Knight is a seven-time Grammy Award winner who recorded a string of hit records in the 1960s and '70s with the quartet Gladys Knight and the Pips, and has continued a successful solo career since 1987. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.
A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 1997, Knight is founder and director of the Saints Unified Voices Choir, which won the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Gospel Choir Album. Engaging Knight was a "great coup" for the Utah Symphony, agree CEO Melia Tourangeau and music director Keith Lockhart.
"Gladys is a wonderful artist," Lockhart said. "We met at the Grammy Awards. I've always thought that given her pop stardom, and her connection to the LDS Church, she would be a natural for a concert with the Utah Symphony. I wish I were conducting."
The first half of the evening features the Utah Symphony performing Bedrich Smetana's "The Moldau," George Gershwin's Overture to "Girl Crazy" and orchestra selections from "Porgy and Bess."
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at Park City's Deer Valley Amphitheatre. Tickets, $75, reserved seating; $40, general admission; $20 for students and youth (all $5 more day of concert); 801-355-ARTS, or http://www.arttix.com. Travel alert: At 7 p.m. on Aug. 16, UDOT will close the eastbound lanes of I-80 in Parleys Canyon to replace the Lambs Canyon and Mountain Dell bridges. Concertgoers will be able to drive to Park City on I-80, but must be past the bridges by 7 p.m. Westbound traffic will not be affected, so return travel to Salt Lake City won't be affected. More information about the closure, and about attending concerts at Deer Valley, is available at the ArtTix Web site.
- Celia R. Baker