Park City Institute Announces 2018-19 Main Stage Season At The George S. And Dolores Doré Eccles Center For The Performing Arts

Park City Institute Announces 2018-19 Main Stage Season At The George S. And Dolores Doré Eccles Center For The Performing ArtsPark City Institute announced its 21st season of Main Stage shows at the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Center for the Performing Arts. The 2018-19 Season continues the Institute's mission to entertain, educate and illuminate, with a lineup of world-renowned dance companies, musicians, authors, thinkers, adventurers and leaders-both legendary and emerging.

"This season is rich in ideas and performers who take you out of your comfort zone," said Teri Orr, Executive Director of the Park City Institute. "Our music lineup includes discovery. Our speakers continue to push the boundaries of how we think-about social media, politics, addiction and sexual assualt. And we are charting some new territory, as we're part of the emerging series National Geographic Explorer Live! Which is a multimedia experience-led on our stage, by expert adventurers."

The season begins Thanksgiving weekend and continues through April. Tickets will be on sale to Members only, beginning Monday, October 1, 2018, and open to the general public on Monday, October 8. The lineup is as follows:

Saturday, November 24, 2018
Sweet Honey in the Rock
They Raise the Roof, with the Grammy Award nominated sound NPR says "moves into your heart and pushes it open wider." The legendary gospel a cappella group, rooted in African American history and culture has seen us through the good and bad moments of American life for more than 40 years; lifting us together.

Friday, November 30, 2018
National Geographic Live - Point of No Return with Hilaree O'Neill
Think you've had a bad day at the office? If your workday didn't feature grueling jungle hikes, dwindling rations, and life-threatening hypothermia, then it probably didn't involve an attempt to summit Burma's Hkakabo Razi - to determine if it is, indeed, Southeast Asia's highest point. Decorated expedition adventurer and professional climber, Hilaree O'Neill brings the dramatic photographs of Cory Richards, with clips from Renan Ozturk's searing documentary, Down to Nothing, illustrating her account of the journey-in which the physical challenges were minor in comparison to the force of conflicting personalities. Learn about the tough decisions she made, to keep the team together.

Saturday, December 1, 2018
Red Molly
The Americana powerhouse vocal trio arrives on our stage with gorgeous harmonies, crisp musicianship, infectious songwriting, and warm, engaging stage presence. Laurie MacAllister (bass), Abbie Gardner (Dobro), and Molly Venter (guitar) weave together the threads of American music - from folk roots to bluegrass, from heartbreaking ballads to barn-burning honky tonk - as effortlessly as they blend their caramel voices into their signature soaring, crystalline three-part harmonies. Equal parts concert performance and living-room jam session, the musical storytelling will heat up a cold winter's night.

Saturday, December 8, 2018
BODYTRAFFIC
Hell's Kitchen meets Los Angeles. Training from the masters-Barishynikov, Aszure Barton, Juilliard, transmitting the sheer joy of dance. The brainchild of acclaimed dancers, choreographers and directors, Lillian Barbeito and Tina Finkelman Berkett, contemporary dance company BODYTRAFFIC, was named one of "25 to Watch," by Dance Magazine, and "the Company of the future," by the Joyce Theater Foundation. They arrive on our stage with works commissioned from acclaimed choreographers Matthew Neenan, Richard Diegal and Hoffesh Schechter-for a night of kinetic storytelling.

Saturday, December 15, 2018
Beautiful Boy: David Sheff and Nic Sheff
This father-son pair is changing the way America thinks about addiction. Their bestselling memoirs are the basis for the October 2018 film, Beautiful Boy, starring Steve Carrell, and Timothée Chalamet. David is an award-winning journalist who, along with Nic, chronicle the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery-and how their family has coped with addiction over many years.

Sunday, December 16, 2018
SPECIAL EVENT: Bob Woodward
Who better to address Fear in the White House, than someone who's already been there -numerous times. From Watergate-through eight more Presidential Administrations and 19 books, he's become the standard bearer for uncovering the realities of backroom deals in the halls of power. His painstakingly methodical and thoughtful investigative reporting earned him two Pulitzer Prizes, and have given Americans detailed insights into the Supreme Court, the CIA, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. His analysis of important issues of the day will provide a nuanced perspective on the events of our ceaseless news cycle.

Saturday, December 29, 2018
National Geographic Live - Ocean Soul with Brian Skerry
Take a deep dive with this photographer as he guides us on a tour under the sea-beneath Arctic ice or in predator-infested waters. His photographs garnered Skerry the title of National Geographic Explorer of the Year. He is also a 2014 National Geographic Photography Fellow, and winner of 11 awards in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. He'll describe the stories behind images so intimate, you could mistake them for studio portraits, rather than capturing undersea life, itself.

Monday, December 31, 2018
SPECIAL EVENT: Sutton Foster
Our classic PCI New Year's Eve features two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster, in her critically acclaimed one-woman show. The actress, recording artist, and star of TV's comedy-drama, Younger, will take center stage, sharing songs from her latest CD, Take Me To The World, as well as her albums, Wish and An Evening with Sutton Foster: Live at the Cafe Carlyle. Expect some stories, and perhaps few tunes from Thoroughly Modern Millie, Anything Goes, and some of her other favorite roles.

