Ryan Hamilton

Ashton native and BYU-Idaho graduate Ryan Hamilton has become a favorite in the New York stand-up comedy scene.

August 28, 2018
Writer: Don Sparhawk

The Center Stage Performing Arts Series at Brigham Young University-Idaho has announced its Fall Semester lineup that ranges from the Scottish rock band Skerryvore to Broadway singer Brian Stokes Mitchell.

“There’s a wide variety, ranging from an African women’s singing group to Ryan Hamilton, a native of Ashton who is now a successful stand-up comedian,” said Don Sparhawk, coordinator of Center Stage. “We will start the season with an actor who portrays C.S. Lewis and end with our yearly Christmas concert, which will feature Brian Stokes Mitchell.”

“An Evening with C.S. Lewis” will be performed October 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Snow Drama Theater. The one-man show about the famous British writer will feature actor David Payne.

Featuring two Grammy nominees, Fandango! will perform Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Barrus Concert Hall. This concert will feature a mix of Latin, Spanish, Sephardic, Balkan and classical sounds performed on cello, guitar, flute and violin. 

Back for an encore performance, the Scottish band Skerryvore will return Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. for a concert in the Hart Auditorium. Twice winners of Scotland’s Traditional Music “Live Act of the Year” Award, Skerryvore creates a fusion of folk, trad, rock and American country sounds.

Ryan Hamilton will return to Idaho for a stand-up comedy show in the Hart Auditorium on Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. During the past year he has gained more popularity following his comedy special on Netflix.

Nobuntu, a female a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe, Africa, will perform a mix of music ranging from Zimbabwean songs to gospel music at a concert on Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Kirkham Auditorium.

Internationally-acclaimed cellist Joshua Roman will perform the Dvorak Cello Concerto in B Minor with the BYU-Idaho Symphony Orchestra Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Barrus Concert Hall.

The American Brass Quintet from New York City will perform Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Barrus Concert Hall.

Two-time Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell from New York City will be the featured guest at the university’s eighth annual Christmas program in the BYU-Idaho Center. Also featuring the university choirs and orchestra, the holiday performance will be Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the BYU-Idaho Center.

A free brochure listing all performing arts events at BYU-Idaho is available at the BYU-Idaho 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 at byui.edu/centerstage. Community season tickets featuring a 25 percent discount are also available.

Here is more detailed information about each event:

 

An Evening with C.S. Lewis

Thursday and Friday, Oct. 4 and 5

7:30 p.m., Snow Drama Theater

An Evening with C.S. Lewis (My Life’s Journey) is a one-man play about the life of famed British writer C.S. Lewis. Performed by actor David Payne, the play provides a fascinating insight into the life of a man who became a legend in his own lifetime. The year is 1963 and C.S. Lewis, who is in the twilight years of his life, has agreed to give an informal talk to some American writers who are visiting England. They have come to Lewis’ home, just outside of Oxford, and are eagerly anticipating hearing the man who has become a legend in his own lifetime. They are not disappointed. Lewis is in great form and his audience is spellbound as, with a display of oratory and humor that made him one of England’s most famous public speakers. He recounts the significant events and the people who shaped his life, including his journey from atheism to Christianity. An Evening with C.S. Lewis takes you into the unique world of a man who lived a simple life in a modest house from where he wrote many bestsellers, including the famous Narnia Chronicles.

Tickets go on sale Sept. 10. $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public.

 

Fandango!

Tuesday, Oct. 16

7:30 p.m., Barrus Concert Hall

Featuring two Grammy nominees, Fandango! is a toe-tapping, spicy mix of Latin, Spanish, Sephardic, Balkan, and classical sounds performed by award-winning musicians from Spain, the United States, the former Yugoslavia, and the United Kingdom. The group features flutist Eugenia Moliner and guitarist Denis Azabagic, a husband-and-wife team acclaimed worldwide as the Cavatina Duo. Also a married couple, violinist Desirée Ruhstrat and cellist David Cunliffe are members of the Lincoln Trio, which was nominated for a Grammy in 2017. Also featured is British cellist David Cunliffe, who has served as principal cellist in performances with BBC Philharmonic, and the BBC Scottish and Royal Scottish symphony orchestras.

Tickets go on sale Sept. 10. $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public.

