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Caldwell Fine Arts set for 2012-13 season

Caldwell Fine Arts is set to kick off its 52nd season celebrating the performing arts inside Jewett Auditorium at The College of Idaho. The 2012-2013 season begins Sept. 8 with the Beat Beethoven 5K Fun Run fundraiser and will feature 14 events and performances starring a wide variety of theatre, dance and musical guests throughout the school year.

College of Idaho alumna and longtime CFA director Sylvia Hunt ’59 is pleased with Caldwell Fine Arts’ 2012-2013 lineup, which includes a diverse blend of new acts and returning audience favorites.

“We always try to have a good variety of events so that there is something for everyone to enjoy,” Hunt said. “We certainly encourage people to come and support the arts, and the response we’ve had to this season already has been very enthusiastic.”

Caldwell Fine Arts has several new initiatives this season, including a Facebook fan page and a quick and easy online ticketing service. For tickets and information – including special discounts on season ticket packages – please call (208) 459-3405 or visit As always, C of I students receive free admission to all CFA events.

Below is a listing of events for the upcoming season: 

Sept. 8: Beat Beethoven 5K and Fun Run Can you run a 5K in the time it takes to play Beethoven’s 5th Symphony? Join Caldwell Fine Arts for this annual fundraiser and find out!

Sept. 21: Utah Ballroom Dance – You’ve seen it on TV; now watch your local Treasure Valley “celebrities” pair up with professionals from Utah Ballroom Dance for an unforgettable night!

Oct. 10: Cantus This renowned men’s vocal ensemble – acknowledged around the world for its programmatic versatility, artistic excellence and charismatic personalities – presents timeless classics in unique a cappella arrangements.

Oct. 12: The Barrel Jumpers – C of I alumni siblings Jeremy Johnson ’05 and Rachel Johnson ’03 visit from Nashville to perform with their country/folk band, which recently recorded its first studio album.

Oct. 26: Meridian Symphony Orchestra Halloween Spooktacular This family-friendly show features fun music with a touch of spooky. Costume contests, prizes and trick-or-treating complete the evening.

Nov. 9: Boise Baroque Orchestra This local group, under the direction of Daniel Stern, returns to Caldwell to celebrate history's masterworks. This "Brilliant Brass" performance features special guests Justin Stamps on trumpet and Dan Meier on French horn.

Dec. 11: Eugene Ballet’s Nutcracker A holiday tradition and sell-out show! Local dancers join the professional company in this annual family favorite set to Tchaikovsky’s glorious music.

Dec. 12: Nutcracker Junior – All the wonder and excitement of the a smaller shell. Perfect for younger children or those who prefer a shorter morning show.

Dec. 11-12: Clara’s Tea Party – In conjunction with a performance of the Nutcracker or as a stand-alone event, Clara’s Tea Party combines treats, dancing, face-painting, crafts and visits from Nutcracker dancers for one magical experience!

Feb. 8-9: Missoula Children’s Theater When the little red truck rolls into town, the professional actors bring everything they need for a great show...except the cast! A week later, local children shine on stage in a fun interpretation of a classic tale or in the preceding green show.

March 9: Kandinsky Trio with Les Bois Chamber Players – The Kandinsky Trio redefines chamber music with passion and innovation, playing arrangements for piano, violin and cello. Joining them are the Les Bois Chamber Players, ensemble-in-residence at Boise State University.

March 19: Roberto Plano, pianist An audience favorite seven years ago, Italian pianist Roberto Plano returns to light up the Jewett Auditorium stage. This Cleveland International Piano Competition winner and Van Cliburn competition finalist is known for his virtuosity and emotion.

April 13: Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble – Teaching tolerance through dance, this premier ensemble rooted in African-American tradition has toured more than 20 countries.

April 30: Gonzalo Bergara Quartet Described as “fiery and focused,” Argentinean guitar sensation Gonzalo Bergara’s band plays modern versions of Gypsy jazz around the world. Prepare to tap your toes!

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including six Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another 11 Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit