A preview of the coming Treasure Valley arts season

Theater, dance, music, art and more thrive in the Valley.

September 20, 2013 

THEATER

BOISE CONTEMPORARY THEATER

Address: 854 Fulton St., Boise

Phone: 331-9224

Online: BCTheater.org

For 18 seasons, artistic director Matthew Cameron Clark and his award-winning Boise Contemporary Theater have produced a range of 20th and 21st century plays that seek to inspire, challenge and entertain. This season includes a Tony winner, a world premiere and an original play.

• Oct.9-Nov. 2: The season opens with John Logan’s Tony-winning “Red,” which focuses on a turning point in the life of painter Mark Rothko, who helped define American contemporary art.

• Nov. 26-Dec. 21: Actor Tom Ford and director Drew Barr will team up again for “This Wonderful Life,” a modern spin on Frank Capra’s classic film.

• Jan. 29-Feb. 22: BCT will present a world premiere of playwright Brian Quirk’s “Warren (or) Those People,” an off-center dramedy about the friendship between a 90-year-old woman and an autistic man she hires to help around the house.

• April 2-26: This season’s BCT original work is “Uncanny Valley,” by Clark and Dwayne Blackaller, featuring Carrie Kawa, Tracy Sunderland and Stitch Marker.

Season tickets: $99-$120 general, $59-$69 for students and previews. Single tickets: $15-$30.

SEASON EXTRA: “Boise, You Don’t Look a Day over 149,” by Lauren Weedman. 2 and 8 p.m. Sept. 21 and Sept. 28. $25.

BROADWAY IN BOISE

Address: Velma V. Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise

Phone: 426-1110

Online: MC.BoiseState.edu

The Morrison Center presents a wide variety of entertainment, from touring Broadway shows to musical concerts and comedians. This season’s big news is the return of “Wicked” for the Morrison Center’s longest sit-down run.

• Oct. 9-11: A production of the Tony-winning “Memphis” will launch its national tour from Boise after two weeks of technical rehearsal at the Morrison Center. It’s based on Memphis disc jockey Dewey Phillips, who was the first to play Elvis Presley on the radio.

• Dec. 14-15: This musical is an original story about America’s favorite macabre family, “The Addams Family,” with book and lyrics by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice (“Jersey Boys”) and Andrew Lippa’s Tony-winning score.

March 4-6: Sally Struthers stars in “Hello Dolly,” featuring Jerry Herman’s timeless songs, including the show-stopping title song.

• April 16-May 4: “Wicked,” the most popular musical in Morrison Center history, returns to Idaho.

Season Tickets: If you bought single tickets to “Chicago” you can buy the remaining four shows for $192.25-$276.25 Single tickets: $37.50-$57.50 for most shows, $55-$150 for “Wicked.” Buy all tickets at Boise State Tickets.

SEASON EXTRAS: Subscribers receive 10 percent off season extras.

• Nov. 27: Mannheim Steamroller’s holiday concert. $47, $62 and $75.

• Dec. 1: Celtic Thunder. $65 and $75.

• Dec. 2: The slick, edgy, multi-Tony winning “American Idiot,” a theatricalized version of Green Day’s album of the same title, will play for one night only. The show reinvented the idea of rock opera for a new generation. $37-75-$57.50.

MUSIC

BOISE PHILHARMONIC

Phone: 344-7849

Online: BoisePhilharmonic.org

The Boise Philharmonic produces a season of classical and pops concerts featuring world-class guest artists, an intimate Casual Classics series, summer pops series and some fun season extras.

Concerts are Fridays at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, and at the Morrison Center in Boise on Saturdays, unless otherwise noted.

• Sept 20-21: Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand and Concerto in G with pianist Spencer Myer and “Bolero.”

• Nov. 1-2: Dutch guest conductor Joost Smeets will step up to the podium for Mozart’s Symphony No. 40. (Nov. 2 is at the Cathedral of the Rockies).

• Nov. 22-23: Verdi’s “Requiem” combines the drama of opera with thrilling symphonic passages and stunning vocal solos. It’s performed with the 100-voice Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale.

• Jan. 17-18: The orchestra will collaborate with Boise Contemporary Theater for Thomas’ “From the Diary of Anne Frank,” which blends heartfelt classical music with quotes from the diary Frank kept while hiding in Amsterdam during the Nazi occupation.

• Feb 21-22: Zuill Bailey returns and will perform the Dvorak Cello Concerto.

• March 21-22: Stefan Jackiw will perform Brahms’ Violin Concerto.

• April 5: Boise jazz artist Curtis Stigers will perform a mix of his original songs and American standards arranged for orchestra in “An Evening with Curtis Stigers.” (Morrison Center only.)

• May 16-17: Cleveland International Piano Competition’s 2011 winner Alexander Schimpf will perform the Schumann Piano Concerto.

Season Tickets: $212 to $487 in Boise, $138 to $264 in Nampa. Or get a five-show flex package for $137 to $322, or $113 to $263 for four. Single tickets start at $29.99 in Boise and $19.99 in Nampa.

SEASON EXTRAS

• Dec. 7: Handel’s “Messiah” with the Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale. Tickets are $20-$40.

• Feb. 14: Silent Movies with Orchestra, Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, with guest organist Ben Model. $15.

BOISE BAROQUE ORCHESTRA

Phone: 891-1300

Online: BoiseBaroque.org

BBO moves into its 11th season with a lineup that highlights some of the best young classical players in Boise and beyond.

