“One of the most beloved and celebrated musical ambassadors of our time, soprano Renee Fleming captivates audiences with her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry, and compelling stage presence. Last summer, the President awarded Ms. Fleming the National Medal of Arts, America’s highest honor for an individual artist.” This August 3, she will be performing at the 30th Anniversary Gala at the the Pavilion. For tickets and information please visit http://www.svsummersymphony.org/schedule/benefit
Sun Valley Center for the Arts cordially invites you to the 33rd Sun Valley Wine Auction! This years auction will take place on July 17-19, 2014. For more information please visit http://sunvalleycenter.org/wineauction/
Sun Valley Center for the Arts presents Le Vent du Nord. Playing at the Opera House on Saturday, March, 22 at 6:30pm. Le Vent du Nord is one of Quebec’s finest traditional and progressive folk groups. For tickets, please call 208.726.9491 or visit sunvalleycenter.org
Come Join New York Tenor Cody Austin as he performs Bocelli and Groban’s greatest hits, Saturday, December 28th at 7:30pm. Tickets are $35 dollars and the show takes place at Our Lady of the Snows Church in Ketchum. For information please call 208-726-0991.
Six consummate guitarists from the California Guitar Trio and the Montreal Guitar Trio made beautiful music and brought the audience to its feet this weekend at the Sun Valley Opera House
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.
The Montreal Guitar Trio delighted the crowd with everything from original compositions to old school rock -- sounds not always associated with guitars
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.
Montreal Guitar Trio posted photos of their trip to Sun Valley on social media. We hope they'll be back!
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.
The Sun Valley Opera House filled up quickly for the six-string symphony during the sold out show
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!
The Arts & Crafts Festival hosted by the Sun Valley Center for the Arts brought the highest quality arts in every medium to town for the 45th year
Sun Valley’s reputation as a destination for art collectors and those who simply appreciate objects of beauty is well deserved. With dozens of local galleries exhibiting works produced in every medium from some of the most important artists of our time, this is a sophisticated arts scene. The Sun Valley Gallery Association hosts nine gallery walks each year that are free, open to the public, and extremely popular places not to only enjoy exhibition openings, but to see and be seen. The next walk will be held on Friday, August 30, and is sure to be one of the highlights of the summer social calendar. Grab a group of friends, reserve a table for dinner and plan to enjoy a wonderful evening on the town, all while enjoying world-class culture.
Another marker of area’s commitment to the arts took place over the weekend as the Sun Valley Center for the Arts (SVCA) held its 45th annual Arts & Crafts Festival in Ketchum. From August 9 to 11, nearly 150 painters, sculptors, jewelry makers, metalworkers, photographers, printmakers, glass, fiber and wood artists (among others!) set up their tents and shared their talents with the steady crowd of browsers and buyers.
The annual SVCA Festival is a feast for the senses
This juried show accepts more than 500 artist applications each year. The Larry Harris List of the Nation’s Best Art Festivals ranks the Sun Valley Center Arts & Crafts Festival among the top 20 in the Pacific Northwest and California. The quality of the work is evident in even a cursory browse through the field of fine art. Artists from Minnesota, Oregon, New Mexico, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana and many of the other 50 states deserve their spot at the Festival.
Local artist Alison Higdon shares her talent for encaustic painting with the crowd
But like most things in Sun Valley, what is perhaps most appealing about this Festival is its lack of pretense; its welcoming atmosphere. A true community event, the weekend attracts serious collectors and neophytes alike. Children are invited to enjoy the arts at an activity tent and everyone is encouraged to watch local artists at work during daily demonstrations. A wide range of live music, good food and lots of places to sit and chat help keep the event casual and inviting.
Though not a gallery per se, the Sun Valley Resort is also a treasure trove of art. Their specialty? Thousands of archival black and white photos depicting nearly a century of the area’s rich history. Stroll the hallways at the Sun Valley Lodge for a glimpse of the glamorous Union Pacific era when celebrities frolicked in the area’s fresh air and sunshine. Pop by the Sun Valley Inn to peruse their exhibition. The collection extends from the Gun Club to Roundhouse Restaurant; from the Sun Valley Club to Trail Creek Cabin and is definitely worth a lingering look.
Enjoying a live concert outside at River Run is one of the joys of summer
Next up for the SVCA is a concert by Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band on Wednesday, August 14, at River Run Lodge. Known for his distinctive “Americana” style, Ritter is a successful songwriter, guitarist and author. An evening spent listening to live music beneath the summer shadow of Bald Mountain is an experience that can’t be replicated. Buy dinner from the grill or grab a picnic and find your spot on the lawn. Tickets are now on sale for this event, as well as for what promises to be a truly memorable night at the Sun Valley Pavilion when megastar Clint Black brings his extremely popular brand of country music to the Valley on September 12.
