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Sun Valley Summer Symphony brings back screen “On Pops Night T I tried to ask a closer people to come look into the Pahe LED screen in Los Angeles. “He’s will be back for charismatic, he’s very the upcoming social and he loves Sun Valley SumSun Valley.” mer Symphony, The chamber which runs July music series will 24 through Aug. expand to four 16. concerts this year, by: Karen And the symdebuting July 24 Bossick phony and Sun and continuing with Valley Resort will performances on July provide a permanent 26, 28 and 29. infrastructure to mount it on It has been renamed the the southeast corner of the PaEdgar M. Bronfman “In Focus vilion lawn where it was located Series” to spotlight its new mislast year. sion of going inside the music Symphony President Brittain and learning more about a spePalmedo said the addition of the cific musical theme. screen will offer the symphony • This year’s chamber series the opportunity to offer its free has been themed “Viva La concerts to even larger audiFrance” and will feature French ences. classical music. A talk and musiExecutive Director Jennifer cal demonstration will precede Teisinger said the symphony each concert at 5:30 p.m. The has not yet decided whether to concert will follow at 6:30 p.m. purchase a screen or lease it. “This is the fifth year for “But we couldn’t not bring it Alasdair’s talks at the library back after seeing how much the and people are still so interested audience enjoyed the lawn expein what he has to say,” said Teisrience,” she said. “On Pops Night inger.” We’re responding to this I tried to ask people to come into community’s innate intellectualthe Pavilion out of the rain and ism with this—people can come no one would move because they to one or the other or both.” wanted to watch the concert on As always, the Chamber series the screen.” will feature a string quartet. But The symphony is starting an this year, the Chamber series artist-in-residence program and will also include other orchestra changing the format of its chammembers, Teisinger added. ber series this year. • Pop’s Night will showcase • French-born pianist JeanAmerica’s greatest hits from Yves Thibaudet will return for John Denver to The Beach Boys his fourth year this year to open to the Mamas and Papas under the symphony season. He will the direction of guests pops spend a week in Sun Valley, perconductor Michael Krajewski, forming with the chamber series, principal pops conductor of the touching base with symphony Houston, Jacksonville and Atdonors and working with music lanta symphony orchestras. The students. program titled “America’s Juke“He’s such a Sun Valley box,” will not feature singers this favorite—people feel like they year in its effort to focus on the know him,” said Teisinger of connection between the conducThibaudet, who makes his home tor, orchestra and audience.
vilion out of the rain and no one would move because they wanted to watch [it] on the screen.” –Jennifer Teisinger Executive Director, Sun Valley Summer Symphony
“I think people will enjoy Michael,” said Teisinger. “He’s got a dry sense of humor and is very welcoming.” • Quartetto Gelato, which once performed as part of the Sun valley Center for the Arts concert series, will bring its mix of mandolins, banjos, accordions, violins and other instruments to perform a mix of tangos, gypsy and folk songs with the symphony for the symphony’s second annual “On the Lighter Side” concert. • In addition, the symphony will join forces with the Sun Valley Center for the Arts and The Community Library to explore Minimalism as a movement in the visual arts, music and architecture. The exhibition of art, concerts, lectures and panel discussions titled “How Much Less is More” will take place from Aug. 4 through Sept. 30.
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AS SEEN ON COVER: Music Director Alasdair Neale will be taking most of the bows again this summer when America’s largest free symphony concert starts up in late July. Photo: Karen bossick/twp
Music Director Alasdair Neale said this year’s lineup spotlights the orchestra’s national “all-star” team of musicians from across the country and beyond. “Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony will be performed for the first time in Sun Valley and Mahler’s First and Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony make welcome return appearances,” he said. “In all three works audiences will have a chance to reflect on the extraordinary wealth of musical talent that descends on the Wood River Valley each summer.” The highlights: Monday, Aug. 1—Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet performs Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor. Thursday, Aug. 4—Concert-
master Jeremy Constant and Principal Cello Amos Yang will perform Brahms’ Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra. Sunday, Aug. 7—Pianist Yefim Bronfman (no relation to Chamber music sponsor Edgar Bronfman) performs Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor. Thursday, Aug. 11—Quartetto Gelato, an eclectic Canadian gypsy-like group, will join forces with the symphony for its second annual “On the Lighter Side” concert. Friday, Aug. 12—Vadim Gluzman, who performed Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony in 2009, will perform Erich Korngold’s Violin Concerto. twp