Saturday, January 5, 2019
Jaron Lanier
He is a pioneer who helped create the world wide web-and he wants you to delete your social media accounts. Lanier is equal parts scientist, musician, writer, and virtual reality entrepreneur, who now devotes his life to finding a better way through the digital culture. He has shared his ideas about where the internet has taken wrong turns, and how to right them-at every TED conference since its inception. You'll want to hear what the author of books including Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now, Who Owns the Future?, You Are Not A Gadget, and Dawn of the New Everything: Encounters with Reality and Virtual Reality, has to say about the ways digital life can help-and hurt-society.

Friday, January 18, 2019
Jodi Kantor
She is one half of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team, whose New York Times story about movie mogul Harvey Weinstein's alleged abuse toward women. Kantor will pull back the curtain on the reporting on events that allegedly took place in locations far-flung as France and Italy, and as nearby as the Stein Ericksen Lodge .She will deconstruct the story that revealed systemic abuse in Hollywood. In exploring the resonance of the Weinstein investigation, she will tackle topics such as common patterns and means of intimidation, as well as why so many women are now finding their voices and why people are finally listening.

Saturday, January 19, 2019
National Geographic Live - On the Trail of Big Cats, with Steve Winter
From Asian jungles where resilient tiger populations persist, to the Himalaya, home of the rare snow leopard. Onward to the rainforests of Latin America to spy on the elusive jaguar-and to Hollywood, in pursuit of the American cougar. (No, not that cougar.). The legendary National Geographic photographer, known for his award-winning feature stores in National Geographic magazine, will lead you from the Eccles stage, around the world in search of big cats; and shed light on our role in their conservation.

Saturday, February 9, 2019
It Gets Better Project +
San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus
The uplifting choral music of the world's first gay men's choral group, meets the empowering spoken word performance of the It Gets Better Project. These two organizations will bring their mission to uplift, empower, and connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth, for a week of outreach. They will lead workshops in city and county government offices, schools, and other non-profits, developing community resources and connections. The week culminates in a Main Stage performance - equal parts wit, whimsy, empowerment and inspiration.

Saturday, February 16, 2019
Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy and family.
Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy have turned raising a family into an award-winning art form-literally bringing up their six children to live and perform in an infusion of Celtic music and dance. The award-winning musicians have earned numerous awards-including Grammy Awards and Canada's Juno and East Coast Music awards-for their brand of high-energy fiddling, dancing and singing. Along with their lads and lasses, MacMaster and Leahy are on a musical mission to continue Celtic arts traditions, around the globe. If you're not Irish when you take your seat, we cannot guarantee you won't be by the final curtain call.

Saturday, March 16, 2019
SPECIAL EVENT: 8th Annual Saints & Sinners Ball
St. Regis Deer Valley

Saturday, March 23, 2019
Birds of Chicago
Get ready to discover "secular gospel" - a new brand of Americana music which evolved from a professional/personal merger. JT Nero and Allison Russell are the husband-and-wife team who first met when he was with JT and the Clouds, and she was with Po' Girl, and their bands took turns opening for each other at gigs on either side of the US/Canadian border. Along the way, they became creative parters, life partners, and forged ahead to front a new band: Birds of Chicago Through elbow grease, Kickstarter campaigns, guerilla-style performances at festivals, they found finding critical acclaim from NPR, the London Telegraph, Paste, and Slant-and a major label debut. Their music itself is about discovery-including the ways in which Americana music absorbs our many cultures and ideas, turning it into tunes that are by turns fun, flirty, thoughtful and romantic.

Saturday, March 30, 2019
Parsons Dance
China. Italy. Park City. The legendary, award-winning contemporary dance company returns from international tours, to our stage. Their brand of energized, athletic ensemble work is the signature of founders David Parsons and Tony Award-winning lighting designer Howell Binkley. The company has toured more than 445 cities, 30 countries, 5 continents, and performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing arts, Sydney Opera House, Maison de la Danse, Teatro La Fenice, and Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro. Founding Artistic Director David Parsons has collaborated with artists from music, design, fashion, and more. This troupe of extraordinary dancers brings stories to tell, through the powerful medium of dance.

Saturday, April 13, 2019
Dorrance Dance
Tap...Tap...BOOM. The company's inaugural performance garnered a Bessie Award for "blasting open our notions of tap." Founded by Artistic Director, 2015 MacArthur fellow and 2018 Doris Duke Artist Award recipient, Michelle Dorrance, the company has, in less than a decade, forged a brand which honors tap dance's uniquely American history in a new, dynamic, and compelling context-blending traditional technique with cutting-edge choreography, inventive rhythms and concepts, to challenge expectations.

Providing free outreach to students and members of the community has been a key part of PCI's mission since the organization's inception. This season's highlights will include student workshops, master classes and lecture-demonstrations, with our Main Stage performers. Ongoing student programs will also run through the season. PCI opens the free, after-school tutoring side of the Mega-Genius Supply Store and IQ HQ on Oct. 2 through the school year. The Alan Tucker After-School Technical Theater Program continues to groom back-stage theater technicians from the Park City High School ranks.

Tickets are on sale, Monday, October 1, exclusively for members of the Park City Institute, in-person at the Box Office or by phone 435-655-3114. Sales to the general public begin Monday October 8, in-person, by phone and online at parkcityinstitute.org. The Box Office is located within the Eccles Center (1750 Kearns Blvd., Park City). Box Office hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; the Box Office is open from noon through show time on the day of a performance.

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