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From Shakespeare to orchestra music, plenty of scenic adventures await Utah arts lovers.



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When and where » July 4 to Aug. 9: Most Fridays and Saturdays on the lawn at Deer Valley Resort’s Snow Park Lodge; most Wednesdays at St. Mary’s. See www.deervalleymusicfestival for details.

Tickets » $25 to $100, depending on date and location; significant discounts for youth.

At a glance

Backstage with ‘Sense and Sensibility’

In partnership with KUED, Utah Shakespeare Festival is bringing a roadshow to Salt Lake City to promote its upcoming world premiere of Jane Austin’s “Sense and Sensibility.” Moderating a Q&A will be Aspen Anderson, a Utah Valley University history instructor who is the Utah regional coordinator for the Jane Austen Society of North America.

When » Monday, June 9, 7 p.m.

Where » Salt Lake City Main Library Auditorium, 400 S. 200 East.

More » Raffle tickets for prizes from KUED, The King’s English Bookshop and USF will be distributed to the first 300 attendees.

Also » KUED will preview upcoming PBS dramas, including a new season of “Shakespeare Uncovered.” Jennifer Adams, author of “Remarkably Jane” and the BabyLit “Sense and Sensibility” board book, will sign books at 6:30 p.m.

Info » 801-585-3523

As an aside, please note this bit of backstage intrigue: Vaughn is playing the Baker in “Into the Woods” opposite his wife, Melinda Pfundstein, who plays the Baker’s Wife. The couple met in USF’s 2001 production of “Pirates of Penzance” and fell in love while playing husband and wife in 2004’s “Henry IV Part 1.”

For Vaughn, having acted in two separate productions of the show, as well as in “Henry V,” helps in his directorial duties. It’s the third show in the festival’s production of the 10 plays in Shakespeare’s history cycle, which began in 2013 with “King John” and “Richard II,” and are continuing to be produced in chronological order.

For the history plays, the festival has hired three actors — Larry Bull, Henry Woronicz and Sam Ashdown — to play ongoing roles. Bull will play Henry IV this season, after portraying the character in “Richard II” last fall. Henry Woronicz will play Falstaff this summer and next in the continuing Henry story, while Ashdown will play Prince Hal this summer, then in “Henry IV, Part 2” and further in “Henry V.”

Making casting commitments so far in advance is unusual for USF, but it should make it easier for theatergoers to follow the characters as the history unfolds across the plays. “It’s a chance to us to invest in the actors and the characters,” Vaughn says.

Also on the schedule at this year’s festival is a rare original work: a world premiere of “Sense and Sensibility.” The show will be directed by Joseph Hanreddy, who was commissioned to adapt the Jane Austen novel with J.R. Sullivan, a former USF associate artistic director. The pair also adapted Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,” which the festival produced in 2010.

“Into the Woods,” fracturing familiar fairy tales, is only the second Stephen Sondheim musical to be produced at USF. Also on the docket are Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors,” “Measure for Measure” and “Twelfth Night” (which will continue into October). Marc Camoletti’s “Boeing Boeing,” a farce about a playboy who is dating three flight attendants, and Steven Dietz’s “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure” will play in the fall.

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Tip » Pack a picnic and remember that the temperature at Deer Valley drops sharply after sundown.

Utah Symphony goes parking » The Mighty Five tour will take the orchestra’s 86 musicians, music director Thierry Fischer, soprano Celena Shafer and a large cast of unsung behind-the-scenes heroes to the state’s five national parks for a series of free concerts and educational events.

Dates » Aug. 11-17, with concerts Aug. 12 and 14-16.

Where » Events start at Capitol Reef; the orchestra then will wend its way through Arches, Canyonlands, Bryce Canyon and Zion national parks. See www.utahsymphony.org/mighty5 for details.

Tickets » Free; see the website for outlets.

Tip » Closer to home, the Utah Symphony will perform at Orem’s SCERA Shell, Lehi’s Thanksgiving Point, Taylorsville Dayzz, the Sundance and Snowbasin resorts, and downtown Salt Lake City’s Gallivan Plaza. Some of these concerts are free. Details: www.utahsymphony.org.


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Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition » It’s a "big Bachauer" year again, with 37 pianists (representing more than a dozen nations) vying for cash, concert engagements and the cachet that comes with winning one of the world’s major piano competitions.

Dates » Opening gala and performance-order drawing, June 11; preliminary rounds, June 12-14 and 16-19; semifinals, June 20-21; finals, with the Utah Symphony joining three finalists in performances of full concertos, June 25.

Where » The concerto round is in Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City; other rounds are in Jeanné Wagner Theatre at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W. Broadway, Salt Lake City.

Tickets » $20 for the preliminary and semifinal rounds ($8 for students); $30 for the finals ($15 for students); full-competition pass, $150 ($50 for students); www.arttix.org or 801-355-ARTS

Tip » Of 203 hopefuls who auditioned in six cities, one Utahn — Conlan Miller, originally from Delta and a recent graduate of Brigham Young University — made the cut. He’s among eight American pianists in the competition.

Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre » Utah loves its local productions of "Les Misérables," and this Logan company should deliver "One Day More," "I Dreamed a Dream" and "Castle on a Cloud" with panache. Other shows on the schedule are the classic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical "Oklahoma!," Sigmund Romberg’s "The Student Prince" and Samuel Barber’s "Vanessa."

Dates » July 9-Aug. 9; 1 and 7:30 p.m.

Where » Ellen Eccles Theatre, 43 South Main St., Logan.

Tickets » $13 to $77 (with student discounts) 800-262-0074 ext 3 or utahfestival.org

Tip » Free preshow "Informance" one hour before the main shows, usually presented by festival founder Michael Ballam. First-time festivalgoers be forewarned: Don’t park behind the theater for matinee shows, as you will be booted. Check the festival’s website for nearby public lots.

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