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2008/2009

Performing Sun Valley Center for the Arts

Arts Series


The mission of the Sun 足Valley Center for the Arts is to stimulate and provoke the imagination while opening hearts and minds through diverse arts programs.


Dear Members and Friends,

…receive a 20% discount and priority seating…

The Sun Valley Center for the Arts is proud to present the 2008/2009 Performing Arts Series. This series runs the gamut from classical to jazz, solo ukulele to an eight piece brass band and beyond. It promises familiar sounds as well as surprisingly new ones. The concerts begin in November and continue until May, reflecting the Center’s commitment to program full seasons of arts events for our community. This year we are offering season tickets to these shows. By purchasing the series, you receive a 20% discount and priority seating at all the concerts. In addition to the public performances, three of the groups (African Children’s Choir, Perla Batalla and the Hot 8 Brass Band) will be visiting local schools to perform for and work with the community’s students. The Center is able to provide these opportunities to the schools free of charge because of the generosity of our members and donors. If you aren’t a member of The Center, we invite you to join us to be a part of introducing art to everyone in our community. Get your subscription today and see you at the shows! Dan Mankin Director of Performing Arts, Sun Valley Center for the Arts


What do Queen Elizabeth and Nelson Mandela have in common? African Children’s Choir Nov. 2, 2008, 7:30 pm Church of the Big Wood, Ketchum

What do Queen Elizabeth and Nelson Mandela have in common? Both have enjoyed performances by the African Children’s Choir. The choir has performed with Paul McCartney and Bobby McFerrin, and appeared at Live 8 in London and on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. The African Children’s Choir brings hope and joy to audiences throughout the world while shining a spotlight on the plight of Africa’s children. With a focus on education, the choir currently supports relief and development projects for several thousand underprivileged children throughout Africa.


Perla Batalla

Dec. 5, 2008, 7:30 pm Church of the Big Wood, Ketchum Don’t miss this encore performance by Perla after her stunning debut last year in the Wood River Valley! One concertgoer dubbed it “the best concert I have ever seen,” and once you experience her mesmerizing renditions of Christmas classics combined with her soulful interpretations of Leonard Cohen and her original compositions, you’ll agree that her voice is in a class with the best singers of our age. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Batalla first gained international attention as a backup singer for Leonard Cohen. Her “mestiza music” is a vibrant mixture of her South American, Mexican and American roots and conveys great passion, spirit and love.

“the best concert I have ever seen”


“born musicians” Brubeck Brothers Quartet Jan. 9, 2009 7:30 pm Sun Valley Opera House

If there’s such a thing as “born musicians,” then the accomplished sons of famed jazz pianist Dave Brubeck definitely qualify. The Brubeck brothers have been playing together all their lives, and yet they produce innovative jazz that sounds brand new. The talented brothers— Dan on drums, Chris on trombone and bass—and their bandmates, Mike DeMicco on guitar and Chuck Lamb on piano, have brought audiences all over the world to their feet. Favorites at jazz festivals across the country including Monterey, Detroit, Sedona, Ravinia and Las Vegas, the Brubeck Brothers Quartet also conducts workshops and clinics at universities nationwide.


Shanghai Quartet

Feb. 7, 2009 7:30 pm Church of the Big Wood, Ketchum Formed in Shanghai, this versatile ensemble is known for its passionate musicality, virtuoso technique and multicultural innovation. The Shanghai Quartet melds the delicacy of Eastern music with the power of Western repertoire, from traditional Chinese folk music to the most challenging classical works. The quartet regularly tours the great

music centers of North and South America, Asia and Europe, including frequent appearances at New York’s Carnegie Hall. To celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2008–09, the quartet will premiere commissions from composers Chen Yi, Krzysztof Penderecki and jazz pianist Dick Hyman.

“The whole performance was superb.” —New York Times


the Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele Jake Shimabukuro April 3, 2009, 7:30 pm Liberty Theatre, Hailey

How can you resist a guy who’s known as the Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele? Jimmy Buffet couldn’t— he was so impressed that he asked Jake Shimabukuro to open his worldwide concert tour. His virtuosity defies label or category. Playing jazz, blues, funk, classical, bluegrass, folk, flamenco and rock, Jake’s mission is to show everyone that the ukulele is capable of so much more than traditional Hawaiian music.


An evening with the Hot 8 is like no other!

Hot 8 Brass Band May 9, 2009, 7:30 pm Sun Valley Opera House

New Orleans’ own Hot 8 Brass Band has epitomized New Orleans street music for over a decade. The band plays the traditional “second line” parades, hosted each Sunday afternoon by the social aid and pleasure clubs, infusing its performances with the funk and energy that make New Orleans music loved around the world. Born and raised in New Orleans, the members of the Hot 8 Brass Band began playing together in high school. What makes the Hot 8 so special are the sounds they coax from their well-loved, well-worn horns. An evening with the Hot 8 is like no other!


Get tickets today & see you there! Prices are listed as member / non-member / kids 12 and under

African Children’s Choir

Sunday, November 2 at 7:30pm Church of the Big Wood, Ketchum $25 / $30 / $10 kids

Perla Batalla

Friday, December 5, 7:30pm Church of the Big Wood, Ketchum $20 / $25 / $5 kids

Brubeck Brothers Quartet

Friday, January 9, 7:30pm Sun Valley Opera House $25 / $30

Shanghai Quartet

Saturday, February 7, 7:30pm Church of the Big Wood, Ketchum $25 / $30

Jake Shimabukuro

Friday, April 3, 7:30pm Liberty Theatre, Hailey $20 / $25

Hot 8 Brass Band

Saturday, May 9, 7:30pm Sun Valley Opera House $25 / $30 / $10 kids

Go online to purchase tickets www.sunvalleycenter.org or call 208.726.9491 Order your season tickets before October 31 and receive: • Reserved priority seating for all shows • 20% discount for all shows • Tickets are transferable to friends and family Season tickets are $136 per person. You save $34—plus you get priority seating! Season ticket holders and members at Patron level and above receive priority seating. (Unclaimed preferred seats will be released 5 minutes prior to each performance.)


As you look at this season of concerts, you’ll notice that they are spread throughout many venues in the valley. The Center looks forward to building a new Center for the Arts in Ketchum which will include a state of the art performance space inside. By having a dedicated venue for music, film and lectures, The Center will be able to bring you more wonderful performances and events

throughout the year and present them regularly at a predictable time and location!

To find out more about the new

building project, please contact Tod Hamachek, General Chair of the Capital Campaign, or Sally Boettger, Director of Development at 208.726.9491.


Get your subscription today and see you at the shows!

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2008-9 Performing Arts Season Brochure  

2008/2009 Sun Valley Center Performing Arts calendar