With Thanksgiving quickly approaching to kick off the holiday season, many of us find ourselves going to bed with the incessant jingles from Christmas ads still ringing in our heads.
Though it can be easy to get lost within the pressure to do the holidays bigger and better, its not a bad idea to reflect a bit upon America's past. No, we're not suggesting you pull out your college history textbook to brush up on arcane names and dates; instead, we encourage you to try learning through the arts.
On Saturday, Nov. 17, Ballet Idaho and the Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale will join creative forces during their performance of Sacred Land
and The Rite of Spring. With Robert Franz conducting, Jim Cockey composing and Peter Anastos as ballet artistic director, the performance features an all-star leadership team.
Sacred Land, composed by Cockey, works to bring some insight into the history of Idaho's Shoshone-Bannock tribes, as well as how this has affected tribal members' present-day lives. The piece is divided into four parts honoring the ancestry of the tribes. The segments pay tribute to the Creator, the Earth, the Ancestors and the Healing of All People respectively.
Similar to how Cockey wrote Sacred Land to honor the history of the Shoshone-Bannock culture, Igor Stravinsky wrote The Rite of Spring to play upon memories of his own Russian history and heritage. Together, these two pieces take the audience through a journey of relocation and reconciliation. While the performance takes a much more serious tone, we're pretty sure that one (or two) glasses of hot buttered rum afterwards will be enough to bring back all the warm fuzzies.