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The Utah Symphony celebrates 15 years of the Deer Valley Music Festival will this year's concerts, taking place from June 30 to August 10.

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The Utah Symphony just released it's line-up for this summer's Deer Valley Music Festival, giving us the first glimpse of what promises to be another amazing year of music in the mountains. It's hard to believe it, but this summer marks the 15th anniversary for the DVMF in Park City and they're making the milestone all about commemorating locals. “Our 15th anniversary is about celebrating the local community, donors and supporters that have welcomed and embraced us since the beginning," said Utah Symphony/Utah Opera President and CEO Paul Meecham. "We are proud to call Park City and Summit County the Utah Symphony’s summer home.” So to honor that anniversary, here are ten things we're excited about for the upcoming DVMF!

1. Toe-tapping tunes for everyone

Whomever decided classical music is for old people, clearly never witnessed the grandeur of a full symphony orchestral in the outdoors. But it's not just Beethoven being showcased by the Utah Symphony. The DVMF features the group alongside a number of exciting performers, including this year's festival headliners: songstress Kristin Chenoweth, folk-rock singer-songwriter Amos Lee, bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs, and “Jessie’s Girl” Grammy Award-winning Australian vocalist Rick Springfield performing alongside the Symphony orchestra. 

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Picnic blankets and baskets are essentials for every performance

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2. A new community zone featuring local non-profits

As part of this year's effort to celebrate locals, select concerts will include a brand new "community zone" where local non-profits can share their work and engage with people. The organizations participating and the dates are yet to be determined and will be announced as they are confirmed.

3. Locals get first dibs on tickets

 Once again, Summit County residents have the first chance to pick-up tickets for this year's series when they go on sale March 31 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Park City Visitor Information Center (1794 Olympic Parkway, Park City, Utah). Tickets open to the general public on April 17 at 10 a.m.; subscription, group, and VIP tickets are on sale now.

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Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth joins the Utah Symphony to share her most memorable songs and show tunes from Wicked, Glee and more on July 21 at Snow Park Amphitheater.

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4. Being transported to the silver screen and Broadway

Could you imagine Broadway or Hollywood pictures without their iconic soundtracks? Neither can we. This year's festival will have you getting lost in the legendary Music of John Williams (featuring blockbusters scores from Star Wars, Harry Potter, Schindler's List, and more) and transport you back to childhood with Disney's Silly Symphony Celebration. Broadway will also take center stage with vocalists singing pieces from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Stephen Sondheim.

5. Additional performances at events around Summit County

For their 15th season, the Utah Symphony isn't restricting themselves to scheduled concerts. To thank the community for hosting them these past years, they'll be offering pop-up concerts around town during a variety of other existing events. The dates will be released as they are confirmed via the DVMF website. Personally, we're hoping for a surprise performance on the streets during one of the Park Silly Sunday Markets.

6. Social media contests

The social media savvy will again have their chance to score a variety of prizes--stay tuned for more details. Last year's contests included a partnership with local restaurants to feature specialty cocktails (Symphony Sips) and a weekly Adventure challenge posted via the Utah Symphony's Instagram. Winners took home extra tickets, free picnic baskets, and a number of special Deer Valley packages.

7. A "Barn Bash" at Blue Sky Ranch   

Want to support the arts for kids and have a ball at the same time? You'll have your chance at the "Barn Bash" on August 9 at 6 p.m., hosted by Blue Sky Ranch. The gala is designed to raise funds for Educational Outreach programs that reach 145,000 students statewide, including 1,700 in Park City and Summit County. The evening will include specialty cocktails, a buffet dinner, s'mores bar, and, of course, a live musical performance from an all-American country band Asleep at the Wheel.

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Ricky Skaggs and his band Kentucky Thunder join the Utah Symphony for a thrilling evening of Bluegrass under the stars on July 14.

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8. Free parking and transport

Finding parking and fighting traffic are the worst part of events and sometimes the mere thought of being stuck in an endless line or scrounging for a parking spot can be enough to make you decide to stay in for the night. Fortunately, Deer Valley has a massive lot offering free parking for the event. Pros know, the best strategy is actually leaving the car at home (or by the Kimball Transit Center) and taking advantage of all the free bus lines. The Electric Express takes ten minutes from Kimball to Main Street where you can catch a five minute bus to Deer Valley.

9. Chamber performances

Classical music aficionados can experience a more intimate evening with the Utah Symphony during the chamber concerts at St. Mary's Church. Dates for these performances are July 11, 18, 25, and August 1. 

10. Live cannon fire

The DVMF always brings in stellar new performers to be a part of the series, but we can also count on certain tradition being brought back year after year. Case in point, the perennial favorite "1812 Overture" featuring live cannon fire on the hillside from the Cannoneers of the Wasatch. It's just one of those spectacles you have to see at least once!

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Sunset over Snow Park Amphitheater

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You can find more information about the DVMF and see the full 2018 line-up on their website

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