Upbeat with Alasdair — Why Mozart?

“Upbeat with Alasdair” Talk on January 4 will Provide Exclusive Insight to Music Selected for the Summer’s “In Focus Series”

Sun Valley, IDAHO — Sun Valley Summer Symphony Music Director, Alasdair Neale, returns to host his popular speaking series, “Upbeat with Alasdair,” on Thursday, January 4. Titled “Why Mozart?,” the talk will provide a first look at the 2018 “In Focus Series” performances to take place July 29-August 3.

The “Upbeat with Alasdair” speaking series, held at The Community Library in the winter and spring each year, provides Maestro Neale the opportunity to share the passion and stories behind repertoire to be performed during the Symphony’s summer season. In keeping with the Symphony’s mission, the “Upbeat with Alasdair” talks provide opportunities for music education in the Wood River Valley. “Why Mozart?” will examine works by Mozart to be performed July 29, July 31, August 2 and August 3 as part of the Symphony’s 2018 “In Focus Series.” The full Symphony summer season runs until August 23 and includes the orchestra festival which begins August 5 and Gala benefit concert on August 6.

“Why Mozart?” says Maestro Neale, “because, after 225 years, his music continues to illuminate the human condition in a way that few, if any, have ever matched.  Wit, pathos, hope, despair, it’s all there, sometimes within the same measure.  The week of In Focus concerts will, I hope, offer a portrait of sorts, a chance to experience Mozart’s genius in four musical forms in which he excelled: Chamber Music, Concerto, Opera and Symphony.   In the upcoming “Upbeat with Alasdair” I’ll be sharing some of my lifelong admiration and passion for his music.”

The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. at The Community Library, 415 Spruce Ave. in Ketchum. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Admission is free, but space is limited, and the event is often full. Those interested are encouraged to arrive early. Reservations can be made by calling the Symphony office, (208) 622-5607, or by emailing info@svsummersyphony.org.

Individuals unable to attend the January 4 lecture in person will be able to watch via online livestream on the Symphony’s website at www.svsummersymphony.org/ education-events/.

For additional information on the Sun Valley Summer Symphony and “Upbeat with Alasdair,” visit www.svsummersymphony.org.

December 13, 2017