The holidays in Sun Valley are unique. From the snow-covered peaks (and ski runs!) that surround the Wood River Valley, to the old-fashioned charm of the Sun Valley Village and the decidedly European feel of the Resort, Christmas in Sun Valley is straight out of a beloved picture book. I have spent more than 30 Christmases in Sun Valley and while I certainly appreciate all that the Resort does to keep current (our amazing snowmaking and grooming, the gorgeous Lodge remodel, The Spa, and new
You find the perfect spot and set up your low-backed chairs facing the soaring Sun Valley Pavilion and the Jumbotron next to the Sun Valley Lodge. It’s time to roll out the blanket and set out your gourmet picnic. A perfect repast may involve chilled rose wine, fresh baguettes, cheese and charcuterie, fruit, and lots of crackers with delicious dips. Gather your friends, enjoy a meal beneath the endless canopy of Idaho summer sky and get ready for the big show to come. It’s Symphony season!
A very special Firebird will grace the Pavilion stage on August 1. Prepare for puppets, dancers, and an evening to remember
Yes, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony has returned to town and the magic of the season is upon us. Following the In Focus series this week, the Orchestra Festival takes to the Pavilion stage beginning Monday, August 1, with a blockbuster performance. At 8:30 p.m. (please note the special start time), the strains of Stravinsky will fill the Pavilion sail and the lawn while a newly staged, and must-be-seen-to-be-believed production of The Firebird dazzles the senses.
This isn’t any Firebird. In fact, it is sure to be one of the highlights of this season. In this electrifying new production of one of Stravinsky’s masterpieces, the Pavilion performance will feature full-scale puppets! And dancers! And live music! The event promises to be like nothing you have ever seen.
An evening spent at the Sun Valley Summer Symphony is an evening well spent. Come early, enjoy the lawn, friends new and old, and a performance of the highest caliber
This free production of The Firebird is presented in collaboration with the creative team from the Handspring Puppet Company of Cape Town, South Africa. “Combining Stravinsky’s score with an adapted scenario re-imagined by creative director and puppet designer Janni Younge, the piece dynamically portrays struggles both personal and political through a medium combining sound, dance and puppetry,” according to the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. “The dancers and puppeteers began working together early in the process through a series of improvisational workshops designed as brainstorming sessions. Harmonizing the abstract physicality of modern dance with the more representational motion of puppetry became a focus, as the dancers and puppeteers shared and expanded their respective expressive grammars.”
The puppets will be eye-popping. Some are birdlike figures. Some are child-like puppets adapted from the dancing Princesses of the Ballets Russes’ original production. The menacing Kashchei and his beastly entourage become an assortment of snakes and dog-like creatures in Younge’s vision, representing the forces of doubt and destruction, according to creators. It is sure to be a feast for the eyes as well as the ears.
The specially created puppets will make this production of The Firebird unlike anything you have ever experienced
Dancers will bring the puppets to life in the telling of this complete ballet
Choreography is by Jay Pather and the one-and-only Alasdair Neale conducts. This very special adaptation has been co-commissioned by the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, the Marin Center for the Performing Arts, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, Ravinia Festival, Hollywood Bowl, and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
A Lawn Chat will precede the performance. These 30-minute sessions are sure to inspire, delight, and entertain. If you are a curious music enthusiast, then lawn chats are for you. Held on the north end of the lawn by the ‘paver bar’ the chats are hosted by Sun Valley Summer Symphony Assistant Conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl and guests. They begin 45 minutes before the concert and are free and informal.
Music, dance, puppetry, a vast lawn, fantastic sound system, good friends – all for free. What better way to kick off the Orchestra Festival that runs through August 18? To see the full schedule for upcoming Symphony events and for more information, please click HERE. Concerts last between 60 and 75 minutes and they are very popular so get to Sun Valley early to secure a great spot on the lawn. Pavilion seating opens an hour before each concert and is very limited.
PHOTO: Firebird 4. Caption: Come and enjoy one of the true pleasures of a Sun Valley summer on the Pavilion lawn. Cheers!
The Sun Valley Summer Symphony is one of the best things about a Sun Valley summer. It is a gift to visitors and locals alike and this Firebird will be one to remember! See you at the Symphony!
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