Bill Cosby, Diamond Rio headline Center Stage series

March 30, 2012

Writer: Don Sparhawk

Comedian Bill Cosby and country band Diamond Rio top the list of shows this spring as part the Center Stage Performing Arts Series at Brigham Young University-Idaho.

The season opens April 20 with authentic Zydeco music played by one of Louisiana's favorite bands, Jeffery Broussard and the Creole Cowboys. The floor of the Hart Auditorium will be cleared of chairs for audience members to dance.

Next up, direct from Germany, the award-winning a cappella group Vocaldente will perform April 26 and 27 in the Barrus Concert Hall.

Diamond Rio, the Grammy-winning, six-time "Vocal Group of the Year," will perform in the Hart Auditorium May 4. Classical pianist Josh Wright, best known for playing two grand pianos at one time, will play May 11, followed on May 15 by the Mirari Brass Quintet.

"An Evening with Bill Cosby," which will feature humorous stories from one of the world's best-known comedians, will be held June 8 in the Hart Auditorium.

American soprano Alyson Cambridge will perform an evening of music ranging from operatic arias to Broadway show tunes and patriotic selections on June 28.

"Patriots and Pioneers," a tribute performed by university choirs and the Symphony Band, will be performed July 14 in the BYU-Idaho Center. The night will feature special guest Alex Boye, a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

And to top off the season, the musical team of pianist Jon Schmidt and cellist Steven Sharp Nelson will perform together July 26 as part of BYU-Idaho's Education Week.

A free brochure listing all performing arts events is available at the BYU-Idaho Ticket Office and the Rexburg Chamber of Commerce, or by calling 496-3100. Detailed information can also be found online at Season tickets are also available. For high resolution images of performers, contact Don Sparhawk at