Music in the air: C of I set for spring concerts

From voice recitals to the Sinfonia Spring Concert, music is in the air this May at The College of Idaho. Here is a preview of each performance:

May 5

Anna Linter-Majernikova gives her Senior Voice Recital at 4:00 p.m., in Langroise Recital Hall.

May 7

Hear the angelic sounds of the C of I’s Chorale and Chamber Singers, under the direction of Dr. Brent Wells, beginning at 7:30 p.m., in Jewett Auditorium. This spring the choirs are presenting a concert entitled “World of Song,” featuring music from a host of countries and cultures. Concert-goers will hear music from Kenya, the Philippines, Brazil, India, Lithuania, and Mexico, alongside traditional folk songs from the Americas, including an African-American spiritual. 

May 8

The Sinfonia Spring Concert begins at 7:30 p.m., in Langroise Recital Hall. The College of Idaho Sinfonia, under the direction of Samuel Smith, will premiere a new piece written by C of I music faculty member Rob Walker. 

The new work is entitled “Sonata for Soprano Sax and Flugelhorn” and it will feature the capable strings of the Sinfonia. Soloists are soprano saxophonist Brent Jensen, the director of jazz studies at the College of Southern Idaho, and pianist Chuck Smith, assistant director of jazz at Boise State University, along with Walker as flugelhorn soloist. Walker said the selection of soprano sax and flugelhorn as solo instruments creates a refreshing juxtaposition between the classical setting of a string orchestra and instruments predominately associated with a jazz setting.

“Despite the presence of very capable jazz performers, the piece does not include any jazz whatsoever,” says Walker. “The piece is wholly based on the 20th Century compositional technique, Zwölftontechnik, or 12-Tone Music.”

That creates unique harmonic and linear relationships throughout the piece, he says. The resulting work is devoid of traditional harmony and provides an often unexpected journey for the listeners and performers alike.

May 9

The Concert Band and Jazz Band Ensemble concert, directed by Curt Griffiths and Rob Walker, begins at 7:30 p.m., in Langroise Recital Hall.

May 11

Paula Tuckness gives her Senior Composition Recital at 4:00 p.m., in Langroise Recital Hall.

May 11

Students of Robyn Wells will hold the C of I Piano Studio Recital at 7:30 p.m., in the Langroise Recital Hall.

May 12

James Kinney and Dawson Bonde will perform their junior voice recital at 3:00 p.m., in Langroise Recital Hall.

May 13

The C of I Student Chamber Music Recital is at 8:00 p.m., in the Langroise Recital Hall.

Under the direction of David Johnson, works by Dvorak, Debussy and Beethoven will be performed. Victoria Agee, Brittany DeLong, Johnson, Marianna Lopez, Rachel Monzella, Michaella Pape, Adele Rosen, Maggie Torrey, Kyle True and Sydney Williams make up the chamber group.

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