Season 68 Preview and Brochure
Announcing Season 68: Feel the Connection

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JUNE 1st, 2017 -- The Idaho Falls Symphony is blazing full speed ahead into Season 68. Plans are underway for 2017-2018 and season tickets are now available, with deep discounts for first-time season ticket buyers. A comprehensive seating guide and ticket purchase options are available here. 

With so many great concerts, now is the time to save your special seats at every Symphony event before single tickets go on sale August 1st!

Throughout the summer, the Symphony will promote season ticket sales and perform small outdoor concerts in Driggs, Idaho, on a free concert series presented by Downtown Driggs Community Association. The busy summertime will culminate in the free “Symphony in the Park” concert on Saturday, September 9th, at 5:30pm in Idaho Falls’ Freeman Park.

The theme for new season is “Feel the Connection,” as every concert builds bridges in the community through the power of orchestral music. Listeners and musicians share thrilling experiences in the concert hall, and nothing can replace the bonds that link us after each concert. With our conductor, Maestro Thomas Heuser, as an inspiring guide, every concert is a journey shared together, complete with highs and lows, palpable energy, and always an enormous range of emotions.

The season opens on October 14th with “Celebration and Reverence.” From thoughtful prayers to exaltations, the Mountain View Hospital Breast Cancer Awareness Concert features sublime and uplifting music. Concertmaster Emma Rubinstein performs the contemplative Kol Nidrei for solo violin and orchestra during the Jewish Holy Days. We will marvel at nature’s grandeur through the music of Alan Hovhannes, who quotes the songs of whales, while Beethoven’s rousing “Pastoral Symphony” closes the program with a familiar and uniquely Classical celebration.

On Saturday, November 4th, guest conductor Blake Richardson leads an intimate “Symphony of Strings” at the Colonial Theater. With the full complement of our Idaho Falls Symphony strings taking advantage of the rich acoustics of this historic theater, Blake and the strings will perform lush and heartfelt music by Gerald Finzi, Antonio Vivaldi, Antonin Dvorák’s romantic Serenade, plus lively operatic music from Orfeo by Claudio Monteverdi —a composer celebrating his 450th anniversary year.

Just in time for the holidays, The Nutcracker Ballet returns on Thursday, November 30th, with the dazzling Eugene Ballet Company. Live music by the Idaho Falls Symphony brings the magical story to life—for one night only—with sets and costumes by former Disney designers plus expert choreography and professional dancers. The Idaho Falls School of Ballet will organize local dancers to audition for student roles in the production. Click here for Nutcracker Audition information.

Back by popular demand, 2018 gets underway with “An Evening of Chamber Music” on Saturday, Jaunary 13th at 7:00pm. These exclusive concerts in the Carr Gallery of the Willard Arts Center feature principal musicians of the IF Symphony performing in unique, small combinations. Our series has expanded to include a second “Evening of Chamber Music” on Saturday, March 31st. Seating is limited for both concerts; chamber music tickets are not included with season tickets and must be purchased separately. Drinks and delicious desserts will also be available.

On Saturday, February 10th, things get fired up with the EIRMC Red Dress Concert: “Latin Nights”! We are excited to present a sizzling evening of flashy showpieces by Spanish and Latin American composers, with exotic dances like the zarzuela, fandango, huapango, and more! The program includes music from The Three Cornered Hat by Manuel de Falla, and features Rodrigo’s sensual Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar and Orchestra with award-winning guitarist Ana Vidovic.

March brings us to Hollywood and the silver screen! From Star Wars to Superman and Jurassic Park, John Williams wrote the music for many of the all-time greatest Blockbuster hits. On Friday, March 9th, experience a “John Williams Spectacular,” dedicated to the movie music of John Williams and his magnificent symphonic sounds. Then his music will be explored again on Saturday, March 10th at 2:00pm as the next installment of our Family Concert series: “Movie Music!” We will show our young listeners how a great melody creates a unique and successful film score.

And last but definitely not least, the Season Finale on April 28th will be a concert like never before: “Double Orchestra: Bolero!” brings together the Idaho Falls Symphony and the Idaho State Civic Symphony on the same concert. We will combine forces into an oversized, double orchestra, with players from both orchestras sitting together and playing great music as a single entity. The concert will be presented in Pocatello on Friday night and in Idaho Falls on Saturday night, with music by Gustav Mahler, Ravel’s Bolero, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, and much more.

Most importantly, the Idaho Falls Youth Symphony has Thursday concerts on December 7th and April 19th. These thrilling performances are free for all ages; no tickets are required. Under the fresh musical leadership of conductor Diane Soelberg, now Chair of the Music Department at BYU-Idaho, the students are reaching new levels of excellence, and audiences are sure to be treated to a pair of excellent performances.

“Like” the Idaho Falls Symphony on Facebook for updated event information, including upcoming fundraisers, party invites, and more. Look no further than for complete ticket purchase options, as well as our Online Donation portal, Youth Symphony registration, in-school programs, Family Concert information, and more. The Idaho Falls Symphony was established in 1949 and presents quality, live orchestral experiences of the world’s great music for the enjoyment, education, and enrichment of our audiences and musicians.

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We are proud and honored to have been part of the Idaho Falls community since 1949. Our mission to perform the world’s great music continues thanks to our dedicated team of musicians, our generous sponsors, and the tireless volunteers that make up the Symphony family. 

In consideration of our patrons and artists, children must be age six to attend performances of the Idaho Falls Symphony.

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