Festival Will Present Special Online Concerts and Talks, December-June
The series of upcoming performances and discussions titled “The Festival @ Home” will feature Maestro Alasdair Neale and Festival Orchestra musicians from locations across the country.
This December through June 2021, the Sun Valley Music Festival will present a special series of all-new concert broadcasts and online talks, titled “The Festival @ Home.” Performances will feature Music Director Alasdair Neale and Festival Orchestra musicians, recorded safely at select venues in musicians’ hometowns. The series will take place in lieu of 2021 Winter Season concerts at the Argyros Performing Arts Center. Viewers can anticipate intimate chamber performances from beautiful venues, with works by classical mainstays including Mozart and Bach. Broadcast online only, the concerts will be an opportunity for the Music Festival to present music throughout the winter and spring for the first time.
Music Director Alasdair Neale said:
“I’m very excited to create this new series of online concerts. Of course, my musician colleagues and I will miss gathering in person with you at the Argyros for our Winter Season. However, once again the Festival will use technology to bring you the music. We have just finished recording our first concert in Pittsburgh, PA, and can’t wait to share a beautiful piece by Mozart with you.”
The series begins Tuesday, Dec. 8, with a concert featuring Mozart’s String Quintet in G Minor, a piece widely considered the most heartfelt of the great composer’s string quintets. Next up: on Tuesday, Feb. 9, Maestro Neale will present an “Upbeat with Alasdair” talk titled “The Big Picture,” which will explore the ways classical music both celebrates and illustrates the human condition. The next concert, on March 16, will feature Principal Cello Amos Yang playing Bach’s Cello Suite No. 2. Future concerts and events will be announced closer to air dates. Throughout, Alasdair Neale and Festival Orchestra musicians will provide insight about the music through informal discussions and previews of upcoming performances.
All events will be broadcast for free at 6:30 p.m. Mountain Time on the Sun Valley Music Festival website and YouTube channel. Unlike past summer broadcasts, performances will be available for 48 hours to make it easier to tune in and share the concert experience with others.
Tips for accessing the broadcast on your home theater system or for improving your online concert experience can be found on the Festival website at svmusicfestival.org/watch-online.