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Center Stage announces fall performing arts series

August 26, 2013

Writer: Don Sparhawk

The Center Stage Performing Arts Series at Brigham Young University-Idaho has announced its lineup of events for the Fall Semester. The season opens Sept. 20 with a performance in the Kirkham Auditorium by indie singer and songwriter Mindy Gledhill of Utah. 

Kris Allen, the 2009 "American Idol" winner, will perform Sept. 27 in the Hart Auditorium. Grammy-nominated violinist Jenny Oaks Baker will perform some of her most popular songs Oct. 12 in the Barrus Concert Hall. Award-winning pianist Arthur Greene will perform a classical music concert Oct. 16 in the Barrus Concert Hall.

Dala, winners of the Canadian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year, will perform Nov. 1 and 2 in the Kirkham Auditorium. The California Guitar Trio and the Montreal Guitar Trio will join forces for a concert on Nov. 8 in the Kirkham Auditorium. The Borealis Wind Quintet, nominated for a 2006 Grammy Award in the chamber music category, will perform Nov. 15 in the Barrus Concert Hall.

This year's "A BYU-Idaho Christmas" will feature singer Nathan Pacheco on Dec. 7 in the BYU-Idaho Center. Pacheco will join the Men's Choir, Women's Choir, University Choir, Vocal Union, Rixstix percussion group, a bell choir, 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 496-3100.

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 each event:

Mindy Gledhill

Friday, September 20, 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Kirkham Auditorium

Mindy Gledhill was once described as an "indie singer-songwriter that will leave you floating like a scoop of vanilla cream in strawberry soda." Garnering fans around the world with her award-winning music, Mindy's newest CD was recently produced in Nashville and will be released in September. 

Tickets go on sale Sept. 3. $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public. No children under four. Classroom dress.

Kris Allen

Friday, September 27, 7:30 p.m.

Hart Auditorium

Since skyrocketing to stardom as the winner of the 2009 season of "American Idol," Kris Allen has enjoyed five singles on the Billboard charts. His self-titled debut album featured his hit single "Live Like We're Dying," which has combined digital sales of over 1.7 million. Raised in Arkansas, he had an early interest in music, which stayed with him through college, church involvement, and missionary and humanitarian work in other countries.

Tickets go on sale Sept. 3. $10 for BYU-Idaho students, $20 for general public. Preshow dinner is $15 extra. No children under four. Classroom dress.

"The Best of Jenny Oaks Baker"

Saturday, October 12, 7:30 p.m.

Barrus Concert Hall, Snow Center for the Performing Arts

Grammy-nominated artist Jenny Oaks Baker is one of America's most accomplished classical violinists. She will perform a soul-stirring program of movie hits, Disney classics, inspirational hymns and popular favorites. Jenny received her master of music degree from the Juilliard School in New York City and has released 10 best-selling albums as a Shadow Mountain recording artist. Her most recent work, "Wish Upon a Star: A Tribute to the Music of Walt Disney," earned a nomination for the 54th Grammy Awards for Best Pop Instrumental Album. 

Tickets go on sale Sept. 23. $8 for BYU-Idaho students, $16 for general public. No children under six. Event dress.

Arthur Greene

Wednesday, October 16, 7:30 p.m.

Barrus Concert Hall, Snow Center for the Performing Arts

Pianist Arthur Greene studied at Juilliard with Martin Canin. He was a gold medal winner in the William Kapell and Gina Bachauer international piano competitions, and a top laureate at the Busoni International Competition. Greene is a professor of music at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He will perform Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 6 by Alexander Scriabin; Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110 by Ludwig van Beethoven; Ukrainian Rhapsody No. 1 by Mykola Lysenko; and Four Piano Pieces Op. 119 by Johannes Brahms. He will also perform three works by Frederic Chopin: Etude in A-flat Major, Op. 10 No. 1; Waltz in C-sharp Minor, Op. 64 No. 2; and Ballade No. 1 in G Minor. 

Tickets go on sale Sept. 23. $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public. No children under six. Event dress.

Dala

Friday and Saturday, November 1 and 2, 7:30 p.m.

Kirkham Auditorium

Winners of the Canadian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year, Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine of Dala write and sing in harmony best described as angelic. These two best friends met in their high school music class in 2002; they have since released five albums and toured extensively across North America. Darlings of the Canadian music scene, Dala are now poised to bring their fresh brand of acoustic pop music to the world. Drawing upon influences like the Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Bob Dylan, they write songs that are both catchy and insightful. 

Tickets go on sale October 7. $8 for BYU-Idaho students, $16 for general public. No children under six. Classroom dress.

California Guitar Trio + Montreal Guitar Trio

Friday, November 8, 7:30 p.m.

Kirkham Auditorium

CGT+MG3 features all six virtuoso guitarists from California Guitar Trio (CGT) and Montreal Guitar Trio (MG3). Representing four countries (Japan, Canada, Belgium and the United States), they fuse over 40 years of combined performing experience into one unique six-by-6-string "phenomensemble." In a pleasantly surprising way, CGT's steel stringed-guitars blend naturally with MG3's nylon-stringed guitars, as they perform original compositions and new arrangements of progressive rock, world, jazz, and classical music. 

Tickets go on sale October 14. $8 for BYU-Idaho students, $16 for general public. No children under six. Classroom dress.

Borealis Wind Quintet

Friday, November 15, 7:30 p.m. 

Barrus Concert Hall, Snow Center for the Performing Arts

The Borealis Wind Quintet, nominated for a 2006 Grammy Award in the chamber music category, is acclaimed as one of America's finest chamber ensembles. The quintet was formed at the Juilliard School of Music, and the five members enjoy a love of music, friendship, and a goal to make the best music possible. The quintet will perform "Trois Pieces en Quintette" by Adolphe Deslandres, "March" by John Barrows, "Lincolnshire Posy" by Percy Grainger, "Eight Russian Folk Songs" by Anatoly Liadov, "Three Moods" by  Andrey Rubtsov, and "Potpourris Fantastico" by Giulio Briccialdi. 

Tickets go on sale October 28. $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public. No children under six. Event dress.

A BYU-Idaho Christmas with special guest Nathan Pacheco

Saturday, December 7, 7:30 p.m.

BYU-Idaho Center 

Singer Nathan Pacheco will be the featured musical guest at the university's third Christmas program in the 15,000-seat BYU-Idaho Center. Pacheco will join the Men's Choir, Women's Choir, University Choir, Vocal Union, Rixstix percussion group, a bell choir, dancers, and other students from the College of Performing and Visual Arts. Pacheco performed in July with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in its annual Pioneer Commemoration Concert. A graduate of Brigham Young University, this classical/crossover singer was a featured vocalist during the 2009 tour for "Yanni Voices." The PBS special "Introducing Nathan Pacheco" began airing on PBS stations throughout the United States last year.

Tickets go on sale October 28. $4 for BYU-Idaho students, $8 for general public. No children under six. Preshow dinner is $15 extra. Event dress.