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Bach, Beethoven and Barber, oh my! Here’s your classic music guide for this weekend

Members of the Meridian Symphony horns section rehearse in 2012 at Meridian Middle School. The Meridian Symphony, which began in 1990, is made up of volunteer musicians. The group will perform Oct. 20 at the Centennial High School’s Performing Arts Center, located at 12400 W. McMillan Road in Boise.
Members of the Meridian Symphony horns section rehearse in 2012 at Meridian Middle School. The Meridian Symphony, which began in 1990, is made up of volunteer musicians. The group will perform Oct. 20 at the Centennial High School’s Performing Arts Center, located at 12400 W. McMillan Road in Boise. Idaho Statesman file photo

Classical music lovers will rejoice at three different events taking place this weekend in the Treasure Valley. The good news? If you play your cards right, you should be able to catch all three. Here’s what you need to know about each performance:

Boise Baroque Chamber Orchestra

Grab your best dress attire for this elegant night out. The Boise Baroque Chamber Orchestra will perform Oct. 19 and Oct. 21.

The show will feature Geoffrey Trabichoff and Nicole Golay Keck. Trabichoff, concertmaster of the Boise Philharmonic and former concertmaster of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, was also one of the first soloists to perform with the Boise Baroque Chamber. Keck is Boise Baroque’s principal oboist and a diverse solo, chamber and orchestral musician.

The orchestra holds less than 40 members, which makes for an intimate show. This will be music director Daniel Stern’s last season before he retires from the position. He has been involved in the Boise classical music scene for about 45 years.

The orchestra will perform pieces from Johann Sebastian Bach and his son, Johann Christian Bach. The concert takes place at the Cathedral of the Rockies, located at 717 N. 11th St. in Boise. Admission starts at $30, $25 for seniors and $10 for students, with free admission for children with a paid adult.

Meridian Symphony Orchestra

If you’re looking for something more casual, the Meridian Symphony has a show for you. Beginning its 29th season, the show “You Asked for It” will feature music by Rossini, Beethoven, Barber, Strauss and Dvorak. Pianist Del Parkinson, an accomplished professor from Boise State University, will also play George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” Hinted at by the title “You Asked for It,” the selection was suggested by the audience and orchestra members.

The orchestra is made up of 70 members with diverse backgrounds, but all share the love for classical music. The Meridian Symphony is an all-volunteer orchestra who provides entertainment for everyone in the family.

The show takes place on Oct. 20 at the Centennial High School’s Performing Arts Center, located at 12400 W. McMillan Road in Boise. Tickets start at $11, $9 for seniors, students, and military and $4 for children.

Stars of Steinway Season Seven

Stars of Steinway begins its seventh season with a performance from Quynh Nguyen. The season will consist of four piano recitals over a six-month period. The first performer, Nguyen, is a Vietnamese-American pianist based in New York, and has performed as a soloist in many big-named orchestras including JagerMeisters Orchestra, the Berlin University Orchestra, San Francisco Concerto Orchestra and the regional orchestra of Paris. The performance will feature works from Shubert, Ravel and Chopin.

The performance is at 4 p.m. Oct. 21 at Dunkley Music Recital Hall, located at 3410 N. Eagle Road, Meridian. Tickets start at $15, with senior and student tickets at $7.

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