Here’s what the area’s professional dance, music and theater companies have planned the next several months.
Ballet Idaho’s season opens with new work from its group of developing choreographers, including Daniel Ojeda and Lydia Sakolsky-Basquill, and it will close with Artistic Director Peter Anastos’ blockbuster staging of “The Sleeping Beauty,” filled with Tchaikovsky’s symphony-quality score, storybook characters and a magical romance. The season’s centerpiece is the Idaho premiere of Twyla Tharp’s “Nine Sinatra Songs,” with a score of Frank Sinatra’s signature hits, including “Strangers in the Night” and “That’s Life.”
NewDance, Up Close: 8 p.m. Nov. 6-7 and 13; 2 and 8 p.m. Nov. 14, Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy Annex, 501 S. 8th St., Boise.
“The Nutcracker”: 8 p.m. Dec. 18; 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 19; noon and 4 p.m. Dec. 20, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise.
“Sinatra and More”: Tharp’s “Nine Sinatra Songs” with Balanchine’s “Valse-Fantaisie” and other works. 8 p.m. Feb. 19-20. Morrison Center.
NewDance, Up Close: 8 p.m. March 11-12 and 18; 2 and 8 p.m. March 19, Simplot Performing Arts Academy Annex.
“The Sleeping Beauty”: 8 p.m. April 8; 2 and 8 p.m. April 9, Morrison Center.
Season Tickets: for $216-$161 five shows, $161-$121 for four shows (does not include “Nutcracker”). VIP parking pass: $100. Single tickets go on sale Sept. 9: $20 and $25 for NewDance; $38-$58 for Morrison Center shows. BalletIdaho.org. Info: 343-0556, ext. 220, for accessible seating and other information.
IDAHO DANCE THEATRE
Idaho Dance Theatre continues rebuilding and reinventing itself under solo artistic direction by Marla Hansen. Its 26th season starts with a chance to meet the dancers and learn about the choreographic process at a free, family-friendly interactive event on Oct. 17.
“Dance Deconstructed” will be at 2 and 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Nampa Civic Center, 311 3rd St. S.
Fall concert: Work by Yurek Hansen, Jason Hartley, Gonzalo Valdez and others. 7 p.m. Nov. 5 (preview); 8 p.m. Nov. 6-7; 2 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Boise State Special Events Center at the Student Union Building. $10-$30 at IdahoDanceTheatre.org.
Winter concert: 7 p.m. Jan. 28 (preview); 8 p.m. Jan. 29-30; 2 p.m. Jan. 31.
OFF CENTER DANCE
Kelli Brown’s Off Center Dance Project has a lively season planned, filled with collaboration and an inventive approach to movement.
“Folding/Unfolding”: A performance inspired by the Boise Art Museum’s “ Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami” exhibit that opens Oct. 24. The performance will be at BAM, 670 Julia Davis Drive, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 13. $15 general, $10 members ($2 discount with Boise State ID card) at BoiseArtMuseum.org.
Spring Dance Series: New works by aerial artist and dancer Katie Ponozzo and others, 7:30 p.m. March 17; 8 p.m. March 18-19 at Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St. $12 and $18. Tickets go on sale in 2016 at BrownPaperTickets.
Boise’s newest arts organization, LED, will produce an original collaborative work that combines elements of dance, music, visual art and film in new work by choreographer Lauren Edson and composer Andrew Stensaas about the lives of Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald. The Morrison Center will bring back the popular Celtic extravaganza “Riverdance,” which is on its 20th Anniversary World Tour, as a season extra.
“Riverdance”: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13-15, Morrison Center season extra. $37.50 to $60. MorrisonCenter.com.
The Boise Philharmonic will celebrate the 40th anniversary of its 100-voice Master Chorale this season with three combined performances, including the powerfully moving Mozart Requiem. You’ll also find a mix of new and familiar guest soloists.
Concerts are at 8 p.m. with a preconcert talk at 7 p.m. Friday nights are at Swayne Auditorium, 707 Fern St., at Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa. Saturday nights are at the Morrison Center in Boise unless otherwise noted.
Opening Night opens with Famous Opera Choruses with the Master Chorale, with Borodin’s “Polovtsian Dances,” Sept. 25-26.
“Dvorak and FireCrow”: Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 and Idaho composer Jim Cockey’s “Gift of the Elk” with Grammy-winning Native American flutist Joseph FireCrow, Idaho’s David Biedenbender’s “Dance the Dream Awake,” Oct.16-17.
Tchaikovsky: Guest conductor Andrew Grams will lead the orchestra in a concert that features the orchestra’s French horn section (“Four Horns”) and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 3 “Polish.” Nov. 14-15 (Nov. 15 is at 3 p.m. in Nampa. Lecture is at 2 p.m.).
