BW Picks

Higher Ground at the Egyptian Theatre • Kingsbury Manx at Record Exchange • Boise Philharmonic: Boise Classical Series • Darkwood Consort: Four I's • The Langroise Trio

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Wednesday 16-Thursday 17

Higher Ground at the Egyptian Theatre

Though powder aficionados around Boise aren't getting a chance to do much skiing yet this season, here's a chance to scratch that itch and bask in some reflected glory, too. The Egyptian is holding four screenings of Warren Miller's skiing and snowboarding film, Higher Ground. This independent film is touring through December and chronicles skiers and snowboarders crisscrossing the globe--from Alaska to Colorado to British Columbia to Switzerland--in the quest for new and thrilling ways to get down the hill. Higher Ground marks the United States' first-ever high-definition action sports film tour. A second-hand adrenaline rush is almost guaranteed.

$12 on Wed.-Thur. at 6 p.m., $14 on Wed.-Thur. at 8 p.m., The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 387-1273, www.egyptiantheatre.net.

Thursday 17

Kingsbury Manx at Record Exchange

Touring in support of their latest release, Fast Rise and Fall of the South, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, foursome The Kingsbury Manx are coming to Boise for an in-store concert at the Record Exchange. The critics have been kind to these indie-pop neo-psychedelics since their 2000 entry onto the music scene, and here's your chance to check them out in another of Record Exchange's awesome in-store live events.

6 p.m., FREE, Record Exchange, 1105. W Idaho St., 344-8010.

Saturday 19

Boise Philharmonic: Boise Classical Series

It's that time of year when we see an abundance of classical music being performed by orchestras and ensembles around the valley. These groups only perform a few shows per season, so when they pop up on the radar, you want to hit them all.

Don't know about you, but we're planning to dust off our going-out clothes and hie on down to the symphony--the Boise Philharmonic's upcoming performance promises to be particularly good.

On the theme of "nine," the group will perform Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 Chorale (the Ode to Joy) and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 9, with the Boise Master Chorale. These two lovely romantic pieces were premiered 200 years apart, under polar socio-political circumstances--the former was lauded by Viennese audiences for his piece, the latter persecuted by Soviet ideologues for his. What these number nines do share is a joyful exuberance that makes them a fitting thematic pair. We can't wait.

8 p.m. $14-$49 general admission, $10 students with valid ID, Morrison Center, Boise State campus, 426-1110. More information at www.boisephilharmonic.org.

Sunday 20

Darkwood Consort: Four I's

Where the Philharmonic opted for a numerical theme, Darkwood Consort opted for an alphabetical one with their Four I's performance.

They'll be performing music from Iceland, Ireland, Italy and Idaho, with a world premiere of a new work by Finnur Torfi Stefansson. Even if you're not familiar with the artists--from Iceland's Bjork to Idaho's Jim Cockey--Darkwood is always worth a listen. This bass clarinet and viola combo plays works that are as surprising as they are good, and they're having so much fun at their performances that it's impossible for the audience to do anything other than follow suite ... er, suit.

2 p.m. $12 general admission, $8 students and seniors. With stories and pictures from DC's travels in Iceland and Holland. Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, 416 N. 9th St., 345-9116.

Tuesday 22

The Langroise Trio

You may associate this chamber ensemble with Caldwell--reasonably enough, since they're based out of and named for Albertson College's Langroise Building--but this season, you'll be able to catch the Langroise Trio in Boise performances, too. If you missed the Boise concert series kick-off concert on November 13, you really missed out. Don't miss upcoming concerts in the Boise series in January and March.

You can catch this fantastic ensemble before the end of the year, though, if you make that short trip to Caldwell this week. The Trio will be performing Purcell's Fantasias Nos. 1, 2 and 3, Milhaud's Sonatine a Trois, Maasz's Miniatrio for violin, viola and violoncello and Johnson/Martinu's Serenata No. 2 in D Major.

Samuel Smith (cello), Geoffrey Trabichoff (violin) and David Johnson (viola) are the world-class musicians making up the trio. And if that's not enough, this performance and post-performance reception are free. (Free?!?) But come early to secure a seat, because Caldwellites already know that this classical ensemble actually rocks.

7:30 p.m. FREE, Langroise Recital Hall, Albertson College Campus, 2112 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, 459-5011. More information at www.albertson.edu.