Sun Valley Summer Symphony Returns

Before you know it, the hills around Sun Valley will once again be alive with the sounds of music. The highly anticipated Sun Valley Summer Symphony season returns to the Sun Valley Pavilion (located adjacent to the Sun Valley Lodge) and the lawn beyond on July 24. For three wonderful summertime weeks, the finest musicians in the country will offer free concerts. It is one of the most highly anticipated cultural and social highlights of the year.

Guests and locals alike anticipate the Sun Valley Summer Symphony season weeks  -- even months -- before it begins. It is a highlight of the year!

The 2017 season marks the Symphony’s 33rd year in Sun Valley, and their 10th year at the soaring Pavilion. Under the direction of Music Director Alasdair Neale, symphony concerts are something both locals and guests love to attend. 

Sun Valley Summer Symphony’s concerts are a feast for the senses, providing world-class music in a singularly Sun Valley setting

The schedule of programming is sure to delight. On July 24, 26, and 28 from 6 – 7:30 p.m., the In Focus series features music with Russian roots. Titled, “The Russian Soul in Music: From Tchaikovsky to Shostakovich,” the three programs are “Russian Serenade,” Passion and Remembrance,” and “Music Through Adversity.”

Diana Krall will headline the Gala on Sunday, July 30, at 6:30 p.m. This major fundraiser for the Symphony features the jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall. Krall has sold more than six million albums in the U.S. and more than 15 million worldwide. Billboard Magazine named her the second Jazz artist of the year between 2000 and 2009 and she is the only jazz singer to have eight albums debut at the top of the Billboard Jazz albums. The winner of three Grammy Awards and eight Juno awards, she is known for hits including “Peel Me a Grape,” “You Go to My Head,” and her rendition of “Let’s Face the Music and Dance.”  She has earned nine gold, three platinum, and seven multi-platinum albums and recently released her latest album, “Turn Up the Quiet,” to great acclaim. Lawn tickets for what is sure to be an extraordinary show are available online at svsummersymphony.org.

The Symphony season is a favorite way to get together with friends and family before sitting back to enjoy an evening of music in the hills  

The seasons gets into full swing when the Orchestra Festival begins on Monday, July 31. That evening, concert goers will enjoy a special performance. Featured pieces include Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, Puts’ Hymn to the Sun, commissioned for the Sun Valley Summer Symphony on the occasion of the first season at the Pavilion in 2008, and Beethoven’s Violin Concerto featuring Gil Shaham on violin.

The Pops Night follows on August 3 at 6 p.m. featuring the Symphony’s take on some well-known favorite modern music including Jagger, Richards & Ashcroft’s Bittersweet Symphony, Guns & Roses’ Sweet Child of Mine, Cohen’s Hallelujah, as well as the world premier of Time for Three’s Songs of Joy, the final commissioned work of the three-year residency of this crowd favorite. Another special night of programming takes place on Wednesday, August 9. That evening at 6:30 p.m., a family concert entitled “Sun, Moon, and Stars” is sure to delight concert goers young and old and get everyone in the mood for the Great American Solar Eclipse on August 21. The music will take the audience from Strauss’ Sunrise from Also Sprach Zarathustra to a selection from Holst’s The Planets. Finally, on Thursday, August 17 at 6 p.m., the Symphony ends its season with the fiery Verdi Requiem, an experience Music Director Alasdair Neale guarantees will “shake you to your core.” Other fabulous concerts feature chamber music, the full-length Brahms Symphony No. 1, Beethoven, DiLorenzo, Elgar’s Violin Concerto, and Dvorak. There is truly something for every taste.

Local notables and guests from all corners congregate on the Pavilion lawn for memorable evenings. Sun Valley Mayor, Peter Hendricks, his wife Olympic figure skater Lisa-Marie Allen and their family show how it’s done

Though there is limited seating available inside the Pavilion, many people choose to picnic on the lawn. There is no worry of missing even a single note during the Orchestra Festival concerts thanks to the Big Screen on the lawn. This 14-by-25 foot LED display broadcasts the entire performance from the seven cameras inside the Pavilion. On the lawn, the audience is welcome to bring low backed chairs, blankets, picnics, and beverages to make an evening of it. Another treat for concert-goers during the Orchestra Festival are Lawn Chats. These 30-minute sessions offer an insightful, entertaining introduction to the upcoming concert 45 minutes before the performance begins. Chats are held on the north end of the lawn next to the Paver Bar. There is also fun and education to be had during these evenings in the Kids’ Music Tent. Children between the ages of four and eight can explore music through hands-on projects by Kindermusik with Lisa Pettit. This opportunity is free while parents attend the concerts. Dates are July 31, and August 3, 5, 6, 8, 12, 13, and 17. Space is limited, so please make your reservation at info@svsummersymphony. org or by calling 208-622-5607.

When you are on the Pavilion lawn, you won’t miss a minute because of the Big Screen that broadcasts all the action outside  

Orchestra Festival concerts last approximately 60 -75 minutes and the In Focus concerts last about 90 minutes. Parking is free at the Pavilion lot across Dollar Road from the Pavilion or at Carol’s Dollar Mountain Lodge with shuttle service to the Pavilion. Pavilion seating opens one hour prior to the performance.

Drive, bike, or walk to the Pavilion for a night of music you won’t soon forget  

Grab your picnic blanket, a basket of goodies, a bottle of rose, and your low-backed chairs and find your spot on the lawn for the Symphony. It is a night like no other filled with world-class music, friends, and community. And did I mention, it’s all free? Experience the creative spark that is the Sun Valley Summer Symphony!

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