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SVSS fills the week with concerts
By ADAM TANOUS
Express Arts Editor
The Sun Valley Summer Symphony is in full
swing this week with its Gala Benefit tonight and concerts nightly through
Wednesday, Aug. 13.
The symphony’s black tie benefit dinner
takes place tonight at River Grove Farm in Hailey. Following dinner, world-class
rider and Wood River Valley resident, Debbie McDonald will perform with her
dressage mare, Brentina, to the sounds of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony.
Alasdair Neale, musical director of SVSS, will conduct the full symphony in this
Thursday evening is Chamber Music night,
with Alison Harney directing members of the SVSS in pieces by Mozart, Hellendaal
Friday marks the return of the Family
Festival—a day designed for the entire family, but especially for preschool and
early elementary aged children. The fun kicks off at 10 a.m. with the Toy
Store’s Doll Buggy Parade. Children will be led into the symphony tent where
they can explore the wonders of music through art, movement and sound. Also on
tap is the Instrument Petting Zoo, sponsored by the Tracy Bay Music Studio, in
which children can touch, blow, bang and strum real instruments. The
intermediate level students of the SVSS workshops will perform at 3 p.m. Then at
6:30 p.m. the advanced students take the stage.
Saturday evening will surely be a
highlight of the concert season as Erich Kunzel, Conductor of the Cincinnati
Pops Orchestra, will conduct "Western Night at the Pops." The evening repertoire
includes works from "The Magnificent Seven," "From Sea to Shining Sea," and the
theme from "Big Country."
Neale once again takes the baton for the
Sunday through Tuesday concerts. Featured soloist Sunday will be cellist Steven
Honigberg. Monday Stephen Paulson on bassoon and Jeremy constant on violin will
be soloists. Andrew McCandless takes the spotlight Tuesday.
All this, and it’s still only week two of
the season. Next week promises another lineup of exceptional concerts in an
exceptional setting. And hard as it is to believe, all of this is free of