The ISU Civic Symphony Along With Two Choirs Join Forces to Conclude the 2016-17 Season

Carol Leiby and Brent Trego

Carol Leiby and Brent Trego

Dan Rodgers & Kathleen Lane

Dan Rodgers & Kathleen Lane

Lincoln Schuyler and Shawn Higdem

Lincoln Schuyler and Shawn Higdem

Pat Reeve and Helen Lindley

Pat Reeve and Helen Lindley

Patsy Eike, Pete & Ronda Black

Patsy Eike, Pete & Ronda Black

Karen Thomson and Darla Hulse

Karen Thomson and Darla Hulse

Bill Seymour and Janet Warnke

Bill Seymour and Janet Warnke

Kathleen Lane and Sandra Nokaes

Kathleen Lane and Sandra Nokaes

Janene Willer

Janene Willer

Sue Skinner

Sue Skinner

Marge Williams, Hope Ofisa and Laura Larson

Marge Williams, Hope Ofisa and Laura Larson

Norm & Barbara Schroder

Norm & Barbara Schroder

Gina,Jennifer, Karl and Barry Endo

Gina,Jennifer, Karl and Barry Endo

Judy Gravis and Karl Endo

Judy Gravis and Karl Endo

Peter McDermott and Diane Bilyeu

Peter McDermott and Diane Bilyeu

Mark Neiwirth

Mark Neiwirth

Idaho State Civic Symphony and Over One Hundred Vocalists

Beautiful, while somber and serious; Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah provided the orchestra, Camerata Singers and ISU Concert Choir an opportunity to join together in a mixture of voices and instruments that was not only outstanding but perfectly in alignment throughout the at least three hours of the performance. In addition, four soloists: Diana McVey, Michele Detwiler, Geoffrey Friedley and Tyler Oliphant provided stunning emphasis for various parts of the presentation. Together, this group of over one hundred fifty musicians gave a performance of Mendelssohn’s two works that truly  fulfilled the composer’s intention to “provide a means to the achievement of a better, more harmonious society and thereby a better life and a better world for all humankind” as noted in the Program Notes and written by Geoffrey Friedley.

One could say, with sincere emphasis, that we do not need to continually experience musical offerings that excite, elevate blood pressure, and sometimes even confuse the brain into supposing that it has found melody and rhythm in whatever is being heard. This is not to be negative about current musical preferences, but this concert did offer music that spoke to the soul and the intellect without scrambling the cognitive brain abilities.

Words from the Old Testament perhaps provided solace for those who see today’s world as fraught with violence, alternative truths, and a host of other actions which convey mistrust, antagonism and movement away from the beauties of our natural environment whether in the United States or elsewhere. Enough! There is no sense in converting the solemnity of this concert into a subtle tirade about life in this era.

The combination of voices from the ISU Choir and the Camerata Singers was beautiful. In addition, the sight of so many fellows wearing tuxedos was impressive as of course were the ladies in their evening gowns. Above and beyond the contribution made by these two groups were individual voices provided by the soloists. Each of them gave the audience a glimpse of musical excellence as they emphasized parts of the presentation as a whole. Scott Anderson, choral director, is well known throughout the musical world. His leadership in choral events certainly is obvious when we listen to this contribution to the program.

The orchestra was beyond being merely pleasing; it was super. I am still delighted by the excellence it provides for all who attend its concerts. Realizing that although much of that excellence has been due to the leadership provided by Artistic Director and Conductor Dr. Grant Harville, it is still absolutely necessary to understand the individual abilities of orchestra members are beyond being merely important. This combination of musicians from our University and our Community deserves a bravo from each of the audience members!

Seasonal sponsorship by the Portneuf Health Partners and this program’s sponsor Vogts are only a part of the attention given by the media and the grants given by the Idaho Commission of the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts and others. Above all, perhaps, is the devoted leadership provided by the Board of Directors. These individuals have tirelessly given of their time, their intelligence, and their understanding of group co-operation to influence the success of this symphony orchestra. Led by Kate Fornarotto during this 2016-2017 year, it has worked to encourage volunteer opportunities and fund raising.

One last note: the program for 2017-2018 has already been put together. So, get your tickets now and be ready to be pleased.Those programs will include Saint-Saens Organ Symphony #3, a Halloween Community Concert, Beethoven symphony #2 with cellist Zuill Bailey,Joy to the World:and ISU Christmas, Rachmaninoff: with pianist Nataila Lauk, and Double Orchestra: BOLERO! with the Idaho Falls Symphony. Per usual, there will also be other presentations during the school year.

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