SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Symphony | Utah Opera’s ninth annual Deer Valley® Music Festival (DVMF) will commence with a tribute to one of the most successful and beloved entertainers of all time, Michael Jackson.
The Utah Symphony will pay homage to the King of Pop in “The Music of Michael Jackson” which will hit the stage of the Deer Valley® Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater on Saturday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m. and will feature guest conductor Brent Havens and vocalist James Delisco, winner of E! Network’s series “The Entertainer.”
Michael Jackson’s music left a lasting impression on pop culture, and his legacy boasts many incredible achievements including 13 Grammy Awards, two inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the American Music Award for Artist of the Century, an estimated 750 million records sold worldwide, and 13 No.1 singles, many of which will be performed at scenic Park City, Utah during this concert.
Tickets for the performance are $32 for the lawn, $90 for family groups (max of 2 adults and up to 4 children under the age of 18) and $60 - $85 for reserved seating. Discounted lawn tickets are also available for $15 to students and youth with a valid student ID. Tickets can be purchased by phone by calling (801) 533-NOTE (6683), in person at the Abravanel Hall ticket office, or online by visiting www.usuo.org. Tickets are also available at Deer Valley® Signature’s stores (please call (435) 649-1000 for store hours). Ticket prices will increase $5 when purchased on the day of the performance.
Maximum chair height at the venue is nine inches from the ground. Please call the ticket office in advance for limited wheelchair or other accessible seating: (801) 533-NOTE (6683). Gates open to all ticket holders approximately two hours before the performance begins. Patrons must be present to save a spot in line, and unattended items will be removed from their locations. Valid picture ID required to pick up tickets at will call. No ticket reprinting is available for general admission seating. Outside food and drinks are allowed at the venue, and there are a variety of concessions services at the venue offered by Deer Valley Resort.
The 2012 Deer Valley® Music Festival will run July 14 through August 11 with multiple concerts each week. This year the Festival will feature Utah Symphony performances featuring Pink Martini, Kansas, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Earth, Wind, & Fire. Other highlights include an all-new program based on the popular “Jewish American Songbook” cabaret concert from the 2011 Festival and a reprise of the sold-out “Disney in Concert: Magical Music from the Movies” program from the 2010 Festival. This season will also mark the anticipated return of Utah Opera to the Deer Valley® Music Festival with an evening of “Opera Hits!” on the hill.
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ABOUT BRENT HAVENTS:
Berklee-trained arranger/conductor Brent Havens has written music for orchestras, feature films and virtually every kind of television content. His TV work includes sports music for ESPN, music for network movies on ABC, CBS and The Family Channel, commercials, and even cartoons. He worked with the Doobie Brothers and the Milwaukee Symphony, arranging music and conducting the combined group for Harley Davidson’s 100th Anniversary Birthday Party Finale, attended by over 150,000 fans. His most recent film work includes the score for the film “Quo Vadis,” a Premier Pictures remake of the 1956 gladiator film. Havens is an Arranger/Guest Conductor for five symphonic rock programs – the Music of Led Zeppelin, the Music of Queen, the Music of Pink Floyd and the Music of the Eagles, The Music of The Doors and now the Music of Michael Jackson.
ABOUT James Delisco:
Crowned "The Entertainer" by Mr. Las Vegas Wayne Newton himself, on the E! Network's reality TV series, James Delisco has proved he is more than worthy of that title. After completing his one million dollar contract at the Las Vegas Hilton, where his show opened to rave reviews, Delisco continues to obtain critical acclaim in every market and venue on his recent world-wide touring. An iconoclastic showroom performer with orgiastic energy, Delisco emanates old school charm with contemporary charisma. His handling of a song is so true to itself and to the purpose of music, to uplift and inspire, that a musical and entertainment revolution is only a matter of time for this enormously talented artist. Where classic quality meets edgy rock and soul style with undeniable stage presence, Delisco is the future of music and entertainment. Delisco creates a connection between artist and audience member while ushering in his unique new sound through his original music. He has crafted his own style of music he calls RaGaBaR, which is a synthesis of the elements of 20th century music such as Rhythm and Blues, Gospel, Rock and Ragtime. As confirmation of its appeal to all generations in its design and commitment to the celebration of energy and musical ethic, Delisco continually brings the audience to its feet, with standing ovations at every performance. On the threshold of major stardom, this polished young talent and electrifying performer returns to the U.S. from Berlin, Germany, the Venetian Casino in Macau and opening the new Sands Casino in Singapore! He plays to sold out audiences everywhere he appears, which is a testament to both the mystery & intrigue of Delisco.
ABOUT THE DEER VALLEY® MUSIC FESTIVAL:
The Deer Valley® Music Festival is the summer home of Utah Symphony | Utah Opera, celebrating its ninth season this summer providing chamber, classical, and pops performances in multiple venues: the Deer Valley® Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater, St. Mary's Church, Temple Har Shalom, and salons in private homes in the Park City area. The goal of DVMF is to consistently deliver high-quality and musically diverse experiences that engage, educate, and enrich lives in casual settings of unparalleled natural beauty. For more information please visitwww.deervalleymusicfestival.org.