Utah Symphony presents patriotic concerts

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Favorite American melodies will ring through the hills at The Utah Symphony’s Patriotic Celebrations this July.

The Utah Symphony will be presenting its annual patriotic concerts in preparation for the Fourth of July. They will be at Sundance Resort’s Eccles Stage July 1 at 8 p.m., and at Deer Valley’s Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater July 2 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $10 to $65, but increase $5 on the day of the show.

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Utah Symphony members will perform at Summer Patriotic Concerts.

Hilarie Ashton, Utah Symphony and Utah Opera public relations manager, recommends the concerts for listeners of all ages.

“There is bound to be something that everyone will recognize and love,” Ashton said. “It’s a more lighthearted, casual performance than you would expect to experience at Abravanel Hall.”

Rosie Stevenson, Midday Classics host for Classical 89 Radio, has attended the concerts in the past and loved the experience.

“I loved going up to the concert at Deer Valley,” Stevenson said. “It is just such a beautiful atmosphere. You can sit out on the grass, in a chair or lie down and look up at the stars. Same thing at Sundance; it is just wonderful.”

The program will feature a variety of American favorites including “The Star Spangled Banner,” a lineup of armed forces salutes, John Williams’ “Star Wars Suite” and John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever,” according to a news release.

Stevenson said people keep coming back to the concerts because the music is so powerful.

“I think it touches people, it is exciting to hear, it can bring back memories and it creates a strong feeling of community and togetherness,” Stevenson said.

The first concert was held in 2004 and Ashton thinks the concerts will continue to be successful in the future.

“This is a tradition we have shared for years and it continues to attract large audiences from surrounding communities,” Ashton said. “It shows that many people find listening to a world class orchestra perform some of the most well-known American classics in a beautiful mountain setting as a fitting way to spend the July Fourth holiday.”

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