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A look back at 2022 winter programming

Wednesday, October 26, 2022, 7:00 AM MDT

Watch highlights from this year’s Winter Season in the video above, which was released on October 26 at 7:00 AM for the 2022 Annual Report and includes original performance audio from the concerts. Or watch on the Festival’s YouTube channel at youtube.com/c/SunValleyMusicFestival. More highlights from this year’s winter concerts are included in the text below.

The Festival’s Winter Season returned in person this year, offering four concerts at the Argyros in February. Programming featured an eclectic combination of works, from classical and well-known pieces to some improvised on the spot! Violinist Jennifer Koh curated each program, which included selections from her recent Grammy-winning album Alone Together, a project she launched to support composers during the pandemic, bringing them together around music. She was joined by her good friend, composer, pianist, and Alone Together contributor, Vijay Iyer.

The evening unfolded with Koh and Iyer each performing alone, with the audience gathered around a central, round stage, beneath lighting designed to invite them into the performance. With each successive piece, the ensemble grew, including Koh and Iyer in a duet written by Iyer, four Festival musicians playing a quartet also written by Iyer, and the final act bringing seven Festival string players together with Koh for Mendelssohn’s gorgeous Octet. Music Director Alasdair Neale described the latter as “the greatest work ever written by a child prodigy—with no apologies to Mozart!”

As one concertgoer described, it was “A special night of incredible music!” Of course, it was only possible thanks to Festival supporters!

The complete 2022 Annual Report is available on the Festival website at svmusicfestival.org/impact-financials and includes more videos, including a special concert broadcast with pianist Orion Weiss (available until November 30, 2022).