It is said that classical musical fans are scientifically proven to have totally different minds (and hearts!) than the rest of us. As it turns out, music aficionados are more at peace with the world and with themselves than most. Indeed, the Boise Philharmonic has made over 50,000 people annually fall in love with performances held at the Morrison Center, the Brandt Center in Nampa, The Egyptian, and in schools across the Treasure Valley.
Today, as Idaho’s largest and oldest performing arts organization, the Boise Phil has expanded programming from the concert hall into the home with new online Digital Stage for the 2020-2021 season, featuring a diverse collection of over 85 works by nearly 70 composers.
According to Eric Garcia, Boise Philharmonic music director, “Covid-19 has posed an incredible challenge to the arts - in particular, to live music. To ensure that great music continues to thrive throughout the Treasure Valley, the Boise Phil will present a season like no other. This season is designed to allow our audiences and musicians to interact in the most intimate settings. Our concerts will feature programs directly related to our great community and celebrate composers from diverse backgrounds - -music will sing throughout the Treasure Valley and beyond.”
Laura Reynolds, Boise Phil executive director, adds, “Music is essential. This year has seen the cancellation of countless concerts around the world. We want to shift the narrative from despair to hope, from loneliness to connection and from artistic void to vitality. As we crafted this season we asked ourselves how can we show up for our community to create experiences that will bring us together in ways that keep our artists and community safe? That was how our robust season was born.”
“If music be the food of love, play on.” – William Shakespeare
The programming for the 20-21 season is centered on creating personal connections, from intimate stories reflected in masterful chamber music to insightful commentary from musicians. Boise Phil musicians will be featured in a variety of small ensembles performing a diverse collection across 27 performances on the orchestra’s new Digital Stage. Additional repertoire and composers will be featured in free community engagement concerts throughout the season.
All twenty-seven season performances will be available to audiences on the Boise Phil’s new Digital Stage. The Digital Stage will be accessible on the web, mobile devices and on smart TVs through the Boise Phil app. The Phil is teaming up with film director Tracy Sunderland and video producers Drew Allen of Peppershock Media and Andy Lawless to create these virtual concerts.
Departing from the traditional concert ticketing model, the Boise Phil has a subscription and membership model and the best way to experience the season is to become a Boise Phil member. Boise Phil members receive a subscription to the Digital Stage, access to be part of the live studio audience during filming sessions.
December Performances: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (Saturday, December 5, 2020); PURCELL, DEBUSSY AND MOZART (Saturday, December 12, 2020): Henry Purcell (arr. Britten): Chacony for String Quartet in G Minor Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581 Claude Debussy: Danses sacree et profane, for harp & string orchestra, L. 113; HOLIDAY CELEBRATION (Saturday, December 19, 2020)
A full chronological list of Digital Stage programs can be found here: BoisePhil.org