The season includes the premiere of a new Sacred Music Series work.

May 12, 2014
Writer: Don Sparhawk

Brigham Young University-Idaho's Center Stage Performing Arts Series continues its Spring Semester line-up, with several outstanding performances still to come.

Illusionist Jason Bishop will present a magic show May 16 at 6 and 8:30 p.m. in the Kirkham Auditorium. Pianist Josh Wright will perform May 31 at 7:30 p.m. in the Barrus Concert Hall. The Spanish Brass from Spain will perform June 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Barrus Concert Hall.

A new sacred music oratorio commissioned by BYU-Idaho and written by Daniel Gawthrop will be performed July 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the BYU-Idaho Center. It will feature the BYU-Idaho choirs and orchestra. Ryan Shupe and the RubberBand will perform Aug. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hart Auditorium as part of Education Week.

A free brochure listing all performing arts events at BYU-Idaho is available at the Kimball Ticket Office and the Rexburg Chamber of Commerce, or by calling 496-2000. Detailed information can also be found on the Center Stage website at www.byui.edu/centerstage. Season tickets also may be ordered through the ticket office by calling 496-3170. Here is more detailed information about the remaining events:

The Jason Bishop Show

Friday, May 16

6 and 8:30 p.m., Kirkham Auditorium

Jason Bishop is an international award-winning illusionist whose breathtaking show features stunning and original state-of-the-art magic, mesmerizing sleight of hand, exclusive grand illusions, and close-up magic projected onto a huge movie screen. This world-class performer keeps audiences spellbound - Jason may have a person passing through his body one moment, or make goldfish appear from nowhere the next! Jason's funny and truly magical show treats audiences to some of the world's most astonishing illusions.

Tickets go on sale April 28. $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public. No children under four. Classroom dress.

Josh Wright in Concert

Saturday, May 31

7:30 p.m., Barrus Concert Hall

Pianist Josh Wright will return to BYU-Idaho to perform both popular and classical music. The first half of his program will feature popular music and hymns, followed in the second half by Rachmaninoff's 2nd Concerto on two pianos featuring Josh and his wife, Lindsey. Josh won first prize at the 2013 Heida Hermanns International Piano Competition, first prize at the 2013 Rosamond P. Haeberle Piano Award competition, the gold medal at the 2010 Seattle International Piano Competition, and first prize at the 2010 American Protége International Competition of Romantic Music. He has released five albums, including My Favorite Things (2013), Josh Wright (2011), Gaspard (2010), The Complete Chopin Etudes (2003), and Josh Wright Debut (2000). 

Tickets go on sale May 12. $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public. No children under six. Event dress.

Truman Brothers with opener by Kenz Hall

Friday, June 6 7:30 p.m., Kirkham Auditorium

The Truman Brothers from Nashville will perform. Ben and Chad Truman performed as part of the Nashville Tribute Band concert at BYU-Idaho last summer. The group formed in 2005 in Provo, Utah, and won the student-voted "Battle of the Bands" two years in a row at Brigham Young University. Opening the concert will be Kenz Hall, who was a contestant on this year's "American Idol" show.

Tickets go on sale May 18. $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public. No children under four. Classroom dress.

Spanish Brass

Friday, June 13

7:30 p.m., Barrus Concert Hall

Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014, Spanish Brass rose to the top of its genre in 1996 when it won the Narbonne Brass Quintet Competition, the most prestigious event of its kind in the world. Their music has been called sheer poetry. In the past two decades, Spanish Brass (also known as Spanish Brass Luur Metalls) has established itself as one of the world's finest brass quintets...often mentioned in the same breath as the Canadian Brass and the Empire Brass Quintet. Always maintaining the highest artistic standards, the ensemble is known for its virtuosity as well as the wide variety of its programs. Each of their concerts-from Hong Kong to New York, from Krakow to Verona, and from Kiev to Lisbon-confirms their special ability to delight their ever-growing legions of fans and admirers.

Tickets go on sale May 19. $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public. No children under six. Event dress.

How Beautiful Upon the Mountains

Premiere of Sacred Music Series work, composed by Daniel E. Gawthrop

Saturday, July 12

7:30 p.m., BYU-Idaho Center

6:00 p.m., Preshow dinner in Manwaring Center

BYU-Idaho will present the premiere performances of How Beautiful Upon the Mountains, a newly composed sacred music work by Daniel E. Gawthrop, a prominent Latter-day Saint composer. Dallin Hansen of the Department of Music will conduct the Symphony Orchestra, university choirs, and student soloists. The work also will be performed at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls on June 25 and at the Salt Lake Tabernacle on June 28.

Free admission, but tickets are required. Tickets available starting June 2. No children under six. Preshow dinner is $15 extra. Event dress.

Ryan Shupe & the RubberBand

Education Week Concert

Friday, August 17:30 p.m., Hart Auditorium

Ryan Shupe & the RubberBand's lively style of bluegrass infused with flavors of rap, rock and contemporary country has universal appeal. This charismatic quintet takes the audience on an entertainment roller coaster with stellar musicianship, witty lyrics, funny antics, and audience sing-alongs. Hard-driving arrangements, hot instrumental solos, and tight vocal harmonies make the live show a favorite at BYU-Idaho. As Ryan describes his music, "It's good old American country bluegrass music with blues and rock." Popular songs in recent years have included "Dream Big," "Banjo Boy" and "Even Superman."

Tickets now on sale. $10 for general public, $5 for BYU-Idaho students and Education Week participants. Classroom dress.