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A Symphony's Season End

'Tis the season for the fine performing arts to begin wrapping up. The Idaho Falls Symphony presents its final three performances this quarter.

This year, under the direction of music director and conductor Dr. George Adams, the symphony has thus far produced some of classical music's most well-known pieces, among them Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, Handel's Messiah and Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Ballet (for which the symphony paired with former Idaho Ballet partner, company the Eugene Ballet).

The next performance on March 29 takes a decidedly modern turn with a Pops Concert on the docket and perform All That Jazz in conjunction with Brigham Young Idaho's Sound Alliance.

On April 18 it's back to more traditional symphony music with Mozart. The orchestra will perform one of Mozart's later concertos, his Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat major, accompanied by piano soloist Kori Bond, associate professor of music at Idaho State.

A week later on April 25, the Eastern Idaho Youth Symphony takes the stage for its second performance of the year under the baton of David A. Burger, who is also a member of the Idaho Falls Symphony.

The season's finale is May 3 with Kirk Gustafson at the podium leading the musicians Schumann's Symphony No. 3 in E flat, as well as something far more modern from Seattle trumpet player Allen Vizzutti called Sleeping Mountain, featuring the composer himself as the evening's soloist.

All performances start at 7:30 p.m. Friday performances are at the Civic Auditorium, 501 S. Holmes Ave., 208-612-8396; Saturday performances are at the Colonial Theater, 450 A St., 208-522-0471. For tickets or more information, call 208-529-1080 or visit IFSymphony.org.

A Capella All Over the World

Founded in 1978 in San Francisco, Chanticleer is the only independent full-time classical vocal ensemble in the United States. Originally, Chanticleer's founder formed a group of nine singers to perform the vocal music of the medieval and Renaissance eras. Their name is taken from two French words: "chanter," which means "to sing" and "clair," or "clear."

Today, Chanticleer is a collection of a dozen of the country's best a capella singers, who tour the world performing pieces from the Renaissance to modern American jazz standards. Their penchant for putting on a show of seamless harmonies has earned them renown as "an orchestra of voices," and that oral orchestra will stop in Idaho Falls as part of its 2008 U.S. tour.

April 30, 7:30 p.m., $28 main floor seating, $24 balcony seating, Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1677 Bartz Way, 208-282-3595 Chanticleer.org. ISU.edu.

Tribute to Lady Fitzgerald

Freda Payne pays tribute to the First Lady of Song—the one and only Ella Fitzgerald—with a performance this May. Payne, who is known for her Broadway roles in Jelly's Last Jam, Sophisticated Ladies and Blues in the Night, grew up listening to Fitzgerald and will sing renditions of the jazz great's including "A-Tisket, A-Tasket" and "Mack the Knife."

May 10, 8 p.m., $28. Colonial Theater, 498 A St., Idaho Falls, 208-522-0471, IdahoFalls.org.


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