchased the day of the performance.

VIP Events and Packages

VIP packages for both Friday and Saturday performances will continue at this year’s festival and include VIP parking, pre-concert gourmet dinner at the resort, premium reserved seating, and access to the intermission reception. VIP package pricing includes a charitable contribution built into the various package options. Salon Events will also continue, featuring intimate performances in luxurious private residences by festival artists, cost will be $125 per person. For more information regarding VIP packages and our Salon Events schedule please call (801) 869-9010 or email [email protected] .

Volunteer Information

Volunteers for the festival are needed in multiple positions: ushers, ticket takers, backstage, etc. Benefits include a complimentary ticket voucher. Contact Melissa Singleton at [email protected] or (801) 869-9067 for more information.

About the Utah Symphony

Founded in 1940, the Utah Symphony is dedicated to providing Utah residents and visitors with great performances which engage, educate, and enrich lives. Utah Symphony | Utah Opera, the orchestra’s parent organization, reaches 450,000 residents in Utah and the Intermountain region, with educational outreach programs serving more than 155,000 students annually. The orchestra presents 175 concerts annually: 70 performances each season in Abravanel Hall, and participation in the Utah Opera’s four annual productions at the Capitol Theatre in addition to numerous community concerts throughout Utah and the annual outdoor summer series – the Deer Valley® Music Festival – in Park City, UT.



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July 4 | 7:30 PM
Jerry Steichen, Conductor
The Texas Tenors

Sample song list:

Star Spangled Banner; Mountain Music; O sole mio; Country Boy/ Country Roads;
My Country Tis of Thee/America the Beautiful; Because; God Bless The USA; Unchained Melody;
Lovin Feeling; Climb Every Mountain; Rocky Top; Galveston; Deep in the Heart; 4th of July;  Bring Him Home; Here’s to the Heroes; Somewhere; You Should Dream; My Way.


July 5 | 7:30 PM
Jerry Steichen, Conductor
Kenny Rogers, Singer/ Songwriter

The Utah Symphony proudly presents the legendary Kenny Rogers for a special concert performing Live with the Utah Symphony. Mr. Rogers will perform all of his hits including The Gambler, Lady, Coward of the Country, She Believes in Me and more.


July 11 | 7:30 PM
Jeff Tyzik, Conductor

Concert will include music from “Superman”; “Jaws”; “The Witches of Eastwick”; “Raiders of the Lost Arc”; “E.T.”; “Hook”; “Harry Potter”; and “Star Wars”.           


July 12 | 7:30 PM
Brent Havens, Conductor

Sample song list: 
All I Want is You; Angel of Harlem; Bad; Beautiful Day; Bullet the Blue Sky; Desire; I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For; I Will Follow; Mysterious Ways; New Year’s Day; One;  Pride (In the Name of Love); Stuck in a Moment; Sunday Bloody Sunday; Sweetest Thing; Walk On; Where the Streets Have No Name; With or Without You; Even Better than the Real Thing; Gloria; In God’s Country; Running to Stand Still; Vertigo.


July 18 | 7:30 PM
Vladimir Kulenovic, Conductor
The Cannoneers of the Wasatch

TCHAIKOVSKY: 1812 Overture
GERSHWIN: “Rhapsody in Blue” 


July 19 | 7:30 PM
Vince Mendoza, Conductor 
Mary Chapin Carpenter, Singer/Songwriter

Mary Chapin Carpenter will join the Utah Symphony for an evening of songs from her debut orchestral record, Songs From The Movie. Arranged and conducted by six-time Grammy Award winner Vince Mendoza (Sting, Diana Krall, Elvis Costello, Joni Mitchell) and produced by Matt Rollings (Keith Urban, Lyle Lovett), Mr. Mendoza and Ms Carpenter, Songs From The Movie harkens to Ms Carpenter’s love of classic film and symphonic music. The album features new interpretations of ten beloved songs by Ms Carpenter, including “Come On Come On,” “On And On It Goes,” “I Am A Town” and “Goodnight America.”

Over the course of her career, Ms Carpenter has recorded 13 albums and sold over 13 million records, won five Grammy Awards, was named the Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year in 1992 and 1993, has won two Academy of Country Music awards, one Emmy award, and, in 2012, was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Her songs speak to the most personal of life’s details and the most universal.

This performance will feature Ms Carpenter with the Utah Symphony conducted by Mr. Mendoza.


