Sun Valley Music Festival Online July 27-August 19

Ready for some musical excitement after months of silence at the Kohl Mansion? We’re thrilled to partner with Idaho’s renowned Sun Valley Music Festival in its virtual 2020 season, to bring our audience the opportunity to enjoy three weeks of magnificent free programming and invite the Festival’s audience to the grandeur of the Kohl Mansion. Enjoy the full spectrum of offerings and the chance to hear music in the Mansion once again!

This past weekend, Sun Valley Festival crews were able to film a number of superb musical performances at the Kohl Mansion, fully masked and socially distanced. These are segments of the reimagined virtual Sun Valley Music Festival, captured in unique venues and private homes in a total of 42 cities in 20 states, including the District of Columbia and Ontario, Canada.

The entire three-week Festival schedule may be viewed online. The following three concerts include segments filmed on location at the Kohl Mansion.

Thursday, July 30, 2020, 5:30PM (PST)
From Bach to Bernstein and Beyond

A brass quintet kicks off a musical journey with music of the Renaissance. Then, Amos Yang delves into the Baroque with the last of Johann Sebastian Bach’s iconic Cello Suites. Heading into the 1950s, Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story gets the brass treatment, while celebrated violinist Leila Josefowicz brings you into the 21st century with an excerpt from Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Lachen Verlernt (Laughing Unlearnt).
Tuesday, August 4, 2020, 5:30PM (PST)
Strings and Mallets
A quartet of cellists led by Amos Yang plays cleverly arranged versions of Mozart’s Overture to The Marriage of Figaro; Handel’s “Ombra mai fu,” the famous aria from his opera Xerxes sung in appreciation of a plane tree; and even a hit song by the Beatles. Si-Yan Darren Li and Marc Damoulakis play Osvaldo Golijov’s haunting Mariel for Cello and Marimba before a quartet of percussionists round things off with Steve Reich’s hypnotic Mallet Quartet for Marimbas and Vibraphones.

Friday, August 14, 2020, 5:30PM (PST)
French Impressions
Claude Debussy’s experiments in harmony and form changed the course of music history in a creative career stretching from 1890 to 1917. Principal Flute Linda Lukas plays Syrinx, a sinuous solo, which would come to redefine the capabilities of the modern instrument. The Edgar M. Bronfman String Quartet will then play the composer’s String Quartet, a tonally shifty and equally groundbreaking work.

How to Attend

All concerts are free, broadcast live at 5:30PM (PST) on the Festival website (

Broadcasts are not available on-demand or for download, so please be sure to attend on the scheduled dates. [Note that the website lists times in Mountain Time (MT), one hour later than Pacific Time (PST.)]
To watch online:
  1. Go to the Festival website:
  2. Click on the media player at the top of the page or select “watch online broadcast”
  3. If the video doesn’t start automatically, select the play button; (available at event start time)
To view more tips for online viewing, click here.
2020 Summer Season, reimagined and online
Click to hear Music Director Alasdair Neale announce the reimagined Festival.