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Mozart and Bach Violin Masterpieces

Monday, July 29, 2019 at 6:30pm

Sun Valley Pavilion

Alasdair Neal, Conductor
Ray Chen, Violin
Juiana Athayde, Violin

Bach: Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins, BWV 1043
Mozart: Concerto No. 5 in A Major for Violin, K. 2019, “Turkish”

Virtuoso violinist Ray Chen won the Yehudi Menuhin and Queen Elizabeth competitions (the only violinist to win both), wears Armani (his sponsor), and made Forbes’s 2018 list of the 30 most influential Asians under 30. Our opening night includes Chen soloing in Mozart’s delightful and inventive 5th Violin Concerto; then joining Festival Assistant Concertmaster Juliana Athayde to weave together a beautiful stream of independent and overlapping melodies in Bach’s Double Violin Concerto.


The 20th Century Chamber Orchestra

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 6:30pm

Sun Valley Pavilion

Alasdair Neal, Conductor
Sameer Patel, Conductor

Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin
Stravinsky: Concerto in E-flat Major for Chamber Orchestra, “Dumbarton Oaks”
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1, Op. 25, “Classical”

Three 20th century composers riff on the styles exemplified by Bach and Mozart in the previous program. Stravinsky’s “Dumbarton Oaks” evokes Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, while Prokofiev channels Mozart and Haydn in his lovely “Classical Symphony.” Finally, Ravel’s suite for small orchestra, Le Tombeau de Couperin, harkens back to a baroque style, delivering a surprisingly light-hearted memorial for friends lost in World War I.


Thibaudet and Capuçon in Recital

Thursday, August 1, 2019 at 6:30 PM

Sun Valley Pavilion

Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano
Gautier Capuçon, Cello

Brahms: Sonata No. 1 in E Minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 38
Shostakovich: Sonata in D Minor for Cello and Piano, Op.40

Virtuosic French artists present a stunning recital (without orchestra). Pianist and Sun Valley favorite Jean-Yves Thibaudet returns with one of the world’s leading cellists, Gautier Capuçon, for a week-long residency. Their program continues the thread of works inspired by earlier composers with Brahms’s Cello Sonata No. 1, which pays homage to Bach’s The Art of the Fugue, and Shostakovich’s Sonata in D Minor, a beautiful piece written in 1934 but structured in classical form.

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This is H3: Program Dates: July 29-August 10, 2019

Work and perform with one of the most respected festival orchestras in the nation! You’ll study with world-renowned instructors, observe rehearsals, attend performances, and meet musicians and guest artists with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. From chamber music to opera workshops, this program’s unique atmosphere creates exceptional instruction opportunities.

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Public ticket sales begin April 10, 9:00 AM (MT)

(208) 622-5607

Funds raised from the 2019 Gala support the Sun Valley Summer Symphony 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.

Early buy opportunity

Symphony donors at $1,000 and up levels as well as Encore Society members have the opportunity to purchase Gala tickets by phone beginning Wednesday, March 6 at 9:00 AM (MT).

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2019 Gala Concert Tickets

  • Premium Reserved Pavilion Seat +
  • Cocktail Reception +
  • Valet Parking +
  • Private Post-Concert Dinner with Mr. Marsalis


  • Premium Reserved Pavilion Seat +
  • Cocktail Reception +
  • Valet Parking +
  • Catered Post-Concert Dinner at a Private Home
  • +Opportunity to meet Mr. Marsalis


  • Preferred Pavilion Seat +
  • Cocktail Reception

“Mr. Marsalis continues spreading the message of his music

around the world, including appearances last year at St. Petersburg’s International Jazz Day and Shanghai’s JZ Jazz Festival. Regardless of context or location, he remains steadfast in his quest for musical excellence."

—Branford Marsalis

saxophonist Branford Marsalis