Caldwell Fine Arts kicks off 2011-2012 season at C of I

Caldwell Fine Arts will launch its 51st season in Jewett Auditorium with The College of Idaho Faculty Showcase of Music and Art, set for 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10. The opening performance will kick off a season featuring the music of Ireland and Scotland, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker ballet, the family-favorite play King Arthur’s Quest, the acclaimed Boston Brass Quintet, flamenco dance and more.

The Sept. 10 showcase will include performances by C of I music faculty Robyn Wells, Lisa Derry, Paul Moulton, Marianne Saunders, Brent Wells and Sylvia Hunt as well as members of the Langroise Trio and C of I English professor Scott Knickerbocker, a member of the local Hokum Hi-Flyers old-time string band. The C of I art faculty also will have work displayed during the showcase. Tickets start at $8 and are available at the door. C of I students get in for free. 

“This program amazes me with its vitality and originality,” said Hunt, a 1959 C of I alumna and longtime director of Caldwell Fine Arts. “Caldwell Fine Arts emphasizes the quality and variety of its artists. This program certainly aims to maintain that 50-year tradition.”

Saturday’s festivities begin with the Caldwell Fine Arts “Beat Beethoven” 5K Run/Walk, set to begin at 9 a.m. in Morrison Quadrangle. Participants will attempt to complete the course before Beethoven’s 5th Symphony (approximately 30 minutes) is played in its entirety. The event includes prizes, drawings and treats provided by Bon Appétit. Click here to register or arrive at 8 a.m. to sign up the day of the race.

CFA also is putting on a special dinner and art exhibit prior to the showcase. From 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., guests can enjoy art displays by C of I professors Stephen Fisher (in Rosenthal Gallery of Art), Garth Claassen and Michael Capell (in the Jewett Auditorium Foyer). Simplot Dining Hall also will be open from 5:30 to 7 p.m., with Bon Appétit offering a full buffet dinner service for $7.50.

The College of Idaho Faculty Showcase is the first of eight scheduled CFA events this school year. For more information and a full schedule, visit CFA online.

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 ten 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