Holiday Pops: With the Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale, Dec. 11-12.
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 with pianist Spencer Myer and Symphony No. 2, Jan. 22-23.
Qilian Rhapsody for Pipa and Orchestra by Lan-Kui Han’s with pipa master Changlu Wu, and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2, Feb. 26-27.
Mozart: Overture to “Don Giovanni,” Tchaikovsky’s ode to Mozart Suite No. 4 “Mozartiana” and Mozart Requiem with the Master Chorale, March 11-12.
Closing Night: Brahms’ Violin Concerto with two-time Grammy nominee Jennifer Frautschi, Smetana’s “Moldeau” and Borodin’s Symphony No. 2, April 16-17. (April 17 is at 3 p.m. in Nampa, lecture at 2 p.m.).
Season Tickets: $127-$435 general, $102-$293 student in Boise, and $115-$253 general, $88-$174 student in Nampa; five-show flex packages run $106-$316 in Boise, $98-$190 in Nampa. Four-show flex packages are $90-$260 in Boise, $82-$161 in Nampa at 344-7849, and BoisePhilharmonic.org.
Handel’s “Messiah,” with the Master Chorale, 8 p.m. Dec. 4-5, St. John’s Cathedral, 775 N. 8th St., Boise. $30 and $35 general, $20 students and 17 and younger.
“Silent Movie,” a program of live musical performance to classic silent films, with organist and composer Ben Model and conductor Deanna Tham, 8 p.m. Feb. 13. $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
The orchestra also produces a Chamber series and a Youth Orchestra series.
BOISE BAROQUE ORCHESTRA
Now in its 12th season, the Boise Baroque Orchestra is becoming more and more ambitious under artistic director Dan Stern. This season, the group will perform one of Handel’s choral masterworks “Judas Maccabeaus” with the Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale.
Performances are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and 2 p.m. Sundays at the Cathedral of the Rockies, 11th and Hays streets in Boise.
Oct. 23 and 25: Handel’s Concerto Grosso, Wiren’s Serenade for Strings and Haydn’s Symphony No. 92 “Oxford.”
Nov. 20 and 22: Mozart’s Overture to “The Abduction from the Seraglio,” Corelli’s “Christmas Concerto,” Boccherini’s Symphony No. 6 and a performance by Boise soprano Sue Patchell.
Feb. 5 and 7: Works by Bach, Bartok and Warlock, featuring violinist Benjamin Thacher, flutist Jeffrey Barker and harpsichordist Barton Moreau.
March 18 and 20: Fasch’s Sinfonia in D Major, Strauss Concert for Horn, featuring Brian Vance, and Mozart’s Symphony No. 39.
April 22 and 24: Handel’s “Judas Maccabeaus” with the Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale and mezzo-soprano Hannah Penn, tenor Brian Stucki and baritone Daniel Scofield.
Season tickets: $100 general, $85 for students and seniors at 297-3182. Single tickets: $25 general, $20 for seniors, $10 for students and free for 17 and younger with a paying adult. BoiseBaroque.org.
This season Opera Idaho will produce Mozart’s fantastical operatic comedy “The Magic Flute” and one of Verdi’s most beautiful tragedies, “La Traviata,” a production that will bring the welcome return of soprano Cecilia Violetta López, who performed the role of Gilda in last season’s “Rigoletto.”
Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 1, Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise.
Verdi’s “La Traviata,” 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 and 2:30 p.m. Jan. 31, Egyptian Theatre.
Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance,” performed by the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, 7:30 p.m. April 1, Morrison Center.
Season tickets: $57-$170. Single tickets: $14.40-$38.40 at OperaIdaho.org.
“Amahl and the Night Visitors,” holiday tale about a boy who meets the Three Wise Men on their way to see the baby Jesus and the miracle that follows, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 27-29, Egyptian Theatre.
“Glory Denied,” a contemporary opera by Tom Cipullo about the struggles of an American Vietnam War veteran. 7:30 p.m. April 28-30, location TBD.
Boise Contemporary Theater will continue its mission this season to create and produce new plays with the launch of The River Prize, a flexible fellowship that will facilitate the invention, creation and production of an original play each season. This season’s River Prize playwright is Eric Coble. BCT has produced two of Coble’s plays, including the world premiere of “The Velocity of Autumn” (2011), which made its way to Broadway in 2014 with Estelle Parsons in the lead. Coble’s play will open in the spring.
Performances are at BCT, 854 Fulton St. Shows are at 8 p.m. Wednesdays to Saturdays (with a 2 p.m. matinee on selected Saturdays).
“A Skull in Connemara”: A dark comedy by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh, Oct. 7-31.
