Utah Symphony Presents Summer Concert Series at Outdoor Community Venues

Utah Symphony Presents Summer Concert Series at Outdoor Community Venues

The regular season of the Utah Symphony is over, but that doesn't mean the artists are taking time off before the Deer Valley® Music Festival starts in July. The Utah Symphony is determined to reach as many corners of Utah as possible with the Mighty 5® Tour in August and the Community Concert Series throughout the summer. This series is an annual tradition for the Utah Symphony at different venues: Scera Shell in Orem, Sundance Resort in Provo Canyon, Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, and Snowbasin Resort in Huntsville.

The first stop is on June 23 at the SCERA Shell Outdoor Amphitheatre in Orem, Utah at 8 p.m. Grammy award winning violinist Jenny Oaks Baker will join Guest Conductor Thomas Hong and the Utah Symphony for this special performance against a backdrop of the Wasatch Mountains. Ms. Baker will be performing Disney, classical and pop favorites. The Utah Symphony will be playing patriotic favorites including the "Star-Spangled Banner" and Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture complete with the sounds of real cannons.

Next on the calendar, the Utah Symphony presents an evening devoted to patriotic celebration at Sundance Resort's beautiful outdoor amphitheater in the mountains of Provo Canyon on June 28. Guest conductor Hong returns to the podium to lead the orchestra in traditional favorites including "Armed Forces Salute" and "Liberty Fanfare", as well as well-known classical pieces by Strauss, junior and senior.

The Utah Symphony makes a stop on their patriotic Community Concert Series with a performance at the Waterfall at Thanksgiving Point on July 2 at 8:30 p.m. Associate Conductor Valdimir Kulenovic returns to the podium to conduct this special performance that includes all your classic red, white and blue patriotic favorites including "The Star Spangled Banner," "America the Beautiful" and Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture." Pianist Mary Anne Huntsman will perform Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F, and local soprano Celena Shafer (who portrayed Konstanze in the Utah Opera's recent performances of Mozart's The Abduction from the Seraglio) will sing "Summertime" from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess.

This performance is a perfect segue into the patriotic month of July which initiates the Deer Valley Music Festival season on July 4 with the Texas Tenors and July 5 with Kenny Rogers. After the festival and the Mighty 5 Tour in August, Vladimir Kulenovic conducts the Utah Symphony at Snowbasin Resort on August 21, 7:30 p.m. for the final concert in the Community Concert Series. They will be performing dance classical scores like Copland's "Four Dance Episodes" from Rodeo, Kodaly's Dances of Galánta, and Gershwin and Bennett's Porgy and Bess.

Remember, even in the summer, the weather can be chilly after the sun goes down over the mountains of Utah-bring a sweater and a blanket when you visit all the different corners of Utah through this concert series.

On Wednesday, June 25 at 7 PM, guest conductor Hong will lead the Utah Sympony in a showcase concert, the Gina Bachauer Young Artists Competition, featuring young piano finalists from across the globe who perform concerti with the full orchestra at Abravanel Hall. For more information visithttp://www.bachauer.com/

Keep your eyes open for other Utah Symphony events through the summer, including free Community Concerts at Taylorsville Dayzz (June 26) and at Gallivan Plaza (August 20).

Ticket and Venue information:

SCERA Shell Outdoor Amphitheatre
699 South State Street, Orem, UT 84058
Monday, June 23, 2014 at 8:00pm
$15 for general admission. Student, senior and child pricing is available from $10. Reserved seating is available from $20. Please call 801-225-2787 or go to www.scera.org.

Patriotic Celebration at Sundance
Sundance Resort - Eccles Outdoor Stage
Friday, June 28, 2013 at 8:00pm
$18 for general admission. $10 tickets for this performance are available for youth ages 18 and younger. Please call 801-355-2787 or visit any ArtTix outlet. Tickets may not be purchased through Sundance Resort prior to the performance day, but may be purchased at the Sundance Box Office the night of the performance, 6-8 pm, based on availability.

Thanksgiving Point
Thanksgiving Point - Thanksgiving Point Gardens
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 8:30pm
$18 for general admission. Student pricing is available from $10. Reserved seating is available from $25. Thanksgiving Point members receive a 10% discount. Please call 801-768-4900 or go to www.thanksgivingpoint.org.

Snowbasin Resort
3925 East Snow Basin Road, Huntsville, UT 84317
Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 7:30pm
$15 for lawn seating. Reserved seating available for $30. Tickets can be purchased, in person at the Snowbasin Resort Grizzly Center ticket office Saturdays and Sundays. Please call 801-620-1000 or visit Snowbasin.com.

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 more than 70 performances each season in Abravanel Hall, participates 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, Utah. With its many subscription, education, and outreach concerts and tours the Utah Symphony is one of the most engaged full-time orchestras in the nation. For more information visit www.utahsymphony.org.

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