Repertory Dance Theatre to perform Nov. 3; DRUM! to perform Nov. 4

RDT dancers

Idaho State University will host two “A Season of Note” performances in early November. They include Utah’s Repertory Dance Theatre on Nov. 3, and DRUM! on Nov. 4.RDT dancers

Both shows begin at 7:30 p.m. in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall.

Utah's Repertory Dance Theatre was founded in 1966 as a fully professional modern dance company to keep alive that unique, artistic achievement, which is American Modern Dance.  “Time Capsule: A Century of Dance” is a guided tour through that history, paying homage to the ingenuity, creativity and inventive spirit of legendary 20th century choreographers.

DRUM! performersTickets for DRUM! are $28 for the main level or $22 for the upper level. Tickets for the Repertory Dance Theatre are $16 for the main level and $12 for the upper level.

Tickets can be purchased in person or via phone at the Stephens Center Box Office from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and prior to the performances.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Stephens Center Box Office at 282-3595.

ISU music professor earns recognition

Dr. Thom Hasenpflug

Dr. Thom Hasenpflug, Idaho State University assistant professor of music and director of percussion studies, is continuing to position himself at the national forefront of percussion performance, composition and education.

Dr. Thom HasenpflugHe has recently completed a commission for a major new marimba work, “All Times Identical to Recent Years.”  It was premiered over the summer by internationally recognized marimbist Thomas A. Burritt at the Leigh Howard Stevens Seminar, and recorded by Burritt this summer. The CD will be released in November on the “Go Fish” label.  “All Times Identical to Recent Years” also will be featured in performance at the 2006 Percussive Arts Society International Convention with Burritt as soloist.

Hasenpflug has in addition completed work on a major commission by the University of Texas for large percussion ensemble (16 players) titled “Euonymus Alatus.”  This aggressive work also will receive its world premier in November at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Austin, Texas. Hasenpflug has just completed a three-day residency at the University of Texas in order to prepare for this event, in addition to providing a master class and clinic.

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Bond to present recitals of Shostakovich’s works

Kori Bond

The Idaho State University Music Department is pleased to present a Centennial Celebration of Dmitri Shostakovich by Dr. Kori Bond, professor of piano, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 and 28 in the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.

Kori BondBond will a present a performance of the Complete 24 Preludes and Fugues of Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) in honor of the centennial of his birth. The set is comprised of two books containing 24 pieces each –12 preludes and 12 fugues.  Because the set involves approximately 2-1/2 hours of playing, it will be spread over two evenings.

Tickets may be purchased at the door, by calling 282-3595, or by visiting the PAC Box Office from 12:30 to 5 p.m.

Bond has been interested in these pieces over the past several years and has planned this year as a celebratory time to perform and record the pieces. Her recording of the set will be released by Centaur Records early next year. Only seven recordings of the pieces have ever been made and only four are currently available, as compared with dozens if not hundreds of recordings of other standard piano works. Live performances of the complete set have only been given by Tatiana Nikoleyeva, the pianist to whom the pieces were dedicated, in the middle of the 20th century. [Read more…]

ISU to host India Night Rangoli: Colors of Life celebration

The Idaho State University Association of Indian Students invites the community to participate in India Night Rangoli: Colors of Life celebration at 6 p.m. Oct. 29 at the ISU Pond Student Union Building Ballroom.

It is an opportunity to “exchange cultural ideas and food,” said Karthikegan Dinaisamy, a member of the association.

More than 60 Asian students are participating in the event and have helped prepare a fashion parade, drama performances, dances and exotic Indian food. Tickets are $5 for students, $8 for faculty or staff and $9 for the general public.They can be purchased from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the PSUB. Tickets will be one dollar more at the door.

For more information, contact Ajay Reddy at (224) 715-2545.

Jensen will match Stephens Center gifts

Joseph C. Jensen has issued a challenge. The Idaho State University Foundation board president has pledged to contribute a 20 percent match for each gift of a named seat in any of the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center’s three performance venues.

Four other Foundation board members have joined him with matching pledges of their own. Challenge revenues will help support the center’s costs by founding an endowment proposed by ISU President Arthur C. Vailas to bring big-name acts to the Stephens Center.

 Jensen, a Pocatello native and ISU alumnus, and his wife, Cheryl, are the namesakes of the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the Stephens Center. His challenge is for a maximum of $250,000 for seats purchased by April 1.

“Joe Jensen wanted to find a way to spur the sale of seats in the Stephens Center, as well as begin building the endowment for the arts that Pres. Vailas has proposed,” says Graham Garner, ISU interim director of development, “and we have several board members who also stepped up.” [Read more…]

ISU C.A.T. to hold auditions for student plays

Idaho State University Community Alumni Theatre/Dance invites the community to audition for ISU student-directed plays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 26 at the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center Room 234.

Participants are encouraged to come with a 60 second comic or serious prepared monologue, or two 30-second contrasting monologues. People auditioning for musical shows should prepare 16 bars of music.

For more information, contact Sherri Dienstfrey at 282-3561.

Marching Band Invitational at Holt Arena on Oct. 28

ISU Marching Band

The Idaho State University Bengal Marching Band will again host the ISU Marching Band Invitational, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 28 in Holt Arena in Pocatello.

ISU Marching Band More than 20 bands from Idaho, Utah, Montana and Nevada will compete for the top prizes in their respective divisions.

Tickets for this event may be purchased at the door on the day of the competition at a cost of $5 for adults and $3 for students.

For further information, call Monte Grisé, acting director of ISU Bands, at 282-2748.