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From August 10-23, 2024, Sunriver Music Festival will fill Central Oregon with world-class music. Artistic Director & Conductor Brett Mitchell leads world-class orchestra musicians and acclaimed soloists in a remarkable 47th season held in two venues, the iconic Tower Theatre in downtown Bend and Sunriver Resort’s historic Great Hall.

Programs include four classical concerts, a pops concert, a solo violin performance and the family-friendly “Discover the Symphony” concert. The Summer Concert Series opens August 11 at the Tower Theatre and closes August 23 at Sunriver Resort's Great Hall.

"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,” said Mitchell. “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."

“This summer, Central Oregon residents and visitors will experience eclectic live music performed by talented musicians from around the country, both in the orchestra and as guest soloists,” said Executive Director Meagan Iverson. “Maestro Mitchell is an esteemed conductor with a dedication to artistic excellence, creative concert curation and inspired community engagement.”

Ticket sales for Friends of the Festival members begin as early as April 1; tickets are available to the public on June 1. Members have first choice of the best seats, plus receive ticket discounts, gifts, invites to special events, and potential tax benefits.

Other events prior to the Summer Concert Series include Piano Showcase at the Tower with Sean Chen and Arthur Migliazza on March 16, Swings fore Strings Golf Tournament on June 2, Young Artists Scholarship Recital on June 7 and the Festival Faire Fundraising Gala in July. More information on year-round events can be found at

Sunriver Music Festival also presents free music education events, masterclasses and spontaneous chamber music concerts during these two weeks in August. Most orchestra rehearsals are free and open to the public. More details to be announced.

Orchestra concerts conducted by Maestro Brett Mitchell

Opening Night Classical Concert: EARTH
Sunday, August 11, 7:30 p.m.
Tower Theatre, Bend
Tickets start at $45; tickets for age 25 & under $25

IVES (arr. Schuman) Variations on “America”
GERSHWIN  Rhapsody in Blue with Orion Weiss, piano
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.

Sunriver Music Festival Announces Summer Concert Series: August 10-23, 2024 — “Classical Elements“

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.

Pops Concert: A Tribute to Broadway & Film Music
Tuesday, August 13, 7:30 p.m.
Tower Theatre, Bend
Tickets start at $53; tickets for age 25 & under $25

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).

Discover the Symphony Concert
Thursday, August 15, 3 p.m.
Tower Theatre, Bend
General admission tickets are $15; tickets free for age 18 & under

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.

Classical Concert: WATER
Sunday, August 18, 3 p.m.
Tower Theatre, Bend
Tickets start at $45; tickets for age 25 & under $25

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.

Classical Concert: FIRE
Wednesday, August 21, 7:30 p.m.
Sunriver Resort Great Hall
Tickets start at $45; tickets for age 25 & under $25

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

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.

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.

Solo Violin Concert with Tessa Lark
Thursday, August 22, 7:30 p.m.
Sunriver Resort Great Hall
Tickets start at $36; tickets for age 25 & under $25

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.

Season Finale Classical Concert: AIR
Friday, August 23, 7:30 p.m.
Sunriver Resort Great Hall
Tickets start at $45; tickets for age 25 & under $25

AARON JAY KERNIS  Musica Celestis
MICHAEL TORKE  Sky with Tessa Lark, violin
MOZART  Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter“

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.

Patrons who purchase a full six-concert series of classical concerts, pops and solo recital receive a 10% discount. Other flexible package options are available.

Details and tickets are available at or by calling 541-593-9310.

Sunriver Music Festival is a year-round nonprofit presenting world-class orchestral performances and supporting music education throughout Central Oregon. Through a commitment to excellence, collaboration and innovation, the Festival seeks to foster a lifelong love of classical music in its many diverse forms. Visit for more information.

August 10, 2024 - August 23, 2024


07:30 PM - 09:00 PM


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