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  • The Phil Rocks Out

    Valley favorite returns as this weekend's soloist
      As Boise Philharmonic fans well know by now, typifying the traditional image of a stuffy orchestral soloist isn't among pianist Alpin Hong's talents.
  • En l'air

    Ballet Idaho's season premiere suffers some missteps
      The new Ballet Idaho took center stage this weekend to present its season's much anticipated inaugural performance and though the trio of works certainly met the qualification of beauty in its execution, what eluded the afternoon's show was that final push into the arena of exceptional.
  • Franz Picks Up the Stick
  • Franz Picks Up the Stick

    Boise Philharmonic's new conductor is ready for his close-up
      Standing before a handful of strangers awaiting introduction, Franz smiles big and bows slightly for comic effect prior to extending a hand. One on one, he moves easily among several personas: Franz the conductor, who proffers serious, analytical, jargon-riddled opinions and arguments; and the non-maestro Franz, with a hint of an East-Coast accent, a quick wit, a tendency to totally use the word "totally" and a big, confident laugh.
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  • Take a Bow

    Conductor James Ogle leaves Boise Philharmonic with a bang
      When BW called James Ogle a few weeks ago, he was studying the score for his final performance with Boise Philharmonic. He was memorizing each and every instrument's part, internalizing the piece in its entirety so that, in his words, the musical questions—and therefore the beginnings of a search for the musical answers—start to emerge.
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  • Homemade Elixir

    Opera Idaho takes on the Italian opera
      Last Saturday morning, in the studio space at Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, Opera Idaho began its final week of rehearsal for Donizetti's comic opera, the second and final performance of the company's season. At the request of stage director David Cox, 20 or so singers swiftly took the stage, waited for a cue and erupted into song. The story of a simple country bumpkin who falls in love with the darling of the town, Elixir of Love is classic romantic comedy with two soon-to-be-in-love stars, a rival love interest and a character who turns the tide.
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  • Black Tie Optional

    The Philharmonic gets ready to rock

      Just before opening Boise Philharmonic's new season as the symphony's first soloist of the year, pianist Alpin Hong told BW his upcoming shows were "gonna rip." Dressed comfortably in a two-piece track suit with his shoulder-length hair held back by a pair of sunglasses, the Juilliard-trained musician is surprisingly casual off stage.

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