Park City Institute 2018/2019 Season

Park City Institute just announced its 21st season of Main Stage shows at the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Center for the Performing Arts. The 2018-19 season continues the Institute’s mission to entertain, educate and illuminate with a lineup of world-renowned dance companies, musicians, authors, thinkers, adventurers and leaders—both legendary and emerging.

“This season is rich in ideas and performers who take you out of your comfort zone,” said Teri Orr, Executive Director of the Park City Institute. “Our music lineup is all about discovery. Our speakers continue to push the boundaries of how we think—about social media, sexual assault, politics, and addiction. And we are charting some new territory, as we’re part of the inaugural season of National Geographic Explorer Live! Which is a multimedia experience—led on our stage, by expert adventurers.”

The Main Stage season begins Thanksgiving weekend and continues through the end of April. Tickets will be on sale to Members only, beginning Monday October 1, 2018, and open to the general public on Monday, October 8. Other events are on sale now via the homepage.

The lineup is as follows:


Sweet Honey in the Rock®
Saturday November 24, 2018

They raise the roof, with the Grammy Award ® nominated sound NPR says “moves into your heart and pushes it open wider.” The legendary gospel a cappella group, rooted in African American history and culture has seen us through the good and bad moments of American life for more than 40 years; lifting us toward a better place, together. Click here to learn more about Sweet Honey in the Rock

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National Geographic Live - Point of No Return with Hilaree Nelson
Friday November 30, 2018

In the fall of 2014, a National Geographic team set out on what they knew would be a harrowing journey to the summit of Burma’s Hkakabo Razi to determine if it is indeed Southeast Asia’s highest point. What they didn’t realize was that the greatest obstacle wouldn’t be their dwindling rations, or the grueling jungle hikes, or the life-threatening hypothermia. It was the force of conflicting personalities that threatened to unravel the entire endeavor. Leader Hilaree Nelson recounts the tough decisions she had to make to keep the team together, accompanied by photographer Cory Richard’s dramatic stills and clips from Renan Ozturk’s searing documentary Down to Nothing. Click here to learn more about the Point of No Return with Hiaree Nelson


Red Molly
Saturday December 1st, 2018

The Americana powerhouse vocal trio arrives on our stage with gorgeous harmonies, crisp musicianship, infectious songwriting, and warm, engaging stage presence. Laurie MacAllister (bass), Abbie Gardner (Dobro), and Molly Venter (guitar) weave together the threads of American music — from folk roots to bluegrass, from heartbreaking ballads to barn-burning honky tonk — as effortlessly as they blend their caramel voices into their signature soaring, crystalline three-part harmonies. Equal parts concert performance and living-room jam session, the musical storytelling will heat up a cold winter’s night. Click here to learn more about Red Molly


Saturday December 8, 2018

Hell’s Kitchen meets Los Angeles. Training from the masters—Barishynikov, Aszure Barton, Juilliard, transmitting the sheer joy of dance. The brainchild of acclaimed dancers, choreographers and directors, Lillian Barbeito and Tina Finkelman Berkett, contemporary dance company BODYTRAFFIC, was named one of “25 to Watch,” by Dance Magazine, and “the Company of the future,” by the Joyce Theater Foundation. They arrive on our stage with works commissioned from acclaimed choreographers Matthew Neenan, Richard Diegal and Hoffesh Schechter—for a night of kinetic storytelling. Click here to learn more about Bodytraffic


Beautiful Boy: David Sheff and Nic Sheff
Saturday December 15, 2018

This father-son pair is changing the way America thinks about addiction. Their bestselling memoirs are the basis for the October 2018 film, Beautiful Boy, starring Steve Carrell, and Timothée Chalamet. David is an award-winning journalist who, along with Nic, chronicle the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery—and how their family has coped with addiction over many years. Click here to learn more about Beautiful Boy


SPECIAL EVENT - Bob Woodward
Sunday December 16, 2018

Who better to address Fear in the White House, than someone who’s already been there —numerous times. From Watergate—through eight more Presidential Administrations and 19 books, he’s become the standard bearer for uncovering the realities of backroom deals in the halls of power. His painstakingly methodical and thoughtful investigative reporting earned him two Pulitzer Prizes, and have given Americans detailed insights into the Supreme Court, the CIA, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. His analysis of important issues of the day will provide a nuanced perspective on the events of our ceaseless news cycle—whatever it may bring. Click here to learn more about Bob Woodward


National Geographic Live: Ocean Soul with Brian Skerry
Saturday December 29, 2018

National  Geographic  photographer  Brian  Skerry  has  spent  more  than  10,000  hours  underwater,  often  in  extreme  conditions  beneath  Arctic  ice  and  in  predator-infested  waters.  Journey  with  him  from  the  North  Atlantic,  where  harp  seals  face  off  with  commercial  hunters,  to  the  Gulf  of  St.  Lawrence  in  search  of  Atlantic  blue  fin  tuna,  and  to  research  facilities  studying  dolphin intelligence.  The  images  he  captures  while  on  assignment  offer  a  mesmerizing  glimpse  of  the  soul  of  the  sea. Click here to learn more about Ocean Soul with Brian Skerry

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SPECIAL EVENT - Sutton Foster 
Monday December 31, 2018

Our classic PCI New Year’s Eve features two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster, in her critically acclaimed one-woman show. The Tony-award winning actress, recording artist and star of TV’s comedy-drama, YOUNGER, will take center stage, sharing songs from her latest CD, Take Me To The World, as well as her albums, Wish, and An Evening with Sutton Foster: Live at the Cafe Carlyle. Expect some stories, and perhaps few tunes from Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Anything Goes, and some of her other favorite roles. Click here to learn more about Sutton Foster

