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2011-12 ‘A Season of Note’ series announced; Roger Williams concert highlights season, tickets go on sale Aug. 12

Posted August 8, 2011

Idaho State University will host a range of entertainment productions in the 2011-12 "A Season of Note" series, including a piano concert on Oct. 1 by celebrated ISU alum Roger Williams during homecoming.

"Once again, we are presenting a wide variety of programs for out patrons to enjoy," said George Casper, ISU director of events. "This is a strong series overall, but we're particularly excited about the Roger Williams concert. This is a 'must see' historic event."

Roger WilliamsAll performances will be held in the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall of the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.

There are nine shows in this year’s series, including everything from a Kenya Safari Acrobats performance to a concert by Paul Revere and the Raiders.

Tickets range in price from $12 to $36, depending on the show and seat selection. Season tickets go on sale Aug. 12 and individual performance tickets go on sale Sept. 6. Tickets can be purchased at the Stephens Performing Arts Center Box Office, open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through the summer and from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the school year. Tickets can also be purchased over the phone at (208) 282-3595 or online at www.isu.edu/tickets.com. They can also be purchased at Vickers Western Stores in Pocatello or Idaho Falls.  The Box Office is open one hour prior to show times.

Acoustic Eidolon, photo by Mark SimsThere are three season ticket packages available: Package A, the full season, for $210 main level or $178 balcony; the five-performance Package B, which includes Roger Williams, Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Celtic Nights-Journey of Hope, Jenny Oaks Baker – "A Tribute to the Music of Walt Disney," $128 main level, $110 balcony; and the five-performance Package C, which includes tickets for Roger Williams, Chanticleer, Mindy Gledhill Christmas, Kenya Safari Acrobats and Acoustic Eidolon, $115 main level and $97 balcony.  These prices do not include the $4 postage and handling fee.

Ticket prices for the individual shows are noted below with prices for main and lower level in parenthesis. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. More information is available at www.isu.edu/stephens/.

Upcoming series shows are:

Ryan Shupe• Sept. 24 – Ryan Shupe and the RubberBand, Tickets – ($24, $20)

RubberBand is a perfect name for Ryan Shupe and his band of amazing musicians.  The group is known for its ability to stretch out musically in all directions, pinging back and forth with a joyful spontaneity most bands could barely imagine, let alone achieve.  RubberBand is a breath of fresh air in an age where much of the music is over-produced, "practically to death," and their organic approach to perform has built them a following around the country. Website: www.shupe.net.

• Oct. 1 – Roger Williams, 87th Birthday Performance, Tickets – ($36, $32)

 Help celebrate Roger's 87th birthday by attending this "must see" historic performance.  With over 18 gold and platinum recordings to his credit, Idaho State University graduate Roger Williams is the greatest selling pianist of all time charting Billboard hits in four decades.  The first pianist on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Roger has 21 Gold and Platinum albums to his credit. He is a Steinway Artist, he is the first and only artist to receive the Steinway Lifetime Achievement Award and he was featured at Carnegie Hall for Steinway’s 150th Anniversary.  His immense repertoire showcases the best in jazz, classical, pop and Roger's signature songs.  "Autumn Leaves" still stands as the greatest selling piano recording of all time and is the only piano instrumental to ever reach #1 on the Billboard singles chart. Website: www.mrpianotoday.com.

Chanticleer• Oct. 10 – Chanticleer, Tickets – ($28, $24)

Called "the world's reigning male chorus," by New Yorker magazine, and named Ensemble of the Year by Musical America in 2008, Chanticleer will perform more than 100 concerts in 2011-12, the GRAMMY Award-winning ensemble’s 34th season.  Chanticleer is known around the world as "an orchestra of voices" for the seamless blend of its 12 male voices ranging from countertenor to bass and its original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz, and from gospel to venturesome new music. Website: www.chanticleer.org.

