Utah Symphony to Play Gershwin's Greatest Hits with Pianist Kevin Cole and Conductor John Morris Russell at the Deer Valley® Music Festival Featured

PARK CITY, Utah (June 28, 2017) – On Friday, July 14, 2017 at 7:30 PM, Conductor John Morris Russell leads the Utah Symphony in a concert of Gershwin’s Greatest Hits featuring “Rhapsody in Blue” performed by guest pianist Kevin Cole. Also on the program are other time-honored Gershwin classics including “I Got Rhythm” Variations, “An American in Paris,” and “Symphonic Picture” from “Porgy and Bess.” Admission starts at $36 for regular tickets and $15 for youth (ages 8-18). Tickets can be purchased at https://my.usuo.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=18556 


The 2016/2017 season marks John Morris Russell’s sixth as Conductor of the Cincinnati Pops, one of Cincinnati’s most treasured assets and one of the world’s most respected pops orchestras. Consistently winning international praise for his extraordinary music-making and visionary leadership. He also serves as director of several other orchestras across the country. 
As a guest conductor, Mr. Russell has worked with many of North America’s most distinguished ensembles, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic. He frequently conducts Canadian orchestras, including Toronto and Vancouver. Abroad, he conducted at the famed Musikverein in Vienna in a concert that featured the Boys Choir of Harlem, the Vienna Choir Boys and the actor Gregory Peck. The performance continues to be televised throughout Europe, Japan, and in the USA on PBS.
Pianist Kevin Cole is an award-winning concert performer, musical director, arranger, composer, vocalist and archivist whose repertoire includes the best of American music with a particular affinity for the music of George Gershwin. Mr. Cole has performed recently with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, BBC Concert Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall, and the National Symphony at Kennedy Center, to name only a few. Mr. Cole is also actively involved in collaborating with other artists and endeavors, such as a PBS television special, “Gershwin at One Symphony Place,” and writing/co-producing various performances.
This performance is a part of the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera’s 14th Season of the Deer Valley® Music Festival. The festival is comprised of 16 performances over six weeks. Later this week, guest artist Leslie Odom, Jr. will perform with the Utah Symphony on July 15. Other concerts during the festival will feature popular music such as “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™ in Concert,” and “Disney in Concert - A Dream is a Wish” and prominent guest artists Diana Krall and Ben Folds.
The Deer Valley® Music Festival Presents
Gershwin’s Greatest Hits featuring “Rhapsody in Blue”
Friday, July 14 at 7:30 PM 
Deer Valley® Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater, 2250 Deer Valley Drive, Park City, Utah
John Morris Russell, conductor
Kevin Cole, pianist
Utah Symphony
Gershwin            Medley featuring Swanee, The Man I Love, and Strike up the Band
Gershwin            Variations on I Got Rhythm
Gershwin            Promenade (Walking the Dog)
Gershwin            Rhapsody in Blue
Gershwin            Cuban Overture
Gershwin            Porgy and Bess: A Symphonic Picture
Gershwin            An American in Paris
Production Sponsor: Diane and Hal Brierley
Guest Artist Sponsor (Kevin Cole): Lois A. Zambo
Concert Sponsor: Scott and Kathie Amann
Conductor Sponsor (John Morris Russell): “The Tucker Family in memory of Tom Tucker”
VIP Dinner Sponsor: Holland & Hart
Summer Donor Party Sponsor: Raymond James & Associates
Summer Symphony Sponsor (Fridays): George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation
Official Vehicle:  BMW of Murray | BMW of Pleasant Grove
Subscription, group, and VIP tickets for the Deer Valley® Music Festival are on sale now. Prices are subject to change and increase $5 on the day of the performance. Children 3 years of age and under are free in the General Admission section. No ticket is required. Programming and guest artists are subject to change. Performance tickets and lodging information are available by calling (801) 533-6683 or online at http://deervalleymusicfestival.org  
Outside food and drink are permitted. We recommend arriving early to picnic on the lawn prior to the concert. Concessions, including options from the grill and beverages, are for sale at the venue. Gourmet picnic baskets may be ordered in advance through Deer Valley. Gates open at approximately 5:30 PM to the public. Arrive early for best seating and parking options as the venue fills up quickly for most performances. 
The venue is a ski hill with a base altitude of 6,570 feet and may be difficult for some patrons to walk up. There are a few sections with limited views due to grading. Volunteers can point out the best seating locations available. Chairs are provided in the reserved and ADA seating sections. Outside chairs can be brought in and used on the west side of the General Admission section, but must be low chairs that are no higher than 9” from the ground. A limited number of chairs are available to rent at the venue. These will sell out early for popular performances. Approximate performance time is two hours with one 20-minute intermission. 
Free parking is available at the venue. Carpooling is strongly recommended to help alleviate traffic congestion. You may need to walk up to 0.5 mile from the parking lot to the venue, but you may utilize the drop off zone in front of the ticket office if you have large items like coolers. Temperatures drop significantly when the sun goes down. A blanket or jacket is highly recommended. Temperature projection: Check back on the week of the performance.
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 2017 festival marks the 14th season of providing chamber music, classical, and pops concerts 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 consistently deliver a high quality and musically diverse experience in casual settings of unparalleled natural beauty. For more information, visit http://deervalleymusicfestival.org
The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation is the Summer Symphony Sponsor, Zions Bank is the Summer Entertainment Sponsor, and Sorenson Legacy Foundation is the Chamber Series Sponsor for the 2017 Deer Valley® Music Festival.