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Explore Boise’s chamber music scene this weekend with 3 concerts

The New York Woodwind Quintet: (Clockwise from center) Carol Wincenc, Marc Goldberg, William Purvis, Charles Neidich, Stephen Taylor. Wincenc performed Jake Heggie’s “Fury of Light” with the Boise Philharmonic in 2011.
The New York Woodwind Quintet: (Clockwise from center) Carol Wincenc, Marc Goldberg, William Purvis, Charles Neidich, Stephen Taylor. Wincenc performed Jake Heggie’s “Fury of Light” with the Boise Philharmonic in 2011.

The Boise chamber music scene is really happening this weekend with three concerts to enjoy.

▪  The biggest of the bunch is Boise Baroque Orchestra’s performance of Handel’s “Judas Maccabeaus” with the Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale. This masterwork is filled with fiery arias and ravishing duets that rival “Messiah” in its epic scope. It’s also a piece that music director Daniel Stern conducted his first season at BBO, 10 seasons ago.

7:30 p.m. Friday, April 22, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 24, Cathedral of the Rockies, 717 N. 11th St., Boise. $25 general, $20 seniors, $10 students, free for 17 and younger with a paying adult. 297-3182, BoiseBaroque.org.

▪  The Boise Philharmonic’s Chamber 360º will feature the orchestra’s String Quartet and new Boise Phil principal clarinetist Carmen Izzo on Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet in B minor. Host Jamey Lamar will also offer perspective about the piece.

11 a.m. Saturday, April 23, St. Michael’s Episcopal Cathedral, 518 N. 8th St., Boise. $15 advance, $20 at the door. 344-7849, BoisePhil.org.

▪  The dynamic New York Woodwind Quintet, pictured, will close the Boise Chamber Music Society’s season with a concert that includes both classical and contemporary works. One of the oldest continuously active chamber ensembles in the U.S, this quintet has commissioned compositions that have become part of the woodwind repertoire.

7:30 p.m. Friday, April 22, Morrison Center Recital Hall, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise. $30 general, $25 students and seniors. 426-1216, BoiseChamberMusicSeries.org.

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