August 1 | 7:30 PM
Jerry Steichen, Conductor

Disney Memories Overture (Fantasia, Pinocchio, Bambi, Alice In Wonderland, Lady & the Tramp)
Selections from Snow White
“Out There” (from The Hunchback of Notre Dame)
“Friend Like Me” (from Aladdin)
Villains Medley (The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast)
“Hakuna Matata” Sing-a-long (from The Lion King)
The Band Concert (Utah Symphony performs live underscore for 1935 animated film featuring Mickey Mouse conducting “The William Tell Overture”)
Selections from The Princess and the Frog        
They Finally Meet Medley (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Cinderella)
“Battle with the Forces of Evil” (Utah Symphony underscores a scene from Sleeping Beauty)
“I See the Light” (love ballad from Tangled)
Symphony Hour (Utah Symphony performs live underscore for 1942 animated film featuring Mickey Mouse conducting the “Light Cavalry Overture”).
Selections from Hercules
“Circle of Life” (from The Lion King)


August 2 | 7:30 PM
Jerry Steichen, Conductor


August 8 | 7:30 PM
Mack Wilberg, Conductor
Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Guest Artist


August 9 | 7:30 PM
Jerry Steichen, Conductor
Ben Folds, Singer/ Songwriter

Multi-platinum selling, singer-songwriter Ben Folds will feature high-energy performances of his new piano concerto, along with orchestral arrangements of many of his pop hits on August 9 with the Utah Symphony. The performance is part of “The Ben Folds Orchestral Experience” touring the US, the UK and Australia throughout 2014.

Mr. Folds was the front man of Ben Folds Five before going on to have a successful solo career.  A critically acclaimed celebrity judge on NBC’s “The Sing Off,” Folds has earned a reputation as a singular and influential voice in the world of popular music. In addition to numerous albums and a recent reunion tour with Ben Folds Five, Mr. Folds has recorded multiple studio albums as well as records documenting his renowned LIVE performances.  Mr. Folds serves on the Board of the Nashville Symphony and owns the famous RCA Studio A in Nashville where legendary music from all genres – including Grammy-winning symphony albums – have been recorded.

For more than a decade, Mr. Folds has performed with some of the world’s greatest orchestras, including record-breaking sell-out Australian symphonic shows, repeatedly sold out shows at the KennedyCenter in Washington, DC with the National Symphony Orchestra, and at the Boston Pops.

In 2012, Mr. Folds was commissioned to compose his first piano concerto, a unique blend of three movements that test the bounds of traditional orchestral music.

Mr. Folds is a member of the distinguished Artist Committee for Americans For The Arts, and is also an outspoken advocate for music therapy and music education.

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July 16 | 8 PM St. Mary’s Church
Vladimir Kulenovic, Conductor
Emma Meinrenken, Violin (winner of 2013 Stradivarius Violin Competition)

BEETHOVEN: “Egmont” Overture
SCHUBERT: Rondo in A major for violin and string orchestra, D438 (Ms. Meinrenken, soloist)
SAINT-SAËNS: “Havanaise” for violin and orchestra, Op. 83 (Ms. Meinrenken, soloist)

RAVEL: “Pavane”
MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 4, A Major (“Italian”)


July 23 | 8 PM St. Mary’s Church
Peter Zazofsky, Violin
Lucia Lin, Violin
Steven Ansell, Viola
Michael Reynolds, Cello

DEBUSSY: String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10
JOAN TOWER: String Quartet No. 5
DVORAK: String Quartet No. 11 in C major, Op. 61


July 30 | 8 PM St. Mary’s Church
Matthew Halls, Guest Conductor           

HAYDN: Symphony No. 96 in D major (“Miracle”)
TCHAIKOVSKY: Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48
SCHUBERT: Symphony No.3 in D major, D.200


Friction Quartet & Rosco String Quartet
July 31 | 8 PM St. Mary’s Church

Friction Quartet: violinists Kevin Rogers and Otis Harriel, violist Taija Warbelow, and cellist Doug Machiz
Rosco String Quartet: violinists Jakob Hofer and Rebekah Blackner, violist Sunny Johnson, and cellist Lauren Posey

Program includes world-premieres by composers Anthony Suter and Nicolas Chuaqui. 


August 6 | 8 PM St. Mary’s Church
Thierry Fischer, Conductor

MOZART: Overture to “Lucio Silla”, K. 135
MOZART: Symphony No. 36 in C, K. 425 (“Linz”)
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 36


About Deer Valley Music Festival
The Deer Valley® Music Festival (DVMF) is Utah Symphony | Utah Opera’s (USUO) summer home in the mountain resort town of Park City, Utah. The 2014 festival marks the 11th season of providing chamber music, classical, and pops offerings in several venues: the Deer Valley Resort Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater, St. Mary’s Church, and salon events in private homes in the Park City area. The goal of the Deer Valley® Music Festival is to be renowned for consistently delivering a high quality and musically diverse experience in casual settings of unparalleled natural beauty. For more information, visit www.deervalleymusicfestival.org.

Zions Bank is the Summer Entertainment Series Sponsor and the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation is the Summer Symphony Sponsor for the 2014 Deer Valley® Music Festival.

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