Performances in the Schools

School performances are a vital part of our education outreach. By offering opportunities for students to experience world music, contemporary dance, and film in their own schools we give them access to a variety of artistic forms.

Recent Performances in the Schools

Okadja & Shokoto – October 2013

In October 2013, The Center brought Okaidja Afroso from Ghana with his band Shókoto to the Wood River Valley for a week-long residency. Okaidja is a dancer, drummer, singer and an educator who has been living in Portland, Oregon for the last 14 years performing, recording and teaching. His goal is to preserve traditional African music and dance and promote cross-cultural understanding by sharing his culture with diverse groups of people. He spent time in the valley talking about his instruments and  sharing his music and dance with Wood River Valley Elementary and Middle School students. Click here to view a video of Okadja & Shokoto’s residency.

Sybarite-5-Performance_015SYBARITE5 – October 2012

SYBARITE5’s appearance was a collaborative project between The Sun Valley Center for the Arts and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. SYBARITE5 performed in all local elementary schools and did intensive work with students of the Wood River High School Orchestra and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony School of Music. The concert was a joint presentation to benefit the educational programs of The Center and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony.


sweetplantain1Sweet Plantain – March 2011

Prior to a public performance Sweet Plantain visited the schools to perform for The Community School, Pioneer Montessori, Bellevue Elementary and work with Wood River High School and Middle School orchestra students. Sweet Plantain provided music in advance to the Wood River High School orchestra and then spent 3 days rehearsing together. The students then joined Sweet Plantain on stage at the public performance to present the two pieces they prepared.

Here is a note of thanks that we received from one of the orchestra student’s parents:

We wanted to let the Sun Valley Center know that the Sweet Plantain concert on Friday, March 4, was absolutely fantastic. Their innovative musical style makes classical music so accessible. It’s amazing what they can do with a stringed instrument.

But without a doubt, it was a true gift to the community to have the WRHS orchestra play with the quartet. It was inspirational. Kudos to Sweet Plantain for their genuine interest and desire to work with these students as well as the quartet’s enormous generosity in making sure this performance was as meaningful and successful as possible for these kids. Kudos as well to Rebecca Martin for her part in making this happen. Besides their skill, we were greatly impressed with the students’ poise and focus during the concert. That doesn’t happen by accident. Rebecca was a tremendous influence on their performance.

And kudos as well to the Sun Valley Center for the Arts for making this collaboration between artist and student possible. As Center members and the parents of an 8th grade cellist, we hope that these kinds of opportunities continue – with Sweet Plantain as well as with other performers that the Center schedules. Such opportunities result in rewarding experiences that enrich the lives of those who participate as well as those of us who attend.

Thank you once again for an unforgettable experience.
Alain & Karla Rinckwald