2024 Summer Festival – August 10-23

Sunriver Music Festival fills Central Oregon with music! In August 2024, Artistic Director & Conductor Brett Mitchell will lead world-class orchestra musicians and acclaimed soloists in a remarkable 47th season.

The Summer Festival opens August 11 at the iconic Tower Theatre in downtown Bend and closes August 23 at Sunriver Resort’s historic Great Hall. Four classical concerts, one pops concert, a brilliant solo violin recital, and a family-friendly “Discover the Symphony” concert will be presented.

The Festival season also features music education events, masterclasses and free, public chamber concerts. Many orchestra rehearsals are free and open to the public. More details coming soon…

Tickets for our 47th season for top-tier members go on sale as early as April 1; ticket sales for the public open June 1. Members have first choice of the best seats, plus receive ticket discounts, gifts, invites to special events and potential tax benefits. | more info on memberships

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“One of my favorite things about Central Oregon is the power of nature that we’re able to witness all year round, so I’m particularly thrilled to share with you an entire season filled with pieces inspired by the four classical elements: earth, water, fire and air. Composers for centuries have been inspired by the enormity and grandeur of nature, and I know you’ll be just as inspired when you hear their extraordinary music.”
~Brett Mitchell, Artistic Director & Conductor

2024 Summer Festival Concert Schedule

led by Artistic Director & Conductor Brett Mitchell

Opening Night Classical Concert: EARTH

Sunday, August 11 – 7:30 PM
Tower Theatre, Bend
Festival Orchestra
Brett Mitchell, conductor
Orion Weiss, piano

IVES (arr. Schuman)  Variations on “America”
GERSHWIN  Rhapsody in Blue
BEETHOVEN  Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral”

The Festival season opener celebrates two landmark anniversaries: Charles Ives’ 150th birthday and his brilliant Variations on America, plus the 100th anniversary of George Gershwin’s immortal Rhapsody in Blue with pianist Orion Weiss. After intermission, Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony is a musical depiction of five scenes in nature.

One of the most sought-after soloists of his generation, Orion Weiss is widely regarded as a “brilliant pianist” (The New York Times) with “powerful technique and exceptional insight” (The Washington Post). With a warmth to his playing that outwardly reflects his engaging personality, he has dazzled audiences with his passionate, lush sound and has performed with dozens of orchestras across North America.

6:30-7 PM – Pre-Concert Talk

Tickets start at $45; age 25 & under $25

Pops Concert: A Tribute to Broadway & Film Music

Tuesday, August 13 – 7:30 PM
Tower Theatre, Bend

Festival Orchestra
Brett Mitchell, conductor

Enjoy the Festival Orchestra in a lively tribute celebrating musical anniversaries from Broadway (Beauty and the Beast, Spamalot, Mary Poppins, Fiddler on the Roof and Leonard Bernstein’s Fancy Free) and Film (The Lion King, Forrest Gump, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, My Fair Lady and Henry Mancini’s Pink Panther).

Tickets start at $53; age 25 & under $25

Discover the Symphony Concert

Thursday, August 15 – 3 PM
Tower Theatre, Bend
Festival Orchestra
Brett Mitchell, conductor

This entertaining matinee presents orchestral music in a fun and informal setting. Bring the whole family and enjoy a one-hour concert with virtuosic recipients of the Young Artists Scholarship with the full Festival Orchestra.

An instrument petting zoo is presented prior to the concert.

G/A tickets are $15; age 18 & under FREE

Classical Concert: WATER

Sunday, August 18 – 3 PM
Tower Theatre, Bend
Festival Orchestra
Brett Mitchell, conductor

J. STRAUSS II  The Blue Danube
DEBUSSY (orch. Büsser)  The Sunken Cathedral
HANDEL (arr. Harty)  Water Music Suite
SCHUMANN  Symphony No. 3, “Rhenish”

This concert opens with the most famous waltz of all time—The Blue Danube by Strauss. After intermission, Schumann’s “Rhenish” Symphony is a musical depiction of the Schumanns’ travels along the Rhine.

6:30-7 PM – Pre-Concert Talk

Tickets start at $45; age 25 & under $25

Classical Concert:
FIRE

Wednesday, August 21 – 7:30 PM
Sunriver Resort Great Hall
Festival Orchestra
Brett Mitchell, conductor
Joyce Yang, piano

BEETHOVEN  Overture from The Creatures of Prometheus
HAYDN  Symphony No. 59, “Fire“
FALLA  Nights in the Gardens of Spain (1926 version)
FALLA  Ritual Fire Dance from El amor brujo

This concert opens with Beethoven’s depiction of the God of Fire via his Overture from The Creatures of Prometheus before hearing Haydn’s “Fire“ Symphony. The second half includes Manuel de Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain—a set of three nocturnes featuring pianist Joyce Yang—and closes with the Ritual Fire Dance from El amor brujo (Love, the Sorcerer).

Blessed with “poetic and sensitive pianism” (The Washington Post) and a “wondrous sense of color” (San Francisco Classical Voice), GRAMMY-nominated pianist Joyce Yang captivates audiences with her virtuosity, lyricism, and interpretive sensitivity. She first came to international attention in 2005 when she won the silver medal at the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Yang was a guest artist at the Sunriver Music Festival directly following her 2005 Cliburn win.

6:30-7 PM – Pre-Concert Talk

Tickets start at $45; age 25 & under $25

Solo Violin Concert
with Tessa Lark

Thursday, August 22 – 7:30 PM
Sunriver Resort Great Hall
Tessa Lark, violin

The picturesque Great Hall sets the scene for an eclectic solo performance from violinist Tessa Lark, who is praised for her astounding range of sounds, technical agility and musical elegance. In 2020 she was nominated for a GRAMMY in the Best Classical Instrumental Solo category. She is also a highly acclaimed fiddler in the tradition of her native Kentucky, delighting audiences with Appalachian and bluegrass music.

Tickets start at $36; age 25 & under $25

Season Final Classical Concert: AIR

Friday, August 23 – 7:30 PM
Sunriver Resort Great Hall
Festival Orchestra
Brett Mitchell, conductor
Tessa Lark, violin

The Festival season finale features Musica Celestis, a beautiful, meditative work by Aaron Jay Kernis, and Michael Torke’s Sky, a bluegrass-inspired concerto written for and premiered by Tessa Lark. The season closes with Mozart’s brilliant and ever-popular “Jupiter” Symphony.

6:30-7 PM – Pre-Concert Talk

Tickets start at $45; age 25 & under $25

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