Rhythmic Circus dancers

A group of dynamic dancers from Minneapolis returns to BYU-Idaho with their trunk full of tap shoes, funky costumes and a big brass band.

December 21, 2016
Writer: Don Sparhawk

REXBURG, IDAHO—The Center Stage Performing Arts Series has announced its winter line-up of entertainment at Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg.
 
The season opens with the Grammy-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth on January 10 in the Barrus Concert Hall.

Ballet West II, a professional dance group from Salt Lake City, will perform January 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Kirkham Auditorium.

Soprano Alyson Cambridge will perform an evening of opera, jazz and Broadway music January 25 in the Barrus Concert Hall.

The annual Barbershop Music Festival will feature the award-winning quartet Keepsake, along with BYU-Idaho student choirs and quartets, in two shows on February 4 in the Barrus Concert Hall.

Chilean singer Leon de la Guardia will perform an evening of Italian and Spanish love songs on February 8 in the Barrus Concert Hall.

Rhythmic Circus, a group of dynamic dancers from Minneapolis, Minn., will return to BYU-Idaho with their tap shoes and brass band to perform February 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hart Auditorium.

The Winter Jazz Festival will feature award-winning trombone player Wycliffe Gordon March 11 in the Hart Auditorium.

Piano Battle, a comedy-classical show of two German pianists, will be performed March 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hart Auditorium.

Celtic bagpiper Carlos Nunez from Galicia, Spain, will perform with his band March 31 in the Kirkham Auditorium.

A free brochure listing all performing arts events at BYU-Idaho is available at the BYU-Idaho 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:

Roomful of Teeth
Tuesday, January 10
7:30 p.m. – Kirkham Auditorium
Roomful of Teeth is a Grammy-winning vocal project dedicated to exploring the expressive potential of the human voice. Through studying with masters from around the world, the eight-voice ensemble continually expands its vocabulary of singing techniques. Founded in 2009, the group has studied Tuvan throat singing, yodeling, belting, Inuit throat singing, Korean P'ansori, Georgian singing, Sardinian cantu a tenore, Hindustani music and Persian classical singing with some of the world's top performers and teachers. The project's debut album, Roomful of Teeth, released in 2012 received a Grammy for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance.
Tickets now on sale. $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public. No children under six. Event dress.

Ballet West II
Friday, January 13
7:30 p.m. – Kirkham Auditorium
Ballet West II from Salt Lake City is an elite touring ensemble, with the versatility to perform a broad spectrum of dance. These future stars of Ballet West present both classical and modern ballet with youth, freshness, and spontaneity.
Tickets now on sale. $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public. No children under six. Classroom dress.

Alyson Cambridge
Wednesday, January 25
7:30 p.m. – Barrus Concert Hall
Soprano Alyson Cambridge will perform an evening of opera, jazz, Broadway and classical crossover selections. The concert will include operatic selections by Puccini and Bizet, classical songs, and a fun mix of musical theater, pop and jazz standards from her new album Until Now. Alyson's rich, warm soprano voice and her musical and dramatic interpretation, have brought her over a decade of successes on the world's leading opera and concert stages, including The Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Carnegie Hall, London's Royal Albert Hall, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Vienna Konzerthaus, among others. Her repertoire includes the beloved heroines of Puccini, Verdi and Mozart (Mimi, Madama Butterfly, Donna Elvira, Violetta and Micaëla among them), as well as successful forays into the crossover, Broadway and jazz repertoire.
Tickets go on sale January 9. $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public. No children under six. Event dress.

Barbershop Music Festival Featuring Keepsake
Saturday, February 4
6:00 & 8:30 p.m. – Barrus Concert Hall
The award-winning quartet Keepsake will headline this year's Barbershop Music Festival at BYU-Idaho. Keepsake won the International Barbershop Quartet Contest in 1992. Among the four singers in Keepsake, they have become the most decorated quartet in the history of the Barbershop Harmony Society, having individually won 38 top five quartet medals, 10 of them gold! You will also hear the BYU-Idaho Men's Choir, Women's Choir, student quartets and the Carousel Chorus.
Tickets go on sale January 9. $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public. No children under four. Classroom dress.

