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August 2019

Family Concert: Kids’ Choice—5 Minutes That Made Me Love Classical Music

Saturday, August 10, 2019, 6:30 PM
Sun Valley Pavilion, 300 Dollar Rd
Sun Valley, Idaho 83353 United States
Kids watching concert

Inspired by a popular New York Times article, “5 Minutes That Will Make You Love Classical Music,” Festival musicians, their children, and Music Institute students were asked for ideas on what pieces made them fall in love with classical music. Their answers created this program.

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Gala Concert with Branford Marsalis

Sunday, August 11, 2019, 6:30 PM
Sun Valley Pavilion, 300 Dollar Rd
Sun Valley, Idaho 83353 United States
Branford Marsalis

Experience the two sides of Branford Marsalis: an acclaimed soloist with orchestras, frequently performing works by Darius Milhaud, John Williams, and Jacques Ibert, and a three-time Grammy Award-winning jazz artist who has collaborated with musicians of the Branford Marsalis Quartet for over 30 years. Music Director Alasdair Neale will conduct the classical portion of the concert. The 2019 Gala supports the Sun Valley Music Festival and its community initiatives, including world-class, admission-free concerts that attract over 50,000 people annually, and music education programs that reach over 500 students each year.

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Prokofiev’s 5th Symphony

Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 6:30 PM
Sun Valley Pavilion, 300 Dollar Rd
Sun Valley, Idaho 83353 United States
Alasdair conducting the orchestra

In 2014, the BBC Proms commissioned Anna Clyne to write an “exuberant” piece. She delivered Masquerade, which makes a perfect prequel for Prokofiev, who said he wanted his 5th Symphony to “sing the praises of the free and happy man—his strength, his generosity and the purity of his soul.” His optimistic symphony cheered its Russian audience at its premiere in 1944, and is one of the great orchestral works of the 20th century.

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Mason Bates and Mozart

Wednesday, August 14, 2019, 6:30 PM
Sun Valley Pavilion, 300 Dollar Rd
Sun Valley, Idaho 83353 United States
Composer Mason Bates

Mason Bates, Musical America’s 2018 Composer of the Year, returns for a week-long residency. In Liquid Interface, he uses the orchestra, recorded sounds, and electronics to evoke the soothing and menacing aspects of water in its various forms. Concertmaster Jeremy Constant and Principal Violist Adam Smyla open the program with Mozart’s Concerto for Viola and Violin. Mozart loved the viola as much as the violin, and this work showcases the range of the two instruments.

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Lawn Party with Mason Bates

Wednesday, August 14, 2019, 7:30 PM
Sun Valley Pavilion, 300 Dollar Rd
Sun Valley, Idaho 83353 United States
DJ Masonic

Come groove with DJ Masonic, Mason Bates’s alter ego, as the lawn transforms into a night club following the August 14th performance. After taking his bows for Liquid Interface, Bates will lay down some beats and host a special party commemorating the Festival’s 35th anniversary. Mark your calendars now!

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Pops Night: The Music of George Gershwin

Saturday, August 17, 2019, 6:30 PM
Sun Valley Pavilion, 300 Dollar Rd
Sun Valley, Idaho 83353 United States
Conductor and Pianist Teddy Abrams and Singer Morgan James

Former Sun Valley Music Festival Assistant Conductor Teddy Abrams returns to lead an all-Gershwin program. Singer, songwriter, actress, Broadway, and YouTube star Morgan James sings your favorite Gershwin songs, while Abrams himself takes to the keyboard for Rhapsody in Blue.

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Music Inspired by Outer Space

Sunday, August 18, 2019, 6:30 PM
Sun Valley Pavilion, 300 Dollar Rd
Sun Valley, Idaho 83353 United States
Composer Mason Bates and Singer Sasha Cooke

Mason Bates brings back Devil’s Radio, an orchestral piece commissioned by the Sun Valley Music Festival for its 30th Anniversary in 2014. This year also celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing with Passage, a piece Bates wrote for mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke that incorporates excerpts from John F. Kennedy’s “moonshot” speech. Finally, fly beyond the moon to Venus, Mars, and Jupiter in Holst’s character study of the solar system, The Planets.

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Musicians’ Choice Chamber Music

Monday, August 19, 2019, 6:30 PM
Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood, 100 Saddle Rd.
Ketchum, Idaho 83340
Violinist with a musical score

Musicians of the Sun Valley Music Festival curate and perform a program of pieces they love.

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Mahler’s 2nd Symphony

Thursday, August 22, 2019, 6:30 PM
Sun Valley Pavilion, 300 Dollar Rd
Sun Valley, Idaho 83353 United States
Singers Sasha Cooke and Julie Adams with the American Festival Chorus

Life, death, and rebirth. Mahler’s modest ambition to express the totality of the human condition journeys through love, hope, nostalgia, humor, despair, a face-melting shriek of death, and finally a glorious resurrection. Does it succeed? Alasdair Neale recalls his first hearing at age 13: “It rocked my world – I had never imagined music could have that level of visceral, emotional impact.”

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October 2019

A special performance with the Whiffenpoofs

Friday, October 18, 2019, 8:00 AM
Community Campus, 1050 Fox Acres Road
Hailey, ID 83333 United States
Yale's a cappella group posing

Join vocal ensembles from Sun Valley Music Festival's Music Institute and Wood River High School for a special morning concert with Yale's time-honored a cappella group.

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