2014 Deer Valley Music Festival to Open with Patriotic Lineup, Featuring Texas Tenors and Kenny Rogers, 7/4

2014 Deer Valley Music Festival to Open with Patriotic Lineup, Featuring Texas Tenors and Kenny Rogers, 7/4

The Deer Valley Music Festival, summer home of Utah Symphony | Utah Opera, opens their eleventh season with a holiday bang this year and two special Fourth of July concerts at the Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater.

On July 4, 2014 at 7:30 PM, Principal Pops Conductor Jerry Steichen and the Utah Symphony welcome the Texas Tenors -- Marcus Collins, John Hagen and JC Fisher. The Texas Tenors amplified their fame in 2009 on the hit TV show "America's Got Talent." Their unique blend of country, gospel, classical, and Broadway will provide new life to your favorite patriotic songs.

Adding to the excitement of opening weekend is Country Music Hall of Fame inductee and multi-platinum recording artist Kenny Rogers, who joins the Utah Symphony and Maestro Steichen on Saturday, July 5, at 7:30 PM at Snow Park Amphitheater. For more than five decades, Kenny Rogers has been enthralling audiences with his music and songs from country to soul to pop. He will be performing his most popular hits, including "The Gambler", "Lady", and "Coward of the County."

Tickets for events can be purchased by calling 801-355-2787, in person at any ArtTix outlet, or online at www.deervalleymusicfestival.org. Tickets are also available in Park City at Deer Valley Signature and Etc. stores. Group Rates are available for groups of ten or more by calling 801-869-9046. A discounted Design-A-Series subscription package (four or more concerts) is available by calling 801-533-6683 or visiting www.deervalleymusicfestival.org/das. Gala information is available by calling 801-869-9010.

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, call (801) 869-9010 or email vipevents@usuo.org.

Maximum chair height at Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater is nine inches from the ground. Gates will open to all ticket holders approximately two hours before the performance begins. Patrons must be present to save a spot in line. Unattended items will be removed. Valid picture ID is required to pick up tickets at will call. No ticket reprinting is available for general admission seating. Outside food and drinks are allowed at the venue, and there are a variety of concession services at the venue offered by Deer Valley Resort.


Jerry Steichen, Principal Pops Conductor

Maestro Jerry Steichen has established himself as one of America's most versatile conductors. He currently holds the positions of Principal Pops Conductor of the Utah Symphony and Music Director of the Ridgefield Symphony (Connecticut). He also completed sixteen seasons as Principal Pops Conductor of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. Steichen is the only conductor to have conducted each of the ten seasons of the Deer Valley Music Festival.

The Texas Tenors

With their hit PBS special now airing across the US and a Billboard Top 10 album "You Should Dream," it's easy to see why The Texas Tenors are quickly becoming America's favorite new tenors. Since their whirlwind debut four years ago on NBC's America's Got Talent, The Texas Tenors have performed over 600 concerts around the world including a 24-city tour in the United Kingdom, Shanghai, China and collaborations with some of the most prestigious symphonies, performing arts centers and arenas.

From Alabama to Puccini, John Hagen, Marcus Collins and JC Fisher bring their unique blend of Country, Classical and Broadway to the stage with breathtaking vocals, humor and a touch of cowboy charm. The Texas Tenors can be found in cities across the country for extended runs including 65 concerts each year at The Starlite Theatre in Branson, MO where they were named 2011, 2012 and 2013 Critic's Choice Group of the Year, Best Legacy Group, Branson's Favorite Christmas Show of 2013 and rated Trip Advisor's #1 attraction. 2013 saw many milestones including a hit PBS special, an appearance on the Today Show and Billboard charting releases "You Should Dream" and a Christmas album, "O Night Divine."

The group also debuted a new patriotic show "Let Freedom Sing", a celebration of America and her heroes defending freedom at home and abroad. It joins critically acclaimed mainstay "The Texas Tenors Live in Concert" and "Deep in the Heart of Christmas". JC, Marcus and John are always ready to give back and promote awareness for organizations near and dear to their hearts including The Child Fun International, Homes for our Troops and The Mission Project. The Texas Tenors proudly remain self produced and managed with a commitment to quality, family entertainment for all ages. Whether it is on stage, television, recording or multi-media projects, these 'three friends with a dream" never forget their roots.

John Hagen, Vocalist

John has been described as "astonishing", "a superb tenor of deep musicality", making his Lincoln Center debut in New York City in Teatro Grattacielo's mounting of Mascagni's Gulglielmo Ratcliff. Mr. Hagen created 3 tenor roles in the world premiere of The Lost Dauphane for Pamiro Opera airing on PBS. John has performed a vast array of operatic roles ranging from Alfredo in La Traviata to the title role of Otello for Cleveland Opera on tour. John has received many awards and accolades throughout his career including finalist in the New Jersey Opera Association of Verismo Opera competition held at Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Regional Finalist, and winner of numerous other competitions. Mr. Hagen is highly regarded for his performances of the Verdi Requiem and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 performing these works with more than a dozen symphony orchestras across the United States. John has taught voice and vocal pedagogy at Wartburg College and at his alma mater, the University of Northern Iowa.

Marcus Collins, Vocalist

Marcus was born in a small town and began performing at the age of 4. He first learned how to sing by emulating his favorite artists like Garth Brooks, George Michael, and Freddie Mercury before training classically in college. Marcus has performed throughout the world on cruise ships and numerous stage productions including a performance in Times Square with the Broadway cast of Hairspray, Off-Broadway's Altar Boyz as Matthew, Permission: A Rock Musical and over the years multiple productions of The Sound of Music, first as Kurt, then Rolf and later Uncle Max. Beyond music he has worked extensively as an actor with appearances in over 100 episodes of network television and 25 films including P.S. I Love You, Semi-Pro, Delirious, 30 Rock, recurring roles on One Life To Live and As The World Turns, Guest VJ on MTV's TRL and one of his favorite roles appearing as Edward Carnby in the video game Alone in the Dark for Eden Games in 2008.

JC Fisher, Vocalist

JC Fischer has entertained audiences around the world for the past 15 years. In high school, he had a passion for sports and also enjoyed singing in church. He discovered a deeper love of singing at Wichita State University, where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Music. JC performed various roles including Rodolfo in La Bohéme, Tamino in The Magic Flute, Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Henrick in A Little Night Music and even Miss America's duet partner at the 1997 Miss Kansas Pageant. After college, JC traveled