How to DVMF: 4 ways to get the most out of the Deer Valley® Music Festival

It’s just not summer unless you make some unforgettable memories! The Deer Valley® Music Festival (or “DVMF”) always has amazing concerts, but it’s not just about the music—it’s about the experience of escaping into the music.

Here are some ways to have a memorable DVMF escape this year:

#1 Prepare for the venue.

What could be more enjoyable than listening to live music in the open air? An outdoor venue certainly has its perks, and summers in Park City are usually nice, but you’ll still want to prepare for the venue.

The venue is at the Deer Valley Resort, and most of the seating is general admission. This means you’ll be sitting on a big hill that is usually used for skiing during the winter. To make yourself more comfortable, wear a good pair of walking shoes and bring a blanket or a short camping chair (no higher than 9” off the ground). Keep in mind that Park City gets chilly at night, so make sure to bring a blanket or a jacket.

Parking is free at the venue, but usually, traffic is heavy and parking is tight during the summer. Consider carpooling if you plan to meet with friends. You can learn more about the venue in our FAQ section.

#2 Pack a picnic.

What’s the best part about being at an outdoor venue? You get to bring your own snacks! With all the great options from local artisans, you’re sure to find all sorts of goodies to put in your picnic basket.

Of course, if you’re on the go, food and drinks are available at the concession stand in the venue, and you can even order a gourmet picnic bag from Deer Valley Resort. We do not sell alcohol inside the venue, but you are free to bring your own.

#3 Plan a staycation.

If you’re not a Park City native, why not make a weekend of it? Park City is filled with fun things to do. From the Olympic Park to historic Main Street, or from scenic hikes to the Park Silly Sunday Market, you can make an entire mini-vacation out of your weekend.

Not sure where to stay? We’ve got you covered. Thanks to our friends at Stay Park City, you can make reservations online here with any of our preferred lodging partners. Take a dip in Montage’s serene outdoor pool, stay close to the venue with lodging at Deer Valley Resort, enjoy Sunday brunch at Stein Eriksen Lodge, or treat yourself to a spa day at St. Regis. With five-star accommodations, you can’t go wrong!

#4 Make some memories!

You’ll want to have a reminder of all the great memories you make at the festival! Don’t forget to bring a camera or snap some pictures with your phone. We’d love to see all the fun you’re having, so please upload your photos to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and tag us @utahsymphony and hashtag us with #DVMF.

Now that you are ready to come to the festival, which concerts are you coming to? See the full lineup here.

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9 Inspiring Quotes from Thierry Fischer’s USU Commencement Speech

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You can feel the anticipation in the air. Imagine the feeling of getting ready to graduate from college after four years of hard work and dedication and seeing your future in front of you. Perhaps there is a sense of fear for not knowing what it holds, but for anyone who has stared their future square in the face, they know the feelings of hope and excitement it brings.

On Saturday, May 5, 2018, Maestro Thierry Fischer spoke to a room of graduating Utah State University students and shared some inspiring words of wisdom. The university also conferred on him (as well as several others) an honorary doctorate to recognize his sacrifices and dedication to instilling positive change in the world.

Below are some of the most inspiring quotes from his speech:

#1 “I feel like the future of tomorrow is here in this wonderful stadium today. You are going to be the leaders of tomorrow. But to be a leader doesn’t mean you need to be famous—you are the leaders of yourselves and that’s what matters.”

#2 “How can I have an impact? Should I be a participant or actor? Those questions are a unique opportunity to make you see what a privilege it is to have questions. The questions should not be a burden—they are your opportunity to make the world better.”

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#3 “It is time to share your voice. Talk about your dreams… your aspirations.”

#4 “The only person who can give you advice is yourself.”

#5 “If you feel discouragement, cynicism, sarcasm, let down—by your leaders or by yourself—from my experience with the symphony, these feelings are an opportunity and look for a vision. Look for the way you want to create your own life. No other destiny than you want for yourself. No dream you cannot reach. It’s a good time to be inventive.”

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#6 “Think, hope, dream, dare—shoot for the today you want for tomorrow.”

