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In Memory of Jon Jon

Jon Jon Stravers was the Children's Dance Institute musical director whose spirit and contribution were unparalleled in our community. Tragically, he and his young son Jonah were killed in a car accident last week. For years, Stravers and his friends Jon Swarthout (the Children's Dance Institute artistic director) and Vashti Summervill had been working on creating a place where art, dance, music and theater could thrive. The new place would house the Children's Dance Institute, Stravers' Heart Song Children's Music Program and Summervill's "Open Door Children's Theater."

Just a week before his death, the old church at the corner of 14th and Eastman had been purchased to house this amazing center. According to a written statement by Swarthout, "Jon Jon had moved all of his instruments into the building just days before he left on his trip with his son and intended to live in an apartment adjoining this building upon his return and be the guardian of this new center as we restored it," he wrote.

"We had planned to announce the purchase of this building and kick-off a capital campaign for its transformation into TrICA, Treasure Valley Institute for Children's Arts, later this fall. We are committed to making Jon Jon's dream a reality and a music studio in his honor will be ... named Heart Song Music Studio. I believe the greatest way to honor Jon Jon is to continue this work, which was so fulfilling, dear and important to him."

Memorial donations can be made to the TrICA Fund c/o Children's Dance Institute, 810 Brumback St., Boise, ID. 83702 or by calling the CDI office at 208-484-0142. This is a  501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization.  

A memorial service for Stravers and his son will be held September 16 from 4-5 p.m. at the downtown YMCA in the upstairs gym. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Ready, Set, Baroque

Phew. You've picked up the paper just in time to make it to Boise Baroque Orchestra's opening performance of the season. The 2007 season officially kicks off this Friday, Sept. 14, with the Hoffmeister Viola Concerto, in addition to work from Bach, Boyce, Rameau and Barber. Viola soloist will be Jennifer Drake, and an encore performance will be held Sunday, Sept. 16.

If you were unlucky enough to pick up a paper after Sunday this week, Boise Baroque Orchestra still has one performance left in 2007, and as far as we're concerned, it's a daily double in terms of supporting local chamber music. Friday, Oct. 26, the orchestra will perform the premiere of Boise-based composer David Alan Earnest's Sinfonia Pastorale. Earnest was recently interviewed in Boise Weekly (BW, Noise, "Notes on a Composer," Aug. 1, 2007) after receiving a nomination by the Los Angeles Music Awards for his Cello Concerto III, which is up for an award in the Classic music category. Paula Stern is the violin soloist for the performance, and Robert Ballanti the oboe soloist. Additional pieces on the evening's docket include Bach's C Minor Concerto for Violin and Oboe, and Haydn's Symphony No. 49. Friday's performance is repeated on Sunday, Oct. 28, as well.

The season continues into 2008 with performances Friday, Feb. 8, and Sunday, Feb. 10; Friday, March 7, and Sunday, March 9; and Thursday, April 24, and Sunday, April 27, during which members of the Boise Master Chorale will join the orchestra for a performance of Handel's Joshua.

For more information on Boise Baroque Orchestra, visit Friday night performances are held at the Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S. at 7:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon performances are held at First United Methodist Church Cathedral of the Rockies, 717 N. 11th St. at 3 p.m. (Note: The performance on Fri., Feb. 8, has been moved to Jewett Auditorium at Albertson College.) Season tickets are $80 general, $60 seniors and students. Individual show prices are $18 general, $14 seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased at the door, by calling 208-385-9574 or for performances at Nampa Civic Center, online at