Local High School Music Students Performing at Sun Valley Resort for 80th Birthday Celebration

SUN VALLEY, Idaho — Dec. 12, 2016 – Local high school students will be the entertainment stars at River Run Lodge on Wednesday, Dec. 21, thanks to a special collaboration between the Sun Valley Summer Symphony School of Music and Sun Valley Resort.  The free event, which will start at 4:00 p.m., is part of Sun Valley Resort’s 80th birthday celebration.

The special 80th birthday event, “Swinging Through the Holidays,” will feature Glenn Miller songs from the 1941 movie Sun Valley Serenade, along with swing-inspired holiday music. Some of the classic hits being performed are “Chattanooga Choo Choo”, “In the Mood,” and “It Happened in Sun Valley.”

Performers are The B-Tones, Colla Voce, and the Beck Vontver Trio. The School of Music and Blaine County School District work together at Wood River High School to support The B-Tones and Colla Voce. Vontver, a Wood River High student, studies piano with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony School of Music and also has his own jazz trio.

Colla Voce, organized in 2002, is a group of young women whose repertoire ranges from classical to jazz to pop. They practice every morning before school under the direction of Choir Director Max Stimac with assistance from Dorinda Rendahl and R.L. Rowsey, Sun Valley Summer Symphony’s education programs artistic director. Choreographers are Jaymie Stimac and Melodie Mauldin-Taylor.

The B-Tones, a group of 28 basses, baritones and tenors, was formed 11 years ago. Rowsey leads the group as part of the choral program at the school.

The Sun Valley Summer Symphony School of Music, formed in 2001, partners with the Blaine County School District to provide year-round instruction for students ages 9 to 18.

“We have an amazing community of talented performers and programs at the Sun Valley Summer Symphony School of Music and Wood River High School. We are pleased to have the opportunity to have them perform Sun Valley Serenade songs and holiday music for our 80th birthday celebration on December 21,” said Kelli Lusk, Sun Valley Resort’s public relations and communications manager. “We hope this can become an annual community event.”

There will also be a free screening of Sun Valley Serenade at the Sun Valley Opera House at 2:30 p.m. on the same day.

About Sun Valley Summer Symphony

The Sun Valley Summer Symphony, which will mark its 33rd season in 2017, is the largest privately funded free-admission orchestra in the United States. More than 100 world-class musicians from North America’s most distinguished orchestras, including the San Francisco Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, New York Philharmonic and Houston Symphony, convene for July and August concerts in the mountain resort of Sun Valley, Idaho. Internationally renowned guest artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Renée Fleming, Yefim Bronfman, Thomas Hampson, James Ehnes, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Audra McDonald, Garrick Ohlsson, Midori, Yuja Wang and Deborah Voigt have performed in the spectacular Sun Valley Pavilion, set in front of Bald Mountain and built from travertine hand-selected in Italy for the venue. In keeping with its mission, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony is involved in the community, sponsoring the year-round School of Music for students ages 9 to 18, Summer Music Workshops and adult education programs. Additional information is available online at svsummersymphony.org.

About Sun Valley Resort

Founded in 1936 as America’s first destination ski resort, Sun Valley Resort in the Idaho mountains is a four-season resort. Outdoor adventure enthusiasts enjoy championship-level skiing, snowboarding, skating, hiking, biking, golfing, fishing, shooting, concerts, shopping, world-class restaurants, and conference and special event space. Sun Valley is consistently ranked above other destination resorts for its array of active pursuits. Sun Valley is a member of the Grand America Hotels and Resorts family. Sister properties include Snowbasin Ski Resort, Grand America Hotel, Little America Hotel (all Salt Lake City, Utah); The Westgate Hotel, San Diego, Calif.; Little America Flagstaff, Ariz.; Little America, Wyo., and Little America, Cheyenne, Wyo.

Sun Valley is served by Hailey’s Friedman Memorial Airport  (SUN). The airport is located 14 miles from the resort and is easily accessed from the gateway cities of San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), Los Angeles (LAX), Salt Lake City (SLC), and Denver (DEN). All Sun Valley Resort guests receive complimentary roundtrip airport transportation.

For more information about Sun Valley Resort:  www.sunvalley.com / 800.786.8259


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December 16, 2016