The Phil's Salute to Opera Idaho 

What do you get when you pair a penguin suit with a Viking helmet? Either a super-random Halloween costume or Boise Philharmonic's A Salute to Opera Idaho. Conductor Robert Franz will lead the talented Boise Philharmonic musicians through Mozart's Symphony No. 41 in C Major, "Jupiter," and Leonard Bernstein's Suite from Candide. But that's not all. As a part of the phil's 2009-2010 season of collaboration, they have invited Opera Idaho to perform as well.

Taking the stage on Friday, Jan. 22, and Saturday, Jan. 23, are notable opera singers Jennifer Welch-Babidge and Karim Sulayman. Welch-Babidge, a soprano, holds a masters degree in vocal performance from the North Carolina School of the Arts, and is currently a professor at Brigham Young University. She has graced the stage at Carnegie Hall and worked alongside many noted ensembles and symphonies. Sulayman, a tenor, received his master of music from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music. The inaugural winner of the Lys Symonette Award, Sulayman has plenty of experience bringing opera to the main stage. Joining them will be Opera Idaho soloists Michele Detwiler, a mezzo-soprano, and baritone Jason Detwiler. Billed as "full of texture," A Salute to Opera Idaho is an opportunity to catch two of Boise's most renowned arts institutions for the price of one. Hooray for bargains.

Friday, Jan. 22, 8 p.m., $17-$36, Northwest Nazarene University, 623 Holly St., Nampa, 208-467-8011; Saturday, Jan. 23, 11 a.m., $10-$15, 8 p.m., $21-$65, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, 208-426-1609,

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