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July 29 - August 22

Sun Valley Music Festival

The Sun Valley Music Festival proudly announces its landmark 40th-anniversary season, from July 29 to August 22, at the Sun Valley Pavilion. Curated by Music Director Alasdair Neale, the 2024 summer season will feature the all-star Festival Orchestra — which comprises the finest musicians from orchestras throughout North America — performing with a stellar lineup of world-renowned guest artists that includes violinist Leonidas Kavakos, pianists Stephen Hough and Garrick Ohlsson, soprano Meechot Marrero, and cellist Jeffrey Zeigler.

To celebrate 40 years of free classical music concerts, the 2024 Summer Season includes two world premieres commissioned by the Festival: a cello concerto by the Pulitzer Prize finalist and multi-Grammy-nominated composer Andy Akiho, performed by former Kronos Quartet cellist Jeffrey Zeigler; and a season-opening fanfare by Timothy Higgins, Principal Trombone of the San Francisco Symphony. Stephanie Childress returns as Associate Conductor to lead several performances, including Mozart’s Symphony No. 36 (Linz), Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries, and Rossini’s William Tell overture. Major orchestral repertoire includes Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony, Mahler’s Symphony No. 6, Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, Saint-Saёns’s Organ Symphony, Respighi’s Pines of Rome, Grieg’s Piano Concerto, Brahms’s Violin Concerto, Benjamin Britten’s Four Sea Interludes, Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks, and Ravel’s Boléro.

For Pops Night, the Festival will screen the blockbuster film Raiders of the Lost Ark with the orchestra playing the acclaimed John Williams score — one of the most memorable and iconic in the history of cinema — under the direction of conductor Vinay Parameswaran. All concerts are offered free of charge (with the exception of the annual fundraising Gala, which will be announced in February), with ample seating inside the Sun Valley Pavilion and on the lawn, featuring a state-of-the-art big screen and sound system.

About Sun Valley Music Festival

The Sun Valley Music Festival’s mission is to enrich, inspire, and instill in our community a lifelong love of classical music through extraordinary, free concerts and education programs. Festival programs provide opportunities for people from all walks of life to listen, learn, and play. Now in its 37th year, it is the largest privately supported, free-admission orchestra in the United States.

Over 100 world-class musicians from North America’s most distinguished orchestras, including the San Francisco Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Houston Symphony, comprise the Festival Orchestra. Summer Season concerts are held in July and August at the spectacular R.E. Holding Sun Valley Pavilion, in the mountain-resort town of Sun Valley, Idaho. Internationally renowned guest artists such as Gautier Capuçon, Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Yefim Bronfman, Kristin Chenoweth, Seraphic Fire, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet have performed with the Festival.

The Festival strives to introduce every Wood River Valley student to the joys of classical music, to inspire the next generation of music lovers. Its year-round and summer Music Institute programs provide tuition-free instruction for string, piano, and voice students of all skill levels — from elementary through high school — that goes beyond the fundamentals and embraces the entire musician.



July 29
August 22
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Sun Valley Music Festival


Sun Valley Pavilion
300 Dollar Rd
Sun Valley, Idaho 83353 United States
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