Tchaikovsy's "1812 Overture" & Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Utah Symphony and the Cannoneers of the Wasatch at the Deer Valley® Music Festival Featured


PARK CITY, Utah (July 20, 2017) – On Friday, August 4, 2017 at 7:30 PM, experience the grand opening chords and exuberant outbursts of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, followed by his explosive “1812 Overture,” an annual tradition and festival favorite. This exhilarating score is accompanied by live cannon blasts provided by Cannoneers of the Wasatch. Admission starts at $36 for regular tickets and $15 for youth (ages 8-18). Tickets can be purchased at


Rei Hotoda, the newly appointed Music Director of the Fresno Philharmonic and Utah Symphony’s outgoing Associate Conductor, is widely considered one of America’s most sought after and dynamic artists. She has appeared as a guest conductor with many of today’s leading ensembles. Her repertoire spans the masterful staples of the classical canon to works by the leading composers of today, and she is equally at home leading the orchestra from the piano as well as from the podium. Ms. Hotoda is the proud recipient of several prestigious awards, including the 2006 Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship, created by Marin Alsop to mentor women conductors.
Hailed as an “immaculate” (Minneapolis Star Tribune) artist, American pianist Andrew Staupe is emerging as one of the distinctive voices of a new generation of pianists. In 2012, Andrew made his Carnegie Hall debut to critical acclaim, in which New York Concert Review raved “Staupe gave a brilliant performance, handling the virtuosic demands with apparent ease… I was stunned- this was one of the most incredible performances… A once in a lifetime performance!” 
For more than four decades, the Cannoneers of the Wasatch have performed across the Intermountain West, including Taylorsville, Layton, Deer Valley, and Sun Valley, Idaho. At Weber State University, the Cannoneers accompanied the New American Symphony Orchestra with more than 18 historical replica cannons, ranging in size from 25 to 1,000 pounds. Adorned in Civil War and mountain man costumes, the 12 members of the Cannoneers of the Wasatch love putting on a show with cannons forged from authentic old World War II 40-millimeter artillery guns. The cannoneers perform five or six summer events with the Utah Symphony each year, as well as several select community and youth orchestras.
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. Join us for the final concert of the festival on Saturday, August 5 at 7:30, “Classical Mystery Tour with the Utah Symphony—A Tribute to the Beatles.” In August 2017, Utah Symphony | Utah Opera will embark upon a "Great American Road Trip" tour to perform free outdoor classical music concerts near Utah’s famous national parks and monuments. These concerts will feature the full Utah Symphony, opera singers and music by Native American composer/musician Brent Michael Davids. For more information on the “Great American Road Trip” tour, see 
The Deer Valley® Music Festival Presents
Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” & Piano Concerto No. 1
Friday, August 4 at 7:30 PM 
Deer Valley® Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater, 2250 Deer Valley Drive, Park City, Utah
Rei Hotoda, conductor
Andrew Staupe, piano
Cannoneers of the Wasatch
Utah Symphony
Dvořák                        “Carnival Overture,” Op. 92
Tchaikovsky                Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Orchestra in B-flat minor, Op. 23
Sousa                         “The Washington Post” March 
Tchaikovsky                Suite from “Swan Lake,” Op. 20a
Tchaikovsky                “1812” Overture solennelle, Op. 49
Production Sponsor: Diane and Hai Brierley 
Guest Artist Sponsor (Andrew Staupe): Ted and Carol Newlin
Cannon Sponsor: The Law Offices of Thomas N. Jacobson
Conductor Sponsor (Rei Hotoda): Jim and Zibby Tozer
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
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
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.