March puts the ‘sun’ in Sun Valley as days grow suddenly longer and brighter, the snow on the mountains begins to turn to corn, and the party at River Run, Roundhouse, and Warm Springs moves outside. Think bluebird skies, lots of live music, the sun on your face, and nothing to do but play all day. Lucky for so many that spring break falls smack in the middle of this munificent month. This year, the pleasures of a family spring break in Sun Valley are even more palatable with a Kids Ski Free special in March. Yes, you read that...
Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Stravinsky under the summer twilight of Sun Valley. Performed by some of the best musicians on the planet at one of the finest outdoor music venues in the West, and its all for free.
Delightful, magical, enchanting, awesome? It’s all of the above.
For 32 years now, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony has been delighting musical fans of all ages each July and August with free concerts. More than 50,000 attend the series of shows, held at the Sun Valley Pavilion and across the lawns of Sun Valley historic resort, each summer. It is the largest privately funded free-admission symphony in America.
This season kicks off with the In Focus Series, “Great Things, Small Packages: The Evolution of the Chamber Orchestra.” The three-part series runs from July 24th-28th and explores the smaller and more intimate sides of large orchestras.
In Focus Series concerts utilize intimate ensembles and small chamber orchestras to create an eclectic programming mix. Each performance includes a brief discussion about the evening’s program to help bring the audience “in focus” with the music. Beloved and highly-acclaimed music director Alasdair Neale and assistant conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl lead the series.
The performances start at 6pm and run for roughly an hour and a half. There is no advanced seating, but inside the Pavilion is recommended for the In Focus Series. The lawn is open and the big screen will show the concert on Thursday, July 28.
Alasdair Neale commanding the room.
2016 In Focus Series
Sunday, July 24, 6pm
Baroque Beginnings: Bach Sets the Stage
The 2016 In Focus Series begins with Bach’s Brandenberg concertos, featuring associate concert Master Juliana Athayde on violin as well as other soloists from the orchestra.
Tuesday, July 26, 6pm
Fully Formed: The Classical Style Free Concert
Featuring one the world’s most gifted pianists, Orli Shaham, the evening will include Haydn’s “Farwell” Symphony No. 45 in F-sharp Minor and Mozart’s Concerto for Piano No. 21 in C Major.
Thursday, July 28, 6pm
Stravinsky Looks Back; Time for Three Looks Forward
The second year of the three-part Project Tf3, which was commissioned by the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, will include a world premiere by Time for Three.
Time for Three calls itself the “world’s first classically-trained garage band.” They have played everywhere from small jazz clubs scattered across the country to Carnegie Hall. They are known for playing everything from classic pieces from Bach to current hits from stars like Justin Timberlake.
Project Tf3 focuses on Time for Three creating new work and providing educational outreach, including playing in schools and mentoring local students.
The big screen will be out and the lawn is certain to be full of festivities as another season of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony begins.
Time for Three with students.
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