And another type of artistry is on display this week as three show skaters from Sun Valley On Ice continue their quest for the million dollar prize as they compete Tuesday night on America’s Got Talent. Their act, Aerial Ice, features Joel Dear, Kim Navarro and Brent Bommentre with three others and moves to Radio City Music Hall this week. Tune in from 8 – 10 pm on NBC and be sure to vote them on!
The base of Dollar Mountain was the place to be Saturday night at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts' Grand Wine Tasting Picnic & Concert
Dionysus, the Greek god of the grape harvest, winemaking, wine and ritual madness smiled down on Sun Valley last weekend. The Sun Valley Center for the Arts again pulled off an over-the-top, hugely successful Wine Auction weekend, raising critical funds to support arts programming in the Wood River Valley.
A big top was erected on the grassy lawn at Carol’s Dollar Mountain Lodge under which hundreds gathered Friday night to raise their paddles and bid on once-in-a-lifetime auction items, all while enjoying sublime wine and fabulous food. The high-flying performance troupe Cirque Berzerk dazzled the capacity crowd and a great time was had for a great cause.
On Saturday night, the three-day event ended on a high note with the highly anticipated picnic that is always a locals’ favorite, though people come to Sun Valley from around the country and around the world for this weekend. Hosting a sell-out crowd of upwards of 1200, this year’s picnic switched things up a bit, offering a grand wine tasting as well as fabulous fare and a live concert.
The event offered a wide selection vintages to taste and to savor
Northwest and California wines were available for the sampling and enjoying and food from 20 local restaurants tempted the taste buds. Sun Valley was in on the action, too, as the Resort’s Executive Chef John Murcko donned his whites and helped prepare delicious hard spiced duck pastrami, served with a rye crisp, potato salad, grilled radicchio and apricot. Other food choices ran the gamut from Halibut Ceviche to wood-fired pizzas; Italian Gazpacho to Wagyu beef meatballs. There was an entire tent devoted to dessert.
Sun Valley Resort Executive Chef John Murcko (right) helped feed well over 1000 people under the big tent
In past years, the Wine Auction weekend offered a separate wine tasting event. This year, however, seven vintners set up near the Quarter Dollar lift, offering insight and information on the wines they poured. It was evident that people enjoyed tasting vintages they don’t see every day.
Brooklyn-based funk band Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds provided a dare-you-to-stay-seated soundtrack to the evening and was a highlight in a night full of highlights.
And if that wasn’t enough, on Thursday night, the weekend kicked off with Tapas and Tasting with the Junior Patrons Circle and exclusive Vintner Dinners at private area homes.
Sun Valley's Brad and Kirsten Cleveland said hosting a Vintner Dinner Thursday night was a fantastic experience
The SVCA event is the second oldest charity wine auction in the U.S. and the Center’s primary fundraising event. In addition to funding vital programming, monies raised also support scholarships for art students and educators.
Continuing a favorite community tradition, the Sun Valley Center for the Arts will host an old-fashioned ice cream social after the Fourth of July parade in Hailey.
This free community event has become a summer tradition: walk or bike over to the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Hailey, for a traditional ice cream social after the Fourth of July parade. The Center will be serving free root beer floats made from ice cream donated by the United Dairymen of Idaho and root beer by local brewer, Bucksnort Root Beer, from 1 to 3 pm Thursday, July 4. The date is also the birthday of Roberta McKercher whose former home is now the Hailey home of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts.
July 4 will also be your final opportunity to see the exhibition, Home Front (on display March 14–July 4, 2013, at The Center in Hailey). Part of a multidisciplinary project, this exhibition features artwork made by men and women who have participated in Higher Ground Sun Valley‘s rehabilitation programs for wounded veterans alongside Hailey photographer Matthew Hayes‘ photographs of Higher Ground Sun Valley participants. .
For more information about all Sun Valley Center for the Arts programs, visit www.sunvalleycenter.org or call 208.726.9491 ex 110.
Matt Andersen’s musical household in rural, blue-collar in New Brunswick got him interested in playing early on and by junior high he was in the school band, first on tuba and later on trumpet. He took up guitar at 14, and before long was playing classic rock and Top 40 covers in pub bands while he studied studio engineering. Things changed dramatically, however, when he discovered the blues. “Through Eric Clapton I got into B.B. King, which led me to the Chicago electric stuff and eventually back to the Mississippi Delta guys,” says the 30-year-old singer. “What really hit me most about the blues was its total honesty.” Matt began to build his name on the Canadian circuit, his imposing voice and slashing slide guitar making a monolithic impression on audiences. In 2010 he became the first Canadian to win Memphis’s famed International Blues Challenge, which led to festival dates in France, Italy, and the US, where he toured with Old Crow Medicine Show.
Don’t miss out on the community’s largest fundraising event, the Sun Valley Center Wine Auction. This 32 year old event takes place over four days, letting you experience incredible wines from around the world, unique vintner dinners prepared by top chefs, one-of-a-kind auction lots and an entertainment wine picnic and concert featuring gourment food from local restauruants and wine from you favorite vintners – all in support of The Center’s art and humanities programs!