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Caldwell Fine Arts readies for 2013-14 season

Caldwell Fine Arts is set to kick off its 53rd season celebrating performing arts inside Jewett Auditorium on The College of Idaho campus. The 2013-2014 season begins Sept. 7 with the Beat Beethoven 5K Fun Run fundraiser and C of I Faculty Showcase, “The Lighter Side of Serious,” featuring members of the College’s art, music and theatre faculty. CFA will offer 14 events in all, showcasing a wide variety of live performances ranging from ballet and Baroque to fiddles and folklorico.

Longtime CFA director Sylvia Hunt is excited about this year’s lineup, which includes a diverse blend of new acts and returning favorites. She also is pleased to announce simplified and lower ticket pricing, with “A” level seating at $20 for adults/$10 for children, “B” level at $15/$8 and “C” level at $10/$5.

“There isn’t a bad seat in Jewett Auditorium,” Hunt said. “For the price of a movie ticket, we can give members of our community a live experience they never will forget.”  

Season tickets and flex packages also are available starting at $49 and, as always, C of I students receive free admission to all CFA events. For more information, please visit or call (208) 459-5783. CFA also has a Facebook fan page at

Here is the 2013-2014 Caldwell Fine Arts schedule. All events begin at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted:

Sept. 7: 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 education outreach fundraiser and find out! Kids Sonatina Scamper begins at 9 a.m., followed by Beat Beethoven 5K at 9:30.

Sept. 7: C of I Faculty Showcase: The Lighter Side of Serious –College of Idaho faculty members from the art, music and theatre departments serve up artistic excellence with a smile on the side. 

Oct. 14: Midiri Brother Jazz Sextet – This sensational group is described as “one of the most exciting small swing units around today.”  Featuring music of the Benny Goodman Sextet, the Midiri Brothers light up the stage on the clarinet and vibraphone.

Oct. 30: Everything Fitz – This family band features the high-energy fiddling and percussive step dancing of four of Canada’s champion fiddlers and step dancers. You’ll see everything from jigs to jazz and bluegrass to swing, along with Celtic and gospel favorites. 

Nov. 16: Ballet Folklorico "Quetzalli" de Veracruz – "Quetzalli" is one of the most popular folklorico companies touring out of Mexico.  Colorful costumes, spectacular dances and captivating music combine to express the beautiful culture of the Mexican people.

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. 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! Tickets are just $5, with performances at 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Dec. 11 and 10 a.m. and noon on Dec. 12.

Dec. 12: Nutcracker Junior – All the wonder and excitement of the a smaller shell. This 11 a.m. performance is perfect for younger children or those who prefer a shorter morning show.

Feb 7-8: Missoula Children’s Theatre presents RapunzelLocal children shine on stage in this beloved “hair-raising” tale.  Everyone who auditions receives a role either in the MCT production or preshow. Tickets are $8 for adults or $5 for children. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 7 and 3 p.m. on Feb. 8.

Feb. 8: Boise Baroque Orchestra – Thrilling music that has endured for centuries, played by some of the Treasure Valley’s most accomplished musicians. This show features oboe soloist Lindsay Edwards.

March 7: Boise Baroque Orchestra – Thrilling music that has endured for centuries, played by some of the Treasure Valley’s most accomplished musicians. This show features Renaud Boucher Browning on double bass.

March 18: Alexander Schimpf – After bringing enthusiastic audiences to their feet throughout Europe, Alexander Schimpf became the first German to win the coveted 2011 Cleveland International Piano Competition.  His spectacular talent will shine in this program of romantic favorites.

April 12: Stories in Our Lives: Finding and Sharing Family Stories with Steven Henegar – Rediscover the stories that strengthen families and communities.  Learn techniques for exploring memory, elements of a well-crafted story and simple, effective performance tools. This workshop provides in-depth instruction by master storyteller Steven Henegar. It begins at 10 a.m. and all tickets are $10.

April 29: BYU Singers – This elite ensemble has won competitions and wowed audiences from Russia to Africa.  They’ve earned a reputation as a versatile choir with an impressive repertoire and a captivating stage presence.    

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 seven 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