Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Sun Valley Pavilion to dazzle for summer

Pavilion shows include music, comedy and dance

Express Staff Writer

Veteran standup entertainer Bill Cosby will perform at the Sun Valley Pavilion on Wednesday, June 22. Courtesy photo

The 2011 summer Sun Valley Pavilion schedule will be filled to the brim with entertainment for the entire family. Sun Valley Entertainment Director John Mauldin said he spent some time researching seats in the pavilion to give patrons options for the best seat for the money.

"For most shows, early-bird tickets will be available," he said. "At least one month before the performance, early-bird tickets will be available until they sell out."

Mauldin said there are up to 13 sections in the pavilion with different price points. When buying tickets, patrons should think about sound, site lines, movement and weather.

"It's based on the idea that every seat has a value and the value is based on the experience people have in those seats," he said. "We are always working to improve the pavilion. We are excited about some of the changes we will be implementing this year."

The season will begin with Bill Cosby, who will perform at the Sun Valley Pavilion on Wednesday, June 22, at 7:30 p.m. Gates will open at 6:30 p.m.

Cosby's career began in 1962. He has become an iconic comedian, actor, author, television producer, educator, musician and activist. During the 1980s, he produced and starred in what is considered to be one of the decade's defining sitcoms, "The Cosby Show." Tickets are on sale and range in price from $29-$81.25.

Other entertainment includes the Robert Moses' Kin Dance Company, a modern ballet dance company from San Francisco, on Friday, June 24, at 7:30 p.m. Gates will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale and range in price from $19-$65.

For the Fourth of July weekend, Alison Kraus and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas will perform on Saturday, July 2. Gates will open at 4:30 p.m. and the show will start at 5:30 p.m. VIP benefit tickets for Sun Valley Adaptive Sports and the Sun Valley Ski Academy are available through the Community School. For details, call 622-3960, ext. 105. Other pavilion tickets are on sale ranging from $29-$110.

The American Festival Chorus and Orchestra with Maureen McGovern will perform on Sunday, July 3. In addition, the Trey McIntyre Project will also return to perform at the pavilion on Friday, Aug. 26. Times and tickets for these performances have not been announced.

Other shows at the pavilion include the Sun Valley Opera's "A Midsummer Night's Serenade" on July 10, The Avett Brothers presented by the Sun Valley Center for the Arts on July 13, the Sun Valley Artist Series benefit concert with Susan Spelius Dunning on July 17 and the Danny Thompson Memorial Benefit Concert with Huey Lewis & the News on Aug. 17. Tickets are on sale for those shows.

Tickets for the shows, now on sale, are available at the Sun Valley recreation office and online at Sun Valley Resort will also have a limited number of lodging packages for shows. For reservations, call 800-786-8259.

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