Thursday, August 13, 2020
Sun Valley Music Festival to Offer a Thousand Seats on Lawn
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BY KAREN BOSSICK

The Sun Valley Music Festival will have spots for a thousand people on the Sun Valley Pavilion Lawn when the festival season begins on Monday, July 27.

As expected, the Festival has rented a second big screen and additional speakers to enhance the viewing experience on the lawn on the lower lawn.

Those wishing to sit on the lawn will have the opportunity to reserve seats the day of each concert from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the Festival website at www.svmusicfestival.org/lawn-seating. Festival donors at the Benefactor level and up will receive priority reserved seating as a thank you for helping make the concerts free for everyone.

The lawn will open at 5 p.m. the day of each concert. Spectators will be seated in socially distanced pods. And they will be required to wear masks at all times, except when seated in their pod. The lawn could be closed at any time should the spread of COVID-19 mandate closure.

Those who would prefer to watch concerts from the safety of their home may attend concerts online from any Internet-connect device. The beauty of that, notes Music Director Alasdair Neale, is that people will be able to watch it from anywhere in the world—even Mount Everest base camp if that was not closed during the pandemic.

To access concerts online, visit the Festival’s website at www.svmusicfestival.org any time between 6 and 6:30 p.m. the night of a concert and click the media player at the top of the page. Concerts may also be streamed to a smart TV, mobile device or streaming service connected to your home entertainment system with a YouTube app (search for Sun valley Music Festival).

Broadcasts are not available on-demand or for download; they must be attended on the evening they’re scheduled.

Want a program book? They’re available at the Festival Store at the entrance to the Sun Valley Pavilion opposite Sun Valley’s outdoor skating rink. Or, you can pick one up at the Music Festival office at 120 North 2nd Avenue, Suite 103, in Ketchum during business hours. Programs will be available in the lobby by the door to the office.

While other symphonies are simply replaying concerts they’ve done in past years, the Sun Valley Music Festival will feature 14 all-new concerts featuring more than 100 Festival Orchestra musicians filmed in homes and stages across 43 cities. Director James Darrah and his team of film directors, producers, designers and technicians will include behind-the-scene interviews with performers in their homes to add an element that concertgoers would not get during a non-pandemic Festival season.

The season kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 27, with a Suite from Bizet’s “Carmen” performed by four horn players from the Houston Symphony, Beethoven’s “Allegro” from Symphony No. 5 in C minor, and violinist Juliana Athayde and pianist Orion Weiss performing Massenet’s “Meditation” from “Thais” in Rochester, N.Y.

The symphony gala, featuring Broadway stars Audra McDonald, Kelli O’Hara and Brian Stokes Mitchell, will be featured Monday, Aug. 3, from New York.

Electronica DJ and composer Mason Bates will performer “Mothership” with the Festival Orchestra on Thursday, Aug. 6.

And Time for Three, The 442s, Villalobos Brothers and others will perform at Pops Night at Sunday, Aug. 16.

The season will conclude on Wednesday, Aug. 19.

All concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. and all are free. To see the full lineup, check out Eye on Sun Valley’s July 3 story, “Sun Valley Music Festival Adds Mason Bates, the 442s to Its Summer Lineup.” Or visit www.svmusicfestival.org.


 

 

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