May 17, 2006 

Benefit Concert for Ailing Violinist

Boise's music community takes care of its own and right now, one of their own needs some TLC.

Dan Perry is the Boise Philharmonic's first violinist, as well as a private studio teacher locally. Perry recently had surgery to remove a tumor, and while he is expected to make a full recovery, the size and placement of the tumor made him very sick and thus unable to teach or perform for some time.

This Saturday, several area musicians--including the Langroise Trio, Rebecca Scott, the Minstrels of Birnham Wood, the Ha' Penny Irish Band, Judge Trott from the Highwaymen, Darkwood Consort, guitarist Johann Helton, Jack Koncel and Sam Smith on bass and cello, and Patti Katucki and Janelle Oberbillig on bassoon--will present a benefit show at the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy dubbed "Philharmonic & Friends Rx Concert." Proceeds raised from the concert will go toward defraying Perry's substantial medical bills. (The Boise Philharmonic has also set up a Dan Perry Fund where friends can make tax-deductible donations toward that same end.)

This concert is a great opportunity to hear some of the community's best musicians while helping a guy out at the same time. Besides the music, there will be gourmet treats at intermission, courtesy of the Boise Co-Op, and Judge Trott will perform magic tricks.

May 20, 4 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, 416 N. 9th St. For more information about this fundraiser, contact the Boise Philharmonic at 344-7849.

Everyone's a Winner Here

Recently, the first-ever Boise Chamber Music Society String Quartet Competition was held at the Morrison Center. Needless to say, bow talent and catgut abounded in equal measure.

The Ying Quartet (who played a couple of local shows while they were in town with disc-mates Turtle Island String Quartet) served as judges for the collegiate and pre-collegiate rounds of competition. They chose the Boise State String Quartet--that's Anna-Marie Hladik and Becky Green on violin, Henry Olvera on viola and Aaron King on cello, under the direction of music professor Craig Purdy--as the Dee Harris Grand Prize winner. The Albertson College String Quartet, directed by David Johnson, took second prize in collegiate competition. The first prize in the pre-college round was awarded to the Timberline String Quartet, with Katelyn Westergard and Tanya Dorsey on violin, Garret Ma on viola and Jake Saunders on cello, under the direction of Timberline High School teacher Phyllis Saunders. Centennial High School, directed by Marcie von Huene, took second place in pre-college competition. Other finalists included the Animae Quartet from Boise State and the Presto Quartet from Centennial High School.

Besides the glory of conquest, the winning quartets got to play in the lobby of the Egyptian Theatre during the May 6 Boise Chamber Music Society concert featuring both the Ying and Turtle Island String quartets.

Cancer Fundraiser at the Funny Bone

The Funny Bone Comedy Club has announced that it will donate a whopping 80 percent of admission proceeds from its May 22 show to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team In Training fundraising effort.

Team In Training is a group of local cyclists training for a 100-mile bike ride to drum up donations for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for research, patient services, advocacy and education. In addition to the donation to help the group reach their fundraising goal, the Funny Bone will hold a pre-show silent auction to raise yet more money for this good cause.

May 22, 8 p.m. (silent auction at 6 p.m.). $10 at the door. Funny Bone Comedy Club, 405 S. 8th St., 331-2663. For more information about Team In Training, call (208) 658-6662 or visit www.teamintraining.org.

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