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Boise State to feature oldest and most original chamber ensemble in the world: Czech Nonet

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Czech Nonet will perform two unique recitals as part of the Student Union Performance Series (SUPS) and the Boise Chamber Music Series.


Students can expect to hear something different this Thursday, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. in the Special Events Center as SUPS hosts their first indoor performance and Friday, Oct. 26 with the Boise Chamber Music Series putting on their second recital in the Velma V. Morrison Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m.


Jeremy Ruth, senior clarinet performance major, said he is particularly excited for Czech Nonet to come to Boise State and put on two performances, both of which he hopes to attend.


“The main exciting part is that they’re players from the Czech Republic and they’re very high level players from what I hear,” Ruth said. “We have to take advantage of the opportunities we have when players of their caliber come through.”


Originating in the Czech Republic, Czech Nonet is one of the oldest and most original chamber ensembles in the world. Composed of a wood wind quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn) and a string quartet (violin, viola, cello and bass) Czech Nonet has inspired hundreds of works by some of the world’s greatest composers including Prokofiev and Lutoslawski.


Fine Arts Manager Holly Gilchrist said students can expect something different as part of SUPS with Czech Nonet’s classical and traditional formal music.


“It is a much more traditionally-based formal musical experience with classically trained musicians that travel the world to share their talents,” Gilchrist said. “Something that I find inspirational about this group is that it was originally formed by a group of highly engaged and motivated students of the Prague Conservatory in 1924. In fact to date the Czech Nonet has one of the longest histories for a traveling ensemble of all time.”


Gilchrist and Ruth encourage both music and non-music majors to take advantage of one of Czech Nonet’s performances.


Ruth said students can take this opportunity to “broaden their cultural horizons” and hear something rare in the music world.


“Students can expect a very good performance and something they won’t get to hear very often,” Ruth said. “You don’t have a nonet come through that often. It’s not an incredibly common arrangement of instruments let alone from another part of the world.”


Considering the SUPS recital is free for students, Gilchrist said she highly encourages students to come and take part in it seeing as their student fees help support this program.


“My hope is that students take advantage of this awesome opportunity and expose themselves to a unique musical experience that they may not typically go see,” Gilchrist said.


For music students and the general public, in addition to the two performances, Czech Nonet will be instructing  free master classes for wind and string chamber ensembles from 1:15 to 2:10 p.m. on Oct. 25 and individual instruments the afternoon of Oct. 26.


Ruth said he is looking forward to these classes because of the rare opportunity to work with different artists and get other perspectives on music and performing.


For more information about the SUPS recital, students can check out the Student Union Fine Arts Facebook page at


For more information about the Boise Chamber Music Series performance and ticket prices students can contact Jeanne Belfy at or 426-1216.