#7 “This feeling of expressing yourself in a collective is something that that happens in the symphony every day. Never forget—you are not alone. Discovering what you can do for the world is the most important thing. You make your own future. You make your own destiny.”

#8 “You can’t have failures define you. You have to have failures teach you.”

#9 “Have fun. Don’t ever give up on yourself. Create possibilities in the world of today which is full of possibilities.”

Photo credit: Utah State University

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Classical music you didn’t know you loved: “Also sprach Zarathustra”

For some people, classical music might feel elusive and mysterious. While there is so much great classical music out there, it’s hard to keep it all straight. For example, perhaps you’ve heard a piece you like in a commercial or a television show, but you don’t know the name of it or even who composed it. You might want to add the piece to a playlist, but you don’t even know where to start looking.

This series of articles is here to set you straight. We are here to demystify all of the classical music you didn’t know you already loved.

This season we are performing Richard Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra. The name may have you scratching your head, but you are sure to recognize the first section of this piece.

If you are at all familiar with the 1968 classic 2001: A Space Odyssey, you probably recognize this as the main theme of the movie. This theme, which was meant to depict the sunrise, is used very appropriately to mark the beginning of a new era for the hominids depicted in the film.

With a beginning that exciting, you would think that the rest of Strauss’ tone poem would be equally as amazing—and you would be right.

Don’t miss us perform this thrilling and recognizable piece. Get your tickets here.

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2018-19 Films in Concert Series

What’s better than watching your favorite movie with your friends and family? Watching your favorite movie while its iconic soundtrack is played live by an orchestra! The 2018-19 Films in Concert series will take you on five musical adventures.

Who ya gonna call? The original Ghostbusters tells the story of a team of scientists who lose their cushy jobs at Columbia University and wage a high-tech battle against the supernatural. They stumble upon a gateway to another dimension—a doorway that releases evil upon the city. They’re New York City’s only hope against complete destruction!

From the moment Harry uses The Marauder’s Map to when the Patronus charm bursts from his wand, you’ll be transported back into the world you love.

Relive the magic of your favorite wizard in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ in Concert. Based on the third installment of J.K. Rowling’s classic saga, fans of all ages can now experience the thrilling tale accompanied by John Williams’ score performed live as Harry soars across the big screen.

Here’s looking at you, kid. Let Casablanca transport you to Morocco where Rick (Humphrey Bogart) struggles to do what is right for himself, and for his long-lost love, Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman). Watch the drama unfold as we perform Max Steiner’s moving score live while the entire film plays on the big screen.

Luke Skywalker begins a journey that will change the galaxy as he joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookie, and two droids to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Empire and learn the ways of the Force. Don’t miss Star Wars: A New Hope in concert, where we’ll be performing John Williams’s Oscar-winning score live while the full-length film plays on the big screen.

Get ready to fight a dragon, swim with merpeople, and find out just who put Harry’s name in the Goblet of Fire™! The Triwizard Tournament comes to Hogwarts™ in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ in Concert with the Utah Symphony. Relive the magic of Harry Potter™ soaring across the big screen in high-definition and experience the music as we perform Patrick Doyle’s unforgettable score live to the full-length film.

Don’t miss a single moment of these incredible films! Learn more and subscribe to our Films in Concert series here.

 

Ghostbusters©1984 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
J.K. ROWLING`S WIZARDING WORLD™ J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s18)

Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts. In association with 20th Century Fox, LucasFilm and Warner/Chappell Music. © 2018 & TM LucasFilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved © Disney.

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Calling all students: Become a Utah Symphony Correspondent!

College is a busy time of life—with all of the homework, projects, and tests you have to prepare for, it’s hard to keep on top of everything AND take time out for yourself.

We want to change that for you—AND ramp up your social life.

Classical music can do a lot to heal the soul, and it can even help you with your grades. Researchers found that classical music often reduces stress and anxiety and makes you more receptive to learning.

The first thing you should know is any student can attend unlimited symphony and opera events for only $59 per person per season. Of course, going out on the town is more fun with friends, so you can also get a season pass for two people for only $99—hello, impressive date night anyone? If you think you can only get to one or two shows, select performances are just $15 per student.

