Marie Galyean: Philharmonic concert at NNU celebrates human spirit

riedevine@cableone.netJanuary 12, 2014 

The Boise Philharmonic will start the New Year with an inspiring orchestral and narrative presentation in collaboration with the prestigious Boise Contemporary Theater. At 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17, in the Brandt Center at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, and on Jan. 18 in Boise’s Morrison Center, Director Robert Franz will conduct the passionate work of conductor and composer Michael Tilson Thomas, “From the Diary of Anne Frank.” The narrator will be Tess Gregg from BCT.

In this work, which reflects Anne Frank’s unshakable belief in the essential goodness of mankind, Thomas includes quotes from the famous diary with music that stirs the heart.

Also performed in this concert will be Czech composer Bohuslay Martinu’s dramatic “Memorial to Lidice,” a tribute to the victims of the Lidice massacre that occurred during World War II. The concert will conclude with the stirring Symphony No. 4, “The Inextinguishable,” by 20th century Danish composer Carl Nielsen, another musical work describing the tenacity and strength of the human spirit.

For more information or reservations to the Nampa or Boise concert, call 344-7849.

PERFORMING ARTS SERIES OFFERS FOUR MORE PROGRAMS

The new director of the Nampa Civic Center, Stacey Mooney, reports that there are four wonderful shows coming up in the Performing Arts Series. This Thursday at 7:30 p.m., “Celtic Nights: Emigrants Bridge” will portray the history and folklore of Ireland. From the creators of Gaelforce Dance, the Nampa audience will enjoy the lilting melodies and plaintive lyrics of this unforgettable journey.

On Feb. 21, “An Evening with Sean Rogers” will offer this delightful pianist’s fresh blend of jazz, ragtime and classical music, from silent movies to Gershwin, Joplin and Big Band standards.

The Harlem Gospel Choir has traveled the world for more than 26 years, sharing their rich harmonies and dynamic sound. They will perform in Nampa on April 7. The final program on May 2 will be the Side Street Strutters, presenting the vocal beauty of Meloney Collins and a half-century of jazz styling.

For reservations or more information, call 468-5555.

FAREWELL TO NAMPA MAYOR

We bid a reluctant goodbye to Mayor Tom Dale, who has enthusiastically served the people of Nampa for 18 years, as a councilman and mayor.

He was presented with an Honorary Civic Center Auxiliary membership, vest and name badge for his years of service and support. We wish him the best of everything in his future endeavors and thank him for his unfailing kind and cheerful attitude.

We welcome new Mayor Bob Henry and hope he continues the great work in the Dale tradition.

HAPPY 114TH BIRTHDAY TO CENTURY CLUB

The first civic club formed in Nampa in 1900, the Woman’s Century Club, not only sponsored the first library, but also donated the Lakeview Park Rose Garden.

According to President D’Lone Miller, the club gives an annual scholarship to a local high school senior, sponsors a spelling bee for fourth-graders in March, conducts an arts and poetry contest for Nampa school children and contributes to many area causes such as the Civic Center, Girls State, the Canyon County Festival of Trees and the Boys and Girls Club.

The group meets the second and fourth Monday of each month, September through May. For more information about activities or how to join this General Federation of Women’s Clubs organization, call Membership Chairwoman Bonnie Bowers at 402-4741.

Marie D. Galyean is a journalist and freelance writer who has lived in Canyon County for more than 40 years. Do you have any news about West Treasure Valley people, events and other subjects of interest? Email your ideas and stories to: riedevine@cableone.net.

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