Please join the Idaho State-Civic Symphony, Camerata Singers, ISU Concert Choir, and our guest vocalists on Friday/Saturday, April 29/30, for our season finale and the kick-off to the 2016-2017 season ticket campaign. Friday night will include a pre-concert discussion by Conductor/Artistic Director, Dr. Grant Harville, in the Rotunda at 6:30, followed by the concert (7:30 p.m. both nights) in the Jensen Grand Concert Hall. Prior to each concert, Association Board members will staff a Season Ticket Campaign Table at which new season brochures and ticket-order forms will be available; patrons may complete order forms and return them with payment to the table at these concerts.
Our concerts: Conductors Grant Harville and Scott Anderson have chosen to bring the concert season to a close with a single work, Beethoven’s incomparable Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, which will be performed without intermission. We’re grateful to our sponsors, Hirning GMC and D.L. Evans Bank, for their support in bringing this landmark work to our stage. Countless reams of paper and gallons of ink have been consumed over nearly two centuries in doctoral dissertations, Master’s theses, articles, books, essays, and program notes, wrestling over intricacies/genius/audacity of the work and the use of Schiller’s “Ode to Joy” in the final movement. To echo the best advice I’ve heard in terms of enjoying the symphony, “Don’t worry about the structure, complexity, or musical genre; just make sure you attend a performance led by a good conductor with a good orchestra, good vocalists and soloists, and you’ll be transfixed–and never regret a minute of the time.” Our musicians definitely fulfill/exceed those criteria, so there’s no doubt you’ll be well-pleased by attending!
Our guest artists:
Carolina Castells, soprano, among other awards, is the a 2008 Grand Finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a 2011 recipient of the Shoshana Foundation’s Richard F. Gold Career grant, and a 2015 Finalist for the Jensen Foundation Vocal Competition.
Kimberly James, mezzo-soprano, returns to our stage, having previously performed here in last season’s Verdi Requiem. She holds advanced music degrees from Rice University and Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.
Cullen Gandy, tenor, received his Bachelor’s degree in Music from Georgia State University, and a Master of Music from The Juilliard School. He holds prizes from the Licia Albanese-Puccini IVC; The Opera Foundation Competition; and was a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council’s Eastern Region in 2012.
Paul Max Tipton, baritone, trained on full fellowship at the University of Michigan School of Music in Ann Arbor. He is a 2010 graduate of the Yale University Institute of Sacred Music in Oratorio & Early Music, and was made a Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Fellow at Emmanuel Music in 2012.
Do come a bit early to enjoy beverages, desserts, and snack plates available for purchase in the Rotunda. Doors to the hall open at 7:00; the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Please remember that there will be no mid-concert break; Beethoven’s Ninth will be performed in its entirety without intermission.
Please contact the ISU Box Office at 282-3595 or Vickers Western Store, 1460 Yellowstone (237-5700) for tickets (ranging from $12-$34) or visit our website www.thesymphony.us/. All prices are subject to additional box office fees and credit card charges. ISU students with valid Bengal ID are admitted free.