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October 6-12 2004

Boise State Seeks Former Mel Shelton Students

A concert honoring Mel Shelton, a longtime and beloved music educator in the Treasure Valley, is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday, November 14, in the Morrison Center. Conductor Marcellus Brown is still looking for any former Shelton students to either perform in the concert or support him at the performance. The concert will feature the Boise State Symphonic Winds, the Centennial High School Symphonic Band and former students of Shelton.

Shelton was band director at Boise High School for nine years before coming to Boise State in 1968, where he taught until his retirement in 1991. He now devotes himself to composing music for school bands. He has won numerous awards for his compositions and his works have been performed throughout the United States, Europe, Australia and Japan. Among his many other activities, Shelton established the Boise State University Jazz Festival and the Treasure Valley Concert Band, made up of adult musicians from all walks of life.

The November 14 concert will benefit a Boise State University music scholarship.

For more information on Shelton or the concert, contact Symphonic Winds director Marcellus Brown at 426-1421.

Boise Community Radio Project New Web site and Campaign

The Boise Community Radio Project (BCRP), a nonprofit volunteer group organized to establish the Treasure Valley's only commercial-free, locally programmed radio station, has launched a new Web site: Community members now have an easy way to become more familiar with BCRP's goals and progress as well as to offer ideas, volunteer time and make tax-deductible contributions. The site features a variety of links enabling viewers to listen online to other community radio stations, register to vote and become more familiar with general issues of media democracy.

The Web site builds a strong case for bringing community radio to the Treasure Valley by outlining social benefits associated with such a unique public resource. The site lists increased citizen empowerment, cultural health and awareness of community services as positive conditions that have been traced to the presence of community-based broadcasters.

Stay tuned: In the next several months, BCRP plans to seek proposals to generate programming content that can be streamed on the Web site.

For more information about BCRP, contact Executive Director Jeff Abrams at 426-0450 or

Ballet Idaho 2004-2005 Season

Mark your calendars: The Ballet Idaho season will open on October 16 with A Midsummer Night's Dream, a charming, comic ballet based on Shakespeare's classic comedy. The Midsummer score is by Mendelssohn and the choreography is by artistic director Toni Pimble. Also on the program is the premiere of a contemporary work by choreographer and Ballet Idaho company member Melissa Nolen. Should you be thinking about purchasing season tickets, here's the lineup for the rest of the season:

The Nutcracker--Saturday, December 11 (2 p.m. and 8 p.m.) and Sunday, December 12 (2 p.m. and 7 p.m.). This classic ballet is performed in collaboration with the Boise Philharmonic, Opera Idaho Children's Chorus and young dancers from the community.

Peter Pan--Saturday, February 12 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. A new Ballet Idaho production by guest artist Bruce Steival about Peter, the Lost Boys, Captian Hook and of course, that pesky crocodile.

Scheherazade--Saturday, April 9 at 8 p.m. A tale of passion and intrigue from the exotic world of 1001 Arabian Nights. Acclaimed artists Henk Pander and Ric Young have created a visual feast with exotic sets and costumes to showcase Dennis Spaight's sensual choreography and a sweeping score by Rimsky-Korsakov.

Season tickets ($51-111) are available at Ballet

Idaho, 501 S. 8th St., Suite A, 343-0556, or by e-mail

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