Your concert experience

Whether enjoying a summer performance at the Sun Valley Pavilion or a winter concert at the Argyros Performing Arts Center, each distinct season is an experience all its own—admission free of course! Toggle the summer and winter buttons below to learn how to attend concerts in-person (conditions permitting) for either season.

The Festival is monitoring health conditions closely to determine changes to attendance protocols below for 2021 concerts, events, and education programs. In lieu of winter concerts at the Argyros Performing Arts Center this year, the Festival presents Festival @ Home, a series of online performances, December-June, that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your home. Click here for upcoming broadcasts.

Please check the Festival website often for up-to-date news and concert information or click here to receive email alerts.

Choose your seating location

pavilion seating

The Pavilion seats about 1,600 listeners and offers direct lines of sight to the stage and an unamplified, acoustic experience. Donors of $3,000 or more may reserve seats in advance, but free seats are always available to the public, beginning one hour before the concert. Line up for these (in the shade, by the bar, with chairs to ease the wait) on the East Terrace. If the line looks long, don’t give up! Unclaimed reserved seats are released by 6:15 PM.

Bars open at 5:30 PM (one hour before the concert). Feel free to take your drink and snack to your seat, but please no outside food or beverages, glass containers, or coolers (or anything that might block an aisle or row).

Please do not take any photographs or record audio or video during the performance.

lawn seating

Relax with your friends as the sun sets, enjoy a picnic dinner, and listen to beautiful music through a state-of-the-art sound system while you watch the action on a 14×25 foot LED screen. The lawn experience accommodates all listening styles: serious aficionados tend to sit up front, picnickers congregate everywhere, and families with active children and dogs have room to play in the back.

Feel free to come early and reserve the perfect spot with a blanket (no tarps, please—not good for the grass). Or arrive just in time and make new friends as you squeeze into an empty spot.

  • Low-backed lawn chairs are a great idea. Note: if a basketball could fit under your chair, it is too tall and could obstruct the views of your new friends.
  • The Festival Store sells blankets, chairs, water bottles, and anything else you might need to help you make the most of your lawn experience. All proceeds benefit the Festival’s education programs.
  • Restrooms are located at the back of the lawn.
  • If your dog has plenty of energy, please consider sitting along the perimeter of the lawn to ensure everyone has a good experience.
  • Please keep all electronic devices quiet. Drones are prohibited on Sun Valley Resort property.
  • Help keep the lawn green—please recycle and throw away your trash and save or return your program book.

Additional events

violinists teaching students

Classroom teaching

All musicians and guest artists will work with students throughout the week.

A unique concert experience

seating in venue

The Music Festival will transform the Argyros into a nightclub for classical music.  One patron remarked, “…it’s as if the lawn came inside!”  There’s some truth in that, and here’s what to expect:

  • Open seating: Your reservation will get you in the door, but seating is first-come, first-choice.
  • Communal atmosphere: Seats are not in rows, but rather in conversational groupings and other configurations. Arrange the surroundings to meet your friends, or make new ones!
  • Mingle with musicians: A unique stage setup situates musicians among audience members. See and hear the music up close, and then chat with the musicians during breaks.

audio technician working

The Argyros is equipped with a Meyer Constellation Sound System. This technology allows the Festival to change the acoustics to match the needs of the repertoire. With the push of a button, the sound can change from the echo-ey reverberations of a stone cathedral to the warm intimacy of a softly furnished salon. During rehearsals, Festival musicians and sound technicians work together to dial in exactly the right reverberations and reflections to create the desired sonic clarity, warmth, and resonance for each piece.

audience ordering food

With just one opportunity to perform for you during the winter, the Festival offers a longer program with more music, including:

  • Three acts, each around 30 minutes
  • Two 20-minute intermissions
  • An in-theater bar offers wine, beer, and light bites available for purchase to sustain you through the show

As seating capacity is limited to less than 300, the Festival will repeat the program each of three nights, allowing as many patrons as possible to attend (for free, of course).