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August 2022

Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony

Tuesday, August 2, 2022, 6:30 PM MDT
Sun Valley Pavilion, 300 Dollar Rd
Sun Valley, Idaho 83353 United States

The “awakening of cheerful feelings upon arriving in the country.” That might describe the drive into the Wood River Valley, but it’s also the label Beethoven applied to the first movement of his sixth symphony! In this explicitly programmatic work, Beethoven references sounds heard in nature, including birdcalls, a burbling brook, a terrifying summer thunderstorm, and a shepherd’s song. Throughout, one can easily imagine the composer strolling through his beloved Austrian countryside, enjoying a respite from bustling Vienna. The program opens with Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3, a piece which Beethoven decided was too grand to be anything else but self-sufficient.

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Trifonov Plays Brahms

Thursday, August 4, 2022, 6:30 PM MDT
Sun Valley Pavilion, 300 Dollar Rd
Sun Valley, Idaho 83353 United States

Hailed by The Times as “without question the most astounding pianist of our age,” Daniil Trifonov won a Grammy Award in 2018, was Music America’s 2019 Artist of the Year, and has seven albums in Billboard’s Top classical Album charts. After performing Pictures at an Exhibition in the Festival’s virtual season in 2020, Trifonov will appear in person to play Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2, a gargantuan beast of a piece, the longest and perhaps the most difficult of piano concerti in the standard repertoire. Brahms himself played the premiere, demonstrating his complete mastery of the instrument.

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Hidden Gems

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

Here come three pieces you may not have heard but will almost certainly love. Spanish composer Manual De Falla wrote the score to a comedic ballet called The Three-Cornered Hat commissioned by Serge Diaghilev and his Ballets Russes. The 12-minute suite was inspired by both Andalusian folk music and traditional flamenco rhythms. Andrew McCandless, the Festival’s Principal Trumpet, then plays Canadian composer John Estacio’s trumpet concerto, which has been performed by over 20 Canadian orchestras. The program concludes with José Pablo Moncayo’s foot-stomping Huapango, a piece that, over time, came to be known as Mexico’s unofficial national anthem.

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Elgar Symphony No. 1

Monday, August 8, 2022, 6:30 PM MDT
Sun Valley Pavilion, 300 Dollar Rd
Sun Valley, Idaho 83353 United States

Unlike many great symphonies, Elgar’s first achieved fame nearly instantly—it was performed over 80 times in Europe and North America in its first year. Its popularity has endured, with over 10 recordings released in the first decade of the 21st century. It’s easy to see why. As the Evening Standard wrote in 1908: “The composer has written a work of rare beauty, sensibility, and humanity, a work understandable by all.”

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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