Opera Under the Stars • Wild Rockies: 3rd Annual Pomerelle Peaks • Sun Valley Summer Symphony • Singer/Songwriter John Prine in Concert 

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Friday 29

Opera Under the Stars

Outdoor culture vulturing is all over the valley this summer, with outdoor theater, music and more. We're nearly to August and showing no signs of slowing down the al fresco entertainment.

A can't-miss is Opera Idaho's first Eagle performance in their Opera Under the Stars series. And before you say opera isn't your thing, close your eyes and conjure up the idyllic setting, and remember that the term "opera" runs a wide gamut of styles and sounds. Bring a blanket and an open mind and head out to Eagle to hear the Opera Idaho resident company with international opera stars as they perform selected arias from works like La Traviata, Gilbert and Sullivan's Mikado and some Broadway tunes, too.

Barbecue and beverages will be available for purchase to satisfy your stomach along with lovely music to satisfy your soul.

7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), $20 in advance, $25 at the door, the Winery at Eagle Knoll, 3705 N. Idaho 16, Eagle, www.operaidaho.org.

Saturday 30

Wild Rockies: 3rd Annual Pomerelle Peaks

Wild Rockies' off-pavement trail running series continues with the third annual Pomerelle Peaks at the Pomerelle Ski Resort (25 miles southeast of Burley) 8,000 feet up the picturesque hill. What goes up the mountain must come down.

This is Wild Rockies' shortest trail run of the year at 5 1/2 miles, but that doesn't mean it's an easy run. With rolling single-track and two-track sections, serious elevation and epic climbs and descents, this race is no jog through the park.

Enjoyment of this race isn't limited to runners, though. The setting is ideal for a spectator action, so come out and watch these athletes perform.

9 a.m., $15 entry fee. Visit www.wildrockies.com or call Ron Dillon at (208) 573-4255 for more information.

Monday 1

Sun Valley Summer Symphony

Sun Valley might be a bit crowded this time of year, but some things are worth rubbing elbows over. The air is piney, and even though the days are warm, it gets cold at night-something we can all appreciate on those days where it's still 87 degrees in Boise at 6 a.m. But another reason to turn rudder to Blaine County has nothing to do with temperature.

Founded in 1985 as the Elkhorn Music Festival by Dr. Carl Eberl, professor emeritus of Queens College of the City University of New York, the orchestra has grown from 20 musicians to a full orchestral ensemble. The Sun Valley Summer Symphony, the largest privately funded free-admission symphony in the U.S. (that's the entire country, mind you) and currently celebrating its 21st season, has culture in spades and will share it in three weeks of performance this summer.

This Monday, with Alasdair Neale conducting and Jon Nakamatsu at the piano, the SVSS will present a delightfully Russian-flavored bill of fare, with Tchaikovsky's Theme and Variations from Suite No. 3 in G Minor, Op. 55 and Rachmaninoff's Concerto No. 2 in C Minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 18.

We're always willing to travel for a Tchaikovsky/Rachmaninoff double header...

6:30 p.m., FREE, the Sun Valley Lodge Esplanade, Sun Valley, www.svsummersymphony.org.

Tuesday 2

Singer/Songwriter John Prine in Concert

Mark your calendars: Singer/songwriter legend John Prine is coming to the Morrison Center.

Emerging from the protest/folk movement of the '60s, Prine has had a long career covering eight albums and two companies with classics like "Please Don't Bury Me," "Fish And Whistle" and "Souvenirs," "Dear Abby," "Sabu Visits The Twin Cities" and "Illegal Smile."

Prine has been covered by the likes of Bette Midler, Bonnie Raitt, Tammy Wynette and Johnny Cash and has made music with artists like Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Lucinda Williams, Trisha Yearwood, Emmylou Harris and Patty Loveless.

Currently, Prine is supporting a new album, Fair & Square, his first studio album of new material in nine years. Come out and listen to Prine's quirky country-tinged folk rock and see why he has such a loyal following. With opener Kathleen Edwards.

8 p.m., $37.50, $47.50, The Morrison Center, Boise State campus, 426-1110.

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