Right now, we are looking for one college student “correspondent” to help us spread the word about the awesome experiences we offer at the symphony and opera. We would offer you a pair of tickets to a few select performances during the season, and you would get to take over the Utah Symphony or Utah Opera Instagram account for the night to tell everyone about your experience! (Not to mention the bragging rights of being a symphony and opera insider.)

The ideal candidate would be a college student currently studying music, journalism, or communications, who has a passion for classical music and opera, and a head full of ideas.

If you’re interested, email Kathleen at ksykes@usuo.org with your 1) full name, 2) phone number, 3) Instagram handle, and 4) a short paragraph about why you would be a great correspondent for Utah Symphony | Utah Opera.

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Staff Picks: Lance Jensen

I’m Lance Jensen and my official job title is a bit long: “Executive Assistant to the Music Director and Symphony Chorus Manager.” I work closely with Maestro Fischer in handling communications and many organizational and administrative tasks, assisting the Maestro in his efforts as our Music Director. I also manage the Symphony Chorus, organizing singers and providing the coordination necessary to have a chorus on the stage during performances when the musical works on the program require one.

Which performance are you most looking forward to?

I’m looking forward to the Utah Symphony Concerts on April 20 & 21—Grieg’s Piano Concerto.

This concert has a subtle theme—it features works by Nordic composers whose lifetimes spanned the 19th & 20th Centuries. I can claim Danish ancestry through both my mother and father, so maybe it’s this heritage that has me excited to attend! The works on the program are all among the gems of each composer’s compositions:

The Grieg Piano Concerto is one of those works of classical music that everyone has most likely heard (at least in part) whether you realize it or not. It’s an exciting concerto to the end, even if all you recognize are those first few opening bars from the piano.

Nielsen’s Helios Overture takes listeners on a voyage. Bookended by tranquility and peaceful musical passages, it builds to (and then descends from) exuberant and virtuosic playing.

Upon hearing the Sibelius Second Symphony for the first time, it was for me an instant favorite. Perhaps a bit lesser-known than the symphonies of Beethoven, Mahler or Tchaikovsky, Sibelius’ 2nd is no less musically satisfying. Sibelius creates a wide range of emotions and employs many different sound combinations and memorable melodies that keep me engaged throughout the symphony. It’s a great work that I am very much looking forward to hearing performed live by the fantastic musicians of the Utah Symphony.

What do you like to do before the show?

I like to find a good parking spot early with plenty of time to travel by foot to a nearby local restaurant for dinner before the concert begins. Attending the pre-concert lecture is always enjoyable and a great opportunity to hear from the evening’s performer (if present) and learn about his or her musical perspective and experience.

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Three debuts. Three incredible concerts.

April is a big month for grand entrances—this month we have three marvelous musicians from all over the globe who will make their debut with us. Each of these talented artists will make an unforgettable entrance you won’t want to miss!

First on the schedule, internationally-acclaimed conductor Karina Canellakis will conduct a remarkable performance of Tchaikovsky’s “Little Russian” Symphony as well as Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with soloist Conrad Tao and Franck’s Le Chasseur maudit.

Her resume is quite impressive. In addition to being a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and Juilliard School—and the winner of the 2016 George Solti Conducting Award—she is an accomplished violinist. As if that didn’t already knock your socks off, she conducted at BBC Proms last year. Watch an excerpt of her brilliant performance here:

On April 20-21 we’ll perform the Grieg Piano Concerto with Alexandra Dariescu. This Romanian pianist was recently named as ‘one of 30 pianists under 30 destined for a spectacular career’ by International Piano Magazine. In fact, her career has already been spectacular—and no doubt will only get better!

Not only is she an accomplished pianist—as we can see in this clip of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1…

… she also knows how to bring music to life! Recently, she re-interpreted the music of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker and set it to choreography and animation using projection technology. You can learn more about it in the clip below:

Finally, we’ll end April with an unforgettable performance of Shostakovich’s Piano Concertos No. 1 and No. 2 by Israeli pianist Boris Giltburg. He has been praised for his deep and insightful sensitivity as well as his compelling interpretations.

Don’t believe us? Watch for yourself here:

You won’t want to miss these incredible and historic debuts this month. Abravanel Hall awaits—find tickets here.

