Friday, March 21, 2008

Where you can hear Gil Shaham, Joshua Bell, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Orion Weiss in free concerts

If you travel to Sun Valley, Idaho this summer you can hear Gil Shaham, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Orion Weiss play with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony for free. Yes, that's gratis! The Sun Valley Summer Symphony has offered free concerts for the past 23 years. So, they have some excellent sources for funding. This year the festival will take place under a new special tent (similar to the one in Aspen) called the Pavilion that will seat 1500!

The festival season begins with a chamber music series on July 28th and moves to the orchestra series on August 3rd. That's when Shaham performs the Brahms Violin Concerto. Thibaudet plays Ravel's Piano Concerto on August 7. Weiss plays Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 17 on August on August 11th, and Bell performs Ravel's Tzigane and Saint-Saƫns' Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso on August 16. Eric Kunzel conducts a pops program on August 15th. Music Director Alasdair Neale leads the orchestra of Richard Strauss' Ein Heldenleben on August 18th. Those are just some of the highlights.

A special benefit concert featuring the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Denyce Graves takes place on August 9. That's the only concert that requires the purchase of a ticket.

Jennifer Teisinger is the Executive Director of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. For two years, she served as the president of the Vancouver Symphony (WA).

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