Utah residents will now have a better chance of experiencing a rare outdoor performance by the Utah Symphony with the release of an additional 700 tickets for an upcoming concert at Bryce Canyon National Park. “We are delighted to welcome the Utah Symphony to Bryce Canyon,” said Falyn Owens, executive director of the Garfield County Tourism Office. “The singular beauty of this region serves as the perfect backdrop for the classical music.”

The entire 75-piece orchestra will perform during the open-air concert on August 15 as part of the symphony’s weeklong “Mighty 5 Tour” of Utah’s five national parks collectively known as the “Mighty 5.”

“The Mighty 5 Tour is a great opportunity to combine the beauty of nature and the transcendent energy of sound,” said Thierry Fischer, music director for the Utah Symphony, “and I am excited to celebrate both by performing a program of illustrious works for park visitors and members of the local communities.”

The free concert will take place at sunset at an exclusive overlook of Bryce Canyon that’s part of Ruby’s Inn. Organizers selected the location because of its stunning views of the rock formations and its capacity to accommodate 2,000 guests. “Iconic music deserves an iconic location,” said Lance Syrett, general manager of Ruby’s Inn. “It will definitely be a cultural experience to hear the music while watching the sun set on Powell Point and the Escalante Mountains.”

As part of the Utah Symphony’s mission to be a cultural ambassador, half of the tickets for the Bryce Canyon concert have been reserved for local residents. Free tickets are available by visiting www.utahsymphony.org/mighty5/tickets or by calling 801-533-6683. Any remaining tickets will be distributed at the gate on the evening of the performance.

In addition to the main concert, visitors can experience mini performances and educational activities throughout the day at the Bryce Canyon Visitor Center and Lodge. Performances will be held on the hour starting at 10 a.m. and will culminate with a half-hour performance by the Aspen Winds Quintet at 3 p.m.