Lauded Conductor Jeannette Sorrell Leads Utah Symphony For An Evening of Chamber Music at the Deer Valley® Music Festival Featured

Mid-week chamber series features selections from Handel’s Water Music, Haydn and Mozart

PARK CITY, Utah (June 28, 2016) – On Wednesday July 13th at 8PM, award-winning conductor Jeannette Sorrell will lead the Utah Symphony for an evening of chamber music at St. Mary’s Church in Park City. The program includes selections from Handel’s Water Music and Terpischore, Haydn’s Overture to The Uninhabited Island, and Mozart’s Ballet Music from Idomeneo. Tickets start at $35 for general admission and $15 for youth, and are available for purchase at

Jeannette Sorrell is a critically acclaimed conductor and harpsichordist, renowned for her creative and energetic approach to early music. She studied harpsichord with Lisa Crawford and orchestral conducting with Robert Spano at the Oberlin Conservatory, where she received a full scholarship. She was one of the youngest students ever admitted to the Aspen and Tanglewood music festivals and has studied conducting under Roger Norrington and Leonard Bernstein, as well as harpsichord with Gustav Leonhardt. In 1991, she won First Prize and the Audience Choice Award in the Spivey International Harpsichord Competition. She taught at the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute from 1990-1994.

“Some of my favorite recordings when I was growing up were [of] Abravanel and the Utah Symphony - so I am excited to be making my debut with this orchestra,” said Ms. Sorrell. “As a Baroque specialist, I am a bit obsessed with the lilt of dance music, which permeates many of the pieces on our program. Handel's Water Music really dances off the page, when it's done right. And Mozart's Ballet Music from Idomeneo is a fantastic piece that rarely gets played by symphony orchestras. It's both stormy and triumphant.”

In 1992, Ms. Sorrell established Apollo’s Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, which boasts one of the largest audiences of any Baroque ensemble in North America. She has directed Apollo’s Fire in sold-out concerts at esteemed venues such as London’s BBC Proms and Wigmore Hall, Madrid’s Royal Theatre, and the Grand Théâtre de l’Opéra in Bordeaux, among others. She has been a guest conductor for many leading American symphonies, such as the Pittsburgh Symphony, the New World Symphony, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Handel & Haydn Society of Boston, the Omaha Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, and Arizona Opera. She has also performed many times as a guest keyboard/harpsichord soloist. Ms. Sorrell has been awarded the Erwin Bodky Award in early music, Noah Greenberg Award, Cleveland Arts Prize, two consecutive “American Masterpieces” grants from the National Endowment for the Arts for her work with Apollo’s Fire, and a special citation from the Mayor of Cleveland.

This concert is the second in a series of purely classical performances at the Deer Valley® Music Festival’s midweek chamber concerts at St. Mary’s Church in Park City, Utah. The series will feature acclaimed musicians and guest conductors such as Robert McDuffie, Rei Hotoda, and Pierre Bleuse performing a myriad of classical greats, like Tchaikovsky’s elegant Suite No. 4 “Mozartiana”, Haydn’s  popular “Oxford” Symphony, and Mozart’s legendary Piano Concerto No. 9.


Utah Symphony Education Pro-Am Woodwinds Clinic

Saturday July 16 | 3-5 PM                                    
Weilenmann School of Discovery – 4199 Kilby Rd, Park City, UT 84098

On Saturday July 16 from 3-5 PM, the Utah Symphony welcomes woodwinds musicians from the community to participate in the first ever Deer Valley® Music Festival Pro-Am Clinics at Weilenmann School of Discovery (4199 Kilby Rd, Park City). These clinics provide adult amateur musicians who are currently part of a community orchestra or pursuing a college degree the opportunity to work in a clinic setting with musicians from the Utah Symphony. The Woodwinds Clinic includes Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, and Bassoon. For questions, please contact: Mandi Titcomb, 801-869-9079 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Registration is $25 and is available at


The Deer Valley® Music Festival Presents
Handel’s Water Music

Wednesday July 13 | 8 PM
St. Mary’s Church, 1505 White Pine Canyon Road, Park City, UT 84098

Jeannette Sorrell, Conductor
Utah Symphony Orchestra

Handel             Water Music, selections from Suites in D, F and G
Handel             Selections from Terpsichore
Haydn              Overture to L’lsola disabitata (“The Uninhabited Island”)
Mozart              Ballet Music from Idomeneo

Concert Sponsor: Ed Ashwood and Candice Johnson


Tickets for events can be purchased by calling 801-355-2787, in person at any ArtTix outlet or online at Prices are subject to change and increase $5 on the day of the performance. Group Rates are available for groups of ten or more by calling 801-869-9038. A discounted Design-A-Series subscription package (four or more concerts) is available by calling 801-533-6683 or visiting  

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 please call (801) 869-9011 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


St. Mary’s Church is a general admission venue with seating in church pews. Outside food and beverage are not allowed at this venue. Concessions are for sale at intermission. House opens approximately 30-45 minutes before the concert begins. Arrive early for best seating options as the venue fills up quickly and is general admission. Prices are subject to change and increase $5 on the day of the performance. Children 8 and younger not admitted to the performance. Free parking is available at the venue, and wraps around the Church. Carpooling is strongly recommended to help alleviate traffic congestion. Do not park in the surrounding neighborhood; you will be ticketed.

About Deer Valley Music Festival
The Deer Valley® Music Festival (DVMF) is Utah Symphony | Utah Opera’s (USUO) summer home in the mountain resort town of Park City, Utah. The 2016 festival marks the 13th season of providing chamber music, classical, and pops offerings in several venues: the Deer Valley Resort Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater, St. Mary’s Church, and salon events in private homes in the Park City area. The goal of the Deer Valley® Music Festival is to be renowned for consistently delivering a high quality and musically diverse experience in casual settings of unparalleled natural beauty. For more information, visit

The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation is the Summer Symphony Sponsor and Zions Bank is the Summer Entertainment Series Sponsor for the 2016 Deer Valley® Music Festival.