On Friday, Sept. 20 and Saturday, Sept. 21, the Boise Philharmonic will host opening night of its new season with a performance of “Bolero” by the French composer Maurice Ravel.
For many, this even would be a bit pricey. Luckily for Boise State students, that is not the case.
Boise State students have had the opportunity to receive discounts with their student IDs for some time now, most just don’t know about it, which is something that the Boise Philharmonic would like to change.
“We are attempting to put together a better way to market to students especially with the opportunity for discounted access to performances,” said Jayme Mullaney, marketing director for the Boise Philharmonic.
With a barrage of suit and dress wearing patrons, as well as an assortment of wine to choose from (for those of age), the Boise Philharmonic is looking to put on a classy event for the community to attend.
The Saturday performance will take place at the Morrison Center for the Performing Arts in Boise, while the Friday performance will be in Nampa.
“The performances by the Boise Philharmonic provide an opportunity for a classy night out for patrons of all ages, from our season ticket holders to students at Boise State. It is a great opportunity to dress to impress, as well as enjoy the best of classical music,” Mullaney said.
“Bolero” is one of Maurice Ravel’s most popular impressionistic pieces, as he was heavily influenced by his Spanish and Basque roots. The Boise Philharmonic will be joined by the jazz solo pianist Spencer Myer for Ravel’s piece.
“We have had some great soloists perform alongside the Boise Philharmonic throughout the years, Spencer Myer is no
different. The fact that he is a jazz style pianist should make for an interesting interpretation of Ravel’s piece,” said Mullaney.
Students have the opportunity to receive a discount with their student IDs, which significantly reduces the price of admission giving students affordable access.
“I really like that the Boise Philharmonic provides an amenity on the price for students so that they can attend more affordably. I know many students who like classical music especially while they study,” said Danh Nguyen, research assistant at Boise State. “The fact that they now have the opportunity to attend more shows like this is awesome.”
The season features performances of pieces by Mozart on Nov. 1-2. Guest Dutch conductor Joost Smeets will be at the helm to direct the Boise Philharmonic.