Sun Valley Music Festival Returns to In-Person Concerts

Mon, Jul 26th - Thu, Aug 19th
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Sun Valley Pavilion

300 Dollar Road, Sun Valley, Idaho, 83353, United States

Sun Valley Music Festival
(208) 622-5607

The Sun Valley Music Festival announces repertoire details and the concert schedule for its return to in-person concerts July 26-August 19, 2021 at the Sun Valley Pavilion. The 37th annual Summer Season will feature 14 admission-free concerts alongside the fundraising Gala Concert and multiple outreach and education events, all presented safely in a beautiful, outdoor setting. Programming highlights this year include the world premiere of a Festival commission – Jessie Montgomery’s Five Freedom Songs with soprano Julia Bullock; Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with superstar Joshua Bell for the fundraising Gala Concert; a celebratory concert honoring frontline heroes; Rachmaninoff’s renowned second piano concerto with Joyce Yang; Schumann’s Cello Concerto with Alisa Weilerstein; Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 with Vadim Gluzman; Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, and a season finale featuring Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

All summer performances, including chamber concerts and recitals, will take place at the Sun Valley Pavilion and can be enjoyed outdoors, from within the open-air Pavilion or from the lawn. Concerts begin at 6:30 PM Mountain Time. Complete concert details can be found at svmusicfestival.org/events. Concert schedules and repertoire are subject to change. Seating and attendance protocols will be determined closer to the start of the Summer Season, based on health guidelines in place when the performances begin. Please visit the Festival website at svmusicfestival.org/attending-a-concert for attendance protocols. Gala tickets go on sale early summer; details will be announced in the coming weeks. For the latest news and information on summer concerts and programs, visit the Festival website at svmusicfestival.org or sign up for e-news at svmusicfestival.org/subscribe.

Opening NightMonday, July 26, 2021, 6:30 PM

Festival Chamber Orchestra

Alasdair Neale, Conductor
Vadim Gluzman, Violin

Smith: The Star-Spangled Banner

Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, K. 216

Haydn: Symphony No. 104 in D Major, “London”

Appalachian Spring and the Prague SymphonyTuesday, July 27, 2021, 6:30 PM

Festival Chamber Orchestra

 Alasdair Neale, Conductor

Copland: Suite from Appalachian Spring for 13 Instruments

Mozart: Symphony No. 38 in D Major, K. 504, “Prague”

 

Gluzman in Recital with Festival MusiciansThursday, July 29, 2021, 6:30 PM

Recital

Vadim Gluzman, Violin

Peter Henderson, Piano
Juliana Athayde, Violin
Adam Smyla, Viola
Joen Vasquez, Viola
Amos Yang, Cello

David Premo, Cello

 Stravinsky: Suite Italienne for Violin and Piano

Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence for String Sextet

Beethoven’s “Eroica”Saturday, July 31, 2021, 6:30 PM

Festival Chamber Orchestra

 Alasdair Neale, Conductor
Sameer Patel, Conductor

Beethoven: Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43

Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 55, “Eroica”

Celebrating Frontline HeroesMonday, August 2, 2021, 6:30 PM
Festival Orchestra

Alasdair Neale, Conductor

A special tribute to the heroes in healthcare, education, transportation, food service, social work, and emergency services who worked so hard to improve our lives these last two years.

Gala Concert with Joshua BellWednesday, August 4, 2021, 6:30 PM

Festival Orchestra

Alasdair Neale, Conductor

Joshua Bell, Violin

One of the most celebrated violinists of his era, Grammy Award-winner Joshua Bell is joined by the Festival Orchestra for the annual fundraising concert. Ticket sales help keep the rest of the season’s performances admission-free. 

 Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy
Tchaikovsky: Concerto in D Major for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 35

Memories and Reflections: Mazzoli, Mozart, and Brahms

Thursday, August 5, 2021, 6:30 PM

Festival Orchestra

 Alasdair Neale, Conductor
Sameer Patel, Conductor

Jason Shafer, Clarinet

 Mazzoli: These Worlds In Us

Mozart: Concerto in A Major for Clarinet and Orchestra, K. 622

Brahms: Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn, Op. 56a

The American ExperienceSaturday, August 7, 2021, 6:30 PM

Festival Orchestra

 Alasdair Neale, Conductor

Julia Bullock, Soprano

 Florence Price: Ethiopia’s Shadow in America

Jessie Montgomery: Five Freedom Songs (World Premiere; co-commissioned by Sun Valley Music Festival, San Francisco Symphony, Boston Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Grand Teton Music Festival, Kansas City Symphony, and Virginia Arts Festival)

Copland: Lincoln Portrait

Mahler Symphony No. 4Monday, August 9, 2021, 6:30 PM

Festival Orchestra

Alasdair Neale, Conductor

Julia Bullock, Soprano

Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G Major

Edgar M. Bronfman String QuartetTuesday, August 10, 2021, 6:30 PM

Chamber Concert

 Jeremy Constant, Violin
Polina Sedukh, Violin
Adam Smyla, Viola
Amos Yang, Cello

 Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110
Mozart: String Quartet No. 19 in C Major, K. 465, “Dissonance”

Alisa Weilerstein Plays SchumannThursday, August 12, 2021, 6:30 PM

Festival Orchestra

Alasdair Neale, Conductor

Sameer Patel, Conductor

Alisa Weilerstein, Cello

Higdon: blue cathedral
Schumann: Concerto in A Minor for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 129

Pops Night and Lawn Party with the Villalobos Brothers

Saturday, August 14, 2021, 6:30 PM

Festival Orchestra

 Jacomo Bairos, Conductor

Villalobos Brothers

 After a traditional Pops Night tribute to the Armed Forces, the Villalobos Brothers join the Festival Orchestra for a spirited evening of Latin-inspired music.

Post-concert: Lawn Party—¡Fiesta de baile!                                                                                                        

Joyce Yang Plays RachmaninoffSunday, August 15, 2021, 6:30 PM

Festival Orchestra

Alasdair Neale, Conductor
Sameer Patel, Conductor
Joyce Yang, Piano

Smetana: The Moldau from Má Vlast [My Fatherland]

Rachmaninoff: Concerto No. 2 in C Minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 18

Brahms’s Magnum OpusTuesday, August 17, 2021, 6:30 PM

Chamber Concert

 Peter Henderson, Piano
Erin Schreiber, Violin
Shawn Weil, Violin
Cassandra Lynne Richburg, Viola
Bjorn Ranheim, Cello

Brahms: Intermezzo in A Major, Op. 118
Brahms: Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34

Tchaikovsky’s 5th SymphonyThursday, August 19, 2021, 6:30 PM

Festival Orchestra

Alasdair Neale, Conductor

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64

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About Sun Valley Music Festival

The Sun Valley Music Festival’s mission is to enrich, inspire, and instill in our community a lifelong love of classical music through extraordinary, free concerts and education programs. Festival programs provide opportunities for people from all walks of life to listen, learn, and play. Now in its 37th year, it is the largest privately supported, free-admission orchestra in the United States.

 

Over 100 world-class musicians from North America’s most distinguished orchestras, including the San Francisco Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Houston Symphony, comprise the Festival Orchestra. Summer Season concerts are held in July and August at the spectacular R.E. Holding Sun Valley Pavilion, in the mountain-resort town of Sun Valley, Idaho. Internationally renowned guest artists such as Gautier Capuçon, Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Yefim Bronfman, Kristin Chenoweth, Seraphic Fire, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet have performed with the Festival.

 

The Festival strives to introduce every Wood River Valley student to the joys of classical music, to inspire the next generation of music lovers. Its year-round and summer Music Institute programs provide tuition-free instruction for string, piano, and voice students of all skill levels — from elementary through high school — that goes beyond the fundamentals and embraces the entire musician.

 

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