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Events and programs for October through December of 2009 at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts.


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  • Directors letterdear friends,

    we are entering what just happens to be my favorite season of the year! fall means so many things to

    us in so many different waysfrom the color displayed by nature indicating that another season of growth

    and bloom comes to an end, to the anticipation of shorter days, winter beauty and the wonderful intimacy

    of returning indoors to continue to celebrate life, creativity and friendships.

    in retrospect, this past summer was a terrific introduction to the wood river valley. the welcome

    extended to us by many of you has been exceptional and warm. from the summer music series concerts in

    hailey and Ketchum, to wonderful donor events in so many beautiful settings, to the wine auctions expan-

    sive week of activitiesyour support, engagement and generosity continue to make the center a vibrant,

    growing and integral part of life in our community.

    one of my most impactful personal experiences this past summer was attending the sun valley sum-

    mer symphonys performances at the new sun valley pavilion. i was immediately struck by the way in

    which the new building structure greatly enhanced, even transformed, the already high artistic quality of

    the concerts. it was as though the symphony and the pavilion were made for each other. the results were

    tremendous: high attendance, music of the finest caliber and a satisfying sense of having experienced an art

    form exactly as it was meant to be experienced.

    i strongly believe that the community and the sun valley center for the arts will have the very same

    transformative experience when the centers new building is completed. picture this: every week of the

    year, the community will enjoy a state of the art cultural center where the visual and performing arts, films,

    lectures, symposia and life-long learning for people of all ages take place all under one spectacular and

    beautifully inspiring roof.

    it is an exciting prospect, and we are most grateful to our community for the wonderful support and

    shared vision that has inspired our future plans. how gratifying it is to know that as neighbors, whether

    year-round or for just a few weeks each season, we understand the need to create and build great struc-

    tures and programs to achieve our dreams.

    i invite each of you to experience and enjoy the centers activities and programs for the coming months!


    bill ryberg, executive director

    PictUre tHispicturE this campaigNour efforts continue to raise the required funds to begin construction of a true year-round center for the arts in our community. we are excited to have received the necessary approval from the city of Ketchum this summer for slight modifications to the design that will allow us to expand the capacity of our indoor performance venue to

    serve an audience of 400 instead of 240. enthusiasm for the project continues to grow, as

    exemplified by the grathwohl family, who stepped forward and made a very generous gift to the project through the seattle based thurston family charitable foundation. here is their story.

    susan thurston grathwohl came to sun valley for 3 years and ended up staying for 30. she was witness to the earliest efforts of the sun valley center, and remains convinced of its vital role in the community. now two of her children, christopher grathwohl and tracy grathwohl lee, live here full time and are raising their families here. with their roots sinking even deeper into the community, they col-lectively agreed that it would be appropriate to invest more of their foundations giving in the wood river valley. they chose the center for three reasons.

    the sun valley center brought the arts to this community, and deserves credit for the breadth and depth of cultural life we all enjoy here, says susan thurston grathwohl. it needs room to grow and a prominent and dynamic facility to be able to continue leading the way.

    son christopher adds, the new art center will add distinction and vitality to the community, as well as cultural and economic diversity. locals and tourists alike will be drawn to it as the focal point of arts and culture.

    and from tracys perspective, the large perform-ing arts/ lecture hall and classrooms will provide a needed venue for all kinds of events. we hope the new sun valley center will become a gathering place for everyone interested in the exploration of art, life-long learning and expansion of their perspective on our com-munity and the world.

    the center thanks the grathwohl family for their generosity and the many other people who have made gifts to the capital campaign.

    cover images:

    Hot club of san Francisco

    Andre Yi, detail, Nevadaville (Gallows

    Frame), 006, acrylic, ink and colored

    pencil on canvas, courtesy of the artist

  • lectUre series

    Junot dazFri, Nov 20, 7pmchurch of the Big wood, Ketchum$20 / $30 nonmembers

    hip, irreverent, funny, and above all, fiercely intelligent and one of the new yorkers 20 top writers for the 21st century, Junot daz won the 2008 pulitzer prize for fiction for his astoundingly great (time) debut novel, the brief wondrous life of oscar wao. born in the dominican republic, daz draws heavily on his own experience of american cul-ture as an immigrant. he teaches creative writing at mit and is the fiction editor at the boston review.

    roxana saberithu, Jan 7, 7pmchurch of the Big wood, Ketchum$20 / $30 nonmembers

    while working as a freelance journalist in tehran in January 2009, roxana saberi became the center of international atten-tion when she was accused of spying for the united states and sentenced to eight years in jail. she spent 100 days in prison before she was able to appeal her case and was eventually released by president ahmadinejad.

    david sedarissun, Oct 25, 7pmlimelight room, sun valley$30 / $40 nonmembers

    one of americas pre-eminent humorists, david sedaris is a frequent contributor to public radios this american life and recipient of the thurber prize for american humor. he is the author of the bestselling collections of personal essays barrel fever, holidays on ice, naked, me talk pretty one day, dress your family in corduroy and denim, and when you are engulfed in flames. time out new york raves, david sedaris just may be the funniest man alive. and, hes even funnier when he reads his material out loud.Jpc pre-lecture reception at the bar at the sun valley inn

    lecture sponsors martine and dan drackettwodecroft foundation, rebekah and larry helzel

    sir salman rushdie part of the multidisciplinary project Outside in: indian art abroad thu, Feb 11, 7pmlimelight room, sun valley$30 / $40 nonmembers

    raised in india and pakistan and educat-ed in england, sir salman rushdie is one of the most celebrated and controversial authors and critics of our time. his novel the satanic verses provoked a fatwa (religious edict) by ayatollah Khomeini calling for his death, as a result of which he spent nearly a decade underground, seldom appearing in public. a leading proponent for free speech, rushdie was knighted by the british in 2007.

    lecture sponsorsmartine and dan drackettwodecroft foundation, Judith and richard smooke

    donna shalalamon, mar 22, 7pmchurch of the Big wood, Ketchum$20 / $30 nonmembers

    from 1993 to 2000, donna shalala served as president clintons secretary of health and human services. in 2008, president bush presented her with the presidential medal of freedom, the nations highest civilian award. she served as co-chair of the commission on care for wounded warriors and is currently president of the university of miami as well as a leading voice in the current health care debate.

    lecture sponsorsrichard carr and Jeanne meyers

    sEriEs priciNg$115 / $165 nonmembers

    Editors series sponsor ticket $500includes: preferred seating special reception before salman rushdie talk luncheon for Editors series sponsors on wed, mar 31 $250 tax deductible contribution

    JUNior PAtroNs circlesince its debut in January, the Junior patrons circle (Jpc) is emerging as a wonderful new source of energy and activity for the sun valley center for the arts. with a number of successful events under its belt, including a gallery reception, salon concert and Jpc wine auction party, the Junior patrons circle is becoming an integral part of the center. in this newsletter, please look for the Jpc logo for programs and events that are recommended for Jpc members and their friends. additional information will be sent via email to Jpc members and

    anyone who wants to be kept informed of where the Jpc will be gathering to have fun, learn and expand awareness of the arts.

    the Junior patrons circle is a membership club and volunteer group of young(ish) adults dedicated to furthering the goals of the sun valley center. by informing other young adults and their families about the center and hosting events and activities for them, the Junior patrons circle seeks to involve the next generation