Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Around Town

‘Snoopy’ as a herald of spring at Wood River High School
    The Wood River High School drama department will present the spring musical “Snoopy!” on Wednesday, March 13, through Friday, March 15 at
7 p.m. and Saturday, March 16, at 1 p.m. at the Wood River High School Performing Arts Theater at the Community Campus in Hailey.
     Tickets are $8 adults, $5 high school students and seniors, $3 middle school students and $1 elementary students and children.

Discover the state of our food
    The public is invited to the Sun Valley Center for the Arts in Hailey on Thursday, March 14, from 5:30-8 p.m. for an exploration of changes in agriculture.
    “Infarmation: The State of our Food, a Historic Look at the Industrialization of Agriculture” will examine agriculture’s role in today’s industrialized food systems. A roundtable discussion and Q&A with farmers and community members will follow the presentation.
    Locally sourced food and drinks will be available with donation. For more information, contact or call 720-1198.

Lecture and film surround “Francesca de Rimini”
    Sun Valley Opera will host a free lecture by Dick Brown on one-hit-wonder composers like Riccardo Zandonai, of the opera “Francesca de Rimini,” on Thursday, March 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room in the lower level of St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Sun Valley Road.
    Brown will also discuss different voice types and explain vocal terms. Handouts will be given so that fans will be prepared to attend the “MET HD: Live” broadcast on Saturday, March 16, at 10 a.m.
    Last performed at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City 25 years ago, Zandonai’s magnificent drama features soprano sensation Eva-Maria Westbroek and stalwart tenor Marcello Giordani playing the doomed lovers out of Dante’s “Inferno.” The Met’s ravishingly grand production is conducted by Marco Armiliato.
    The opera is in four acts and was premiered on Feb. 19, 1914, and is still occasionally staged. It is Zandonai’s best-known work and has been called one of the most original and polished Italian melodramas of the 20th century, combining a powerful gift for Italian melody with an exceptional command of orchestration.
    Tickets can be purchased at the Big Wood 4 Cinemas box office in Hailey in advance or on the day of the opera. General admission tickets are $22, seniors $20 and students $18.

Open house for exhibit on Skiing the Pioneer Backcountry
    The Ketchum-Sun Valley Historical Society’s Ski and Heritage Museum is hosting a free open house Friday, March 15, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. featuring an exhibit on skiing the Pioneer Mountains backcountry following the routes first set by early Sun Valley ski instructors in the 1940s. 
    Drawing from 10th Mountain Division experience, Florian Haemmerle was one instructor who mapped out many backcountry skiing routes in the local mountains. Recently, local skier Zach Crist turned friends Kitt and Cody Doucette on to these historical routes while planning a trek for a magazine article. With research assisted by the museum and the Sun Valley Ski Club, the Doucettes, Crist, and other local skiers followed routes set by Haemmerle around the existing Pioneer Cabin.
     The museum is located in the Forest Service Park on First and Washington streets in Ketchum.
    Refreshments will be served and several of the skiers involved in the project will be present to answer questions. 

WRHS Choirs present major works
    Three choral groups from Wood River High School—Spiritus, Carmina Montis and Morning Blend—will present a concert on Monday, March 18, and Tuesday, March 19, at 7 p.m. at the Wood River High School Performing Arts Theater in the Blaine County Community Campus.
    The concert, directed by Max Stimac, will be accompanied by Jim Watkinson and R.L. Rowsey, feature lighting design by Jaymie Stimac and be presented in its entirety on both nights.
    Spiritus, the high school’s mixed choir, will include the performance of Howard Hanson’s “Song of Democracy,” composed in 1957 to poetry by Walt Whitman for choir and orchestra. The orchestral part is arranged for piano four hands by Jim Watkinson.
    Carmina Montis, the school’s girls choir, will perform selections from Carl Orff’s popular “Carmina Burana,” arranged for them by Jim Watkinson.
    Morning Blend is the newest Wood River High School performing group, a mixture of girls group Colla Voce and boys group The B-Tones. They will include Gabriel Faure’s “Pavane” in their musical offering.
    For further information about spring musical offerings, call the choir office at 578-5020, ext. 2249.

St. Paddy’s Day celebrations abound
    The weekend is packed full of opportunities for lovers of shamrocks, music, movies and just about anything else. For a more complete listing of the offerings submitted by press time Friday, visit the Express Calendar on Pages C2 and C3 and for updates and current events.

Calling for local artists to join festival
    The Ketchum Arts Festival, now in its 14th summer, is a celebration of local arts, food and music held at Festival Meadow on Sun Valley Road, between Ketchum and Sun Valley. This year’s dates are July 12-14.
    Time is nearly up for local artists interested in inclusion in the Arts Festival Guide. Applications must be postmarked by this Friday, March 15. Local artists are never juried, but will be accepted with a complete application as long as booths are available.
    To qualify as local, artists must reside in Blaine County. Those who lived in Blaine County when they previously participated are also welcome.
    Application forms and details are available at Additional fees will apply to applications postmarked after March 15.

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