Front Row Reviewers – At the Deer Valley Music Festival in Park City, Marie Osmond With the Utah Symphony Is a Little bit Country and a Whole Lot of Glam
by Benedicte Dansie
Set on the soft slopes of Park City, the Deer Valley Music Festival always provides a delightful night out and Marie Osmond with the Utah Symphony is no exception. Osmond offered a wide range of genres and styles from country to classics with her own glamorous flair.
When Marie Osmond walks onto the stage, she instantly captures the attention of her audience. Even though she’s a rather small figure in stature, her huge personality and glittering ensembles make her a veritable beacon in the dimming twilight. She opens with her classic “Paper Roses” as she works the crowd, warming them up for what’s to come. This is followed by a stunning rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” sung in conjunction with a thank-you to her mother, who always believed in her. From here, Osmond launches into a country medley, ripping off the skirt of her full length, sequined ball gown to reveal a short, glittery dress, and tossing a rhinestone cowboy hat on top of the ensemble. Osmond is more than “a little bit country” as she croons out her classics to the backing of a music video montage of her over the years. She loses herself in the energy of the crowd, feeding off the happy, summer evening aesthetic.