(Many of) Classical Music’s Greatest Hits

Sun Valley Pavilion 300 Dollar Rd, Sun Valley, Idaho, United States

Don’t miss this evening of audience favorites! The celebratory program kicks off with John Williams’ iconic Olympic Fanfare, followed by Johann Strauss Jr.’s Blue Danube, recognizable from the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. Associate Conductor Stephanie Childress will then lead the orchestra through Wagner’s thrilling Ride of the Valkries and Rossini’s William Tell overture. The blockbuster program concludes with Ravel’s stirring Boléro.

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Mahler’s Symphony No. 6

Sun Valley Pavilion 300 Dollar Rd, Sun Valley, Idaho, United States

Many of Mahler’s symphonies depict a triumphant journey from darkness into light . . . but not this one. This is Mahler’s Tragic symphony–a name he gave it himself. The end is bitter, catastrophic, devastating, and hopeless. But it’s also a work of transcendent beauty, longing, and tenderness. Mahler described one passage as “shadowy memories of my life pass before me, like long-forgotten ghosts of departed happiness.” Please note that this program will last just under 90 minutes.

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Beethoven’s Triple Concerto

Sun Valley Pavilion 300 Dollar Rd, Sun Valley, Idaho, United States

This concert offers an unusual piece: a concerto for violin, cello, and piano, performed by Festival Orchestra musicians. Few composers have tried this format, but of course Beethoven succeeded. The themes are fairly simple for Beethoven, but–then again–so is the first movement of his Moonlight Sonata, and no one complains about that. Throughout the piece, Beethoven finds elegant ways to give each instrument solo turns with the various melodies, including throughout the sunny finale. The program opens with Jessie Montgomery’s Strum, a piece that, in the composer’s words, “draws on American folk idioms and the spirit of dance and movement.”

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Leonidas Kavakos plays Brahms

Sun Valley Pavilion 300 Dollar Rd, Sun Valley, Idaho, United States

Greek violinist Kavakos, a frequent fixture with the orchestras of Berlin, Vienna, and London, brings Brahms’s gorgeous violin concerto (and his 1734 Stradivarius violin) to Sun Valley for his debut with the Festival Orchestra. Written for the greatest violinist alive in Brahms’s day, the piece tests the soloist’s technique and musicianship, but the virtuosity remains in service of the music at all times. And it’s delightful music, from the turbulent first movement to the foot-stomping, Hungarian-inspired finale. The program opens with A Joyous Trilogy, by American composer Quinn Mason. In Mason’s words, he intended his piece to be “the very embodiment of happiness, an accessible work that would put any listener in a good mood.”

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