Orchestra Festival 2018

August 5 – August 23, 2018
Extraordinary Free Orchestra and Chamber Concerts

Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony
Sunday, August 5, 2018, 6:30 PM

Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony

The orchestral season begins with a blast—literally. Tchaikovsky’s epic Fourth Symphony opens with a devastating initial movement, a fiery portrayal of Fate’s power, and works its way to a rollicking finale depicting a rustic holiday celebration.

Beethoven’s Late Quartets: Opus 135
Tuesday, August 7, 2018, 6:30 PM

Beethoven’s Late Quartets: Opus 135

Sun Valley’s Edgar M. Bronfman String Quartet presents the culminating concert in their multi-year exploration of Beethoven’s late quartets. The cycle concludes with the soulful Opus 135, Beethoven’s last significant completed work in any genre.

Bronfman Plays Beethoven
Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 6:30 PM

Bronfman Plays Beethoven

Yefim Bronfman has likened Beethoven’s expansive Fourth Piano Concerto to a “Greek play …, the whole thing is like a great poetic statement.” Opening the program, the Pavilion will shimmer with the musical depiction of color in Rothko’s paintings in a symphonic sketch by the young American composer Adam Schoenberg.

Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol and Sibelius’s Symphony No. 5
Thursday, August 9, 2018, 6:30 PM

Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol and Sibelius’s Symphony No. 5

Light can take on diverse musical interpretations. Rimsky-Korsakov gives us a festive and boisterous Spanish dance celebrating the morning appearance of the sun to begin his Capriccio Espagnol, while Sibelius, in the opening of his Fifth Symphony, delivers a dawn from Finland that is mysterious—shrouded in a wondrous fog.

Family Concert: Symphonic Safari
Saturday, August 11, 2018, 6:30 PM

Family Concert: Symphonic Safari

Tonight, the Pavilion promises to be a real zoo! The Family Concert takes the audience on an orchestral tour of the animal kingdom. A famous owl, a flying bee, a dancing cat, and a very wet dog are given their musical due before the program turns to more fantastical creatures. Sun Valley Summer Symphony’s own R.L. Rowsey narrates encounters with such oddities as the Zipperpotamus and the Alarmadillo.

Celebrating 100 Years of Leonard Bernstein
Sunday, August 12, 2018, 6:30 PM

Celebrating 100 Years of Leonard Bernstein

Join the Sun Valley Summer Symphony in celebrating the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein with his concert suite from West Side Story, a work that uses the palette of an immense orchestra to capture the drama and color of the original production. Following, phenom Benjamin Beilman will share his inspired lyricism with a performance of the brilliant Mendelssohn Violin Concerto.

Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony: Despair and Triumph
Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 6:30 PM

Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony: Despair and Triumph

The Tenth was written at the time of Stalin’s death, and in it, Shostakovich weaves a profound reflection that intertwines the intimately personal and brutally political. Carefully constructed but expressively wide-ranging, this work is Shostakovich’s first to bear his musical signature, a theme constructed from notes spelling out his name.

Dvořák’s Expansive Cello Concerto
Thursday, August 16, 2018, 6:30 PM

Dvořák’s Expansive Cello Concerto

From past to present, East to West and nature to technology, this program captures an array of human experiences. Tan Dun’s Passacaglia creates a creative blend of birdsong using ancient Chinese instruments and a chorus of smartphones. Following, soloist Amos Yang performs Dvořák’s Cello Concerto, a beloved work inspired by Dvořák’s experiences in New York and composed in part as a memorial to a former love interest.

STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE – in Concert
Sunday, August 19, 2018, 5:30 PM

STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE – in Concert

Star Wars: Film Concert Series debuts for pops night with the film that started it all. John Williams’s spectacular score comes alive in STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE in Concert, with the film accompanied in real time by the Sun Valley Summer Symphony.

Chamber Concert – Musicians’ Choice Chamber Music
Monday, August 20, 2018, 6:30 PM

Chamber Concert – Musicians’ Choice Chamber Music

Sun Valley Summer Symphony musicians have their chance to choose for the Musicians’ Choice chamber concert. This program, performed at the at the Community Campus in Hailey, provides an intimate opportunity to enjoy an eclectic mix of music chosen by peers, performed by peers.

<i>Daphnis et Chloé</i>: A Spectacular New Visual Production
Thursday, August 23, 2018, 8:00 PM

Daphnis et Chloé: A Spectacular New Visual Production

Ravel’s Ballets Russes masterpiece is as lush and luxurious a score as he ever created. The season finale features a luminous (and gloriously illuminated) presentation of the entirety of the music from the ballet. Ravel confessed he was inspired as much by the incandescent 18th century French paintings illustrating Longus’ ancient tale as by the original Greek romance itself.