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SummerArts: Classical Music


Sun Valley Summer Symphony (Sun Valley, ID)

Sun Valley Pavilion, 300 Dollar Road
Sun Valley
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(July 29 – August 14, 2012) Begun in 1985 as the Elkhorn Music Festival, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony prides itself on being “the largest privately funded free-admission symphony in America.” The symphony is comprised of personnel from professional orchestras throughout North America.

Past renowned guest artists include pianists Jean-Ives Thibaudet, Yefim Bronfman, Jon Nakamatsu, and Emanuel Ax, violinists Joshua Bell, Midori, Itzhak Perlman, Leila Josefowicz, and Gil Shaham, and opera singers Denyce Graves, Nathan Gunn, Deborah Voight, and Frederica von Stade. Featured composers include the likes of powerhouses Brahms, Mahler, Debussy, Ravel, and Sibelius, as well as contemporary composers such as John Adams and Nico Muhly.

Educational programs include the year-round School of Music, the Summer Music workshops, and the Adult Lecture Series, which encompasses the Upbeat with Alasdair lecutres and the Pre-Concert Talks.

Sun Valley Summer Symphony Information

  • Public Transportation: Good (a short walk from Mountain Rides Blue, Bronze, Gold, Silver, and Valley bus routes at the Pavilion Lot stop)
  • Handicapped Accessibility: Good
  • Performances/Programs: Four In Focus Series concerts, one Benefit concert, twelve Orchestra Festival concerts, plus Wild Connections for children at select concerts while parents enjoy the performance
  • Ticket Prices: All concerts are free of charge, with the exception of the Benefit Concert, with prices ranging from $50–$500
  • Giving Levels: Contributor ($25); Friend ($50); Supporting ($100); Sustaining ($250); Premier ($500); Maestro ($1,000); Benefactor ($2,500); Patron ($5,000); Stradivarius ($10,000); Conductor’s Circle ($20,000). Depending on level, benefits include reservation privileges; recognition in season program book; a complimentary season poster; invitations to the Trail Creek recital; advanced ticketing for the Benefit Concert; invitations to opening night parties; concert sponsorship in donor’s name; invitations to the Finale celebration; access to the South Terrace Lounge; personalized backstage opportunities; and more.