“No More Sad Things”: A co-world premiere by South Korean-American playwright Hansol Jung, Nov. 24-Dec. 19.
“What Went Wrong?”: Lauren Weedman’s one-woman show, Jan. 5-16.
“Constellations”: A Tony-nominated play by Nick Payne, Feb. 10-March 5.
“Margin of Error (Or, The Unassailable Wisdom of the Mouse and the Scorpion)”: River Prize commission by Eric Coble, April 13-May 7.
Season Opening Celebration: Cocktail reception, live and silent auction, dinner and a performance by Weedman, 6 p.m. Sept. 12. $120 at 331-9224, Ext. 205.
Season tickets: $80-$150 general, $75 for students through Sept. 1; $85-$165 general, $80 students after. Individual tickets: $20-$34 general, $16 student, $18 for previews, $20 for matinees. BCTheater.org.
BROADWAY IN BOISE
The Morrison Center’s Broadway season includes the launch of a tour of a classic American musical, the return to Boise of one of the genre’s most lauded musicals and a fun mix of science, Disney magic and rock superstars.
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “ The Sound of Music ”: The national tour will rehearse and launch from Boise with shows at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14-16
“ 42nd Street ”: This is the classic tap-dance driven musical about life backstage on Broadway, 8 p.m. Nov. 6; 2 and 8 p.m. Nov. 7.
“ The Illusionists: Live from Broadway ,” power-packed traveling high-tech magic show, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9-11.
“ The Producers: The Mel Brooks Musical : One of the most lauded musicals in history, 7:30 p.m. March 1-3.
“ Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” 7:30 p.m. May 3-5.
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas: This show from Chip Davis has become a holiday tradition, 8 p.m. Nov. 21.
“ Disney’s Beauty and the Beast”: National tour for the Broadway hit based on the Disney animated film, 7 p.m. Dec. 8-9.
“ Mythbusters: Jamie & Adam Unleashed”: This live show of the Emmy-winning Discovery Channel series stars Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, bringing on the science fun with Hyneman’s last tour, 7 p.m. Dec. 13.
“ The Price is Right Live”: Your chance to play the iconic TV game show, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27. Contestant registration will start at 4:30 p.m.
“ The Midtown Men”: Stars of the Broadway production of “Jersey Boys” created this concert, 7:30 p.m. March 30.
“ Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles ”: , 8 p.m. April 15.
Season tickets: $213.75 to $306. at BroadwayInBoise.com (does not include season extras). Individual tickets run $37.50 to $125 and go on sale about eight weeks in advance of the show date at MorrisonCenter.com.
ALLEY REPERTORY THEATER
This plucky theater company, led by artistic director Buffie Main, blends amateur and professional actors and takes on edgy, challenging material. Alley Rep took a yearlong hiatus to regroup and reconnect with its mission. This season launches its “Leap” season, plays that explore the moment when someone takes a leap into the unknown.
Shows are at 7 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays and 2 p.m. for matinees at the Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City. (Not every play has a matinee.)
“Rapture, Blister, Burn”: Gina Gionfriddo’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated wit-driven drama, Oct. 8-17.
“The Golden Girls Christmas Extravaganza”: Holiday-themed drag show. Nov. 19-Dec. 19.
“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”: Christopher Durang’s Tony-winning comedy, Feb. 18-27.
“Sex With Strangers”: Laura Eason’s drama about the complexities of relationships and the Internet, May 5-14.
Season tickets: $45 for four, flex packages: $90 for six to $130 for 10; Individual tickets: $20 general, $15 for students, seniors and military. AlleyRep.org.
HomeGrown Theatre is a scrappy theater company that performs in alternative venues throughout Boise. It was co-founded by Boise State theater grads Jenessa White and Chad Ethan Shohet. Shohet and Jaime Nebeker now run the company. Rather than using the traditional season model, HGT will produce a two-year performance plan called “Phases.” Below are tentative dates for the first part of Phase One. Venues are still in the works, so stay tuned. Find more on the company’s Facebook page.
“4th annual Horrific Puppet Affair: Creepy puppets and weird stories written by HGT’s creative artists at Halloween. (October)
“Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play”: Anne Washburn’s pop culture-laden tale of survival and the enduring power of Bart Simpson in a post-electric world (December).
“Orlando”: MacArthur Fellowship-winning playwright Sarah Ruhl’s gender-bending play inspired by Virginia Woolf’s novel (March).
“Every Man Shift (For All the Rest)”: Shohet’s and Dakotah Brown’s play about a last-hurrah backpacking trip that goes awry after a mysterious treasure map surfaces (May).
Tickets: $10 at the door or at SquareUp.com/market/hgtboise. HGT Punch card five tickets to any performance that never expires: $40. Phase Pass: Single admission to every Phase One production (2015-2017): $75.