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Staff Picks: Mandi Titcomb

Not sure what symphony performance you want to see next? Take a look at what shows our staff—the people who live and die by classical music—would recommend for you! You’ll even get an idea of how to make a night of going to the symphony. We’re featuring Mandi Titcomb’s pick. She has a passion for all things musical theatre and is excited to see Audra McDonald.

What do you do?

I’m Mandi Titcomb, the Opera Production Coordinator. You could say that I wear many hats in my position, but essentially I provide administrative support to the opera artistic director, company manager, costume shop manager, technical director, and opera music staff.

Which performance are you most looking forward to and why?

Even though I mostly work on our opera productions I love attending the symphony, and the Audra McDonald concert has been on my calendar since it was announced last year. Not only is Audra McDonald a six time Tony winning actress, but she is one of the most talented and versatile singers you will ever have the opportunity to hear live. Her repertoire includes some of the most beloved Broadway tunes, as well as opera, jazz, and blues. I’ve got my fingers crossed she will grace us with her rendition of “Summertime” from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.

What do you recommend doing before the show?

I prefer to warm up my musical palate before the concert by grabbing drinks at either Avant Groove or Lake Effect, where they often have live jazz bands playing. After the performance I like to head over to my favorite little local Mexican restaurant, Alberto’s, where you can get the best burrito in town and catch up with your symphony date into the wee hours of the night.

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Deer Valley® Music Festival Season Announcement

Summer is a time to escape the cares of everyday life and enjoy the warm weather, spending time with friends and family, and—of course—experiencing great concerts at the Deer Valley® Music Festival! This is our 15th annual festival, and we can’t celebrate 15 years of summer fun without an incredible lineup.

Here are some of this year’s highlights:

Kristin Chenoweth with the Utah Symphony – July 21

It’s the return of Broadway Superstar, Kristin Chenoweth! The mountainous outdoor venue might just be big enough to hold all of her star power. You’ll have to come and find out for yourself!

Rick Springfield with the Utah Symphony – July 20

You better love this concert. Grammy Award®-winning singer/songwriter Rick Springfield—whose chart-topping hits include “Jessie’s Girl,” “Love Somebody,” and “An Affair of the Heart”—is coming to perform this explosive concert with the Utah Symphony.

The Music of John Williams – July 28

Experience a thrilling night under the stars featuring music from John Williams’ greatest film scores, including Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, and Star Wars.

The Music of Pink Floyd – August 11

This concert will be more than just “Another Brick in the Wall.” Hear some of their most popular hits like “Comfortably Numb” and “Hey You” in an electric performance powered by the Utah Symphony.

 

Broadway Hits by Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber – July 7

This show will have you singing along as you listen to some of Broadway’s greatest hits by Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The 1812 Overture with the Cannoneers of the Wasatch – August 10

No Deer Valley® Music Festival show would be complete without an explosive finish! The Cannoneers of the Wasatch will join us again in this spectacular performance that’s tailor-made for the outdoors. The Utah Opera Chorus will also provide their angelic voices

Chamber Concerts at St. Mary’s Church in Park City – July 11, July 18, July 25, and August 1.

With great concerts like the ones above, your weekend getaways will be easy to plan. But what if you need an escape during the week? We have four chamber concerts on Wednesday evenings during the summer which are sure to take your breath away. These concerts feature the Utah Symphony in the stunning and intimate venue of St. Mary’s Church with many of our principal musicians as featured soloists. Repertoire will include Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5, Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1, and Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 2.

This summer will be filled with other great performances like Amos Lee, The 70’s vs. The 80’s, ABBA: The Concert, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, and Rachel Porter. See our full schedule here!

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Audra McDonald answers all your burning questions

We can barely contain our excitement for our upcoming concert with Audra McDonald! This award-winning artist in not just a great singer, but she’s an incredible actress! With millions of reasons to love her, you probably don’t need any more. But allow us to add to her long list of accomplishments: She can answer your questions in style. Just take a look at this video of her and Jimmy Fallon answering some hilarious questions from Yahoo! Answers:

Can’t wait for this concert? Get your tickets here.

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