The Sun Valley Music Festival kicks off its 38th season this Sunday. The festival is the largest privately funded, admission-free classical music festival in the United States.
For 37 years, as warm summer breezes sweep through Sun Valley Resort, concert musicians around the world have been tuning their instruments to deliver state-of-the-art orchestrations.
This year, the festival will take place at the Sun Valley Pavilion from July 24 to August 24. 18, presenting 14 free concerts. Attendees can enjoy the performances from the pavilion or the pavilion lawn, depending on their preference and what time they arrive to claim a spot.
Alasdair Neale returns as musical director.
“We are delighted to once again present a series of orchestral and chamber performances of the highest caliber from an all-star orchestra and top-notch soloists, free of charge, all in a breathtakingly beautiful setting. breath,” Neale said. “The joy of music connects our community and brings us together in the majestic setting of the Sun Valley Pavilion.”
Here is an overview of the lineup for this year’s season.
Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto — Sunday, July 24
As part of this year’s focus on contemporary composers, the season will kick off with Jessie Montgomery’s “Banner,” a new arrangement on the traditional “Star-Spangled Banner.” Next, Orion Wiess will perform one of the most famous piano concertos of all time: Beethoven’s “The Emperor”.
The lighter side of Tchaikovsky and Schubert — Tuesday, July 26
Principal cellist Amos Yang is featured as soloist for Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations. To maintain buoyancy, they will also perform Schubert’s Symphony No. 5.
Orion Weiss with the festival musicians — Thursday, July 28
Orion Weiss and the festival’s principal keyboardist, Peter Henderson, will perform Schubert’s transcendent “Fantasy for Piano, for Four Hands”. Afterwards, Weiss will join the festival musicians in Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E flat major.
Stories and Poems — Friday, July 29
The Festival Chamber Orchestra will perform the entire ballet score of “Mother Goose” by Maurice Ravel, a staging of five fairy tales. Tenor Nicholas Phan and solo horn William VerMeulen will share a musical conversation with Britten’s elegant serenade for tenor, horn and strings.
Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony — Tuesday, August 2
Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony is a sound tapestry with imitations of bird calls, the murmur of a brook, a thunderstorm and the song of a shepherd. They will end the show with Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3.
Trifonov plays Brahms – Thursday August 4
Grammy Award-winning pianist Daniil Trifonov will perform Brahms’ epic Piano Concerto No. 2, the longest piano concerto and one of the most difficult in the standard repertoire. The Times of London called Trifonov “the most amazing pianist of our time”.
Hidden Treasures – Saturday August 6
Drawing inspiration from Andalusian folk music and traditional flamenco rhythms, Spanish composer Manuel de Falla composed the 12-minute ballet to “Le tricorne”. Principal trumpet Andrew McCandless will perform the Trumpet Concerto by Canadian composer John Estacio. The show ends with José Pablo Moncayo’s “Huapango” train.
Elgar Symphony No. 1 — Monday, August 8
This symphony was an instant hit and its popularity has endured. Over 10 recordings of it have been released in the first decade of the 21st century.
Josefowicz plays Stravinsky – Tuesday August 9
The show opens with Lili Boulanger’s graceful “From a Spring Morning”. Leila Josefowicz will perform Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto, a piece with electric vibrations and baroque accents. The show ends with Tchaikovsky’s catchy and authentic ‘Italian Capriccio’.
Bronfman Quartet performs Brahms and Haydn — Thursday, August 11
The festival’s string quartet will perform Brahms’ String Quartet No. 2, a real battle around a composition. Then they will play Haydn’s Quartet Op. 76, No. 2, a deliberate yet dynamic piece.
Time For Three and Gabriela Lena Frank: three Latin American dances
for orchestra — Saturday, August 13 Prepare to be blown away by this night of magical musical fusion. Grammy-nominated songwriter Gabriela Lena Frank will team up with progressive bluegrass band Time for Three. They will perform “Contact,” a work co-commissioned by the festival to Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts.
Pops Night and Lawn Party – Sunday August 14
This night presents a double trouble for its conductors. First, Neale will lead a standard Pops Night Tribute to the Armed Forces. Next, guest conductor Andy Einhorn will lead the Festival Orchestra for “The Best of Americana,” featuring favorites from film, Broadway, and beloved composers. Two Broadway singers will join. After the show, get ready to cut a rug for the third annual festival lawn party.
Hornucopia – Tuesday August 16
Sixteen of the country’s greatest horn players will gather on the Pavilion stage to perform arrangements of songs ranging from classical to jazz to rock ‘n’ roll with a thundering rhythm section behind them.
Alpine Symphony — Thursday, August 18
Richard Strauss’ opulent piece details a day spent hiking in the Alps through music. In the melodies, listeners can visualize forests, streams, waterfalls, meadows, pastures, glaciers, and storms, much like Sun Valley itself. In order to achieve this vivid imagery, the orchestra includes 16 horns, an organ, a wind machine, a heckelphone and a thunder sheet.