IN FOCUS SERIES 2017


July 24 – July 28, 2017
FREE Chamber Music Concerts

The Russian Soul in Music: From Tchaikovsky to Shostakovich

This series will feature Sun Valley Summer Symphony musicians performing in intimate ensembles. Brief discussions about the programs bring the music “into focus.”

The In Focus concerts utilize intimate ensembles and small chamber orchestras to create an eclectic programming mix. Each performance integrates brief discussion about the evening’s program, bringing you inside the music. Concerts begin at 6:00 PM and are generally about 90 minutes in duration. You are encouraged to sit inside the Sun Valley Pavilion to best experience how these concerts bring the music “into focus!”

Russian Serenade
Monday, July 24, 2017, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Russian Serenade

We begin our season with an intimate evening of music by Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev. The Russian giants distill the essence of their gifts for musical color into compositions tailored for smaller forces.

Passion and Remembrance
Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Passion and Remembrance

Dynamo-pianist Conrad Tao leads us through Shostakovich at his satirical finest in his energized first Piano Concerto. Rachmaninoff’s ardent Cello Sonata, a gem of the repertoire, balances the program.

Music through Adversity
Friday, July 28, 2017, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Music through Adversity

Grappling with death while celebrating life, Mussorgsky and Shostakovich produced the two works of stunning beauty on this program under the most trying circumstances of personal tragedy and hardship.