Jerry Goldsmith is coming back. So, for that matter, are Keith Brion (as John Philip Sousa) and Alvino Rey. Along with the Lettermen, Eddie Rabbitt and the Dukes of Dixieland, they will headline this year's Utah Symphony summer series - a season that, perhaps more than any other to date, puts the accent squarely on pops.
Even the classics will be pretty much Top 40 fare - classical top 40, that is - in one instance even being voted on in advance by the audience.That will be at the orchestra's final concerts of the summer, a "Listener's Choice" program to be presented Aug. 30 at Symphony Hall and Aug. 31 at Deer Valley. Associate conductor Kirk Muspratt will man the applause meter as audience members select what they want to hear from a menu of classical favorites.
A proven favorite not likely to be on the list, however, is Tchaikovsky's "1812" Overture, once again to be performed complete with cannons on the concerts of Aug. 16-18. Also on the program, to be presented at Symphony Hall (Aug. 16), Deer Valley (Aug. 17) and Snowbird (Aug. 18), will be other Russian romantic crowd-pleasers such as Tchaikovsky's "Romeo and Juliet," Borodin's "Prince Igor" Overture and the Prokofiev First Piano Concerto.
Otherwise it's pops away with the summer opener, an evening of "Movie Magic" - i.e., music from "Star Trek IV," "Gremlins" and other popular films - to be conducted by Jerry Goldsmith July 12 (Symphony Hall) and 13 (Deer Valley).
Then July 19-21 assistant conductor Kory Katseanes takes the orchestra "On Broadway" for an evening of show tunes, including songs from "Phantom of the Opera." This concert will be presented at all three locations - Symphony Hall (July 19), Deer Valley (July 20) and Snowbird (July 21).
Symphony Hall (July 26) and Deer Valley (July 27) will be the sites of another round of "Sousa at the Symphony," with Sousa impersonator Keith Brion leading the orchestra in a selection of marches, novelty numbers and other period items (including some light classics).
On July 28 guitarist Alvino Rey will join the orchestra under Katseanes for the closing program of the Utah Jazz and Blues Festival at Snowbird. The program will showcase the Alvino Rey Big Band style of the '40s.
Memories from a decade later come home via the Lettermen on Aug. 2 (Symphony Hall), 3 (Deer Valley) and 4 (Snowbird). Muspratt will conduct music from "Carmen" before the singing groups takes the stage for a sequence of their hits, such as "When I Fall in Love," "Put Your Head on My Shoulder" and "Shangri-La."
New Orleans comes to Utah courtesy of the Dukes of Dixieland in concerts Aug. 9 (Symphony Hall), 10 (Deer Valley) and 11 (Snowbird). Included alongside such jazz classics as "Sweet Georgia Brown" and "St. Louis Blues" will be Muspratt-conducted selections from Stephen Foster and George Gershwin.
Eddie Rabbitt will join the orchestra Aug. 23-25, for concerts in all three locations - a pop/country/-bluegrass mix that will include such standards as "Drivin' My Life Away," "I Love a Rainy Night" and "Orange Blossom Special."
Symphony Hall concerts will begin at 8 p.m., Deer Valley concerts at 7:30 and Snowbird concerts at 3:30 p.m. Tickets to any four or more may be purchased at a 20 percent discount, with flexible exchanges. Individual tickets are priced from $12 to $18 (Symphony Hall), $15 to $27 (Deer Valley) and $14 and $16 (Snowbird). In addition $5 student tickets are available in limited numbers to the Symphony Hall performances, and family passes, at $45 and $10 respectively, to Deer Valley and Snowbird.
For information call 533-NOTE.