KETCHUM — The Sun Valley Center for the Arts 2017–2018 Performing Arts Series continues with a concert by the O’Connor Band led by Mark O’Connor — a renowned bluegrass, jazz and country violinist — who is also a composer and music educator. The concert — which is expected to sell out in advance — will begin at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Sun Valley Opera House, 1 Sun Valley Road, Ketchum.
Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “one of the most talented and imaginative artists working in music — any music — today,” O’Connor and his Grammy Award-winning band perform shows that feature compelling arrangements, virtuoso solos and tight vocal harmonies. The O’Connor Band is largely a family affair including Mark’s wife Maggie, a graduate of the Peabody Institute; his son Forrest, a Harvard alumnus and former Tennessee State Mandolin champion; and his daughter-in-law Kate, a frequent performer at the Country Music Awards and CMA Country Christmas shows. The ensemble’s debut album — “Coming Home” — hit number 1 on Billboard’s Top Bluegrass Albums chart in 2016 and won Best Bluegrass Album at the 2017 Grammy Awards.
Mark O’Connor is a former child prodigy and national champion on the fiddle, guitar and mandolin. He has won multiple Grammy and CMA Awards; appeared on hundreds of commercial country albums; collaborated with musicians including Johnny Cash, Wynton Marsalis, Dolly Parton and Yo-Yo Ma; and performed everything from original violin concertos to swing and jazz.
Tickets for the Mark O’Connor Band are currently on sale, but are limited. All seats are reserved. Costs are: center members $45 regular seating and $70 premium seating; non-members $55 regular seating and $80 premium seating; students 18 and younger $22.50 regular seating and $35 premium seating. Prices do not include taxes or applicable ticket fees.
The Center’s 2017–2018 Performing Arts Series includes three additional shows in 2018. These shows all have reserved seating and are well on their way to selling out:
Tyler Ramsey — 7 p.m Jan. 18
International Guitar Night — 7 p.m. Feb. 6
Socks in the Frying Pan — 7 p.m. March 6
As part of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts commitment to enhancing arts education for local students, all of the performers appearing in the 2017–2018 Performing Arts Series — including the Mark O’Connor Band — will be working in local schools as part of the center’s Professional Artist Residency Program. This program is supported by Scott Miley and Jane Rosen and, in part — with funds for International Guitar Night and Socks in the Frying Pan — provided by the Western States Arts Federation, the Idaho Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the center’s members, donors and annual wine-auction participants.
The Center’s Performing Arts Series is sponsored by Scott Miley Roofing and the Wood River Inn and Suites. More information and to purchase tickets: call 208-726-9491 or sunvalleycenter.org.