Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Sun Valley Music Festival Looks to Fill Pavilion
Sunday, June 6, 2021


The Sun Valley Music Festival is preparing a return to a hundred live musicians performing for in-person audiences this summer.

But the talk of the town so far has been of a mountain lion who apparently was so anxious for the season to get started that he began wandering around the Sun Valley Symphony Pavilion just after workers raised a new canopy on the Pavilionfor the 2021 season.

The 37th annual summer season, which kicks off July 26 and runs through Aug. 19, will feature 14 admission-free concerts, along with a gala fundraiser concert featuring Grammy Award-winning superstar violinist Joshua Bell. Tickets to that event will help keep the remainder of the summer’s concerts free.

Tickets for donors at the $1,250 level and above will go on sale at 9 a.m. June 23 at 208-622-5607. Tickets for the public will go on sale at 9 a.m. July 7 at www.svmusicfestival.org. General admission seating on the lawn will also be available.

The Festival has invested in upgrades to the lawn sound system allowing the sound crew to tune the sound to match the size of the ensemble on stage.

There also will be a tribute to frontline health care workers on Aug. 2.

Seating protocols for the lawn and Pavilion will be determined closer to the start of the season, based on health guidelines in place at that time. But the Festival hopes to seat the Pavilion at 100 percent capacity.

The Festival engaged the services of 9 Foundations, Inc., a company founded by Dr. Joe Allen, associate professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, for advice on best practices for a safe reopening. It doesn’t hurt that the concerts take place in a well-ventilated outdoor venue, last only an hour and 15 minutes and that the community has a very high level of vaccination.

Reopening at full capacity will allow the Festival to offer reserved seating to donors, in addition to welcoming members of the community into the Pavilion.


Opening Night

Monday, July 26, 2021, 6:30 PM

Festival Chamber Orchestra

Alasdair Neale, Conductor
Vadim Gluzman, Violin

Smith: The Star-Spangled Banner

Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, K. 216

Haydn: Symphony No. 104 in D Major, “London”

Appalachian Spring and the Prague Symphony

 Tuesday, July 27, 2021, 6:30 PM

Festival Chamber Orchestra

Alasdair Neale, Conductor

Copland: Suite from Appalachian Spring for 13 Instruments

Mozart: Symphony No. 38 in D Major, K. 504, “Prague”

Gluzman in Recital with Festival Musicians


Thursday, July 29, 2021, 6:30 PM

Vadim Gluzman, Violin

Peter Henderson, Piano
Juliana Athayde, Violin
Adam Smyla, Viola
Joen Vasquez, Viola
Amos Yang, Cello

David Premo, Cello

Stravinsky: Suite Italienne for Violin and Piano

Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence for String Sextet


Beethoven’s “Eroica”

Saturday, July 31, 2021, 6:30 PM

Festival Chamber Orchestra

Alasdair Neale, Conductor
Sameer Patel, Conductor

Beethoven: Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43

Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 55, “Eroica”


Celebrating Frontline Heroes

Monday, August 2, 2021, 6:30 PM
Festival Orchestra

Alasdair Neale, Conductor

A special tribute to the heroes in healthcare, education, transportation, food service, social work, and emergency services who worked so hard to improve our lives these last two years.


Gala Concert with Joshua Bell

Wednesday, August 4, 2021, 6:30 PM

Festival Orchestra

Alasdair Neale, Conductor

Joshua Bell, Violin


Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy
Tchaikovsky: Concerto in D Major for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 35

Memories and Reflections: Mazzoli, Mozart, and Brahms

Thursday, August 5, 2021, 6:30 PM

Festival Orchestra

Alasdair Neale, Conductor
Sameer Patel, Conductor

Jason Shafer, Clarinet

Mazzoli: These Worlds In Us                                                                                                                                      

Mozart: Concerto in A Major for Clarinet and Orchestra, K. 622  

Brahms: Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn, Op. 56a

The American Experience

Saturday, August 7, 2021, 6:30 PM

Festival Orchestra

Alasdair Neale, Conductor

Julia Bullock, Soprano

Florence Price: Ethiopia’s Shadow in America

Jessie Montgomery: Five Freedom Songs (World Premiere; co-commissioned by Sun Valley Music Festival, San Francisco Symphony, Boston Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Grand Teton Music Festival, Kansas City Symphony, and Virginia Arts Festival)

Copland: Lincoln Portrait

Mahler Symphony No. 4

Monday, August 9, 2021, 6:30 PM

Festival Orchestra

Alasdair Neale, Conductor

Julia Bullock, Soprano

Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G Major

Edgar M. Bronfman String Quartet

Tuesday, August 10, 2021, 6:30 PM

Chamber Concert


Jeremy Constant, Violin
Polina Sedukh, Violin
Adam Smyla, Viola
Amos Yang, Cello

Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110
Mozart: String Quartet No. 19 in C Major, K. 465, “Dissonance”

Alisa Weilerstein Plays Schumann

Thursday, August 12, 2021, 6:30 PM

Festival Orchestra

Alasdair Neale, Conductor

Sameer Patel, Conductor

Alisa Weilerstein, Cello

Higdon: blue cathedral
Schumann: Concerto in A Minor for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 129

Pops Night and Lawn Party with the Villalobos Brothers

Saturday, August 14, 2021, 6:30 PM

Festival Orchestra

Jacomo Bairos, Conductor

Villalobos Brothers

Post-concert: Lawn Party—¡Fiesta de baile!                                                                                                        

Joyce Yang Plays Rachmaninoff

Sunday, August 15, 2021, 6:30 PM

Festival Orchestra

Alasdair Neale, Conductor
Sameer Patel, Conductor
Joyce Yang, Piano

Smetana: The Moldau from Má Vlast [My Fatherland]

Rachmaninoff: Concerto No. 2 in C Minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 18

Brahms’s Magnum Opus

Tuesday, August 17, 2021, 6:30 PM

Chamber Concert

Peter Henderson, Piano
Erin Schreiber, Violin
Shawn Weil, Violin
Cassandra Lynne Richburg, Viola
Bjorn Ranheim, Cello

Brahms: Intermezzo in A Major, Op. 118
Brahms: Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34

Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony

Thursday, August 19, 2021, 6:30 PM

Festival Orchestra

Alasdair Neale, Conductor

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64



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