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The Fair Strings of Spring

News from the Timberline High School Quartet, Darkwood Consort and The Community Center


Youngsters from Timberline High School bowed (as in a violin) and then bowed (as in a bend from the waist) as they took first place in the sixth annual Young Artists String Quartet Competition held on April 30.

The Timberline High School Quartet (Joseph Lim, Megan Schwab, Chapman Ellsworth and Suzie Lee) earned boasting rights and an $800 prize. Then the Boise State University Quartet (Maggie Snow, Becky Green, Amy Tompkins, Erica Seibel) and the College of Idaho Quartet (Cameron Candies, Marissa Dey, Laura Garcia, Alyssa Townsend) shared first-place honors in the collegiate round and an award of $1,000.

The competition was judged by members of the Grammy Award-nominated St. Petersburg String Quartet--talk about a group to emulate--so take a bow, kids.

In darker string news, local duo Darkwood Consort will call it quits after 19 years. Word has it that clarinetist/doucainist and group founder Aage Nielsen is leaving Darkwood and Idaho to "begin formation in the Benedictine monastic vocation at Mount Angel Abbey in St. Benedict, Ore." Violist Jennifer Drake will stay in Boise and continue to perform, as well as begin a First Friday series later this year at the First United Methodist Church--or Cathedral of the Rockies, as it's better known.

On Sunday, May 15, you can say farewell when Nielsen and Drake, along with Karlin Coolidge (flute), Donovan Schatz (bassoon) and guest harpist Matthew Tutsky perform works by Aagesen, Bach, Landini and more in the stunning cathedral at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at the door and are $15 general, $10 for students/seniors. For more information, visit Cathedral of the Rockies, 717 N. 11th St., 208-343-7511.

From strings to spring, The Community Center is reaching out to one more segment of the LGBT community. Since forming in 1983, The Community Center has been an important resource for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered members and their allies in the area. On Saturday, May 14, from 4-7 p.m., TCC, in conjunction with the Pride Foundation, will hold its inaugural LGBT in the Arts Fair and Exhibition, in which LGBT painters, photographers, sculptors, jewelry makers and more will exhibit and sell their work. Free refreshments will be available.

Though the deadline to enter work in the fair has officially passed, Ramos said that LGBT artists interested in exhibiting should drop him a line at TCC, 305 E. 37th St., Garden City,