Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Symphony brings back family concert

Soprano Deborah Voigt to narrate

Express Staff Writer

Soprano Deborah Voigt will sing with symphony on Friday, Aug. 14, and will narrate Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” for the Sun Valley Summer Symphony’s Family Concert at the Sun Valley Pavilion.

The Sun Valley Summer Symphony is bringing back the popular Family Concert as the entertainment highlight of its Family Music Festival Day. The concert is set for Saturday, Aug. 15, at 11:45 a.m.

Soprano Deborah Voigt will narrate Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf" in a concert designed for children and their families.

The New York Times said Voight is "arguably the leading dramatic soprano singing today" and "has a gleaming voice that easily soars over the largest Wagnerian orchestra."

Voigt's numerous awards and honors include first prizes in Moscow's Tchaikovsky Competition, Philadelphia's Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition and France's "Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres." She was Musical America's Vocalist of the Year in 2003 and received a 2007 Opera News Award for distinguished achievement in the art form.

The Family Concert will be conducted by the Sun Valley Summer Symphony's Alasdair Neale. The symphony will perform Gioacchino Rossini's Allegro from "Overture to William Tell," Tchaikovsky's Polonaise from "Eugene Onegin" Opus 24, Sergei Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf," Opus 67 and Leonard Bernstein's "Mambo" from "West Side Story."

The day will also include a "Living with Wolves" presentation by Jim and Jamie Dutcher at The Community Library for grade-school students and up. This year's "Fairies and Fantasy"-themed Doll Buggy Parade for pre-school children will also include a Movement and Dance activity for children at the Sun Valley Esplanade. Last but not least, the day includes a post-concert Instrument Petting Zoo for children at the Sun Valley Pavilion.

The concert will have open seating. For details, visit

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Event schedule

Friday, Aug. 14

· 6:30 p.m.—Voigt to sing with symphony.

Saturday, Aug. 15

· 10 a.m.—Living with Wolves presentation by Jim and Jamie Dutcher at The Community Library in Ketchum.

· 10:30 a.m.—29th annual Doll Buggy Parade sponsored by The Toy Store.

· 11:45 a .m.—Sun Valley Summer Symphony Family Concert.

· Post-concert instrument petting zoo.

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