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Puppetry, Ukulele, Dazzling Guitar Work on Tap for SVMoA Concerts
Monday, September 13, 2021


A modern-day Mr. Rogers with hipster appeal and his puppet sidekick will be among the performers in the Sun Valley Museum of Art’s 2021-22 Performing Arts Residency and Concert Series.

The lineup:

  • The family-friendly, feel-good entertainment known as The Joshua Show will appear at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, at the Wood River High School Performing Arts Theater.

    Joshua Holden and his puppet Mr. Nicholas will explore the joy of being true to oneself when Mr. Nicholas makes a self-discovery that causes him to spiral down a path of loneliness and despair. The cast of characters includes Larry the Lint and Wonderbook. The show includes live music, tap dancing and physical comedy.

    Holden, a freelance puppet fabricator for The Jim Henson Company, was named one of “20 Theatre Workers You Should Know” by American Theatre magazine. While here he will present two free performances for elementary school students at the Wood River High School Performing Arts Theater during which students will have the opportunity to ask questions and interact with Joshua and Mr. Benjamin.

    Tickets are $15 for SVMoA members, $20 for nonmembers and $5 for kids.

  • Luca Stricagnoli, an acoustic guitarist from Italy, will showcase some of his wildly inventive guitar styles at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Argyros Performing Arts Center.

    Stricagnoli can use up to five guitars in the same piece, leaving his audiences wondering what’s next. Stricagnoli, who has performed in Sun Valley with International Guitar Night, will work with school students while here.

    Tickets start at $25 for members, $35 for nonmembers and $12.50 for students 18 and under and college students with valid I.D.s.

  • Paula Fuga and her band will bring the evocative voices of the Hawaiian people to the Argyros at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5.

    One of Hawaii’s top ukulele players, she is known for her originality in her songs, which are designed to inspire social change, and her spellbinding, soulful vocals. She has performed around the world, including Madison Square Gardens, the Sydney Opera House and The White House where she has performed three times.

    While here, Fuga will visit with students at Silver Creek High School in her constant mission to show that personal struggle is universal and that conquering fears and achieving goals is possible for everyone.  She particularly loves working with at-risk students, having experienced homelessness as a youth.

    Tickets start at $25 for members, $35 for nonmembers and $12.50 for students 18 and under and college students with valid I.D.s.

    Tickets for all three of these acts are now on sale for members at  They go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 13.

    The SVMoA is doing what it can to ensure safe shows by requiring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for those over age 12 and requiring masks of all participants, said Kristine Bretall, director of Performing Arts.

    In addition to these concerts, the Museum has scheduled three more concerts next winter and spring for which ticket sales will be announced this fall:

  • The Museum plans to bring International Guitar Night back on at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 15-16, at The Agyros. This year’s concert will feature guest host Luke Reinhardt, German’s Latin swing master, contemporary classical guitarist Stephanie Jones of Australia, two-handed tapper Alexandre Misko of Russia and jazz classicist Eleonora Strino of Italy.
  • We Banjo 3, which was cancelled at the outset of the pandemic, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, March 15-16 at The Argyros.

    The award-winning act from Ireland electrifies audiences with its fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo and the spring of 2022.

  • Portland Cello Project will finish up the series at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 9-10 at The Argyros with a concert titled “Purple Reign.” The group, which started as a one-off in a Portland Lounge in 2006, is now a nationally recognized performing, recording and educational group. It performs cello in places you wouldn’t normally see it, along with music you wouldn’t normally associate with the instrument. It also plays music from the Western Classical Tradition.

This particular evening will feature an evening of music influenced by Prince, whom a few of the musicians have worked with.


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