C of I to host Jerry Baur tribute concert Oct. 11

The College of Idaho will host a tribute concert by guitarist James Baur at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11, inside Langroise Recital Hall on the C of I campus in Caldwell.  The concert is in honor of the late Dr. Jerry Baur, a 1966 C of I graduate and former chairman of the College’s Board of Trustees. The concert is free and open to the entire campus community.

James Baur is playing the concert as a tribute to his uncle, a lifelong supporter of his music and guitar studies. The show takes place on the fifth anniversary of Jerry Baur’s passing and will include five different musical pieces highlighted by Elegy for GMB, an homage to Jerry Baur.

“Jerry was serious, sincere, kind, considerate and funny with a dry sense of humor,” said Tricia Baur, Jerry’s wife. “He loved his family and was a dedicated vascular surgeon who had the highest integrity. He was compassionate and treated everyone equally. He loved his alma mater and felt the educational foundation he received at The College of Idaho shaped who he became. His life was cut way too short, but he lived life fully.  The best years of my life were spent with Jerry.”

Praised by the Chicago Tribune for his “subtle, detailed precision,” James Baur is among an exciting generation of Chicago musicians. Born in 1976, he was exposed to a variety of musical styles by his parents: his father is a composer, his mother a flutist. After beginning his musical studies on the violin, he turned his attention to the guitar at age 12. In 1999, he received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northwestern University. He went on to receive his doctorate in guitar performance at Northwestern with a special focus on the 10-string guitar music of Maurice Ohana. Baur is a member of The Avanti Duo with flutist Kim Sopata and the MAVerick Ensemble, directed by Chicago composer and cellist William Jason Raynovich. Also active as a teacher, Baur is on the faculty of Lake Forest College, The Music Institute of Chicago, The Barrington Suzuki School and Northwestern University.  For more information, please visit

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