Leon de la Guardia
Wednesday, February 8
7:30 p.m. – Barrus Concert Hall
Chilean tenor Leon de la Guardia will perform an evening of Italian and Spanish love songs. A native of Viña del Mar, Chile, Leon began his singing studies at the Conservatorio de Musica Isidor Handler in Viña del Mar, and later attended the Conservatorio de Musica de la Universidad Catolica in Valparaiso. After traveling to Europe, he joined the Cor Jove del Palau de la Musica Catalana, and began private lessons with Tony Marsol in Barcelona, Spain. His quest for self-development took him all over Europe, studying under the tutelage of different singing masters. He is currently perfecting his craft studying under Mariselle Martinez and Antonio Carangelo in Vienna, Austria, where he resides.
Tickets go on sale January 9. $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public. No children under six. Event dress.

Rhythmic Circus
Friday, February 17
7:30 p.m. – Hart Auditorium
6 p.m., Preshow Dinner in Manwaring Center
A group of dynamic dancers from Minneapolis returns to BYU-Idaho with their trunk full of tap shoes, funky costumes and a big brass band. Heatbox, the human beatbox, joins the swingin' seven-piece band to accompany each tap, shuffle and stomp with a clang, riff and refrain. The show's brilliance has been marked by rave reviews, sold-out engagements and numerous awards, including two SAGE Awards for Outstanding Ensemble and Performance and the Spirit of the Fringe Award (Edinburgh Festival Fringe's top theatrical award).
Tickets go on sale January 9. Floor and red seats: $7 for BYU-Idaho students, $14 for general public. Bleachers: $5 for BYU-Idaho students, $10 for general public. No children under four. Classroom dress.

Winter Jazz Fest
featuring Wycliffe Gordon
Saturday, March 11
7:30 p.m. – Hart Auditorium
Award-winning trombone player Wycliffe Gordon will headline this year's Winter Jazz Festival. Downbeat Magazine's yearly Critics Poll named Gordon as "Best Trombone" in 2016. For the 10th time since the inception of the Jazz Journalists Association awards for musical achievement, he was named "Trombonist of the Year" again in 2016. Backing up Gordon will be the BYU-Idaho Sound Alliance jazz ensemble under the direction of Mark Watkins. 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 9. Floor and Red Seats: $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public. Bleachers: $5 for BYU-Idaho students, $10 for general public. No children under four. Classroom dress.

Piano Battle
Friday, March 17
7:30 p.m. – Hart Auditorium
6:00 p.m., Preshow Dinner in Manwaring Center
Piano Battle is a comedy-classical show of two German pianists that puts classical music in a new context. In the end, the audience will get to decide the winner of show. The brainchild of internationally accomplished pianists Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis, Piano Battle sees the duo go head-to-head on stage, charming and enchanting the audience with a variety of classical pieces. The two artists, with distinctly different performance styles, take turns to perform pieces by composers such as Chopin, Liszt and Debussy. They will even improvise based on the tunes requested by the audience.
Tickets go on sale January 9. Floor and red seats: $7 for BYU-Idaho students, $14 for general public. Bleachers: $5 for BYU-Idaho students, $10 for general public. No children under six. Classroom dress.

Carlos Nunez
Friday, March 31
7:30 p.m. – Kirkham Auditorium
Celtic bagpiper Carlos Núñez comes from Galicia, a Celtic region in northwest Spain. He has expanded the borders of Celtic music to include flamenco, fado, Cuban, Mexican, Brazilian and classical music, movie soundtracks and contemporary dance. As Carlos describes it, he plays Celtic music with Latin passion. Sony Music has released his 10 albums, selling 1 million copies since his debut in 1996, amassing several platinum and gold CDs and DVDs, as well as two Latin Grammy nominations. His album Santiago, for which he became an honorary member of The Chieftains, was awarded a Grammy in 1997.
Tickets go on sale January 9. $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public. No children under six. Classroom dress.