Younger tykes may not eagerly await the sounds of classical composers, but they'll no doubt plop down in rapture once Franz launches into the music of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. A selection of famed movie composer John Williams' contributions to that series will be performed, including Hedwig's Theme, the franchise's whimsical signature composition.
For musicians playing the work of Gustav Mahler, the Austrian composer's music can be both a technical and emotional hurdle. It doesn't make the pieces any easier, said upright bass concertist Mary Creek, when the theme surrounds the composer's death.
But while the subject matter is often dark, Mahler's pieces are no less inspiring. When Boise Philharmonic presents its Mahler performances as the finale of its 50th season, the Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale will be joined by soprano Leslie Mauldin and mezzo-soprano Michele Detwiler, with Robert Franz as conductor.