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August 18 2004

Hy Kloc new ED of Gene

Harris Jazz Festival

Hy Kloc, Associate General Manager for Corporate Marketing and Sponsorship for Boise State Radio, has been named executive director of the Gene Harris Jazz Festival. Along with executive producer Brad Peters and creative director Janie Harris, Kloc will run the annual event named after the late jazz piano great, Gene Harris, who resided in Boise the last 23 years of his life. Kloc, who was appointed by Boise State President Bob Kustra, replaces the recently retired John Franden.

Kloc has extensive experience in corporate sponsorship and marketing, working for public television and public radio stations in Detroit before joining BSU Radio in 2001. Before working in Detroit he served as the executive director of the Chicago chapter of the Recording Academy where he was responsible for events including the Grammy's, In the Schools at DePaul University, Chicago's Multi-Ethnic Concert at the Cultural Center and Chicago's Street Musician Festival. Kloc also served in various marketing and fundraising positions during his 10 years with the City Colleges of Chicago.

Kloc says,"The Gene Harris Jazz Festival is one of the signature events for Boise State and the city of Boise, with a solid track record of seven years of great performances. I look forward to building on that tradition and working with Janie Harris, Brad Peters and the many loyal community volunteers who give of their time to the festival committee to make this a world-class event."

Now in its eighth year, the Gene Harris Jazz Festival brings world-famous jazz musicians to Boise for three nights of concerts and two days of student clinics. All proceeds benefit music scholarships at Boise State.

Janie Harris, wife of the late Gene Harris says, "Hy is an extraordinary man with a huge heart and equally huge knowledge of jazz and jazz marketing. I am thrilled that he has been appointed as the new director of the Gene Harris Jazz Festival."

New Art-in-Transit Posters

Boise Artist Ward Hooper has created another series of bus posters celebrating Boise from all angles. Last year Hooper created seven posters that were displayed in area bus shelters and this year he has created seven more--featuring local landmarks like the Foothills, Basque Block, Boise State University and the Greenbelt. Last year's series was so successful, the first run of posters sold out. Given the popularity of his posters, Hooper was persuaded to apply again for funding from Boise City Arts Commission to create this second series designed to enrich the public transportation experience in Boise.

The additional bonus this year was working with Valleyride to use Hooper's vibrant images on a vinyl "bus wrap" that boldly plasters every square inch of a public bus. Hooper's wrap is Boise's first bus wrap not focused on advertising (remember the Blimpie bus?) but rather focused on Boise's cultural life. Look for this eye-catching bus cruising the Boise streets or at upcoming local events like Bookfest or the Hyde Park Street Fair.

The public will encounter Hooper's posters at various bus stops about town and at Gallery 601 (211 N. 10th St.) where they are available for purchase ($18 per poster or $100 for the set of seven; Mayor Bieter himself proclaimed them great gifts). A portion of the proceeds from the posters will go to fund future Art-in-Transit projects.

Morrison Center Family Series

The Morrison Center for the Performing Arts has announced its first-ever theater series targeted for families:

Fred Garbo Inflatable Theater Company--Sat., Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m. Fred Garbo and Daielma Santos employ giant inflatable props in this fast-paced and energetic concert.

• The New Shanghai Circus--Fri., Jan. 21, 7:30 p.m. Featuring the Incredible Acrobats of China, this show combines artistry and athleticism in thrilling acts of grace.

• The Magic School Bus--Sun., March 6, 7 p.m. Climb aboard for a wild ride on Scholastic's Magic School Bus with Ms. Frizzle and her reptilian sidekick Liz.

• The Spencers--Thurs., April 28, 7:30 p.m. The Spencers infuse magic with movement, music and physical expression in an evening of illusion.

Season tickets now on sale with subscriptions from $54-$72. Individual ticket sales begin August 30, with prices from $15-$20. For more info, visit or call the Morrison Center ticket office at (208) 426-1110. :