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Summer concerts (including the Gala), outreach events, and education programs will take place in-person this summer. Protocols on attending will be available on the Festival website in early July to allow time to address safety needs at the time programming begins.

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July 2021

Opening Night

Monday, July 26, 2021, 6:30 PM MDT
Sun Valley Pavilion, 300 Dollar Rd
Sun Valley, Idaho 83353 United States

Welcome the Festival back to live concerts with a beloved tradition, the Star Spangled Banner, and a special appearance from superstar Israeli Violinist Vadim Gluzman. He’ll bring Mozart’s utterly charming and operatic Violin Concerto No. 3 to life with his extraordinary 1690 Stradivarius. The concert concludes with Franz Joseph Haydn’s final symphony, the “London.” It’s a delightful and deservedly popular work, a crowning achievement by the “Father of the Symphony.”

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Appalachian Spring and the Prague Symphony

Tuesday, July 27, 2021, 6:30 PM MDT
Sun Valley Pavilion, 300 Dollar Rd
Sun Valley, Idaho 83353 United States

Mozart had achieved rockstar status in Prague, thanks to the adoration bestowed there upon The Marriage of Figaro. He was, therefore, happy to have the nickname “Prague” attached to this symphony at its premiere in that city. It’s a masterpiece, full of sparkling virtuosity, celebration, drama, and humor. The concert opens with the piece that defines the quintessential American Sound: Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring, composed originally as the score to Martha Graham’s ballet of the same name.

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Gluzman in Recital with Festival Musicians

Thursday, July 29, 2021, 6:30 PM MDT
Sun Valley Pavilion, 300 Dollar Rd
Sun Valley, Idaho 83353 United States

Vadim Gluzman partners with Festival musicians to bring you two jewels of the chamber repertoire. Igor Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne is an arrangement for violin and piano of the composer’s score for the hugely successful ballet Pucinella. Tchaikovsky’s only string sextet, Souvenir de Florence, owes its name to a lovely melody he thought of while in Florence working on something else. And that’s as Italian as this (very Russian) piece gets!

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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