Enjoy a prelude to spring with symphony music director
The year’s first Upbeat with Alasdair event is tonight, Jan. 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Library in Ketchum. Sun Valley Summer Symphony Music Director Alasdair Neale will lead a discussion on Igor Stravinsky’s internationally acclaimed masterpiece, “The Rite of Spring”—now celebrating the 100th anniversary of its Paris premiere.
Neale will bring his creative perspective to a lively discussion of the music and the cultural impact of this avant-garde ballet and accompanying musical score, whose original 1913 premiere shocked the audience and caused a near riot. Over the years, the once-controversial music has become a successful concert piece, and gained recognition as one of the seminal works of the 20th century.
The symphony is joining orchestras and ballet companies worldwide in performing the work. It will be presented Monday, Aug. 12, as part of the 29th annual season. The symphony is the largest, privately funded, free-admission orchestra in the United States. The series runs July 28 through Aug. 20.
Recycle Christmas tree and send WRHS band to compete in Anaheim
It’s the annual Christmas tree recycling event put on by the Wood River High School band students, a fundraiser to help send them to Anaheim, Calif., to compete in the Heritage Music Festival where they often sweep the awards.
Call 481-0389 and get on the list for pickup on Saturday, Jan. 5. A band member will come to your home and pick up the tree for a nominal fee.
It’s $10 for trees up to 8 feet or $20 for trees over 8 feet.
Join sustainable living discussion
Explore the meaning of sustainability, consider the ties between lifestyle choices and their impact on the earth and how to move toward ecologically sustainable organizations, lifestyles and communities in the Environmental Resource Center’s Choices for Sustainable Living discussion group.
The only fee to participate is for the cost of the text, $25 if reserved by Jan. 9. Group size is limited and registration is required by calling 726-4333. The meetings will be held at The Sustainability Center in the old Forest Service buildings on River Street in Hailey beginning Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 6:30-8 p.m. and then weekly until Feb. 27.
Center for the Arts accepting scholarship applications
The Sun Valley Center for the Arts is accepting scholarship applications from Blaine County students and teachers who wish to further their individual studies in the arts and humanities. Application deadline is Friday, Feb. 22.
Scholarships are made possible by The Center’s annual Wine Auction and by generous donors. Last year, The Center awarded more than $60,000 in scholarships to 39 Blaine County residents.
Three kinds of scholarships are awarded to students. The Ezra Pound Award is for a high school junior pursuing visual art the summer prior to his or her senior year. The Gay V. Weake Award is for high school students entering or currently enrolled in college. Preference for those awards will be given to those majoring in visual arts and/or performing arts; some humanities studies will be taken into consideration (art history and creative writing). The High School Arts & Humanities scholarships are for high school students currently enrolled in grades 9–12 who wish to further their artistic pursuits. Preference will be given to students in the visual arts, performing arts and humanities.
Educator’s Awards are given to teachers who wish to pursue professional development opportunities in the arts and humanities. To download a scholarship application and instructions, visit www.sunvalleycenter.org, click on “learning” and then on the tab that says “scholarships.” For questions, call Britt Udesen at 726-9491, ext. 19 or Sarah Kolash at ext. 21.