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Time For Three Makes Time for Sun Valley
Time for Three’s Ranaan Meyer, Charles Yang and Nick Kendall posed with members of the Harriman String Quartet during their last appearance in Sun Valley. PHOTO: Nils Ribi/Sun Valley Summer Symphony
Wednesday, March 6, 2019


Time for Three says it’s time for Sun Valley!

The trio, which has performed in Sun Valley for the past five years, is back—this time to play a gig at the new Argyros Performing Arts Center in Ketchum.

The Argyros Presents will showcase Time for Three at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9. Tickets start at $35, available at or by calling 208-726-7872.

“We’re friends with the Mott family and others. And they said, ‘Guys, we’re building this new theater and we’ve got to get you back to try it out,’ ” said Nick Kendall, who lives in Washington, D.C.

The trio, which also includes violinist Charles Yang and double-bassist Ranaan Meyer, defies traditional genre classification.

They call themselves a classical garage band, performing music from Bach to Brahms. But, just when you think you have them pegged, they’ll zing you with their version of Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” or the Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby.”

They’ve played at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, on the ABC hit show “Dancing with the Stars,” with the Boston Pops and for an Emmy-winning PBS show “Time for Three in Concert.”

They introduced themselves to Sun Valley in 2013, wowing the audience with Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and the folk song “Shenandoah” as the Beaver Creek Fire began coloring the Sun Valley skies orange.

The symphony invited them back the following year for a three-year residency, during which they worked with Wood River Valley music students and wrote pieces commissioned by the symphony.

They last performed here in January 2018, sharing the stage with the Harriman String Quartet made up of Wood River High School students.

“The energy of the fans in Sun Valley is something for us to look forward to. Sun Valley has reciprocal energy with the energy we give out as artists coming back to us,” said Kendall. “We hope to always have a relationship with Sun Valley. We’ve gotten to know this place and we love to return.”

Since last playing in Sun Valley, Time for Three has made a trip to Nashville where they’ve cowritten music with Liz Rose, a Grammy Award-winning composer best known for her work with Taylor Swift, and her Grammy Award-winning producer Femke Weidema.

“Liz Rose is a beautiful lyricist who was curious about this band with two violins and a cellist who also sing,” said Kendall, of the woman who received Grammy awards for her songs “You Belong with Me,” “White Horse” and “Girl Crush.” “The new song is not a country song, though.”

The trio is also excited about a newly commissioned concerto they’ve written with Kevin Puts, a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer who was commissioned by the Sun Valley Summer Symphony to write “Hymn to the Sun” for the Sun Valley Pavilion’s grand opening.

The trio has been recording in Meyer’s studio in his home near Philadelphia and in a studio near Yang’s home in New York.

Kendall says he and the others want to feel the space and test the Argyros Performing Arts Center before finalizing their menu of songs for Saturday’s performance.

They expect the superior acoustics of The Argyros will become a fourth player.

“We play chorale music and classical music in concert halls. And we can play in clubs and more commercial settings,” Kendall said. “And, from what I understand, The Argyros can replicate all of that. In fact, we will come in earlier than normal so they can show us the space and what it can do.”

That said, Time for Three will likely play Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” “Bitter Sweet Symphony,”  “Hide and Seek” and “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” along with some of their new pieces, Kendall said.

“Saturday night’s concert is not a gig for us. It’s like coming home to something that’s like a family,” he added. “Sun Valley has taught us about the meaning of community—something that could be easy for us to miss since we spend so much time on the road.

“And one of the things that’s been incredible about being in Sun Valley is the generosity of spirit. We love and appreciate so much the love from the community.”


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