Mixing bluegrass and classical at Utah Symphony’s Deer Valley Music Festival

Posted on: July 28, 2016

The Steep Canyon Rangers bluegrass band “has recorded albums and toured with Steve Martin and Edie Brickell and has recorded albums with producer and dobro pioneer Jerry Douglas,” writes Scott Iwasaki in Tuesday’s (7/26) Park Record (Park City, Utah). On Saturday the band “will perform with the Utah Symphony for a Deer Valley Music Festival Concert at the Snow Park Amphitheater. Steep Canyon Rangers guitarist and singer Woody Platt said playing with an orchestra is a ‘unique and wonderful experience…. When you’re on stage with six people, you can communicate pretty easily, but if there’s a conductor who tries to connect with the tempo and energy of the band and has to relay that to an entire symphony, it becomes a different experience for us…. We build in parts for the symphony and we get out of the way and let the symphony play some beautiful interludes…. We have also written some intros for the symphony, too, because we wanted to figure out a way to feature the symphony to make the show with us seem like one big group.’ ” Associate Conductor Rei Hotoda will lead the Utah Symphony concert with the Steep Canyon Rangers on Saturday.

Posted July 28, 2016