Center Stage announces winter performing arts series

December 19, 2013

Writer: Don Sparhawk

The Center Stage Performing Arts Series at Brigham Young University-Idaho has announced its lineup of events for the Winter Semester.

The season opens January 10 with the Golden Dragon Acrobats from China presenting a new show called "Cirque Zíva" in the Hart Auditorium. Direct from Ireland, an Irish music and dance show entitled "Celtic Nights" will perform January 17 in the Hart Auditorium.

Two world-champion barbershop quartets will headline the annual Barbershop Festival on January 25. The quartets are Ringmasters from Sweden and OC Times from California. Grammy award-winning jazz percussionist will headline the annual BYU-Idaho Jazz Festival on February 8 in the Kirkham Auditorium.

A vocal concert of "The Pirates of Penzance" will be presented February 20 by the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, along with an orchestra and chorus from BYU-Idaho. Contemporary pianist William Joseph will play with the Teton Chamber Orchestra on February 28 in the Hart Auditorium.

The Ying Quartet will perform in the Barrus Concert Hall on March 7. Lightwire Theater, a semi-finalist on the "America's Got Talent" TV show, will present a theatrical light show in the Kirkham Auditorium March 21.

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 496-2000. 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:

Golden Dragon Acrobats present "Cirque Zíva"

Friday, January 10

7:30 p.m., Hart Auditorium

6 p.m., Preshow dinner, Manwaring Center

The Golden Dragon Acrobats present "Cirque Zíva," a world-class cirque spectacular that has been thrilling audiences across the United States since its creation in 2011. This fast-paced, technically-innovative performance showcases traditional Chinese acrobats, dance and costumes, ancient and contemporary music and modern theatrical techniques. The renowned acrobats dazzle with amazing feats of athleticism, daring heart-stopping stunts and the grace of their centuries-old art form. "There is a precision and beauty about everything they do," says The Washington Post. The large cast and dazzling production designs illustrate just how breathtaking Chinese acrobatics can be. 

Tickets go on sale December 16. $8 for BYU-Idaho students, $16 for general public. No children under four. Classroom dress. Preshow dinner is $15 extra.

Celtic Nights

Irish Music and Step Dancing

Friday, January 17

7:30 p.m., Hart Auditorium

"The Emigrants Bridge" is a brand new Irish music and dance production that intertwines beautiful ballads, striking choreography, and a compelling storyline to form a vivid link with Celtic heritage. It's a stirring tale of a people's struggle to find their place in the world. In the show, six of Ireland's most accomplished dancers join with six of its finest voices to present a spell-binding and exhilarating picture of a proud people, their passion, and their hopes and dreams. The production tells the story of the lives and loves of the Celtic exiles who dared to dream big and were doggedly determined to carve out a home in the New World. 

Tickets go on sale December 30. $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public. No children under four. Classroom dress.

Barbershop Music Festival

Featuring Two World Champions!

Ringmasters and OC Times 

Saturday, January 25

6 & 8:30 p.m., Kirkham Auditorium

Two international championship barbershop quartets will headline this year's Barbershop Music Festival. The two highly acclaimed groups are Ringmasters, winner of the 2011 Barbershop International Quartet Championship, and OC Times, winners of the 2008 competition. Ringmasters will be traveling to Rexburg from their home in Sweden. Barbershop singing continues its popularity at BYU-Idaho and this year promises to be bigger than ever. Besides these two headlining groups, you will hear student quartets and the Carousel Chorus. 

Tickets go on sale January 6. $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public. No children under six. Classroom dress. 

Winter Jazz Fest

Featuring Grammy Award-winning artist Terri Lyne Carrington and BYU-Idaho Sound Alliance

Saturday, February 8

7:30 p.m., Kirkham Auditorium

Grammy award-winning percussionist Terri Lyne Carrington will headline this year's Winter Jazz Fest featuring the BYU-Idaho Sound Alliance jazz band. Carrington won a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album after her release of The Mosiac Project in 2011. More information about the Winter Jazz Fest, clinics, workshops, and performances will be made available as the event draws near. 

Tickets go on sale January 13. $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public. Classroom dress.

The Pirates of Penzance

A choral performance featuring the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players with BYU-Idaho Sinfonietta and Choir

Thursday, February 20

7:30 p.m., Barrus Concert Hall

Direct from New York City, this New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players production is your chance to get carried away by pirates. Join the band of swashbuckling buccaneers, bumbling British bobbies, frolicsome Victorian maidens, and the delightfully dotty "model of a modern Major-General" for a rollicking romp over the rocky coast of Cornwall, England. The choral concert, complete with costumes for the main New York performers, will also feature the BYU-Idaho Sinfonietta orchestra and University choir. This show will be performed again on Feb. 22 in Hailey, Idaho, by Sun Valley Opera. 

Tickets go on sale January 27. $8 for BYU-Idaho students, $16 for general public. No children under six. Event dress.

William Joseph with the Teton Chamber Orchestra

Friday, February 28

7:30 p.m., Hart Auditorium

6 p.m., Preshow dinner, Manwaring Center

Popular pianist William Joseph will pair up with the Teton Chamber Orchestra for a night of his brilliant musical virtuosity featuring a wide variety of musical styles, including his acclaimed version of Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir." A native of the Phoenix area, William Joseph has been playing since age four and has toured with Josh Groban and Il Divo, as well as appearing onstage with everyone from Barbra Streisand and Natalie Cole to John Mayer and Alicia Keys. He has released several best-selling CDs ranging from rock music to hymns. 

Tickets go on sale February 3. $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public. No children under four. Classroom dress. Preshow dinner is $15 extra.

Ying Quartet

Friday, March 7

7:30 p.m., Barrus Concert Hall

Now in its second decade, the Ying Quartet has established itself as an ensemble of the highest musical qualifications. Their performances regularly take place in many of the world's most important concert halls, from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House; at the same time, the quartet's belief that concert music can also be a meaningful part of everyday life has also drawn the foursome to perform in settings as diverse as the White House, workplace, schools and juvenile prisons. Their program at BYU-Idaho is entitled "Music for Healing" and will feature Barber's String Quartet, Op. 11; Randall Thompson's Alleluia, Billy Childs' Awakening, and Beethoven's Quartet in A Minor, Op. 132.

Tickets go on sale February 18. $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public. No children under six. Event dress.

Lightwire Theater - The Show

Friday, March 21

7:30 p.m., Kirkham Auditorium

Lightwire Theater has drawn acclaim for its incredible use of electro-luminescent wire on stage. Rarely used in a theatrical setting, the technology creates characters designed to combine dance, puppetry and a glow-in-the-dark show. The group gained national exposure as one of the semi-finalists on Season 7 of "America's Got Talent." Lightwire Theater is embarking on their new U.S. tour after spending five months in Las Vegas as part of the "America's Got Talent Live Show." This stage show will feature up to 60 characters performing their unique brand of storytelling. 

Tickets go on sale March 3. $8 for BYU-Idaho students, $16 for general public. No children under four. Classroom dress.