Scotty McCreery will be performing this Fall at BYU-Idaho

REXBURG, IDAHO-- American singers Scotty McCreery, David Archuleta and Nathan Pacheco are featured along with performing artists from Inner Mongolia, Russia, Canada and Brazil in the fall lineup of performing arts events at Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg.

 Sponsored by the Center Stage Performing Arts Series, the season opens with award-winning Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Kirkham Auditorium.  

Comedy Improv Night on Sept. 23 will feature actors Kirby Heyborne, Corbin Allred, Lincoln Hoppe and Kelly Lohman in two shows at 6 and 8:30 p.m. in the Kirkham Auditorium. 

Country singer and "American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery will return to the Hart Auditorium Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. 

The Russian String Orchestra from Moscow, Russia, will perform a night of classical music Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Barrus Concert Hall. 

Anda Union from Inner Mongolia, a region of northern China, will perform traditional Mongolian music Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Kirkham Auditorium. 

Alcan String Quartet from Quebec, Canada, will perform Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Barrus Concert Hall. 

Prize-winning pianist Anton Nel from Texas will perform Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Barrus Concert Hall. 

The fall season will end Saturday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. with the annual "A BYU-Idaho Christmas" performance in the BYU-Idaho Center featuring the university choirs and orchestra, along with special guests David Archuleta and Nathan Pacheco. Season tickets also may be ordered through the ticket office by calling 496-3170. 

A free brochure listing all performing arts events at BYU-Idaho is available at the BYU-Idaho Ticket Office located in the University Store 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

Here is more detailed information about each event: 

Diego Figueiredo

Saturday, Sept. 17

7:30 p.m., Kirkham Auditorium

Brazilian Diego Figueiredo is the new star of the guitar world. He is the winner of several important competitions, including the Montreux Jazz Competition and Brazil's famous VISA Prize. At age 36, Diego has released over 21 albums, three DVDs, and several instructional books. Diego is now presenting his new concert From Classical to Jazz. It's a fusion of classical, jazz, and bossa nova. Diego's unique interpretations, along with his phenomenal technique and emotion, has created an explosion of fans and concert-goers. Speaking of Diego, jazz guitar master George Benson said, "One of the greatest guitarists I've seen in my life."

Tickets go on sale Aug. 29. $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public. No children under six. Classroom dress. 

Comedy Improv Night

Friday, Sept. 23

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

You have to see this show to believe it. Improvised music, comedy, scenes, the works. If you've seen Whose Line Is It Anyway? you have an idea of what kind of hilarious, energetic comedy the improv team will perform. The show features Kirby Heyborne (The RMThe Best Two Years), Corbin Allred (Saints and SoldiersChristmas Mission), Lincoln Hoppe (Singles Ward, The RM), and Kelly Lohman. 

Tickets go on sale Aug. 29. Cost is $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public. No children under four. Classroom dress. 

Scotty McCreery

Saturday, Oct. 15

7:30 p.m., Hart Auditorium

Scotty McCreery burst onto the national music scene in 2011 at age 17, quickly establishing himself as one of country music's hottest new stars. By age 21, the "American Idol" winner had sold nearly 2.5 million albums and received both Platinum and Gold album certifications, debuted three consecutive albums at No. 1 on a Billboard chart, and achieved three Platinum-certified singles and two Top Ten hits! His deep voice and irresistible sound create the perfect blend of contemporary and traditional country. 

Tickets go on sale Sept. 13. Floor and red seats: $16 for BYU-Idaho students, $30 for general public. Bleachers: $14 for BYU-Idaho students, $26 for general public. No children under four. Classroom dress. A preshow dinner is $16 extra.

Russian String Orchestra

Thursday, Oct. 20

7:30 p.m., Barrus Concert Hall

Prior to the start of the second half of the program, the audience will vote on which piece of music they would like to hear by Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, or Schoenberg. Founded in 1991, the Russian String Orchestra from Moscow is comprised of some of Russia's finest young string players. Formerly known as the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, the ensemble has carved a niche for itself under the creative baton of its founder and music director Misha Rachlevsky. About half of nearly 2,000 concerts the orchestra has performed to date have taken place in Moscow, the rest were played on tours in 25 countries in North and South America, Europe and the Far East. 

Tickets go on sale Sept. 19. $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public. No children under six. Event dress. 

Anda Union

Saturday, Oct. 297:30 p.m., Kirkham AuditoriumHailing from differing ethnic nomadic cultures, Anda Union is a nine-member band that unites tribal and music traditions from all over Inner Mongolia, an autonomous region of northern China. Anda Union brings a wide range of musical instruments and vocal styles together in a fusion that Genghis Khan himself would have been proud of. Keenly aware of the threat to the grasslands and their age-old Mongolian culture, Anda Union is driven by its fight for the survival of this endangered way of life, by keeping the essence of the music alive. Members of Anda Union are part of a musical movement that is finding inspiration in old and forgotten songs. They are on a mission to stimulate their culture and reengage young Mongols, many of whom have forgotten how to speak their own language.

Tickets go on sale Sept. 19. $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public. No children under six. Classroom dress. 

Alcan String Quartet

Friday, Nov. 11

7:30 p.m., Barrus Concert Hall

The Alcan String Quartet has developed a reputation for excellence throughout Canada and internationally since its formation over twenty years ago. Critics agree that both on stage and in the recording studio, the Alcan Quartet possesses the qualities that characterize the best ensembles of its kind: a recognizable personality, a homogeneous sound, and elegant style. The ensemble's list of accomplishments is impressive: close to 1,000 concerts, more than 100 live radio broadcasts, and tours throughout the world. The Alcan Quartet is based in Chicoutimi, Québec. They will perform the Haydn String Quartet, Op. 76, No. 2, "Fifths"; the Ginastera String Quartet, No. 1, Op. 20; and Mendelssohn String Quartet, Op. 44, No. 1.

Tickets go on sale Sept. 19. $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public. No children under six. Event dress. 

Anton Nel

Friday, Nov. 18

7:30 p.m., Barrus Concert Hall

Anton Nel, winner of the 1987 Naumburg International Piano Competition, continues to tour internationally as recitalist, concerto soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. He is currently the head of the division of keyboard studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Highlights of Mr. Nel's four decades of concertizing include performances with the Cleveland Orchestra and the symphonies of Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Detroit, and London. He will perform Debussy's Suite Bergamasque; Beethoven's Variations and Fugue in E-flat ("Eroica" Variations), Op. 35; and several shorter pieces by Chopin.

Tickets go on sale Sept. 19. $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public. No children under six. Event dress. 

A BYU-Idaho Christmaswith David Archuleta and Nathan Pacheco

Saturday, Dec. 3

7:30 p.m., BYU-Idaho Center

David Archuleta and Nathan Pacheco will be the featured guests at the university's sixth annual Christmas program in the BYU-Idaho Center. They will join the BYU-Idaho Symphony Orchestra, combined choirs, and other students from the College of Performing and Visual Arts. Pop singer David Archuleta and classically trained tenor Nathan Pacheco are featured together on the popular YouTube video of "The Prayer."

Tickets go on sale Sept. 19. $10 for BYU-Idaho students, $15 for general public. No children under six. Event dress. A preshow Christmas buffet is $20 extra.