Paul Revere and The Raiders• Nov. 3 – Paul Revere and The Raiders, Tickets – ($30, $26)

Paul Revere has a style: a sixth sense for pleasing an audience. The magic chemistry of his personality has been a major factor for the Raiders' rise to popularity; and not by sheer accident. He has created, over a period of time, a highly polished act built on warmth and spontaneity. Paul Revere and the Raiders were the first rock group to be signed by Columbia Records with the 1963 recording of "Louie Louie." During their career Paul Revere and the Raiders had 23 consecutive singles including "Indian Reservation," "Louie Louie," "Kicks," "Just Like Me," "Steppin' Out" and "Ups and Down."  Website: www.paulrevereraiders.com.

• Dec. 15 –  "Winter Moon" -  A Christmas Concert with Mindy Gledhill and the Teton Chamber Orchestra, Tickets – ($24, $20)

Feel the wonder of Christmas time through award-winning artist, Mindy Gledhill's first Christmas album.  Unexpected instruments like banjo, ukulele, vintage organs and keytar lend all the quirk and charm that Mindy's music is known for.  Add the sweeping grace of the Teton Chamber Orchestra for her live Christmas concert and only magic can happen.  Playing songs from her popular "Anchor" album and her brand new Christmas album, "Winter Moon," this concert is sure to invoke the holiday cheer and peaceful reflection for the season.  Website: www.mindyglendill.com.

Celtic Nights• Jan. 28 – Celtic Nights-Journey of Hope, Tickets - ($28, $24)

Celtic Nights is a unique show that features the finest male and female voices of the Celtic world, showcased against a thundering backdrop of expert dancing and musicianship.  In this glittering production, six of Ireland’s most prominent vocal talents are complimented by six of its most accomplished dancers, creating an exhilarating picture of a proud people who dared to dream big and doggedly carved out a home in the New World.  In Celtic Nights, their story is told, through the power and majesty of music and the hypnotic fury of dancing feet. Website: www.camimusic.com.

Kenya Acrobats• Feb. 18 – Kenya Safari Acrobats, Tickets- ($24, $20)

The Kenya Safari Acrobats perform a non-stop ride of gravity-defying human pyramids, balancing, tumbling, limbo dancing, hurling through hoops and breathtaking contortions, all while clapping to a joyful Benga beat. 

Combining artistry with humor and playfulness, these gymnasts are a huge crowd pleaser.  A unique and eye popping blend of traditional arts and circus skills in classic African style. Website:  www.kenyasafariacrobats.com.

Jenny Oaks Baker

 

• March 17 – Jenny Oaks Baker – "A Tribute to the Music of Walt Disney" with the Teton Chamber Orchestra, Tickets – ($24, $20)

Jenny Oaks Baker is one of America's most accomplished classical violinists.  She began playing the violin at age four, and made her solo debut in 1983 when she was 8 years old.  She received a bachelor's degree in violin performance from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School in New York City.  Jenny will perform some of Disney's most magical moments including "When You Wish Upon a Star," "Mary Poppins Suite," "Can You Feel Love," and "Once Upon a Dream." Website: www.jennyoaksbaker.com.

• April 11, Acoustic Eidolon, Tickets – ($16, $12)

 Joe Scott and Hannah Alkire joined forces on the music scene on 1998. This confluence of two gifted musicians has resulted in the internationally acclaimed duo, Acoustic Eidolon. Scott performs on a unique, custom designed double-neck guitjo, a banjo/guitar combination created by Scott and deemed by USA Today as "a beautiful harp-like sounding instrument…like nothing they’ve never heard before." Alkire was classically trained on the cello.  Her inquisitive nature has prompted her to take her cello playing into uncharted territories, risky moves that have continued her reputation as a tour-de-force in cello performance.  Their passionate live music and thoughtful, humorous rapport stand them above the crowd, engaging their audiences in spontaneous applause, laughter and appreciation. Website: www.acousticeidolon.com.

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