POCATELLO – Idaho State University’s School of Performing Arts Director Thom Hasenpflug will perform the world premiere of his percussion concerto “Four Mischiefs” with the Idaho State-Civic Symphony on Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Jensen Grand Concert Hall at the L.E. and Thelma Stephens Performing Arts Center.
Hasenpflug tossed around the idea of writing a concerto after his last symphonic work five years ago, was well received. People had suggested the idea of writing or even performing something else for years, and this year it finally happened.
“I killed two birds with one stone, I wrote the piece and I get to play it,” Hasenpflug said.
The concerto features four character movements, each with a very different identity moving from comical, mysterious, sad and heavy. Hasenpflug said the concerto picks up intensity as it moves through its course.
The rest of the program will feature a pair of the most immediately engaging and often-performed works written since 2000, both following the skyward orientation theme, Jennifer Higdon’s “Blue Cathedral” and Mason Bates’ “Mothership.” The symphony will also perform the regional premiere of Christopher Theofanidis’ “Dreamtime Ancestors.”
The annual pre-concert Valentine Dinner will be held before the concert, with a no-host bar beginning at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. The dinner menu includes petite beef filet, Caribbean shrimp skewers, roasted potatoes, herbed couscous, asparagus, green salad with oranges and almonds, and flourless chocolate cake or honey/lavender crème brulee for dessert.
Tickets for “Dreamtime Ancestors” are available at the Stephens Performing Arts Center in person, by phone at 282-3595 or online at isu.edu/tickets.
Tickets for the dinner cost $40 per person, and reservations are required by Feb. 7 to Rayna Valentine at 233-7081.
For more information, visit the Idaho State-Civic Symphony online at thesymphony.us.