Nineteen concerts — 11 outdoors with the full symphony, and eight chamber concerts — are in the lineup, running through July and August in Park City, at the Deer Valley Resort, St. Mary’s Church and three art galleries. The symphony announced the schedule Tuesday.
Headliners with the symphony include the surf-rock legends The Beach Boys, R&B/funk masters Kool & The Gang, pop-rock singer-songwriter Ben Folds, the New Orleans-based Preservation Hall Jazz Band, soft-rock pioneers Little River Band, and the vocal harmonies of The Doo Wop Project.
Two tribute concerts are planned: “Take Me Home: The Music of John Denver,” performed by singer/guitarist Jim Curry and composer-arranger Lee Holdridge; and “Super Diamond,” with singer Randy Cordeiro re-creating the works of Neil Diamond.
A program of patriotic music will launch the series on July 3, with vocalist Capathia Jenkins featured. A night of music from the “Harry Potter” films is scheduled; as is a performance by pianist Changyong Shin of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, paired with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, complete with cannons.
Subscription, group and VIP tickets are on sale now. Park City locals (residents of Summit and Wasatch counties) get to buy individual tickets on Saturday, April 4, at a time and location to be announced. Everyone else can buy single tickets, over the phone at 801-533-6683 or online at deervalleymusicfestival.org, starting at noon MDT on Tuesday, April 7.
Here are programs featuring Utah Symphony at Deer Valley’s Snow Park Amphitheater. All shows start at 7:30 p.m. and are conducted by Conner Gray Covington (unless otherwise listed):
Friday, July 3 • “Patriotic Pops,” a collection of music extolling America; featuring vocalist Capathia Jenkins, performing such songs as “America the Beautiful,” “Amazing Grace” and “Summertime” (from Gershwin’s “Porgy & Bess”).
Friday, July 10 • Kool & The Gang performs such hits as “Celebration,” “Cherish” and “Jungle Boogie.”
Saturday, July 11 • Ben Folds, the alt-pop singer-songwriter, performs his greatest hits.
Friday, July 17 • The Doo Wop Project, with singers from the ranks of “Jersey Boys” and “Motown: The Musical,” tracing the history of the harmony-based doo wop style.
Saturday, July 18 • “Take Me Home: The Music of John Denver,” featuring singer-guitarist Jim Curry performing Denver’s country/folk/pop hits. Lee Holdridge, who worked with Denver on symphonic arrangements of his works, conducts.
Friday, July 24 • “The Magical Music of Harry Potter,” a night of music from the film series. Enrico Lopez-Yañez conducts.
Saturday, July 25 • “Super Diamond,” a five-member Neil Diamond tribute band, led by singer Randy Cordeiro, aka “Surreal Neil.” Rama Kolesnikow conducts.
Friday, July 31 • Preservation Hall Jazz Band, the seven-piece New Orleans jazz unit.
Saturday, Aug. 1 • Little River Band, the soft-rock pioneers, performing such hits as “Reminiscing,” “Cool Change” and “Lonesome Loser.”
Friday, Aug. 7 • A performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, with cannon accompaniment, and pianist Changyong Shin performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2.
Saturday, Aug. 8 • The Beach Boys, led by Mike Love, perform their surf-rock hits.
Chamber orchestra series
Smaller shows, at St. Mary’s Church, 1505 White Pine Canyon Road, Park City. All shows start at 8 p.m.:
Wednesday, July 15 • Mercedes Smith, Utah Symphony’s principal flutist, is featured. Conner Gray Covington conducts. The program features Stravinsky’s Suites No. 1 & 2 for small orchestra, Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 2, Piazzolla’s “Tangazo,” and Haydn’s Symphony No. 88.
Wednesday, July 22 • Cellist Zlatomir Fung is featured. Kerem Hasan conducts. The program features Kodály’s “Dances of Galánta,” Tchaikovsky’s “Variations on a Rococo Theme” for cello and orchestra, Fauré’s “Elégie” for cello and orchestra, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4.
Wednesday, July 29 • Violinist Dmitry Sinkovsky is soloist and conductor. The program features Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” and Mozart’s Symphony No. 38 (“Prague”).
Wednesday, Aug. 5 • Matthew Johnson, Utah Symphony’s acting principal cello, is featured. Conner Gray Covington conducts. The program features Schubert’s Symphony No. 6, Janáček’s Suite for Strings, and Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1.
Wednesday, Aug. 12 • Conner Gray Covington conducts. The program features Debussy’s “Petite Suite” (arranged by Büsser), Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 (“Italian”), Handel’s “Music for the Royal Fireworks,” Puccini’s “The Chrysanthemums,” and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, IV (Allegro con brio).
Three concerts featuring small ensembles, in art galleries on Park City’s historic Old Main Street. Each starts at 6:30 p.m., with galleries opening at 6 p.m.
Monday, July 13 • J GO Gallery, 268 Main St.; featuring a string trio: Lynn Rosen on violin, Carl Johansen on viola, and Kevin Shumway on cello.
Monday, July 20 • Gallery MAR, 436 Main St.; featuring a woodwind trio: Caitlyn Valovick Moore on piccolo and flute, Lissa Stolz on English horn and oboe, and Jennifer Rhodes on bassoon.
Monday, Aug. 3 • Susan Swartz Studios, 260 Main St.; featuring a string quartet: Alex Martin on violin, Yuki MacQueen on violin, Joel Gibbs on viola, and John Eckstein on cello.