The Boise Philharmonic’s Picnic at the Pops returns Saturday with a huge concert in a new venue — Eagle Island State Park.
The orchestra started its summer pops concert series three years ago, first at the Eagle River Pavilion, which closed, then at the former Woodriver Cellars venue — which also closed and is now Crooked Flats, owned by Crooked Fence Brewing.
Eagle Island looks to be one that will stick, says Philharmonic music director Robert Franz.
If you’ve never been to BPA’s outdoor pops concert, you’re in for a treat. The atmosphere is casual and fun, and Franz puts together entertaining and accessible programs of new and familiar music.
This time the focus is on film — with some well-known themes from “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Jurassic Park,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” and a host of Disney favorites. The orchestra is partnering with Opera Idaho’s Leslie Mauldin and Jason and Michele Detwiler and young singer Molly Castiel, who starred as Mary Lenox in Boise Music Week’s 2014 production of “The Secret Garden.”
8 p.m. Aug. 23, Eagle Island State Park, 4000 W. Hatchery Road. $35 chair seating, $20 lawn seating, $5 children 12 and younger. Food will be available for purchase, or you can bring a picnic. Table seating and series tickets also are available. 344-7849, boisephilharmonic.org.