Opening Night Classical Concert I: EARTH
Sunday, August 11, 2024 – 7:30 PM

6:30-7 PM – Pre-Concert Talk

Tower Theatre, Bend
Festival Orchestra
Brett Mitchell, conductor
Orion Weiss, piano

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.

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

All seats reserved:
Premier $88
Section A $73
Section B $63
Section C $45
Ages 25 and under - $25 - (in Section C)
25 and under tickets must be purchased in Section C

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Pops Concert: A Tribute to Broadway & Film Music
Tuesday, August 13, 2024 – 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).

All seats reserved:
Premier $94
Section A $75
Section B $65
Section C $53
Ages 25 and under - $25 - (in Section C)
25 and under tickets must be purchased in Section C

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Discover the Symphony Concert
Thursday, August 15, 2024 – 3:00 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.

General Admission $15
Ages 17 & under free

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Classical Concert II: WATER
Sunday, August 18, 2024 – 3:00 PM (Matinee!)
 
Pre-Concert talk 2:00 - 2:30 PM
 
Tower Theatre, Bend
Festival Orchestra
Brett Mitchell, conductor

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.

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

All seats reserved:

Premier $88
Section A $73
Section B $63
Section C $45
Ages 25 and under - $25 - (in Section C)
25 and under tickets must be purchased in Section C

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Classical Concert III: FIRE
Wednesday, August 21, 2024 – 7:30 PM

6:30-7 PM – Pre-Concert Talk

Sunriver Resort Great Hall
Festival Orchestra
Brett Mitchell, conductor
Joyce Yang, piano

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.

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

All seats reserved:

Premier $88
Section A $73
Section B $63
Section C $45
Ages 25 and under - $25 - (in Section C)
25 and under tickets must be purchased in Section C

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Solo Violin Concert
with Tessa Lark
Thursday, August 22, 2024 – 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.

All seats reserved:
Premier $74
Section A $58
Section B $48
Section C $36
25 and under - $25 - (in Section C)
25 and under tickets must be purchased in Section C

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Season Finale Classical Concert IV: AIR
Friday, August 23 – 7:30 PM

6:30-7:00 PM – Pre-Concert Talk

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.

All seats reserved:

Premier $88
Section A $73
Section B $63
Section C $45
Ages 25 and under - $25 - (in Section C)
25 and under tickets must be purchased in Section C

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