Chin-MacQuoid-Fleming-Harris have been major supporters of Park City Institute’s efforts to maintain and expand the arts in our community for many years. Park City Institute has brought top performers to the Eccles Center during the winter two decades, and Deer Valley’s outdoor amphitheater during the summer for the past 14 years.
We Want You To Know
Below is a press release from the Institute that was made available today. In a nutshell, the new owners of Deer Valley have elected to make a summer concert series part of their business model, thus requiring the Institute’s Big Stars, Bright Nights summer performances to move to another venue.
St. Regis Deer Valley Stands By Their Word
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to St. Regis Deer Valley. They have been the Title Sponsor of the Institute’s Big Stars, Bright Nights summer concert series for over a decade, and have committed that they will remain so no matter where the venue moves. Clearly, the management of St. Regis values being part of our community and supporting our local efforts to continue to be the best place in the world to call home. Our hearts are moved by their dedication.
“It is the end of a chapter,” said Park City Institute Executive Director Teri Orr. “In mid-December, the management at Deer Valley Resort (now an Alterra Mountain Company property) informed us they would not be renewing our contract to present summer concerts there, after 14 years. We loved the beautiful space, and will miss being there. We immediately began the search for a new location for our 2018 summer series, since our patrons plan their summers around our specific shows.”
According to Phyllis Robinson, PCI board chair, “The St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights Concert Series is crucial for our ability to move forward with our plans for a permanent home for the Park City Institute, where we can bring the best creative minds in the world to work, teach, and inspire. Our summer concerts are part of the fabric of our community. They are also a significant amount of funding, largely through sponsorships and memberships, supporting all of our programs throughout the year, including the Main Stage at the Eccles Center, and, specifically, our Student Outreach programs. Ticket sales (earned income) only account for approximately one-third of our annual revenue.”
Orr added,“With no time to adjust our budget and no way to anticipate this abrupt change – the Institute staff launched into an exhaustive search of every blade of grass, for a place to host this concert series. We have spent the past three months—while in the middle of our ambitious and celebratory 20th Anniversary season on the Main Stage at the Eccles Center—looking for new locations, to present a pop-up series for this summer. We also began conversations about helping to create a new amphitheater in our community.”
Orr extended her thanks to the staff and council of Park City Municipal, for assisting the Institute in identifying potential venues. “We are thankful for the assistance that Park City Municipal staff – especially Jenny Diersen and Jonathan Weidenhamer – has extended to us during this time,” Orr said. “They have been a tremendous help in evaluating the possibility of specific venues, and recently identified parcels that could serve as locations for a pop-up summer season.”
The Institute will draw on its 14 years of experience, presenting in outdoor venues, to plan and execute this year’s series, on such a short time frame. “During those 14 years, we have cultivated strong relationships with agents, who have held nine show dates for us, this summer,” said Orr. “The series will showcase our signature mix of legendary and emerging artists.”
“We are grateful our title sponsor, St. Regis, immediately committed its support for the season, as have two of our major individual donors,” Orr added. “We also have commitments from new sponsors, who recognize the value the Big Stars, Bright Nights Concerts and Main Stage series bring, to our community and the economy, and who want to help us continue as a leader in the arts community.”
The Park City Institute will post additional information on its website, www.parkcityinstitute.org, and the PCI Facebook Page.