 

Skerryvore

Friday, Oct. 19

7:30 p.m., Hart Auditorium

Back for an encore performance, the Scottish band Skerryvore will return this fall to a larger venue. Twice winners of Scotland’s Traditional Music “Live Act of the Year” Award, Skerryvore has been on an amazing journey that has taken them from the remote Isle of Tiree to performances in Central Park, New York, The Ryder Cup in Louisville, and the Shanghai Expo in China. The band creates a unique fusion of folk, trad, rock and Americana that represents all the different personalities and upbringing of the eight band members who hail from different regions of Scotland. 2017 saw the release of its single “Live Forever” that provided the soundtrack for the Scottish tourism promotional campaign “Wild About Argyll” and saw the single hit No.1 in the iTunes World Music chart. Notice: Concert could be loud. Floor sections will be sold with no chairs.

Tickets go on sale Sept. 24. $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public.

 

 Ryan Hamilton

Saturday, Oct. 27

7:30 p.m., Hart Auditorium

6 p.m., preshow dinner (extra charge)

Ashton native Ryan Hamilton will return to Idaho for two performances at BYU-Idaho. Following a shorter appearance at the P2B conference the night before, the stand-up comic will perform his full routine on Saturday night as part of the Center Stage Performing Arts Series. The former BYU-Idaho student recently released his first stand-up comedy special. The one-hour Netflix original Happy Face follows a wealth of television appearances and a non-stop headlining tour. Armed with the unique perspective of growing up in rural Idaho to become a favorite in the New York stand-up comedy scene, he’s one-of-a-kind. He’s been named one of Rolling Stone’s Five Comics to Watch, and recent appearances include “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “Conan,” and opening spots for Jerry Seinfeld.

Tickets go on sale Sept. 24. $10 for BYU-Idaho students, $20 for general public. No children under four. Classroom dress. $16 extra for preshow dinner at 6 p.m.

 

Nobuntu

Tuesday, Oct. 30

7:30 p.m., Kirkham Auditorium

Nobuntu, a female a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe, Africa, has drawn international acclaim for its inventive performances that range from traditional Zimbabwean songs to Afro jazz to gospel music. The word “Nobuntu” is an African concept that values humbleness, love, unity, and family from a woman’s perspective. The ensemble represents a new generation of young African women singers who celebrate and preserve their culture, beauty, and heritage through art. The ensemble’s mission is the belief that music can be an important vehicle for change, one that transcends racial, tribal, religious, gender, and economic boundaries.

Tickets go on sale Sept. 24. Cost is $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public.

 

Joshua Roman and BYU-Idaho Symphony Orchestra

Thursday, Nov. 8

7:30 p.m., Barrus Concert Hall

Internationally-acclaimed cellist Joshua Roman will perform the Dvorak Cello Concerto in B Minor with the BYU-Idaho Symphony Orchestra. As well as being a celebrated performer, he is recognized as an accomplished composer and curator, and was named a TED Senior Fellow in 2015. As artistic director of TownMusic in Seattle, he has showcased his own eclectic musical influences and chamber music favorites, while also promoting newly commissioned works. A native of Oklahoma City, Joshua began playing the cello at the age of three on a quarter-size instrument, and gave his first public recital at age ten. Home-schooled until he was 16, he then pursued his musical studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Tickets go on sale Sept. 24. Cost is $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public.

 

American Brass Quintet

Friday, Nov. 16

7:30 p.m., Barrus Concert Hall

The American Brass Quintet is recognized as one of the premier chamber music ensembles of our time, celebrated for peerless leadership in the brass world. As the 2013 recipient of Chamber Music America’s highest honor, the Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award for significant and lasting contributions to the field, their rich history includes performances in Asia, Australia, Central and South America, Europe, the Middle East, and all 50 states; a discography of nearly 60 recordings; and the premieres of more than 150 contemporary brass works. Committed to the promotion of brass chamber music through education, the American Brass Quintet has been in residence at The Juilliard School since 1987 and the Aspen Music Festival since 1970.

Tickets go on sale Sept. 24. Cost is $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public.

 

A BYU-Idaho Christmas

featuring Brian Stokes Mitchell

Saturday, Dec. 1

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

6 p.m., Preshow dinner in Manwaring Center Special Events Room

Dubbed “the last leading man” by The New York Times, two-time Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell joins the BYU-Idaho Symphony Orchestra as this year’s featured guest at the university’s eighth annual Christmas program in the BYU-Idaho Center. Stokes performed in 2011 as the first guest performer of A BYU-Idaho Christmas in the new auditorium following its opening. A veteran of 10 Broadway shows, Stokes has enjoyed a career that spans Broadway, television, film, and concert appearances with the country’s finest conductors and orchestras. He will join the BYU-Idaho Symphony Orchestra, combined choirs, and other students from the College of Performing and Visual Arts. 

Tickets go on sale Sept. 24. $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public.