Park City Performing Arts Foundation Announces

The 2008-2009 Season at The Eccles Center

October 11, 2008 through April 18, 2009


PARK CITY, UT –With a line-up ranging from Shakespeare and belly dancers to country rockers and veteran singer songwriters, The Eccles Center’s 12th season will once again stretch imaginations, cross boundaries and thoroughly delight audiences. Presented by the Park City Performing Arts Foundation, the 2008-2009 Season includes a diverse collection of world-class musicians, dancers, authors, theater and cultural spectacles. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Oct. 1.


“One of our goals is to present exciting artists you wouldn’t otherwise see in Utah,” explains PCPAF executive director Teri Orr. “This year’s line-up is unlike any other. In addition to big name performers, we’ve ventured into some new terrain in theater, dance and cultural entertainment as well as up-and-coming musicians. We trust our audiences will want to take a chance on the likes of Aquila Theatre Company and The Hot 8 Brass Band as well as the folks they’re familiar with – they won’t be disappointed.”


A man who embodies The Center’s Renaissance-like assortment of performers, Grammy winner David Byrne, kicks off the season with a show that’s likely to live up to “Burning Down the House” expectations. “Indie rock’s patron saint,” according to The New York Times, the former Talking Heads front man bring his show, David Byrne on Tour: Songs of David Byrne and Brian Eno in to town on Oct. 11, 2008.


A different sort of rocker takes to the stage in December. Country’s rising star, Ryan Bingham, blends southern roots and bayou with south-of-the-border influences on Dec. 6, 2008. December also welcomes fiddling lass Natalie Mac Master to the mountains. The Juno award-winning Canadian performs “Christmas in Cape Breton” on Dec. 20, 2008. Mac Master’s lightening quick step dancing and Celtic tunes will be followed by legendary pop band Three Dog Night as they bring a little “Joy to the World” on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, 2008.


In January, The Eccles Center will once again happily play host to the hustle and bustle of Sundance Film Festival premieres. Then February scares away the winter blues with the “bayou queen of the piano” Marcia Ball. The W.C. Handy Blues Award winner puts on a rollicking show on Feb. 7, 2009. Then, taking a moment to honor community and benefit the local women’s shelter, PCPAF brings a fourth installment of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues V-Day Celebration, featuring local performers, to The Center in mid-February. Sharing the love – and the stage – on Valentines Day, veteran singer songwriters Loudon Wainwright III and Leo Kottke blend self-effacing humor, authenticity and musical genius in a Feb. 14, 2009 concert. Finally, the “unmistakable fun” (Los Angeles Times) of Aquila Theatre Company brings February to a dramatic close with Homer’s “The Iliad” and Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” on Feb. 27 and 28.


Spring starts off with a sizzle as Brazilian troupe, Grupo Corpo visits Park City for a sexy, stunning show on Mar. 10, 2009. Their boundless vivacity leads to the extravagant shimmying of Miles Copeland’s “The Art of Bellydance,” featuring the Bellydance Superstars, on Mar. 21, 2009. According to London’s Sunday Times Magazine, The Art of Bellydance is “poised to be the next Riverdance.”


“One of New Orleans’ hottest young street bands,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle, The Hot 8 Brass Band, featured in Spike Lee’s documentary “When the Levees Broke” puts on a first-rate show on Apr. 4, 2009. Their well-loved horns make way for twinkling toes of Utah’s very own Ballet West as Salt Lake City’s beloved dance troupe unveils a regional premiere, here in Park City, on Apr. 11, 2009.  


The season will end on a thought-provoking note with best-selling author and contributing editor for NPR’s “This American Life,” Sarah Vowell, on April 18, 2009. After all, it’s only appropriate to wrap up a season of diverse artists with this consummate storyteller whose diverse résumé includes five books, Op-Eds for The New York Times and the voice for “The Incredibles” teen superhero Violet.





All Park City Performing Arts Foundation 2008-2009 Season shows are presented at The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Center for the Performing Arts (1750 Kearns Blvd., Park City). Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. with the exception of Three Dog Night on Dec. 31, 2008, which begins at 8 p.m.


Punch cards (good for 10 seats to any regular season show or shows) are currently on sale for $550 (Platinum seating), $450 (Gold seating), $330 (Silver seating), or $250 (Bronze seating). Punch cards may be used for one performance or multiple performances; therefore, seats must be reserved in advance.


Individual tickets range from $18 - $65 for regular season shows.  New Year’s Eve’s Three Dog Night concert tickets range from $25 to $125 and the V-Day benefit performance tickets are $30 for reserved seating and $18 for general admission. Tickets for children 12 & under are half price and seniors receive a 20-percent discount. For all regular season performances, tickets are $5 in the C- section for Summit County students (K-12).


Tickets and information are available at The Eccles Center box office, 435-655-3114 or


* Photos, interviews and review tickets are available upon request. Please contact Kirsta Albert at 435-655-8252 for more information.


Park City Performing Arts Foundation is a non-profit organization, dedicated to presenting top-notch, diverse and entertaining performances to the community. PCPAF is currently presenting its 12th season of eclectic, nationally and internationally renowned performers at The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Center for the Performing Arts (a joint-use facility with the Park City School District). The organization will embark on a sixth summer of “Big Stars, Bright Nights” concerts at Deer Valley Resort in June of 2009. In addition to shows at The Eccles Center and Deer Valley Resort, PCPAF is dedicated to introducing young people to the arts through free student outreach workshops, shows, demonstrations and an after-school technical theater program.





David Byrne - October 11, 2008

Ryan Bingham – December 6, 2008

Natalie Mac Master - December 20, 2008

Three Dog Night – December 31, 2008

The Vagina Monologues V-Day Celebration - February 2009

Marcia Ball - February 7, 2009

Loudon Wainwright III & Leo Kottke - February 14, 2009

Aquila Theatre Company - February 27 & 28, 2009

Grupo Corpo - March 10, 2009

The Art of Bellydance - March 21, 2009

The Hot 8 Brass Band - April 4, 2009

Ballet West World Premiere - April 11, 2009

Sarah Vowell - April 18, 2009