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Boise Music Week Performs South Pacific

And cellist Carlos Prieto gives free concert at Egyptian Theatre

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Boise's Peter John Still is well known for his work at Boise Contemporary Theater and the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. But the world-at-large got to know the Boisean April 30, when Still was co-nominated for a Tony Award, along with fellow sound designer Marc Salzberg, for his work on the critically acclaimed Broadway revival of Clifford Odets' Golden Boy.

The play got accolades for its performances, especially the boxing scenes.

The Tonys take place Sunday, June 9.

Speaking of the Tony Awards, the 10-time Tony-winning Broadway smash South Pacific will be performed at the Morrison Center as part of Boise Music Week.

Based on James A. Michener's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Tales of the South Pacific, the musical was composed by Rodgers and Hammerstein.

South Pacific runs Wednesday, May 8-Saturday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee Saturday at 2 p.m. The performance is free, but tickets are required. If you don't have a ticket, organizers advise you to come early and put your name on the standby list. All unoccupied seats will be filled 10 minutes prior to curtain.

Boise Music Week was founded by World War I vet Eugene A. Farner in May 1919 as a free, annual showcase for local performers. The event has grown since then, and now includes a number of other events, all listed at

Moving to international musical talent, renowned Mexican cellist Carlos Prieto will perform for free in Boise Saturday, May 11, at the Egyptian Theatre at 7 p.m.

In addition to being a friend of Igor Stravinsky, Dmitri Shostakovich and Yo-Yo Ma, Prieto has played with orchestras all over the world--from the Royal Philharmonic in London to the Boston Pops in America--and has recorded more than 90 works and written seven books.

Famed author Gabriel Garcia Marquez had this to say of the musician:

"From the time I was very young I've had a natural interest in music, but it was not revealed to me as a life's driving passion until the miraculous night when I discovered the soul of the cello in Carlos Prieto's hands. It was a revelation that left me infected forever after with the mysteries of music and the joy of a great friend," wrote Marquez.

Prieto will also host a master class at the Morrison Center Recital Hall Friday, May 10, at 6 p.m. Both events are free and presented by the Consulate of Mexico in Boise and Zion's Bank. To reserve a seat, call Arturo Bernal at 208-954-8852.