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The Center Stage Performing Arts Series at Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg has announced its lineup of events for the Spring Semester. The season opens April 26 with a performance in the Kirkham Auditorium by Repertory Dance Theatre, a modern dance company from Salt Lake City. Bronkar, an entertaining beatboxer, juggler and comedian, will perform two shows at 6 and 8:30 p.m. on May 3 in the Kirkham Auditorium.
ThePianoGuys will perform two shows on May 9 and 10 in the Hart Auditorium. Bleacher seats are still left for this concert that will feature pianist Jon Schmidt and cellist Steven Sharp Nelson.Comedian Stephen Jones, best known for the popular YouTube video "New Spice, Study Like a Scholar, Scholar," will perform May 17 in the Kirkham Auditorium.Chris Mann, a 2012 finalist on NBC's "The Voice," will sing with the Teton Chamber Orchestra on June 7 in the Hart Auditorium.
The Harlem Quartet, a string quartet from New York City, will play June 14 in the Barrus Concert Hall.This year's "Patriots and Pioneers" concert on July 13 in the BYU-Idaho Center will feature special guest Edward Herrmann, whose impressive acting career has spanned more than 30 years in theater, film and television, including a starring role as patriarch Richard Gilmore in the popular TV series "The Gilmore Girls."
The Nashville Tribute Band, well known for music about Joseph Smith, the Mormon pioneers and Latter-day Saint missionaries, will perform as part of Education Week on Aug. 2 in the Hart Auditorium.A free brochure listing all performing arts events at BYU-Idaho is available at the Kimball Ticket Office and the Rexburg Chamber of Commerce, or by calling 496-3100.
Detailed information can also be found on the Center Stage website at www.byui.edu/centerstage. Season tickets also may be ordered through the ticket office by calling 496-3170.
Here is more detailed information about each event:
RDT - Repertory Dance Theatre
Friday, April 26
7:30 p.m., Kirkham Auditorium
Utah's Repertory Dance Theatre will present Excursion, an entertaining evening of dance filled with high energy, humor and drama. Enjoy beauty, athleticism, innovative movement, and music in selections from RDT's prestigious collection of classic and contemporary repertory. Excursion takes you from the breakthroughs of modernism and the revolutionary concepts of the avant garde to entertaining contemporary choreography that tests the limits of physicality. RATING: Contemporary dance.
Tickets on sale. $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public. No children under six. Classroom dress.
Friday, May 3
6 and 8:30 p.m., Kirkham Auditorium
Bronkar is the world's only rhythmic juggling beatboxer! He blends music, comedy, raw skill and contagious energy in a way that you've never before experienced. His one man "circus of sound" is unbelievably just a mouth and a body full of pulsing rhythmic energy, and combined with charismatic audience interaction, this is a show that will leave you in awe. Bronkar's show isn't just a performance, it's an interactive experience that you will remember for the rest of your life. RATING: Humorous, all ages.
Tickets on sale. $5 for BYU-Idaho students, $10 for general public. No children under four. Classroom dress.
Thursday & Friday, May 9 & 10
7:30 p.m., Hart Auditorium
6 p.m., Preshow dinner Friday only, Manwaring Center
These classically-trained musicians create sophisticated new arrangements of everything from Beethoven's 5th Symphony to Coldplay's "Paradise," often weaving seemingly disparate pieces together to create something totally new. Add to that their gorgeous panoramic videos shot everywhere from the top of a mountain in Utah to the beaches of Hawaii, and it makes sense that over 55 million people have viewed their work and 350,000 of those have subscribed to the You Tube Channel. The concert features Jon Schmidt on piano and Steven Sharp Nelson on cello. RATING: A favorite for all ages.
Tickets on sale. $8 for BYU-Idaho students, $16 for general public. Preshow dinner on Friday is $15 extra. No children under four. Classroom dress.
Stephen Jones - Comedy Night
Friday, May 17
7:30 p.m., Kirkham Auditorium
Comedian Steven Jones is a tremendous personality that excites and amuses audiences of young and old alike. He is a comedian, host and actor well known for his "New Spice, Study Like a Scholar, Scholar" video which had more than 3 million views on YouTube. On stage, he is known for his impersonations, voices and dancing. He has been entertaining since his childhood and has been a professional stand-up comedian since 2008. RATING: Good, clean fun.
Tickets go on sale April 22. $6 for everyone. Classroom dress.
Chris Mann with the Teton Chamber Orchestra
Friday, June 7
7:30 p.m., Hart Auditorium
6 p.m., Preshow dinner, Manwaring Center
This might just be your chance to see Chris Mann before he becomes the next music superstar. As one of the finalists on the second season of NBC's singing competition "The Voice," his popularity has been soaring ever since. He will be backed up by the Teton Chamber Orchestra, directed by Eric Wenstrom. His blend of classically-trained tenor and contemporary pop vocals is a sound that is rare in the world of music today. Growing up in Wichita, Kansas, Chris began playing the piano and performing at a young age. RATING: An up-and-coming star!
Tickets go on sale May 1. $8 for BYU-Idaho students, $16 for general public. Preshow dinner is $15 extra. No children under six. Classroom dress.
Friday, June 14
7:30 p.m., Barrus Concert Hall
The Harlem Quartet's mission is to advance diversity in classical music, engaging young and new audiences through the discovery and presentation of varied repertoire that includes works by minority composers. Since its public debut in 2006 at Carnegie Hall, the New York-based ensemble has performed throughout the United States and around the world. Their program at BYU-Idaho will include Ludwig van Beethoven's String Quartet No. 6 in B flat major, Op. 18; Chick Corea's The Adventures of Hippocrates and Franz Schubert's Quartet No. 14 in D minor (Death and the Maiden), D. 810. RATING: String quartet music with a flair.
Tickets go on sale May 20. $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public. No children under six. Event dress.
Patriots and Pioneers featuring BYU-Idaho students and special guest Edward Herrmann
Saturday, July 13
7:30 p.m., BYU-Idaho Center
The BYU-Idaho College of Performing and Visual Arts will present a major July concert to celebrate American patriots and pioneers. Actor Edward Herrmann will join more than 300 students, including Collegiate Singers, Men's Choir, Women's Choir, and Symphony Band. The production will be held in the new 15,000-seat BYU-Idaho Center. Tony and Emmy award-winning actor Edward Herrmann boasts an impressive career that spans more than 30 years in the theatre, in films, and on television, including starring as patriarch Richard Gilmore in the popular television series "The Gilmore Girls." RATING: Patriotic/spiritual.
Tickets go on sale June 11. $6 for general public, $3 for BYU-Idaho students. No children under 6. Event dress.
Nashville Tribute Band
Education Week Concert
Friday, August 2
7:30 p.m., Hart Auditorium
Award-winning songwriter and Nashville record producer Jason Deere regularly invites a revolving cast of talented artists and musicians that he calls the Nashville Tribute Band to join him in performing the songs from the albums Joseph: A Nashville Tribute to the Prophet; Trek: A Nashville Tribute to the Pioneers; and The Work: A Nashville Tribute to the Missionaries. Over the years Dan Truman (of the country group Diamond Rio), Ron Saltmarsh (Emmy Award winning producer and musician), Due West, entertainer David Osmond, actor and recording artist Katherine Nelson, country artist Billy Dean, and pop artist Mindy Gledhill have been among those who have often joined the stage with the band. RATING: Country/LDS music.
Tickets on sale. $10 for general public, $5 for BYU-Idaho students and Education Week participants. No children under 4. Classroom dress.