POCATELLO – The College of Arts & Letters will present 11 music, theatre and art events during the month of October. For more information on these events, contact Melissa Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org or (208) 282-1404.
• Oct. 6: ISU Symphonic Band – 7:30 p.m., Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center
The ISU Symphonic Band will be playing with the ISU Civic Concert Band and the Snake River New Horizons Band. The program is composed of Russian music including the works of Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Dmitri Shostakovich. They will also perform the work of American composer Eric Whitacre. ISU music student Connor O’Farrell will be the guest soloist on trombone for the night. Tickets: $8 for general admission, $5 for faculty/staff, $4 for pre-college students and free for ISU students. Available at the door.
• Oct. 13: Idaho State-Civic Symphony: POPS – Live at the movies! Charlie Chaplin: City Lights – 7:30 p.m., Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center
The Idaho State-Civic Symphony has outdone itself with this year’s POPS concert. Prepare to be captivated by the nostalgia and magic of silent movies! Most people are surprised to learn that Charlie Chaplin was not only a tragi-comic superstar of the 20s and 30s era, but he was also an accomplished composer. The entire music score of this “movie night at the symphony” was composed by none other than Charlie Chaplin. Silent movies were accompanied by piano, organ or other sound machines, but the best and most highly acclaimed were accompanied by a full-fledged orchestra. Join the fun as our own symphony creates the music while the silent movie plays on a big screen above in the grand hall. Critiques and historians of the silent movie era have called Chaplin’s “City Lights” exquisite! Tickets: $12-$36, available at (208) 282-3595 or isu.edu/tickets. Also available in person at the ISU Box Office.
• Oct. 14: ISU Marching Band Invitational – 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Holt Arena
Twenty-two high school marching bands from Idaho and Nevada will be performing at the 2017 ISU Mountain West Marching Band Invitational. Bands will compete in divisions based on the amount of students performing, and each division will be given awards in music, visual, percussion, and auxiliary. The overall highest score by an Idaho band will receive the Gem State Award. The ISU Marching Band will close the show with a performance featuring the music of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Tickets: $8 for adults and $5 for ISU students. Available at the door.
• Oct. 16: Faculty/Guest Recital: Kori Bond, piano, Karlyn Bond, piano – 7:30 p.m., Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center
The Bond Sisters Piano Duo will be performing “Music of the Americas” and will feature the works of five American countries, including John Adams and Leonard Bernstein from the United States, Roger Matton from Canada, Manuel Ponce from Mexico, Astor Piazzolla from Argentina and Beatriz Lockhart from Uruguay. Tickets: $10 for adults, $7 for faculty/staff, $5 for pre-college students and free for ISU students. Available at the door.
• Oct. 20: ISU Choral Invitational – 7:30 p.m., Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center
Sixteen high schools from across Idaho will gather at ISU for the 32nd annual ISU Choral Festival. On Oct. 19, over 600 students will work with guest conductor Eph Ehly and then with ISU voice faculty members. On Oct. 20, each choir will perform one song and then four pieces chosen by Ehly. ISU choirs will also perform. Tickets: $8 for adults, $6 for faculty/staff, $4 for pre-college students and free for ISU students. Available at the door.
• Oct. 27: ISU Jazz Bands – 7:30 p.m., Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center
Students in the ISU Jazz Band will perform a variety of jazz styles including swing, Latin, fusion and ballads. Tickets: $8 for adults, $6 for faculty/staff, $4 for pre-college students and free for ISU students. Available at the door.
• Oct. 30: Shandra Helman and Friends Woodland Faculty Recital – 7:30 p.m., Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center– ISU music professors Shandra Helman, clarinet, George Adams, bassoon, and Mark Neiwirth, piano, will perform the works of Nikola Resanovic, Richard Strauss and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. Tickets: $10 for adults, $7 for faculty/staff, $5 for pre-college students and free for ISU students. Available at the door.
• Oct. 6, 7, 12, 13, 14: “The Crucible” – 7:30 p.m., Black Box Theatre in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center
The story focuses on a young farmer, his wife and a young servant-girl who maliciously causes the wife's arrest for witchcraft. The farmer brings the girl to court to admit the lie—and it is here that the monstrous course of bigotry and deceit is terrifyingly depicted. The farmer, instead of saving his wife, finds himself also accused of witchcraft and ultimately condemned with a host of others. “The Crucible” was the winner of the 1953 Tony Award for Best Play. This exciting drama about the Puritan purge of witchcraft in old Salem is both a gripping historical play and a timely parable of our contemporary society. Tickets: $15 for general admission, $14 for seniors/faculty/staff, $10 for children and $7 for ISU students. Available at isu.edu/tickets or (208) 282-3595.
• Oct. 28 and 30: “The Taming of the Shrew” – 7:30 p.m., Diane and Chick Bilyeu Theatre in Frazier Hall
Baptista, a rich Paduan merchant, announces that his fair young daughter, Bianca, will remain unwed until her older sister, Katharina, a hellish shrew, has wed. Lucentio, a student and the son of a wealthy Pisan merchant, has fallen in love with Bianca. He poses as a tutor of music and poetry to gain entrance to the Baptista household and to be near Bianca. Meanwhile, Petruchio, a fortune-hunting scoundrel from Verona, arrives in Padua hoping to capture a wealthy wife. Hortensio, another suitor of Bianca, directs Petruchio's attention to Katharina. When Hortensio warns him about Katharina's scolding tongue and fiery temper, Petruchio is challenged and resolves to capture her love. Hortensio and another suitor of Bianca, Gremio, agree to cover Petruchio's costs as he pursues Katharina. Professors Vanessa Ballam and Stefan Espinosa headline the cast. The production is sponsored by a F.M., Anne G. and Beverly B. Bistline Grant. Directed by guest director Lenny Banovez. Tickets: Admission is free.
• Oct. 12: Guest Artist Carl Purcell Presentation – 7 p.m., Pocatello High School Palace Auditorium
Guest artist Carl Purcell will give a presentation on his watercolor artwork and life as an artist and educator to the public. Tickets: Free and open to the public.
• Oct. 31: Vigilance: Veterans Art Exhibition Opening Reception – 6 p.m., John B. Davis Gallery
The 5th annual Vigilance: Veterans Arts Exhibition will feature artist work in ceramics, metals, wood carving and paintings. The exhibit will run from Nov. 1 to Nov. 16. Davis Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday noon to 6 p.m. Tickets: Admission is free