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Rebirths and Revisions In the Arts

Culture doesn't end when school does. A few of summer's prime offerings in music, theatre and art.

The exoskeleton of the new Sun Valley Summer Symphony pavilion.

The exoskeleton of the new Sun Valley Summer Symphony pavilion.

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The mountains’ majesty, the roaring rivers, the ever-present sun. Sun Valley is enough to visit for its natural amenities and those assets have inspired such incredible art opportunities for those who merely express an interest. The arts community here has it all, from professional theatre, to community festivals, art shows and galleries, street fairs and concerts. This year finds the arts in a period of unprecedented growth. Here’s a glimpse of what is on the horizon.

Sun Valley Summer Symphony: A very special summer concert series

Constructed over the winter after being the recipient of one of the largest amounts of concrete ever poured in the state of Idaho, the Sun Valley Music Pavilion built by Sun Valley Company with a $3 million contribution by Sun Valley Summer Symphony (SVSS), seats its first audience on Sunday, August 3.

For the occasion, SVSS Music Director Alasdair Neale has commissioned a short, dramatic piece by Kevin Puts, one of the top composers in the country and one of the few composers able to make a living solely by writing music.

“He’s doing a celebratory fanfare piece of eight to 10 minutes for the Sunday, August 3, opener,” executive director Jennifer Teisinger says. “Then Gil Shaham plays the Brahms Violin Concerto and the orchestra plays Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. We can hardly wait.”

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