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Guitars and more guitars: Paul Grove and Workin' on Fire (but not together)

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"Times they are a changin'."

Though true, sometimes we want things to stay exactly the same. But with change comes a chance for metamorphosis. Local musician Dan Costello would like to believe that's what is in the future for Boise's classical guitar community.

According to Costello, last year's retirement of longtime music professor and well-known classical guitarist Joe Baldassarre from Boise State and Costello's departure from his nearly six-year position as adjunct faculty in the department will leave a hole at the university unlikely to be filled. Costello is concerned that without himself and Baldassarre promoting classical guitar through the university, the study will fade into obscurity. To avoid that, he hopes fans of the art will instead support it whenever the opportunity arises.

"Now it's up to the community to help determine the energy that gets put forth to keep classical guitar concerts like this alive," Costello wrote in an e-mail.

The community can show support at concerts like the Wednesday, Dec. 8, performance of classical guitarist Paul Grove at The Gallery at The Linen Building, the beautiful second-floor venue in which the acoustics and intimate setting provide the perfect location for a concert of this style. Grove will perform Hans Werner Henze's Royal Winter Music, which the San Francisco Classical Voice website described as "Shakespeare for the guitar." Indeed, this "ambitious music" was inspired by Richard III's speech, which begins: "Now is the winter of our discontent."

The all-ages show starts at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $8 in advance, $10 at the door and only $5 for students. Tickets are available at brownpapertickets.com.

Speaking of students, the local rock trio Workin' On Fire are starting to get a little heat. Austin Williamson, Zach Bonaminio and Peter Maguire are mere babes in the woods--all three still in high school--but they have a press kit, high-res promo shots and a surprisingly rockin' debut full-length CD, Mike Smith, which they saved up busking tips to pay for.

In the year or so they've been around, the baby band has received some accolades: They recently won the latest round of Donnie Mac's "Boise's Got Talent" and netted $500 for the win. And on Thursday, Dec. 9, they'll perform as part of the XFS 55 MMA "Night of Champions" throwdown at Qwest Arena. The show starts at 7 p.m., tickets are $10-$40. For more information on the show, visit qwestarenaidaho.com. For more on the band, visit myspace.com/workinonfire.

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