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All 2021 Summer Season concerts will take place in person. Per current CDC guidelines, attendees who are not fully vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear masks indoors, and outdoors when not distanced from others.

Attendance protocols are fluid to accommodate health guidelines in place when the performances begin. Visit svmusicfestival.org/attending-a-concert for the most up-to-date attendance information.

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August 2021

Memories and Reflections: Mazzoli, Mozart, and Brahms

Thursday, August 5, 2021, 6:30 PM MDT
Sun Valley Pavilion, 300 Dollar Rd
Sun Valley, Idaho 83353 United States

American Composer Missy Mazzoli, writing about her piece, These Worlds in Us, noted that “we accumulate worlds of intense memory within us.” Mozart must have had a headful of memories when he completed his clarinet concerto in 1791, a couple months before he died. It pairs grace and gravity in equal measure, with the clarinet hinting at a sense of sadness behind its beauty. In the summer of 1873, Brahms recalled a tune he had heard a few years before, attributed to Haydn, and composed his lovely variations based on it.

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The American Experience

Saturday, August 7, 2021, 6:30 PM MDT
Sun Valley Pavilion, 300 Dollar Rd
Sun Valley, Idaho 83353 United States

This concert highlights the music of three American composers. First up is Florence Price’s Ethiopia’s Shadow in America, which charts the arrival of Africans in America. Then, superstar soprano Julia Bullock sings a Sun Valley Music Festival commission, the world premiere of Jessie Montgomery’s Five Freedom Songs based on traditional African American spirituals. And finally, Ms. Bullock will narrate Aaron Copland’s iconic Lincoln Portrait, featuring excerpts from President Lincoln’s speeches, in particular, the Gettysburg Address.

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Mahler Symphony No. 4

Monday, August 9, 2021, 6:30 PM MDT
Sun Valley Pavilion, 300 Dollar Rd
Sun Valley, Idaho 83353 United States

Welcome to the sunny side of Mahler. This symphony, his shortest, brightest, and most performed, leaves behind the brooding, tumultuous, and vast soundscapes of the others for blue skies and childlike innocence. The first symphony to end with a solo vocalist accompanied by orchestra, it builds to the final movement, which depicts “The Heavenly Life.” Soprano Julia Bullock joins the orchestra to sing these verses describing an innocent and serene view of heaven.

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“It’s where we all gather: it’s the center of town life

With picnic basket, folding chairs, blanket, and our two kids in tow, we find ‘our spot’ on the lawn and settle in for what we know will be a wonderful evening of music, fine dining, and chatting with friends old and new. As the glorious music wafts over us and the mountains start to change color in the background, we enjoy a wonderful family night out. And it’s free!"

—Sun Valley Resident and Lawn Super-Fan

Sun Valley Summer Symphony attendee

“Everything comes together here to create truly moving musical experiences—whether you're a devoted classical music fan, or just out for a great evening.

The elevation, mountains, trees, endless sky—combined with the most welcoming of communities—inspires me and all our musicians to bring the ideas and passions of composers from across the centuries to life."

—Alasdair Neale, Music Director

Sun Valley Summer Symphony celebrates its 35th season and Music Director Alasdair Neale outside in front of mountain