Summer nights are perfect for breaking out the picnic baskets, sipping a few glasses of wine and liberally applying insect repellent. That combination also happens to be perfect for the Boise Philharmonic's annual Picnic at the Pops.
The Philharmonic kicks off the second annual outdoor concert series, Saturday, Aug. 17, at 8 p.m. Conducted by Musical Director Robert Franz, the series opens with Latin Fever. With the assistance of Mexican folk artists Mariachi Tleyotltzin, Ballet Folklorico Lindo Idaho and dancers from Ballet Idaho, Latin Fever is a night of mariachi and Latin music performed by a full orchestra and accompanied by traditional dance.
This year, Picnic at the Pops has relocated to Woodriver Cellars off Highway 16 in Eagle, and since it is a winery, there will be plenty of vino (as well as beer) available for sale. While audiences are encouraged to bring picnics, no outside alcoholic beverages are allowed, nor are glass containers.
Music lovers can purchase a reserved table, chair or lawn seating, or try their luck with general admission lawn seating. Blankets are welcome, but keep the lawn chairs to the low-backed variety. Food will also be available for purchase at the venue, as will special bottles of wine bearing the orchestra's own label. Proceeds from the sale of these bottles will go to support the Phil.
Parking is free, and tickets are available online and at the orchestra office in Boise until 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16. Kids ages 12 and younger can get in for $5.
The series will continue with two more shows: Space, featuring the music of Star Wars, Star Trek and ET, on Saturday, Aug. 24; and Americana on Friday, Aug. 30, featuring Copland's "Lincoln Portrait."