Idaho State University School of Performing Arts to perform classic play “Guys and Dolls”

Student actors getting ready for "Guys and Dolls" performance. Photomontage by Julie Hillebrant

POCATELLO – Students at Idaho State University will combine their talents in both music and theatre for the production of “Guys and Dolls” beginning Feb. 26 in the Beverly B. Bistline Theatre in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.

“Guys & Dolls” will only have five performances on Feb. 26 and 27, March 3, 4 and 5.

The musical is based on Damon Runyon’s stories, and features close to 30 students from ISU’s School of Performing Arts. The play is directed by Vanessa Ballam, assistant professor of theatre and head of acting at ISU, with the musical direction of Kathleen Lane, professor of music. [Read more…]

Idaho State University Nepalese Night 2016 set Feb. 20

POCATELLO – The Idaho State University Nepalese Night will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, in the Pond Student Union Ballroom.

The 10th annual celebration aims to provide insight into Nepalese culture. Attendees can expect to see dance and musical performances, and different traditions representing each region of the country. [Read more…]

Idaho State University music department faculty to perform chamber recital featuring pieces not previously performed in Southeast Idaho

POCATELLO — Idaho State University Music Department faculty will perform a chamber music recital on Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Goranson Hall in the Fine Arts Building. The two pieces being performed are “Pierrot Lunaire” by Arnold Schoenberg and “Divertimento for Nine Instruments” by Walter Piston, both of which have not been performed in Southeast Idaho before.

“We are excited to bring these pieces to southeastern Idaho and give the community something new to enjoy,” said Diana Livingston Friedley, professor of music and director of undergraduate studies in music.

A pre-concert discussion with will take place at 6:30 p.m. with Friedley and Grant Harville, assistant professor of music and artistic director and conductor of Idaho State-Civic Symphony. Friedley and Harville will be discussing the composition makeup of the pieces. [Read more…]

Celebrate Idaho State, a CommUniversity event, set Feb. 10; focus is on athletics

T-shirts will be given out to the first 500 children.

POCATELLO – The sixth annual Celebrate Idaho State, a CommUniversity event, will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 10 in the Idaho State University Pond Student Union Building. This year’s event will focus on athletics.

Celebrate Idaho State is sponsored by CommUniversity and is free to the public. Features include food, a coloring contest, an inflatable playground, featured speakers, a pep rally for men’s basketball team and a chance to meet a variety of student athletes.

“This event is a great opportunity for ISU to host the community for an evening of free, family fun. This year, we have a lot of kid-specific giveaways and activities, but there will be something for everyone,” said Allyson Johnson, co-chair of CommUniversity. “You will find this year’s Celebrate Idaho State event much more interactive than in past years.” [Read more…]

Idaho State University Readers Theatre to present popular children’s book “Miss Nelson is Missing” Jan. 29-30

Cast members of 'Miss Nelson is Missing'

POCATELLO – Idaho State University students will perform the popular children’s book “Miss Nelson is Missing” for two engagements as a Readers Theatre in the L.E. and Thelma Stephens Performing Arts Center on Jan. 29 and 30.

The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 29 and at 2 p.m. on Jan. 30 in the Rogers Black Box Theatre. [Read more…]

Idaho State University’s ‘A Season of Note’ will present country singers Terri Clark, Aaron Tippin Feb. 25

Terri Clark

POCATELLO – Idaho State University’s “A Season of Note” series will present country singers Terri Clark and Aaron Tippin at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Stephens Performing Art Center in the Jensen Grand Hall.

Terri Clark and Aaron Tippin are two powerhouses of memorable county music. They will perform in an intimate acoustic setting for one sensational night of county music. [Read more…]

Idaho State Civic Symphony Valentine’s dinner and concert set Feb. 12

Thom Hasenpflug

POCATELLO — The Idaho State University Symphony Association has announced its Valentine’s Day celebration concert and dinner will be held Feb. 12 in the Stephens Performing Arts Center.

Festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the inviting ambience of the Rotunda with a no-host beverage bar, followed by the buffet dinner at 6 p.m. Tickets for the dinner are $40 and concert ticket prices are listed below. [Read more…]

Idaho State University 2016 Africa Night set Jan. 23 at Stephens Performing Arts Center

POCATELLO – The Idaho State University Africa Students Association will present Africa Night Jan. 23 at the Stephens Performing Arts Center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

The night will include traditional African food, dances, a skit and many more activities. Africa Night is one of the largest annual cultural events in Pocatello, attracting as many as more than 600 attendees.

To purchase tickets, visit the Pond Student Union or Rendezvous Building from noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Tickets are $8 for students, $9 for ISU faculty and staff, and $10 for the public and when purchased the night of the event at the gate.

For more information contact Paul Bokwe at

Idaho State University instructor Natalia Lauk to perform solo recital of Russian piano masterpieces

Natalia Lauk

POCATELLO – Natalia Lauk, senior piano instructor at Idaho State University’s Piano Preparatory Program, will perform a solo recital of Russian piano masterpieces at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16 in Goranson Recital Hall in ISU’s Fine Arts Building.

Lauk’s solo recital will be in benefit the ISU Department of Music. Lauk will perform works of Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Mussorgsky and a modern piece.

Lauk comes from a lineage of classical Russian pianists and piano instruction. Both of her parents are Rimsky-Korsakov Sankt-Petersburg’s conservatory alumni and have more than 80 years of piano-teaching experience combined. [Read more…]