Boise Philharmonic

We all know that the show must go on! But how does that show go on when no one is allowed into the performance hall - not even the performers?  We hear from four local arts leaders as they share their organization's plans for the coming months, and discuss the challenges of leading non-profit organizations during a pandemic.

Boise Philharmonic

How do you keep the music playing when you’re a world-class musician or conductor and you’re under a stay-at-home order? Due to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Boise Philharmonic has had to cancel its remaining concerts for the current season. As a result, some of Idaho’s finest artists are playing to an audience of one: themselves.

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Idaho’s largest and oldest performing arts organization is changing leadership. Laura Reynolds is the Boise Philharmonic’s new executive director, and joins Idaho Matters to talk about her new position. 

Why Ravel Did Not Revel in Bolero

Dec 4, 2019

YouTube: a performance of Bolero from Michael Tilson Thomas

If you're a fan of classical music, you've probably heard the famous piece, The Bolero by Maurice Ravel. Producer of the weekly Boise Philharmonic Showcase, Jamey Lamar, shares some musical backstory with Boise State Publc Radio:

What better way to spend an autumn evening than sipping adult beverages while listening to music by the Boise Philharmonic Chamber Players in some of downtown Boise's most popular bars? On Thursday, September 5, Boise State Public Radio will be joining our friends from the Boise Philharmonic for an iconic event filled (to the brim) with classical music.

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Musicians with the Boise Phil voted last week to unionize by joining the American Federation of Musicians. This is a growing trend for regional symphonies and philharmonics. We spoke with violinist Geoffery Hill and assistant concertmaster Kate Jarvis about this decision.

On The Thursday, April 4, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Apr 3, 2019

  • Boise Philharmonic performers vote to join American Federation of Musicians.
  • The Limberlost Review returns to present words from the Mountain West.
  • Doctors bring robots into surgery.
  • Boise-born Curtis Stigers prepares for global jazz tour.

Idaho Nonprofits Come Together To Help Federal Employees

Jan 18, 2019 - Facebook

As the government shutdown continues, local nonprofits are coming together to provide a free meal to furloughed federal workers.

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Traveling during the holidays can be stressful for anyone. But, the Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra is trying to take the edge off for those heading to the airport on Saturday.

Starry Story Night puts together seven storytellers for a night of chamber music and narrative entertainment. We talk to the event's organizers about what to expect.

What better way to spend an autumn evening than sipping adult beverages while listening to music by the Boise Philharmonic Chamber Players in some of downtown Boise's most popular bars? On Thursday, September 27, Boise State Public Radio will be joining our friends from the Boise Philharmonic for an iconic event filled (to the brim) with classical music.

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The Boise Philharmonic announced the program for the upcoming season, and it is bold.

On The Friday, August 31, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Aug 30, 2018

  • Our team of journalists breaks down the week's headlines.
  • The City of Meridian celebrates art in the community.
  • The Boise Philharmonic announces the 2018-2019 program.

On The Friday, May 11, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters:

May 10, 2018

Weekly Idaho reporters' roundtable . . . Two Idaho gubernatorial candidates answer BSPR questions . . . The Boise Philharmonic plays for a unique audience . . .

Boise Baroque Chamber Orchestra

Daniel Stern, one of the most well-known figures of classical music in Boise for more than 40 years, is retiring.

Most recently, he’s been the music director for the Boise Baroque Chamber Orchestra since 2005, but he also served in that same role for the Boise Philharmonic for 13 years.

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Not many opera stars claim Southern Idaho as their home. Cecilia Violetta Lopez does. This weekend the soprano returns to the Gem State to perform " Music of the Americas " for the Boise Philharmonic.

Boise Philharmonic Has A New Music Director

May 9, 2017

A year ago, the Boise Philharmonic began an intensive search for a new Music Director. They’ve now finalized their decision.

It was like a yearlong episode of “Survivor.” Seven conductors came to Boise, not just to interview for the open position of Music Director, but also to lead the Boise Philharmonic.

It was an unusual process for the candidates. All seven finalists played with the musicians and also met donors and audience members. In the end, only one was left standing.

Ballet Idaho

Ballet Idaho and the Boise Philharmonic are bringing live music back to the Christmastime favorite “The Nutcracker.

Ballet Idaho’s Artistic Director Peter Anastos is also the choreographer of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker." He says the two organizations have worked together in the past, but a financial crunch last year meant Ballet Idaho had to use a CD for the performance.

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Idaho’s capitol city celebrates its 150 anniversary next year. But long before Boise became a city, the Treasure Valley was home to the Shoshone–Bannock people. In the mid-1800s the tribe was forced to relocate to Eastern Idaho.

Their story, from early history to present day, unfolds in a new musical piece called Sacred Land which premiers this weekend.