Orchestra Festival 2017

July 31 – August 17, 2017
FREE Orchestra and Chamber Concerts

Pavilion Celebration
Monday, July 31, 2017, 6:30 PM

Pavilion Celebration

We celebrate ten seasons performing in the R.E. Holding Sun Valley Pavilion with Puts’s celebratory hymn, which was commissioned for the Pavilion’s opening, and with the incomparable Gil Shaham back to dazzle us with the lyricism of the Beethoven Violin Concerto.

Pops Night with Time for Three
Thursday, August 3, 2017, 6:30 PM

Pops Night with Time for Three

The final performance of Project Tf3 promises to be one of the highlights of the season. Included in this concert are many Time for Three favorites and the world premiere of their newest work commissioned by Sun Valley Summer Symphony, the celebratory Songs of Joy.

Brahms Symphony No. 1
Saturday, August 5, 2017, 6:30 PM

Brahms Symphony No. 1

Brahms was a seasoned 43-year-old when he finally found the confidence to take on the symphonic form so closely associated with the masterful Beethoven, but the thrilling, dramatic score he produced was well worth the wait.

21st-Century Concertantes
Sunday, August 6, 2017, 6:30 PM

21st-Century Concertantes

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 world premiere of Orfaly’s commissioned piece including five percussion soloists.

Late, Great Beethoven
Monday, August 7, 2017, 6:30 PM

Late, Great Beethoven

The Edgar M. Bronfman String Quartet continues thier 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.

Ehnes and Elgar
Tuesday, August 8, 2017, 6:30 PM

Ehnes and Elgar

Much sought-after violinist James Ehnes visits Sun Valley to perform Elgar’s passionate concerto. Ehnes’s celebrated recording of the piece has been interpreted as a “jaw-dropping delicacy” and called “thrillingly combustible” and “immediately rapturous.”

Family Concert:  Sun, Moon and Stars
Wednesday, August 9, 2017, 6:30 PM

Family Concert: Sun, Moon and Stars

Music is truly universal in the Family Concert this year as we sample a variety of music of the spheres. Celestial favorites from Strauss and Mozart to Holst and more will accompany a musical journey into space.

Symphonic Hero
Saturday, August 12, 2017, 6:30 PM

Symphonic Hero

Richard Strauss brings us on an epic journey in his grand-tone poem, portraying the friends, enemies, deeds and death of his autobiographical Hero, who struggles valiantly “towards the elevation of the soul.”

Czech Mates
Sunday, August 13, 2017, 6:30 PM

Czech Mates

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.

BrassTacular
Monday, August 14, 2017, 6:30 PM

BrassTacular

Maestro Alasdair Neale calls this evening, “Another ‘only in Sun Valley’ concert.” Arguably the largest gathering of the finest orchestral trumpeters performing repertoire certain to challenge their expertise and delight our audience. Only in Sun Valley.

Verdi Requiem
Thursday, August 17, 2017, 6:00 PM

Verdi Requiem

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.