February has reared its wintry head. Extra snowfall and a holiday here and there mean Ketchum and Sun Valley are bustling with extra tourist traffic. Correspondingly, February is a busy time for the performing arts, as various creative organizations in the area seek to entertain the additional visitors.
It is a particularly busy month for the Argyros Performing Arts Center in Ketchum. Having only just finished hosting the Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival yesterday, Tuesday, Feb. 4, the Argyros is back at it again this weekend.
On Sunday, Feb. 9, the performing arts center will host world-renowned guitarists Martin Taylor and Frank Vignola.
In January, 2019, Taylor visited The Argyros with another celebrated fingerstyle guitarist, Laurence Juber. The pair toured a great deal last winter across the American West. Taylor is similarly crossing states off his list with Vignola this year.
Both are accomplished jazz musicians. Taylor’s exploits have earned him an MBE and Vignola has performed with the likes of Ringo Starr, Madonna and Wynton Marsalis. Guitar legend Les Paul even named him one of his Five Most Admired Guitarists for The Wall Street Journal.
That concert begins at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are available now at theargyros.org, ranging in price from $40-$60.
Just two days after Taylor and Vignola perform, the Argyros will present the Malpaso Dance Company.
Founded in 2012 as Cuba’s first fully independent dance company, Malpaso has quickly grown into one of the most sought-after international touring dance troupes in North America.
The group is currently touring the United States and Canada, with the upcoming show at The Argyros the only such engagement in Idaho.
The modern dance company diversifies its offerings by incorporating original work by a plethora of choreographers from different backgrounds and countries, including Cuba, the U.S., Canada, Argentina and Israel.
The Boston Globe hailed a Malpaso performance as “a blend of unfussy ballet technique and lushly earthy modern dance, spiked with now-soft, now-explosive capoeira.”
The show in Ketchum will begin on Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for $60-$100.
The following weekend will see The Argyros present “Love It! A Valentine’s Cabaret,” the performing arts center’s first production with local talent. That event is elaborated upon in the cover story of this section.
Fast-forward another three days from the second evening of “Love It!” and The Argyros will play host to International Guitar Night on Tuesday, Feb. 18, presented by the newly renamed Sun Valley Museum of Art (SVMoA), formerly the Sun Valley Center for the Arts.
International Guitar Night has proved immensely popular in the past, selling out shows each year The Center brought it into town. This year is no different. The 7:30 p.m. showing actually sold out so quickly that SVMoA booked a 4:30 p.m. matinee. Tickets are on sale now at svmoa.org, ranging from $16-$71.
Each year, International Guitar Night assembles a different cast of accomplished guitarists from various countries, highlighting a wide range of cultures, musical styles and traditions.
This year, founder Brian Gore brought together English guitarist Mike Dawes, Turkish guitarist Cenk Erdogan, Finnish guitarist Olli Soikkeli and, from Hawaii, guitarist Jim Kimo West.
Finally, rounding out the month will be two nights of a unique musical experience, Mason Bates & Mercury Soul. A more in-depth look at that event will follow in a future arts section.
Tickets for all these events are on sale now. Aside from the SVMoA event, all tickets may be purchase at theargyros.org.