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Extraordinary, admission-free performances, world-class musicians—and truly something for everyone: July 24-August 18, 2022
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The Festival is monitoring health considerations closely and is committed to bringing music to the community safely. This summer’s attendance protocols are based upon health guidelines in place at the beginning of each performance. All performances take place in the open-air Sun Valley Pavilion. Proof of vaccination or a negative test is not required to attend, for either Pavilion seating or on the lawn. If you feel more comfortable wearing a mask, please do, although they are not required.

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August 2022

Frank, Puts, and Time For Three

Saturday, August 13, 2022, 6:30 PM MDT
Sun Valley Pavilion, 300 Dollar Rd
Sun Valley, Idaho 83353 United States

Sun Valley favorites Time for Three return to the Pavilion stage for the first time since August 2017. They’ll perform a new work titled Contact, which was co-commissioned by the Festival and written for them by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts. Puts wrote Hymn to the Sun for the Sun Valley Pavilion’s opening concert. The program begins with Three Latin American Dances for Orchestra, by Gabriela Lena Frank. Frank is a Grammy-nominated composer and pianist, who was named one of the top 35 female composers in classical music by The Washington Post.

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Pops Night and Lawn Party

Sunday, August 14, 2022, 6:30 PM MDT
Sun Valley Pavilion, 300 Dollar Rd
Sun Valley, Idaho 83353 United States

After the traditional Pops Night salute to the Armed forces, guest conductor Andy Einhorn will lead the Festival Orchestra and two Broadway singers in an evening of The Best of Americana, featuring familiar and fun works from film, Broadway, and much-loved composers. Einhorn, whose recording and tour credits include Bullets Over Broadway, Evita, Sondheim on Sondheim, and Elton John’s The Lion King, is also familiar to local audiences as the pianist who accompanied Audra McDonald, Kelli O’Hara, and Brian Stokes Mitchell for the Festival’s virtual Gala Concert in 2020. Following the concert, enjoy a lively performance on the Pavilion lawn for the Festival’s third Lawn Party. Bring your friends and your dancing shoes!

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Tuesday, August 16, 2022, 6:30 PM MDT
Sun Valley Pavilion, 300 Dollar Rd
Sun Valley, Idaho 83353 United States

What happens when 16 of the finest horn players in North America get together and try to one-up each other in arrangements of songs ranging from classical to jazz to rock and roll? “It will be the Mother of All Horn Concerts,” says Bill VerMeulen, the Festival’s Principal Horn. Backed by a rhythm section, the masters of horn will deliver a rollicking good time in the Pavilion—don’t miss it!

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An Alpine Symphony

Thursday, August 18, 2022, 6:30 PM MDT
Sun Valley Pavilion, 300 Dollar Rd
Sun Valley, Idaho 83353 United States

Richard Strauss’ epic tone poem depicts a day spent hiking in the Alps, from daybreak until nightfall. Through 22 episodes, the audience will experience Strauss’ musical depictions of forests, brooks, a waterfall, meadows, pastures, a glacier, and this Summer Season’s second big storm—recall Beethoven’s “Pastoral.” To produce these sounds, in addition to 16 horns, the orchestra will include an organ, a wind machine, a heckelphone, and a thunder sheet. Where else can you hear this piece in the very setting it describes? Only in Sun Valley!

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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