Boise Philharmonic Season Opener 

Friday-Saturday, Sept. 20-21

Summer's pivot into fall mirrors an anticipated wardrobe change: shorts to pants, sandals to shoes, skirts to dresses. And it's time to break out the formal wear for fall high-society gigs.

Boise Philharmonic is getting the ball rolling for its 2013-14 classical concerts season Friday, Sept. 20, and Saturday, Sept. 21, with Maurice Ravel's Bolero, a one-movement piece for large orchestras, along with American composer Samuel Barber's Symphony No. 1 and Ravel's "Piano Concerto for the Left Hand" and "Piano Concerto in G." Friday's performance is in the Swayne Auditorium at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, and Saturday's concert is at the Morrison Center. Both performances begin at 8 p.m. and tickets cost $20-$70.

Pianist Pianist Spencer Myer will join the Philharmonic for both piano concertos--including the one for the left hand, reportedly commissioned by a pianist who lost his right hand in WWI.

It's a fitting start for a new season: Ravel's most recognizable work--most people have already heard it even if they can't identify it by name--Bolero is the apex of the composer's habit of tweaking dance pieces to suit new ends. Like summer's creeping transition into fall, Bolero is a slow and winding series of subtle transitions.

Bolero is also a clever choice for Boise. Ravel was born in Ciboure in the French Basque country, and his music leans toward the lively tempos and hearty beats found in that region, as well as having nods to Slavic and Arabic themes. An evening with Ravel is a great way to pack away the summer and make way for the reddening leaves and sweater weather of fall.

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