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Jaron Lanier 
Saturday January 5, 2019

He’s a pioneer who helped create the world wide web—and he wants you to delete your social media accounts.Lanier is equal parts scientist, musician, writer, and virtual reality entrepreneur, who now devotes his life to finding a better way through the digital culture. He has shared his ideas about where the internet has taken wrong turns, and how to right them—at every TED conference since its inception.You’ll want to hear what the author of books including Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now, Who Owns the Future?, You Are Not A Gadget, and Dawn of the New Everything: Encounters with Reality and Virtual Reality, has to say about the ways digital life can help—and hurt—society. Click here to learn more about Jaron Lanier


Jodi Kantor
Friday January 18, 2019

She is one half of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team whose New York Times story about movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s alleged abuse toward women. Kantor will pull back the curtain on the reporting on events that allegedly took place in locations far-flung as France and Italy, and as nearby as the Stein Ericksen Lodge .She will deconstruct the story that revealed systemic abuse in Hollywood, and many other industries. In exploring the resonance of the Weinstein investigation, she will tackle topics such as common patterns and means of intimidation, as well as why so many women are now finding their voices and why people are finally listening. Click here to learn more about Jodi Kantor


National Geographic Live: On the Trail of Big Cats with Steve Winter
Saturday January 19, 2019

Dedicated  explorer  and  award-winning  photographer  Steve  Winter  will  take  you  from  Asian  jungles  where  resilient  tiger  populations  persist,  to  the  Himalaya,  home  of  the  rare  snow  leopard.  Follow  him  into  the  rainforests  of  Latin  America  to  view  the  elusive  jaguar,  and  into  the  Hollywood  Hills  in  pursuit  of  the  American  cougar.  Co-author  of  Tigers  Forever,  Winter’s  mission  is  to  share  the  beauty  of  big  cats  while  working  to  save  them. Click here to learn more about On the Trail of Big Cats, with Steve Winter


San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus + The It Gets Better Project 
Saturday February 9, 2019

The uplifting choral music of the world’s first gay men’s choral group, meets the empowering spoken word performance of the It Gets Better Project. These two organizations will bring their mission to uplift, empower, and connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth, for a week of workshops and outreach in city and county government offices, schools, and other non-profits, developing community resources and connections. The week culminates in  Main Stage performance, equal parts wit, whimsy, empowerment and inspiration. Click here to learn more about the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus


Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy and Family
Saturday Feb 16, 2019

Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy have turned raising a family into an award-winning art form—literally bringing up their six children to live and perform in an infusion of Celtic music and dance. The award-winning musicians have earned numerous awards—including Grammy Awards and Canada’s Juno and East Coast Music awards—for their brand of high-energy fiddling, dancing and singing. Along with their lads and lasses, MacMaster and Leahy are on a musical mission to continue Celtic arts traditions, around the globe. If you’re not Irish when you take your seat, we cannot guarantee you won’t be by the final curtain call. Click here to learn more about Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy and family

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8th Annual Saints and Sinners Ball
Saturday March 16, 2019

Mischief, mayhem and perhaps a little madness take over as we gather, once again, at the St. Regis Deer Valley, for the Saints and Sinners Ball to support the Student Outreach Programs of the Park City Institute. Shenanigans and high-jinx, auctions, a champagne sabering, plus traditional Irish fare and libations conspire to create an evening that is decidedly whimsical. Clever costumes abound.

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Birds of Chicago
Saturday March 23, 2019

Get ready to discover “secular gospel” - a new brand of Americana music which evolved from a professional/personal merger. JT Nero and Allison Russell are the husband-and-wife team who first met when he was with JT and the Clouds, and she was with Po’ Girl, and their bands took turns opening for each other at gigs on either side of the US/Canadian border. Along the way, they became creative parters, life partners, and forged ahead to front a new band: Birds of Chicago Through elbow grease, Kickstarter campaigns, guerilla-style performances at festivals, they found finding critical acclaim from NPR, the London Telegraph, Paste, and Slant—and a major label debut. Their music itself is about discovery—including the ways in which Americana music absorbs our many cultures and ideas, turning it into tunes that are by turns fun, flirty, thoughtful and romantic.


Parsons Dance
Saturday March 30, 2019

China. Italy. Park City. The legendary, award-winning contemporary dance company returns from international tours, to our stage. Their brand of energized, athletic ensemble work is the signature of founders David Parsons and Tony Award-winning lighting designer Howell Binkley. The company has toured more than 445 cities, 30 countries, 5 continents, and performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing arts, Sydney Opera House, Maison de la Danse, Teatro La Fenice, and Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro. Founding Artistic Director David Parsons has collaborated with artists from music, design, fashion, and more. This troupe of extraordinary dancers brings stories to tell, through the powerful medium of dance. Click here to learn more about Parsons Dance


Dorrance Dance
Saturday April 13, 2019

Tap…Tap…BOOM. The company’s inaugural performance garnered a Bessie Award for “blasting open our notions of tap.” Founded by Artistic Director, 2015 MacArthur fellow and 2018 Doris Duke Artist Award recipient, Michelle Dorrance, the company has, in less than a decade, forged a brand which honors tap dance’s uniquely American history in a new, dynamic, and compelling context. —blending traditional technique with cutting-edge choreography, inventive rhythms and concepts, to challenge expectations. Click here to learn more about Dorrance Dance