Music from around world sweeps into Canyon County

Marie Galyean
Marie Galyean Idaho Statesman

Tibetan monks, rock and blues bands, Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Ballet” and the Langroise Trio are just some of the musical delights coming to this area.

The exciting annual Caldwell Fine Arts Series at the College of Idaho will begin with the monks from the Drepung Loseling Monestary in residence Sept. 26-30. The 11 monks will share the beauty and mystery of their culture with Mandala Sand Painting and a concert at 7 p.m. on Sept. 30, in Jewett Auditorium, 2112 Cleveland Blvd., with dances and music from Tibet. This Sacred Music will feature the 10-foot-long dung-chen horns and multiphonic chanting.

According to Executive Director Allison Moulton, the series during 2016 will also include the bluegrass group Molly in the Mineshaft (with three national twin-fiddle champions from the Weiser Fiddle Festival), at 7 p.m. on Oct. 15, playing traditional favorites from around the world; the Horszowski Trio of piano, violin and cello with classical and new compositions at 7 p.m. on Nov. 3; and the Nutcracker Ballet and Nutcracker Jr. at 1 and 6 p.m. on Dec. 7.

In addition to some of these programs, the Fine Arts Series offers “Concert Connections,” including a short presentation and an all-you-can-eat meal at the Simplot Dining Hall on the C of I campus, costing $10 for adults and $6 for children under 14. The cafeteria opens at 5:30 p.m. and the presentation is at 6:15 p.m. For reservations or more information, call 459-5275 or 459-5783 or visit


Admission and parking will be free at the Idaho State BBQ Championship Contest, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday at the Ford Idaho Center. Idaho beer tasting tickets are $25 now; $35 at the door. You must be 21 or older for the tasting.

Gov. Butch Otter has proclaimed Sept. 17 as “Rockin’ Brews & BBQ Festival Day,” and the organizers promise awesome local rock and blues bands, finger-lickin’ good barbecue, a classic car show and lots of family fun. “The best of the best” will be competing for the title of Idaho State BBQ Champion, and the winner will go on to the national competition. There will also be a variety of vendors with unique products and a chef’s cooking demonstration.

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The opening night for the Boise Philharmonic’s 2016-2017 season will be Friday, Sept. 30, at the Brandt Center, 707 Fern St., on the campus of Northwest Nazarene University. The concert will feature Tchaikovsky’s “Piano Concerto No. 1,” Dvorak’s “Scherzo Capriccioso,” Schachter’s “Five…Six…Seven…Eight;” and Stravinsky’s “The Firebird Suite.” The pianist will be Andrew von Oeyen and the conductor will be Aram Demirjian.

The Philharmonic’s opening night in Boise will be Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Morrison Center on the Boise State University campus.

The orchestra is presenting seven conductors for its concerts as it seeks to select its new music director, who will replace longtime Director Robert Franz.

For tickets, call 344-7849 or visit


The TNT’s Dynamite Bar and Grill, downstairs in the Longbranch Station at 16 12th Ave. S., will have its grand opening this month, according to owner Terri Caminiti. And one of its special features will be live music.

The spacious venue is already serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, has a liquor license and favors football TV offerings. It is a welcome addition to the growing attractions of interesting places in the area of the Depot Museum, the art shops, antique stores and, of course, the busy Farmers Market (running Saturdays through Oct. 29).

Marie D. Galyean is a journalist and freelance writer who has lived in Canyon County for more than 40 years. Do you have any news about West Treasure Valley people, events and other subjects of interest? Email your ideas and stories to: