Orchestra Festival 2017
July 31 – August 17, 2017
FREE Orchestra and Chamber Concerts
We celebrate ten seasons performing in the R.E. Holding Sun Valley Pavilion with Puts’ celebratory hymn, which was commissioned for the pavilion’s opening, and with the incomparable Lang Lang playing Rachmaninoff’s youthful and feisty first Piano Concerto.
Sun Valley favorites William VerMeulen and Alex Orfaly take center stage for performances featuring two exhilarating new works for orchestra and soloists: DiLorenzo’s soulful and soaring 2012 concerto for horn, and the premiere of Orfaly’s commissioned piece including five percussion soloists.
The Edgar M. Bronfman String Quartet continues our multi-year exploration of the monumental, late string quartets of Beethoven. The majestic Opus 127 is the first of these stirring works, setting the stage for what would become the final, resounding musical statement of his life.
Much sought-after violinist James Ehnes visits Sun Valley to perform Elgar’s passionate concerto. Ehnes’ celebrated recording of the piece has been interpreted as a “jaw-dropping delicacy” and called “thrillingly combustible” and “immediately rapturous.”
Two of the greatest Czech composers, Janáček and Dvořák, were good friends, and the elder Dvořák was a strong influence on Janáček, musically. Our three works span 50 years of composition, running the expressive gamut: sparkling humor, nostalgia and triumph.
Verdi’s conception of the Requiem is operatic in scope as he concentrates his supreme gift for musical drama in a vivid score that threatens to burst into flames, at points. The result is what many consider to be the greatest choral work ever conceived.