Sun Valley Summer Symphony marks ten years in pavilion by re-creating opening concert

Posted on: July 27, 2017

“Ten years ago, Sun Valley’s R.E. Holding Pavilion—now most often called simply the Sun Valley Pavilion—opened its doors for the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, which took immediately to its new home,” writes Andy Kerstetter in Wednesday’s (7/26) Idaho Mountain Express. At that opening concert, “Music Director Alasdair Neale chose beloved 20th-century American composer Aaron Copland’s famous ‘Fanfare for the Common Man,’ as well as a specially commissioned piece by Neale’s friend, composer Kevin Puts, called ‘Hymn to the Sun.’ … Both works will echo from the more-than-100-member symphony’s strings, brass and woodwinds for the 2017 Sun Valley Summer Symphony Orchestra Festival’s opening night on Monday, July 31…. ‘Fanfare for the Common Man’ will be performed the same way it was in 2008: unconducted, with the symphony’s brass section seated in the pavilion’s west terrace, with the percussion section on stage, the two sections coordinating the music amongst themselves.” Neale said that commissioning works by American composers is “a very important part of our mission.” The July 31 concert will also feature Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with soloist Gil Shaham, “who also performed at the first concert in the pavilion 10 years ago.”

Posted July 27, 2017

Pictured: The Sun Valley Summer Symphony and Music Director Alasdair Neale at the Sun Valley Pavilion, where they have performed for ten years