Your concert experience
Attending summer concerts
All concerts begin at 6:30 PM, last about 1 hour, and are located at the Sun Valley Pavilion.
No concerts will take place at the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood this year.
Admission is free
Tickets are not required. Donors of $3,000 or more may reserve seats, but Pavilion and lawn seating is always available to the public on a first come, first served basis.
Choose your seating location
The open-air Pavilion 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.
Relax with friends as the sun sets, enjoy a picnic, and listen to beautiful music through a state-of-the-art sound system while watching 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 in the back.
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 find an empty spot.
- The Welcome Center and Store (to the left of the main Pavilion entrance) 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.
- Only low-backed lawn chairs are permitted on most areas of the lawn. If a basketball could fit under your chair, it is too tall and could obstruct others’ views. Taller chairs may be placed around the periphery of the lawn. If you have questions about appropriate use of your chairs, please see one of our Concert Services members or Lawn Ambassadors.
- 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.
Listening and learning opportunities for kids and adults
Enjoy a Pre-Concert Chat
Before each concert, at 5:45 PM, stop by the Paver Bar on the lawn for the “pre-concert chat,” hosted by Associate Conductor Sameer Patel or one of the musicians. Chats offer an introduction to the evening’s programming for folks who may not be familiar with the programs.
Kids’ Music Tent
Children ages 4-7 can explore music with local music-educator Lisa Pettit through hands-on projects and activities in the canopy at the back of the lawn while you attend the concerts. It’s free—of course—available for most summer performances, but reservations are required. RSVP at [email protected] or 208.622.5607 by noon on the day of the concert. Please look for your email confirmation for additional attending details.
Family concerts this summer
A number of programs this year should be fun and accessible for children. As always, the Festival’s guidance is that children under 10 should usually listen on the lawn unless they’re able to sit quietly through an hour-long, classical music concert. Here are a few suggestions: July 24, Opening Night with Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5; August 2, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, the “Pastoral”; August 13 Frank’s Latin American Dances and Puts’s Contact; and August 16, Hornucopia.
Attending winter concerts
Concerts are held at the Argyros Performing Arts Center in Ketchum
Performances begin at 7:00 PM and take place from Wednesday, March 15 through Friday, March 17, 2023. Concerts last about two hours and include one intermission. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance. The repertoire is the same for each concert.
Admission is free but space is limited; reservations are required
Reservations for the public begin Wednesday, February 8 at 9:00 AM (Mountain Time) and can be made on the Festival website. Seating is limited to two seats per household for one performance.
Powerful music for brass and percussion at the Argyros
Music Director Alasdair Neale will conduct the performances, featuring 21 Festival Orchestra brass and percussion musicians. The repertoire will be announced at the concert and will feature a series of short works showcasing the beauty and range of each instrument, followed by a sparkling arrangement of Mussorgsky’s beloved Pictures at an Exhibition. Click here to learn more about the Festival’s all-star orchestra.
A unique concert experience
The Festival offers a unique, more intimate environment for enjoying music during its Winter Season at the Argyros. Here’s what to expect:
- Reserved seating: You will select your seating location when you make your reservations. There will be a variety of vantage points to choose from, all with great views of the stage. See the seating chart below to view this year’s seating configuration.
- An intimate experience: The concerts will offer the perfect setting for audience members to enjoy this beautiful music up close and personal, and perhaps even chat with a musician or two during intermission.
With just one opportunity to perform for you during the winter, the Festival offers a longer program with more music, including:
- two acts: the first around 50 minutes and the second about 35 minutes;
- one 20-minute intermission; and
- wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available to purchase in the lobby before the performance and during the intermission.
As seating capacity is limited, the Festival will repeat the program for each of the three performances, allowing as many patrons as possible to attend (for free, of course).
Performing for local students
The Festival will offer a special performance for students at the Wood River Middle School during the week of the Winter Season.