It was anything but a quiet late autumn Sunday night at the Sun Valley Opera House as a sold out crowd settled into the intimate venue to enjoy the strains of the California Guitar Trio (CGT) and the Montreal Guitar Trio (MG3), together onstage. Each group also played independently.
The concert that was sponsored by the Sun Valley Center for the Arts featured six virtuoso guitarists, hailing from Japan, Canada, Belgium and the United States. Together, they brought 40 years of combined performing experience to the concert. And the experience showed as these consummate musicians brought the audience to its feet with everything from jazz, classical music, original compositions, music from spaghetti westerns and other surprises. My favorite performance? The MG3 interpretation of the classic Rush song, Tom Sawyer. If you think you have heard guitar music, you haven’t heard these six fill the room with sound.
According to the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, the collaboration between the artists was inspired by an impromptu studio session in Montreal. The six guitarists have gone on to release a live recording and tour throughout North America to rave reviews.
And they seemed to be as happy to be in Sun Valley as we were to have them. According to Marc Morin of the Montreal Guitar Trio, “We’ve been playing a lot of big venues. Today, we felt like an intimate audience in a nice setting. This is even better than we could have imagined!” The audience cheered.
A part of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts winter concert series, the California Guitar Trio and Montreal Guitar Trio is one of many rousing, inspiring and entertaining concerts that will come to town this winter and spring. Next, on February 22, 2013, is Marcia Ball, winner of nine Blues Music Awards including five for Best Piano Player of the Year. She will perform a cabaret style show at the nexStage Theatre in Ketchum. On March 22, Le Vent du Nord takes to the historic Opera House stage. Since its inception in 2002, Le Vent du Nord has enjoyed meteoric success. They have received several prestigious awards and are now one of the most-loved Quebec folk outfits in the world. Finally, on May 1, ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro will rock the valley. For tickets and more information, please click HERE.
It is always amazing to see the vast array of arts available in the Wood River Valley. From performances of the caliber of Sunday’s guitar extravaganza, to fine arts, to dance, to author readings and everything else you can imagine, what is offered in this small town in the mountains is impressive by any standards.
Be sure to get tickets to upcoming performances early. They almost always sell out and you don’t want to be disappointed!