Music makes magic happen. See how music inspires & connects us!

At The Center, we’re fortunate to witness the many magical moments people experience when participating in a Center program or event. Here are just a few moments people shared with us after attending one of our concerts…

As part of our Winter Performing Arts Series, musicians not only hold a public performance, but they visit local schools as part of our Professional Artist Residency Program. Residencies range from all-school assemblies to one-on-one or small group workshops in classrooms. Students are exposed to professional artists, live performance, global cultures and artistic styles; for many, these residencies are their only experience attending a live performance.

A mother and son bonding over the joy of watching a live performance of folk and pop singer Brett Dennen:

“I wanted to send you a BIG thank you for bringing artists like Brett to our valley. I saw him last night at the Opera House and what a treat! Secondly, my 12 year old son was one of the lucky kids who got to enjoy Brett this afternoon at school. He just called me to tell me all about it. He got to shake his hand, too. Bravo!”

– Heather, resident and parent

A sea of concert goers dancing under the stars:

“Pink Martini was a joyful celebration of the multicultural world we live in… it was so special to see our community come together to dance into the night singing along to lyrics in 5 or 6 different languages.”

– Jane, summer resident

A teacher watching her students be inspired by a visiting musician:

“If anything, I would say Korby Lenker definitely brought life to a classroom full of half-awake students when he walked in – not in the way a school visitor gets students to take a break from the daily routine, but through his ability to give a new perspective on music and the way an artist gains inspiration.”
– Student

A community comes together to celebrate music and a message of inclusivity:

“For Las Cafeteras’ final encore, they played their personalized version of the traditional son jarocho song ‘La Bamba’. The entire audience jumped to its collective feet to sing along. It was so inspiring to know how music, with lyrics in both Spanish and English, connects us.”

– Jude, resident

If you believe in the power of art or have enjoyed a Center program this past year, we hope you will help create more magical moments with a year-end gift.

With your year-end gift to The Center and Company of Fools, you play a vital role in providing the arts and cultural programming that make the Wood River Valley such a magical place to live and visit.