As the weather continues to cool down and you trade in your iced tea and flip flops for hot chai and boots, indoor activities suddenly become a lot more appealing. And while saying goodbye to summer in Boise can feel a lot like getting dumped, we know one way to ease your seasonal depression.
Although the first performance will take place Friday, Sept. 28, at Northwest Nazarene University's Swayne Auditorium, Boise Philharmonic will officially kick off its season Saturday, Sept. 29. In addition to starting another season of providing Boiseans with culturally rich nights outs, the phil will have a great big party. The third-annual Opening Night Celebration will take place at the Stueckle Sky Center prior to the evening's performance.
Cocktail hour begins at 5 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Guests are encouraged to wear semi-formal attire, and those in attendance can enjoy live music from the Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra as well as speeches from Music Director Robert Franz and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Steve Trott.
After the party, guests will saunter over to the Morrison Center, where violinist Rachel Barton Pine will perform along with the phil. The evening's musical agenda includes Arthur Honegger's "Pacific 231," Jean Sibelius' violin concerto and Johannes Brahms' First Symphony.
In addition to a season of harmonious performances, philharmonic attendees can expect extras like Backstage With the Artist, where sack lunches accompany conversation with Franz and the featured guest artist, and Musically Speaking, a pre-concert lecture dealing with the stories behind the music.