ISU Choirs Holiday Concert ‘Songs of the Season’ set Dec. 4 at the First Presbyterian Church in Pocatello

The ISU Women's Choir

POCATELLO – Idaho State University Choirs Holiday Concert “Songs of the Season” will be presented Dec. 4 in the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church in Pocatello at 7:30 p.m.

ISU Director of Choral Activities Scott Anderson will conduct the 20-voice ISU Chamber Choir and Professor Kathleen Lane will lead the ISU Women’s Choir.

“The wonderful atmosphere of the First Presbyterian Church provides a perfect venue to present a wide variety of choral music celebrating the traditions associated with the Christmas season,” Anderson said. “Audiences will hear representative choral works from the 1500s to the present day; ancient to modern expressions of uplifting texts and unique carol settings.” [Read more…]

Idaho State University College of Arts and Letters announces third annual New Year’s Eve Gala theme: ‘Carnaval’

A scene from last year's Gala at the Stephens Performing Arts Center.

POCATELLO – The Idaho State University College of Arts and Letters has announced that “carnaval” is the theme for its 2015 New Year’s Eve Gala that will be held from 7 p.m. Dec. 31 to 12:30 a.m. Jan. 1 in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.

The Gala is held every New Year’s Eve to raise money for student scholarships, and help to recruit potential students. It also gives students a chance to showcase their work and talents. [Read more…]

Idaho State Civic Symphony ‘Joy to the World’ Christmas concert set Dec. 11-12

POCATELLO – The Idaho State Civic Symphony, joining with the Camerata Singers and the Idaho State University Choirs, will present the “Joy to the World: an ISU Christmas” concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 12 in the ISU Stephens Performing Arts Center’s Jensen Grand Concert Hall.

The holiday concert will feature traditional favorites to celebrate the season. It is co-sponsored by the J.R. Simplot Company, Idaho Central Credit Union and Rotary Club of Pocatello.

Guests can arrive early to meet with friends in the Marshal Rotunda, savor the ambience of the special Christmas decorations, and enjoy snacks, desserts and beverages available for purchase before the concert. Kappa Kappa Psi, the ISU music fraternity, will provide pre-concert musical entertainment from 6:30-7 p.m. Doors to the Jensen Grand Concert Hall will open at 7 p.m. [Read more…]

Idaho State University percussion ensemble “Percussion and Steel” to perform Nov. 19

POCATELLO — The Idaho State University percussion ensemble, “Percussion and Steel,” will hold a concert Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Goranson Hall in the Fine Arts Building.

The ensemble is led by School of Performing Arts Director Thom Hasenpflug. “Percussion and Steel” will be perform the songs “Dragoon,” by Lynn Glassock, “Some Uptown HipHop,” by Arthur Lipner and “Summer Mood,” by John Dutton.

The concert will also feature students Kylle Strunk and Jake Knievel in a marimba duo titled, “Catching Shadows,” written by Ivan Trevino. They will play a steel drum piece titled, “Red, Red Wine,” by UB40. Strunk will also perform a solo steel drum piece that he wrote titled, “Time’s Like This.”

Admission to the concert is free and open to the public.

Idaho State-Civic Symphony concert Nov. 13 features guest soloist Elise Quagliata and vocalists from ISU choral groups

Guest soloist Elise Quagliata

POCATELLO – The Idaho State-Civic Symphony concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Idaho State University Stephens Performing Arts Center Jensen Grand Concert Hall will feature guest soloist Elise Quagliata and other guests.

Grant Harville, symphony artistic director and ISU director of orchestra, will also welcome vocalists in men’s and women’s choruses from the Camerata Singers and ISU Concert Choir.

Beginning at 6 p.m. in the Marshall Rotunda, the public may select beverages, snacks and desserts available for purchase, and then from 6:30 to 7 p.m. enjoy a pre-concert chat with Harville about the evening’s music. Doors to the concert hall open at 7 p.m. [Read more…]

Winning student artwork to be displayed at Symphony’s Halloween matinee concert

POCATELLO — The Idaho State-Civic Symphony Association has announced the selection of artworks from more than 70 pieces submitted by public and private school students will accompany the movements from Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” to be presented during Idaho State University’s annual Halloween Family Concert matinee Oct. 31.

Winning artworks will be enlarged and projected onto a background screen behind the orchestra as they perform the movements represented. [Read more…]

Idaho State University Faculty Showcase of Scholarly and Creative Works set Nov. 12

POCATELLO – Idaho State University’s Faculty Showcase of Scholarly and Creative Works will be held on Nov. 12 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Wood River Room, Pond Student Union.

The event is a reception and recognition program for ISU authors and creators of works published or performed in 2014. [Read more…]

Idaho State University to present Moliere’s play ‘The School for Wives’ Nov. 6, 7, 13 and 14 at Bistline Theatre

Poster for 'The School for Wives'

POCATELLO — The French playwright Moliere’s razor-sharp observations about love, marriage and desire come to life in the play “The School For Wives” that will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6, 7, 13 and 14 and during a matinee at 2 p.m. Nov. 14 by the Idaho State University Department of Theatre and Dance.

The play will be performed in the ISU Stephens Performing Arts Center Bistline Theatre. [Read more…]

Idaho State University to host MET Opera Idaho/Montana district auditions Nov. 7; master class with Mezzo-soprano Cynthia Munzer set Nov. 8

POCATELLO — The annual Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions for the Idaho/Montana district will take place in Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the Stephens Performing Arts Center at Idaho State University on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 10 a.m.

Auditions are open to the public for a small entry fee and the audience will once again have the opportunity to vote for its favorite singer with the Audience Choice Award.

“When you’re auditioning, you’re actually auditioning to become part of the Metropolitan Opera roster,” said Diana Livingston Friedley, professor of vocal studies at ISU. [Read more…]