Sunriver Music Festival’s 36th Season

SRMFCome Dance With Us – Let the Music Move You is the overall theme of the Festival’s season. Each concert will include dance music from Mozart’s German Dances to South American Tangos to boot-shuffling Western classics. Festival kicks off August 9 at Summit High School.  

Artistic Director and Conductor George Hanson will lead the world class Festival Orchestra in five classical concerts and a Pops concert.

The 2013 summer festival will kick off with the Pops Concert at Summit High School presenting the classic western sound of the Bill Ganz Western Band and the Festival Orchestra on Friday, August 9.


On Sunday, August11, the Festival Orchestra will present a concert titled Music Moves You – Come Dance with the great classical composers at the Sunriver Resort Great Hall. This concert includes the music of Verdi, Rossini, Dvorak and Bernstein and a featured clarinet solo in the Lutoslawski Dance Preludes with Benjamin Lulich, the Pacific Symphony’s Principal Clarinet.


On Wednesday, August 14 at the Tower Theatre the concert is titled Mozart In Motion – Wolfgang Light on his Feet. For the Mozart lover, this is a full program of Mozart including the Overture to the Magic Flute, German Dances and the Mozart Symphony No. 39. The Eugene Symphony’s Principal Horn David Kruse will be featured on the Mozart Horn Concerto No.3.   

Friday, August 16 is Tango night at the Tower. The concert is titled Tango FireSunriver Music Festival brings heat and passion to the Tower.  Enjoy the music of South America with compositions by Ginastera and Piazzolla. Premier bandoneón player Daniel Binelli from Buenos Aires joins the orchestra to perform the Piazzolla Concerto Aconcagua. (Bandoneon is a type of accordion popular in South America.) The Four Seasons is included in this concert from the popular Vivaldi version and Piazzolla’s Four Seasons from Buenos Aires.

Sunday, August 18 will feature a full solo concert by Vadym Kholodenko, the newly crowned 2013 Gold Medal Winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition at the Sunriver Resort Great Hall. Started in 1962, the Cliburn Competition is held every four years in late May and holds the distinction of being the world’s premier piano competition.

On Monday, August 19, the concert is Hungarian Spice – Stories told through Dance and will feature two trumpet concerti by Haydn and Handel performed by the Oregon Symphony’s Principal Trumpet Jeffrey Work. The concert includes dances from Kodaly and the Ballet Pulcinella Suite by Stravinsky.    

The closing night concert is titled Beethoven’s Eroica – with a tribute to Van Cliburn. The program opens with the energetic Jacobsen’s Ascending Bird, includes a piano concerto by Vadym Kholodenko and concludes with the powerful Beethoven Symphony No. 3 also called Eroica.

All festival concerts begin at 7:30pm.  Ticket prices range from $10 for youth tickets to $60 box and premier seats.



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