Concerts are at the First United Methodist Church, 717 Hays St., Boise, unless otherwise noted.

• Sept. 27 and 29: The opening concert features Cathedral of the Rockies principal organist David Young on Poulenc’s Concert for Organ, Timpani and Strings.

• Oct. 18 and 20: Guest violinist Andrew Sorus will play the Mozart Concerto in A Major and is featured on the Bach Concerto for Three Violins.

• Feb. 8-9: This concert features BBO and Boise Philharmonic oboist Lindsay Edwards on Bach’s Concerto for Oboe d’oeuvre. (Feb. 8 will be at College of Idaho’s Jewett Auditorium.)

• March 7 and 9: Boise High grad and double bass phenom Renaud Boucher-Browning returns home from Rice University to perform Vanhal’s Concerto for Double Bass. (March 7 will be at Jewett Auditorium.)

• April 25 and 27: The BBO will collaborate with Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale soloists Marcus Shelton, Daniel Scofield, Leslie Mauldin and Corey McKnight.

Season tickets: $95 general, $75 students/seniors. Single tickets: $22 general, $17 students/seniors.

OPERA IDAHO

Phone: 342-3531

Online: OperaIdaho.org

Opera Idaho produces a mix of grand operas, an outdoor summer musical in concert, open rehearsals and recitals throughout the season.

Performances are at the Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., unless otherwise noted.

• Nov. 8 and 10: It’s Mozart’s delightful comedy “The Marriage of Figaro” with guest baritone Austin Kness as Figaro and Boise baritone Jason Detwiler as Almiviva.

• Feb. 28 and March 2: Bizet’s sizzling “Carmen” will mark the return of Opera Idaho to the Morrison Center stage.

• April 11 and 13: You see two short operas — Puccini’s comedy “Gianni Schicchi,” with Detwiler in the title role, and Bernstein’s “Trouble in Tahiti.”

Season tickets: $55-$160. Single tickets: $22-$69 adult, $20-$62 senior and $15-$54 for 12 and younger at EgyptianTheatre.net.

DANCE

BALLET IDAHO

Phone: 343-0556

Online: BalletIdaho.org

This is the company’s sixth year under artistic director Peter Anastos. The company produces a rich repertory of classical story ballet and contemporary works.

Performances are at the Morrison Center.

• Nov. 1-2: The season opens with a repertory program that revisits last season’s stunning performance of Balanchine’s “Serenade” and other works.

• Dec. 20-22: The holiday tradition continues with Anastos’ grand staging of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker,” performed with hundreds of local children and the Boise Philharmonic.

• Feb. 14-15: Another repertory program features the third act of “Raymonda’s Wedding,” one of the jewels of classical ballet, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade,” inspired by the tales of “The Arabian Nights.”

• April 11-12: The season closes with the whimsical tale of “Alice in Wonderland,” choreographed by ballet master Alex Ossadnik.

Season Tickets: $160.94-$215.04 for four shows; $120.72-$161.28 for three. Single tickets: $38, $43 and $58 at Boise State Tickets.

IDAHO DANCE THEATRE

Phone: 331-9592

Online: IdahoDanceTheatre.org

All performances are at the Special Events Center, Boise State University.

Founded in 1989, IDT combines the artistic visions of modern dance choreographer Carl Rowe and ballet choreographer Marla Hansen. Known for its strong commitment to collaboration, the company often uses original compositions, works with video and incorporates visual artists and local musicians.

• Nov. 8-10: Fall concert

• Jan. 24-26: Winter concert

• April 18-20: Spring concert

Season tickets: $76 and $95 general, $57 and $74 for 62 and older, $38 and $53 for students and those 18 and younger.

TREY MCINTYRE PROJECT

Phone: (877) 867-2320

Online: TreyMcIntyre.com.

This world-renowned contemporary dance company — the vision of choreographer Trey McIntyre — makes its creative home in Boise. McIntyre has been lauded as one of the most influential contemporary choreographers working today. His 10 dancers execute his increasingly interesting and rich repertory in concerts around the world, and two shows in Boise.

Performances are at the Morrison Center.

Concerts: 2 and 8 p.m. Oct. 26 and March 15.

Season tickets: $41, $71, $90 and $130. Single tickets: $65, $45, $35 and $20 at Boise State Tickets.

VISUAL ART

BOISE ART MUSEUM

Address: 670 Julia Davis Drive

Phone: 345-8330

Online: BoiseArtMuseum.org

The Boise Art Museum will present a mix of exhibits from regional, local and national artists in 2013-14.

Oct. 5-April 27: Bay Area artist Lisa Kokin’s intriguing works blend book fragments with sewing techniques to create sculptures, collages and wall-hangings.

Nov. 16-April 27: The 2013 Idaho Triennial art show will feature the work of Idaho artists working in all mediums, selected by an out-of-state juror. The show will reflect the diversity of art in the state.

Feb. 1-May 25: “Anna Fidler: Vampires and Wolf Men” explores our obsession with the darker side of pop culture with portraits, maps and scrolls that blend old superstitions and contemporary culture.

May 17-Aug. 10: “Crafting A Continuum” shows the work of artists who are rethinking traditional crafts from ceramics to weaving.

Oct. 24-Jan. 17: “Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami” explores the history and hints at the future of this traditional Japanese paper-folding technique.

Hours and admission: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. $5 general, $3 college students and seniors, $1 grades 1-12. Free for 5 and younger, members, full-time BSU students with ID, and for everyone on First Thursday.

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