Two events will celebrate the opening of the amphitheater at Red Butte Gardens and Arboretum, on the University of Utah campus.
Festivities will begin with a gala fund-raising dinner Saturday, June 22, followed by a Utah Symphony concert on June 30, sponsored by Key Bank of Utah."Bolos and Boots and the Butte" is the western theme for Saturday's dinner, catered by Deer Valley Resort. Tickets are $75 per person, $150 per couple, or $600 for an eight-person table; $1,000 for corporate sponsorship of a table, or $500 for four tickets. Parking is available at the garden. In the event of rain, the dinner will be moved to the nearby Northwest Pipeline building. For information, call Susan Kropf, 581-3802.
The Utah Symphony concert at 6:30 p.m. June 30 is based on environmental themes and will feature "Forests," by U. professor Henry Wolking. Also programmed is music by Mozart, Strauss, Rossini and Wagner. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, children 12 and under half price. Listeners may bring a picnic and blanket for lawn seating. In case of rain, the concert will be moved to Kingsbury Hall.
The week will inaugurate "Red Butte Rising," a five-year, $5 million capital campaign designed to sustain and develop the gardens into one of the pre-eminent botanical sites in the Mountain West. Planned developments include 11 formal gardens, an extensive interpretive mountain trail system, and a visitor's complex.