What do cumulonimbus clouds and contrabassoons have in common? This January, they'll be teaming up to teach Boise students how to better understand classical music. With the help of Channel 6 meteorologist Scott Dorval, students will examine connections between layers of music and layers of clouds. As a part of Boise Philharmonic's annual children's concert program, over 12,000 students from Boise, Meridian and Nampa schools will be bussed to various locations for this three-day symphonic event. The concerts will go down on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010, at Meridian Middle School, Wednesday, Jan. 27, at the Morrison Center and Thursday, Jan. 28, at Northwest Nazarene University's Swayne Auditorium.
In addition to these upcoming children's concerts, Boise Philharmonic is kicking off a brand new educational program called Musicians In the Schools, which will acquaint 7,000 second-grade students in more than 275 Boise, Nampa and Meridian classrooms with orchestra musicians. The MITS program is based on research done by Boise Philharmonic artistic director Robert Franz showing that the same active listening skills cultivated by listening to classical music can be translated to reading comprehension. For more information on upcoming Boise Philharmonic educational events, including the Sounds Like Fun series, visit boisephilharmonic.org.
If your New Year's resolution involves rising triumphantly to the top of the local theater scene, then there are a couple of upcoming auditions to keep in mind. On Saturday, Jan. 2, from 2-5 p.m., Boise Little Theatre's Broken Illusion Project is holding auditions for This is Our Youth by Kenneth Lonergan. The play, set in Regan-era New York City, follows three post-adolescents as they explore their futures and the generational divide with their parents. Boise Little Theatre is seeking two males, ages 18 to 25, and one female, age 18 to 25. Aspiring actors will be asked to do a cold reading from the script, head shots and resumes are optional.
Also on the audition horizon is a traveling production of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. The play, a part of the American Library Association, Boise Public Library and the Ada Community Library's The Big Read event, will be performed at various locations, including Stagecoach Theater and the Ada County Courthouse on Feb. 27, Mar. 6 and Mar. 13. The play's directors are seeking one black man, mid-20s; one black man, age 50 or older; one white woman, age 50 or older; and one white male, age 12 to 15. Auditions will be conducted by appointment only and can be set up by calling Kim Labrum at 208-559-1979, or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.