Performers include the Piano Guys and the King's Singers.

August 25, 2014
Writer: Don Sparhawk

The Center Stage Performing Arts Series at Brigham Young University-Idaho has announced its lineup of events for Fall Semester 2014.

The season opens Sept. 19 with We Are the Strike, a popular band out of Provo, Utah, that will perform in the Hart Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

Comic ventriloquist Lynn Trefzger will perform shows at 6 and 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 26 in the Kirkham Auditorium.

Four musicians from the Tianjin Conservatory of Music in China will present "Sound of Silk and Bamboo" using traditional Chinese instruments on Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Barrus Concert Hall.

Native American Kevin Locke will perform a show featuring the Northern Plains flute, hoop dancing and storytelling Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Kirkham Auditorium.

Tabernacle organist Richard Elliott from Salt Lake City will perform Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. on the Ruffatti organ in the Barrus Concert Hall.

YouTube sensation The Piano Guys will return to campus to perform Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hart Auditorium.

State Street Ballet from Santa Barbara, Calif., will present the ballet "Beauty and the Beast" Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Kirkham Auditorium. 

Shanghai Quartet, a string quartet from China, will perform Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Barrus Concert Hall.

This year's "A BYU-Idaho Christmas" will feature The King's Singers from England on Dec. 6 in the BYU-Idaho Center. The world famous singers will join the Men's Choir, Women's Choir, Collegiate Singers, University Orchestra and dancers.

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 (208) 496-2000. Detailed information can also be found on the Center Stage website.

Season tickets also may be ordered through the Ticket Office by calling (208) 496-3170. Here is more detailed information about each event:

We Are the Strike
Friday, September 19
7:30 p.m., Hart Auditorium

Headed by energetic frontman Chris Crabb, We Are the Strike is known for its larger-than-life performances and musical expertise. Since emerging on the music scene in Provo, Utah, the band has cultivated a rare musical genre of "throwback jazz meets edgy pop meets funky blues." The group is greatly influenced by artists such as Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Bruno Mars. As an avid group of devoted musicians, We Are The Strike strives to bring the art of true musicianship back to popular music.

Tickets go on sale September 2. $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public. No children under four. Classroom dress.

Lynn Trefzger
Comedy Ventriloquist
Friday, September 26
Two shows--6 and 8:30 p.m., Kirkham Auditorium

Lynn Trefzger is a ventriloquist with a trunk full of zany characters that have accompanied her to stages throughout the country. Lynn was named the "Funniest Female Performer of the Year" by Campus Activities magazine and nominated 2007 Funniest Female by American Entertainment magazine. She also has been voted Ventriloquist of the Year three times by her peers. 

Tickets go on sale September 2. $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public. No children under four. Classroom dress.

"Sound of Silk and Bamboo"
Wednesday, October 8
7:30 p.m., Barrus Concert Hall

The melodies of ancient China come into focus by four skilled instrumentalists from the Tianjin Conservatory of Music. The program will feature traditional Chinese instruments, including the qin, xiao, pipa, di, erhu and sheng.

Tickets go on sale September 15. $4 for BYU-Idaho students, $8 for general public. No children under six. Event dress.

Kevin Locke
Native American dancer, flutist & storyteller
Friday, October 10
7:30 p.m., Kirkham Auditorium

Kevin Locke is known throughout the world as a visionary hoop dancer, the preeminent player of the indigenous Northern Plains flute, and a traditional storyteller. Kevin is Lakota and Anishinabe. He is acknowledged to be the pivotal force in the now powerful revival of the indigenous flute tradition that teetered on the brink of extinction just 20 years ago. He has recorded 12 albums of music and stories.

Tickets go on sale September 15. $4 for BYU-Idaho students, $8 for general public. No children under four. Classroom dress.

Richard Elliott
Friday, October 17
7:30 p.m., Barrus Concert Hall

Richard Elliott, principal Tabernacle organist in Salt Lake City, will perform a concert on the Ruffatti organ in the Barrus Concert Hall. The centerpiece of his program will be Modeste Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. He earned a bachelor of music degree from the Curtis Institute and master's and doctoral degrees from the Eastman School of Music. He has been a Tabernacle organist since 1991.

Tickets go on sale September 22. $4 for BYU-Idaho students, $8 for general public. No children under six. Event dress.

The Piano Guys
Friday, October 24
7:30 p.m., Hart Auditorium
6 p.m., Preshow dinner in Manwaring Center

The Piano Guys gained popularity through YouTube where they have posted piano and cello renditions of popular songs and classical music. These classically-trained musicians create sophisticated new arrangements of everything from Beethoven's 5th Symphony to Coldplay's "Paradise," often weaving seemingly disparate pieces together to create something totally new. The concert features Jon Schmidt on piano and Steven Sharp Nelson on cello.

Tickets go on sale September 29.  $15 for BYU-Idaho students, $30 for general public. Preshow dinner is $15 extra. No children under four. Classroom dress.

"Beauty and the Beast" featuring the State Street Ballet
Saturday, November 1
7:30 p.m., Kirkham Auditorium

State Street Ballet from Santa Barbara, California, will perform the ballet Beauty and the Beast. The classic tale of love and loss was adapted from the 1925 film by Jean Cocteau and set to the music of Tchaikovsky by Emmy Award-winning choreographer Robert Sund. The lavish sets, stunning costumes and virtuoso performance by State Street Ballet has delighted audiences throughout Asia and the United States.

Tickets go on sale October 8. $10 for BYU-Idaho students, $20 for general public. No children under four. Event dress.

Shanghai Quartet
Friday, November 7
7:30 p.m., Barrus Concert Hall

Renowned for its passionate musicality and impressive technique, the Shanghai Quartet from China has become one of the world's foremost chamber ensembles. Its elegant style melds the delicacy of Eastern music with the emotional breadth of Western repertoire. Formed at the Shanghai Conservatory in 1983, the quartet currently serves as quartet-in-residence at Montclair State University in New Jersey and ensemble-in-residence with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra in China.

Tickets go on sale October 13. $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public. No children under six. Event dress.

A BYU-Idaho Christmas with special guests The King's Singers
Saturday, December 6
7:30 p.m., BYU-Idaho Center
6:00 p.m., Preshow dinner in Manwaring Center

The King's Singers, one of the world's best known a cappella groups, will be the featured guests at the university's fourth Christmas program in the BYU-Idaho Center. The Grammy-winning King's Singers will join the BYU-Idaho Men's Choir, Women's Choir, Symphony Orchestra, dancers, and other students from the College of Performing and Visual Arts. Founded in 1968, The King's Singers are named after King's College in Cambridge, England, where the group was formed.

Tickets go on sale October 27. $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public. No children under six. Preshow dinner is $15 extra. Event dress.