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Monday, June 28, 2010

Utah Symphony's Deer Valley Music Festival Opens with Ben Folds (Park CIty: July 17)


Ben Folds brings innovative rock to the mountains of Park City, UT

SALT LAKE CITY – Singer-songwriter Ben Folds makes his debut with the Utah Symphony at the Deer Valley® Music Festival on Saturday, July 17, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. Known for his wit and energetic live shows, Folds will transform the orchestra into a rock band with his indie-rock piano melodies and irony-laced lyrics. Folds will present songs from his latest albums University A Cappella, Stems and Seeds, and Way To Normal at the Deer ValleyÒ Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater.

Widely known for his prowess as a pianist, Ben Folds began his career in music as a drummer, and he is also adept at guitar and bass. Ben Folds is best known as a solo artist and as the frontman and pianist of Ben Folds Five, celebrated for a compositional style and playing technique remain wholly unique, combining elements of the singer/songwriter genre, jazz, and power rock. Indeed, Ben Folds’ music is evocative of artists such as Joe Jackson and Sir Elton John, with an added edge and bold infusion of energy and wit. Due to artistic differences, Ben Folds Five broke up in 2000, and the first Ben Folds solo album, Rockin' the Suburbs, was released in 2001, with Ben playing most of the instruments himself. The record went on to sell more than half a million records worldwide.

Tickets for the performance are $35 for the lawn and $80 for reserved. Ticket prices will increase $5 the day of the performance. Tickets can be purchased by calling (801) 533-NOTE (6683), in person at the Abravanel Hall box office, or by visiting usuo.org. Tickets may also be purchased at Deer Valley® Signature’s stores, please call 435-649-1000 for store hours.

Venue Information
Maximum chair height is nine inches from the ground. Please call ticket office in advance for limited wheelchair or other accessible seating: (801) 533-NOTE. Gates open to all ticket holders approximately two hours before the performance begins. Patrons must be present to save a spot in line; unattended items will be removed. Valid picture ID required to pick up tickets at will-call. No ticket reprinting available for General Admission seating. Food and drinks are allowed at the venue.

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About DVMF
Utah Symphony | Utah Opera’s seventh annual Deer ValleyÒ Music Festival (DVMF) returns in 2010 with five weeks of performances in the picturesque setting of Park City, Utah, July 17 through August 14. For the past six years, DVMF has brought the best Pops, Classical, and Chamber performances to the mountains of Park City. Multiple performances each week give patrons a wide variety of events to choose from.
Highlights of the 2010 Deer ValleyÒ Music Festival include performances with Ben Folds, Randy Travis, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, a concert featuring the music of Led Zeppelin and a performance of Disney® favorites. For a full calendar of events, please visit usuo.org.

Program Information

Ben Folds with the Utah Symphony
July 17 (Saturday) | 7:30 PM
Deer Valley® Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater

David Cho, Conductor
Ben Folds, guest artist


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