Boise Philharmonic Kicks Off Picnic at the Pops Series

Saturday, Aug. 18


Feel like soaking in some stellar philharmonic music but unhappy with the idea of spending a few hours in a dark theater when the sun is shining and a summer breeze is blowing? Well, that conundrum is solved, thanks to Boise Philharmonic's brand-spanking new Picnic at the Pops series, which will kick off Saturday, Aug. 18, at Eagle River Pavilion.

The Picnic at the Pops series invites attendees to a more relaxed philharmonic performance, where requisite Boise summer uniforms of flip flops and shorts are encouraged.

The first installment of the series will feature the music of George Gershwin, including the American composer's popular works from Girl Crazy, Porgy and Bess and An American in Paris. The evening will feature guest artists and signers Michele and Jason Detwiler.

The series is intended to be family friendly, so don't worry about finding a babysitter.

"We decided to put together music that really was meant for lots of generations to enjoy together," Boise Philharmonic Conductor Robert Franz said in an April interview with Boise Weekly.

Things to think about bringing: a picnic, sealed nonalcoholic beverages, a jacket for when the sun goes down and bug spray. Things to leave at home: umbrellas, beach toys like Frisbees and beach balls and booze.

Reserved chair seating is available, as well as VIP tents, which come with two bottles of wine and snacks. Tents must be reserved by calling the philharmonic at 208-344-7849. Lawn seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, so grab a blanket or low-backed chair and show up early to claim a prime spot.

While picnics are allowed, food vendors will be on-site as well. Restaurant partner Bella Aquila will offer a 10-percent discount on takeout food orders with proof of Picnic at the Pops tickets, and Porterhouse Market offers an array of to-go choices for attendees. Pre-ordering is encouraged.

Grown-up beverages will be available at the venue with ID and doors open at 6 p.m.