Upbeat with Alasdair: Why Brahms?

The Community Library, John A. and Carole O. Moran Lecture Hall 415 Spruce Avenue, Ketchum, ID, United States

The Sun Valley Music Festival is pleased to present a new Upbeat with Alasdair talk, featuring pianist Jon Kimura Parker, Concertmaster Jeremy Constant, and Principal Cello Amos Yang in conversation with Music Director Alasdair Neale. Parker will feature prominently in the Festival’s upcoming Winter Season concerts at the Argyros, March 6-9. This year’s program, entitled “The Romance of Brahms,” is the first time the Festival’s Winter Season will focus on the music of a single composer: Johannes Brahms. Accordingly, in this edition of the popular series of talks, Neale, Parker, and two Festival musicians, Jeremy Constant and Amos Yang will explore the music of Brahms, revealing why Brahms continues to be such a beloved composer both for musicians and audiences. This event will also be livestreamed on svmusicfestival.org.

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Upbeat with Alasdair-Orchestral Conversations: Meet the Brass

The Community Library, John A. and Carole O. Moran Lecture Hall 415 Spruce Avenue, Ketchum, ID, United States

Get the inside scoop on the Festival’s Winter Season, direct from the musicians! Music Director Alasdair Neale will host his popular Upbeat with Alasdair speaking series on March 14 with a special presentation to kick off the winter concerts, which take place later in the week. For the talk, Maestro Neale will be joined by four Festival Orchestra principal brass musicians who will share the unique characteristics of their instruments and how they will be showcased during the winter performances.

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Upbeat with Alasdair: The Rite of Spring: 110 Years Old and Still Breaking the Rules

The Community Library, John A. and Carole O. Moran Lecture Hall 415 Spruce Avenue, Ketchum, ID, United States

It’s hard to imagine a piece of classical music causing a riot, but that’s the word often applied to the audience’s reaction when Igor Stravinsky’s ballet The Rite of Spring debuted in 1913 in Paris. Apparently, the arguments between those who loved it and those who hated it became so heated the dancers couldn’t hear the orchestra! Stravinsky’s music (and Nijinsky’s choreography) broke with tradition so dramatically that the piece is often called the first example of modernism in music. In this installation of Upbeat with Alasdair, Maestro Alasdair Neale will describe not just the innovation, but the beauty of Rite of Spring, which the Festival will present during the upcoming Summer Season.

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Upbeat with Alasdair: Composer Spotlight

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Music Director Alasdair Neale will be joined by Gabriela Lena Frank and Kevin Puts on August 12 for a special installment of the Upbeat with Alasdair speaking series, where they’ll discuss their artistic influences and insight on the upcoming performances of their works with the Festival.

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