Symphonic Band to perform holiday concert

ISU Symphonic Band

The Idaho State University Symphonic Band, under the direction of Monte C. Grisé, will perform a holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4, in the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall of the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.ISU Symphonic Band

The performance will feature an eclectic mix of music from standard wind band literature to orchestra transcriptions like Tchaikovsky’s “Dance of the Jesters” and Leonard Bernstein’s “Slava and Variations on ‘America’” by Charles Ives. The band will also perform “A Movement for Rosa” by Mark Camphouse, which is a piece honoring civil rights heroine Rosa Parks. [Read more…]

DANSON to perform Dec. 5-6

DANSON cast members.

DANSON cast members.The Idaho State University Student Dance Company DANSON will perform at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6 in the Chick and Diane Bilyeu Theater in Frazier Hall.

DANSON will present their annual concert of contemporary and original works performed and choreographed by students. The show will feature works by David Allen, Belle Baggs, Caroline Burnett, Cassie House, Karen Linafelter, Kaycee Thiemann and Cacia Solverson. These pieces will illustrate different modern dance techniques and concepts.

The performance will function as a fundraiser for DANSON. Admission is a $3 donation at the door.

For more information, contact ISU director of dance Melanie Kloetzel at 282-6143.

ISU choirs to sing Dec. 1

ISU Concert Choir

The Idaho State University Choirs will present a Holiday Choral Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, in the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.

ISU Concert ChoirDr. Scott E. Anderson, director of choral activities, will conduct the ISU Chamber Choir and ISU Concert Choir, while professor Kathleen Lane will conduct the ISU Women’s Choir.  The three University choral groups will perform a wide variety of seasonal choral works in  the acoustically outstanding Jensen Grand Concert Hall.

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ISU ‘A Season of Note’ series to present Acoustic Eidolon

Acoustic Eidolon

Acoustic EidolonThe duo Acoustic Eidolon and its international musical guests will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, in the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center as part of Idaho State University’s “A Season of Note” series.

Acoustic Eidolon is comprised of Joe Scott and Hannah Alkire who combine their music talents. Scott plays a custom acoustic guitar, the double neck guitjo, an instrument he invented. Alkire performs on the classic cello. The duo will welcome their friends, Thomas Loefke, renowned Celtic harpist from Berlin, Germany, and fiddler/whistler player Claire Sherry from Dublin, Ireland.

The show will feature Acoustic Eidolon’s trademark sounds and the artists will combine their multicultural influences to create a mix of classical, folk, Celtic and “World” music.Acoustic Eidolon has performed at acclaimed venues around the world such as Saint Paul’s Cathedral [Read more…]

ASISU Program Board to present The Format concert Dec. 7

The Format

The FormatThe Associated Students of Idaho State University Program Board is proud to present The Format live in concert in the Pond Student Union Ballroom on Dec. 7.

Special guest Lydia will perform at 7 p.m., followed by The Format. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are on sale online at, or in person at the PSUB Information Desk, at Budget Tapes and Records in Pocatello, the Bennion Student Union Building at University Place in Idaho Falls and CD World in Idaho Falls.

“The Big Concerts Committee and the Program Board have been working hard and are very excited to bring this fun indie-rock band to Idaho State University,” said Hillary Hughes, ASISU Program Board chair. “They have a unique sound, whose fan base seems to be growing and growing. They are beginning their tour with All American Rejects right after they play at Idaho State.”

Ticket prices are $12 for the general public and $8 for ISU students, faculty and staff. Seating is limited.

For more information, contact the ASISU Program Board, (208) 282-3451.

Theatre ISU to present O’Neill’s ‘A Moon for the Misbegotten’

From left, Teresa Norvick as Josie Hogan, and Nick Smith as Jim TyroneEric Warth as Phil Hogan.

Theatre/Dance ISU will present Eugene O’Neill’s “A Moon for the Misbegotten” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1-2 and 7-9 in the James E. and Beverly Rogers Black Box Theatre in the Idaho State University L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.From left, Teresa Norvick as Josie Hogan, and Nick Smith as Jim TyroneEric Warth as Phil Hogan.

This production is billed as “a masterful blend of comedy and haunting sorrow by one of America’s greatest playwrights, Eugene O’Neill.” The play features original costumes designed by student costume designer Liz Christensen from the ISU Costume Shop. Set and lighting design is by D. Brett Harwood, and technical direction is by Chad Gross. This production showcases the talents of the theatre faculty as well as the students participating as actors and technicians. [Read more…]

ISU music faculty to perform Nov. 16

 The Idaho State University woodwind faculty will perform a recital at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall.

The event will be a mix of virtuosic solo works and chamber music written exclusively for the combinations of woodwind instruments. The program includes works by Weber, Martin, Tcherepnine, Beethoven and Saint-Saëns.    Faculty performers are George Adams, bassoon; Monte Grisé, saxophone; Tiana Grisé, flute; Susan Hughes, oboe; John Masserini, clarinet; and Mark Neiwirth, piano. [Read more…]

The Holiday Classic ‘A Christmas Story’ coming to ISU stage

From left, cast members Josh Hurley, Tracy Mull, and Jamie Romine rehearse.

Theatre/Dance ISU and the Community/Alumni/Theatre Association (C.A.T.) are teaming up to present a Children’s Readers’ Theatre, “A Christmas Story” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, and at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, in the Beverly B. Bistline Thrust Theatre in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.

From left, cast members Josh Hurley, Tracy Mull, and Jamie Romine rehearse.The production is based upon the favorite holiday motion picture written by Jean Shepherd that revolves around the play’s central character, Ralphie, and his dream of receiving the legendary Red Ryder 200 Shot Carbine Action Range Model Air Rifle for Christmas. This holiday classic has been adapted by Philip Grecian and is now being presented especially for kids and their parents. [Read more…]

Woodwind trio to perform on Nov. 8

Ocotillo Winds trio

The Arizona State University faculty woodwind trio “Ocotillo Winds” will perform a recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8 in the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.

Ocotillo Winds trioThe members of “Ocotillo Winds” are Dr. Robert Spring, clarinet; Mr. Martin Schuring, oboe; and Dr. Albie Micklich, bassoon. “Ocotillo Winds” are a refreshingly entertaining breeze from the desert Southwest. Their fast-paced programs are packed with the dynamic energy of these virtuoso performers. With repertoire from the French countryside, the Brazilian rainforest and downtown Phoenix, their concerts are anything but dry.

Tickets are $5 for adults; $3 for ISU faculty and staff, $2 for pre-college students and free for ISU students with valid Bengal cards,

Folk-dance workshop at ISU on Nov. 4

The international folk-dance group ISU and Friends and the Associated Students of Idaho State University will host an international folk-dance workshop Nov. 4 from 9:30 a.m. to noon and from 2 to 4 p.m. at the ISU Pond Student Union Wood River Room.

Delynne Peay—a folk dance faculty member at Brigham Young University—will teach the workshop accompanied by BYU dance students. She is part of the team who trains the BYU Ensemble that travels internationally each summer.

Participants of the workshop will learn dances from Europe, the Balkans and other countries. No partners or previous experience are necessary. The workshop is designed to be fun and to bring an awareness of other cultures. It will be of particular interest to dance teachers.

For more information, contact Lillian Moore at 237-9727.