The Presidents’ Weekend holiday is nearly upon us, and for many lucky families, the whole of Presidents’ week as well. In Sun Valley, this means non-stop activities for the whole family, from the slopes to sleigh rides.
Of course, most people come to Sun Valley for the weekend and for ski week to ski or ride and this season conditions simply couldn’t be better. Winter storm after winter storm blanketed Baldy and Dollar in deep snow, allowing people to explore
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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