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Boise Music Week offers free entertainment starting this week

Boise Music Week’s production of The Music Man opens May 17 at Velma V. Morrison Center Center for the Performing Arts with the role Marion Paroo played by Stephanie Christensen and Harold Hill played by Adam Watkins.
Boise Music Week’s production of The Music Man opens May 17 at Velma V. Morrison Center Center for the Performing Arts with the role Marion Paroo played by Stephanie Christensen and Harold Hill played by Adam Watkins. doswald@idahostatesman.com

Want to attend 10 days worth of free music, dance and film events? Boise Music Week is here to help.

The featured show this year is “Meredith Willson’s The Music Man.” For the featured show, reserved tickets have sold out, but plenty of open seating tickets will be available for every performance, especially for Thursday night, Saturday matinee and Sunday matinee. Just come to the Morrison Center ticket office 30 minutes before showtime. There is no convenience fee for these tickets. Any reserved seat still open 15 minutes before the show starts will be available with an open seating ticket.

For the other ticketed events (International Dance Night, All That’s Jazz, Showcase,and Variety Night), tickets are still available at the website boisemusicweek.com, or open seating tickets will be available at the door. All other events are open seating, no tickets required. As has been the case for the past 99 years, all events are free.

Boise Music Week this year is May 11-20 and features community performances by Boise School District student musicians, church choirs and organists, dance troupes, local jazz musicians, community bands and more. This year, a barbershop quartet evening has been added, dubbed Variety Night.

Keeping all of the entertainment free is part of the history and spirit of the event, which was founded in 1919. It was one of the first free music festivals in the nation, and it continues to be that — a grass-roots celebration of music and talent that offers all of its performances free of charge and draws thousands of people from across the Treasure Valley. More than 2,000 people volunteer each year to pull it off.

The schedule this year:

Friday, May 11 — International Dance Night, South Junior High School, 3101 Cassia St, Boise, 7 p.m.

Saturday, May 12 — Music in the Park, AG Pavillion (near the bandshell), Julia Davis Park, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; and All That’s Jazz, Borah High School, 6001 W Cassia St, Boise, 7 p.m.

Sunday, May 13 — Church Night, Cathedral of the Rockies, 11th & Hayes, 7:15 p.m.

Monday, May 14 — Showcase Concert, South Junior High School, 3101 Cassia St, Boise, 7 p.m.

Monday-Thursday, May 14-17 — Organ recitals, St. Michael’s Cathedral, 518 N. 8th St., 12:15 p.m.

Tuesday, May 15 — School Night, Taco Bell Arena, BSU campus, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, May 16 — Variety Night - Barbershop Music, Borah High School, 6001 W Cassia St, Boise, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, May 16 — Lauren Flores’ Music Together - Boise Library, 715 S Capitol Blvd., 10:30 a.m.

Thursday-Sunday, May 17-20 — “Meredith Willson’s The Music Man,” Morrison Center, BSU campus, 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

Friday, May 18 — Egyptian Theatre Organ Recital & Silent Movie, Egyptian Theatre, 7th & Main, 12:15 p.m.

Saturday, May 19 — Music Adventures with Paige Moore - Boise Library, 715 S Capitol Blvd., 10:30 a.m.

Tickets

For details of all the events, log on at boisemusicweek.org. Same day open seating tickets for “Meredith Willson’s The Music Man” are available prior to the show at the Morrison Center box office, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise.

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