Season 69 Overview
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Season 69, 2018-19

Heuser Action 2 h300Saturday, September 8, 2018,
Freeman Park Band Shelter, 5:30pm

Kickoff the season with a new twist on this classic Symphony concert: we will play music chosen by you, our audiences! All suggestions received before August 1st will be considered. The entire community is invited to enjoy beautiful music on the banks of the Snake River. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic baskets!

Antonin Dvorak, Finale from the “New World” Symphony
Carl Maria von Weber, Invitation to the Dance
Bedrich Smetana, Vltava (The Moldau)
John Williams, 
Star Wars Selections, and more!

Saturday, September 29th, 2018, Colonial Theater, 2:00pm
Young Artist Competition Final Recital

Every other year, the Idaho Falls Symphony invites students to compete for the chance to perform live with Maestro Heuser and the Idaho Falls Symphony. The Final Recital, performed for a panel of three professional judges, features those students who have been selected from the Preliminary Round. Free & open to the public.

Marquee image USESaturday. October 13, 2018, Colonial Theater, 7:30pm
Thomas Heuser & Matthew Westgate, conductors
Mountain View Hospital Breast Cancer Awareness Concert

Jazz changed the course of music history. From the Roaring Twenties on Broadway to opera houses and concert halls around the world, the influence of jazz is unmistakable in the music of the early 20th century. The conducting duo of Heuser and Westgate will guide listeners through a classy, groovy program.

Duke Ellington, Caravan
Scott Joplin, Maple Leaf Rag
Igor Stravinsky, Rag-Time
Kurt Weill, Music from
The Threepenny Opera
Aaron Copland, Music for the Theater, and more!

Tim Fain ViolinSaturday, November 10, 2018, Civic Center for the Performing Arts, 7:30pm
Timothy Fain, violin

Since gaining celebrity status as the violin soloist in the 2010 movie thriller Black Swan, Timothy Fain continues to push the boundaries as an innovative solo artist. The Symphony highlights Mr. Fain with two sensational works for solo violin alongside the rich and evocative Third Symphony by Johannes Brahms.

Johannes Brahms, Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op. 90
Kenji Bunch, Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra
Felix Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64

YSlogoFThursday, December 6, 2018, Civic CPA, 7:30pm
Diane Soelberg, music director

The Idaho Falls Youth Symphony presents masterworks for full orchestra that highlight the talents of our local music students. Under the direction of Diane Soelberg, every concert promises to be a mix of fun entertainment and impressive performing. Free admission for all ages!

Polar ExpressFriday, December 14, 2018, Civic CPA, 7:30pm

Celebrate the holidays with “Sing Joyfully,” a concert of festive music to lift the spirits. Movie music from The Polar Express will combine with concert favorites by Leroy Anderson and others, featuring student dancers from the Idaho Falls Youth Arts Center. Then a large choir combining voices from the Anam Cara Singers, Bonneville High School, and Hillcrest High School will present joyful choral music from The Messiah to Old American Songs.

Alan Silvestri, Suite from The Polar Express
Richman, Hannukah Festival Overture
Leroy Anderson, Christmas Festival Overture & Sleigh Ride
Choral Selections from Handel’s
Messiah, and much more!

Saturday, December 15, 2018, Civic CPA, 2:00pm

Families with children of all ages are invited to enjoy an abbreviated version of the “Sing Joyfully” program. Great discounts available plus lots of interaction with the orchestra!

nakai classical croppedSaturday, February 16, 2019, Civic CPA, 7:30pm
R. Carlos Nakai, Native American flute
Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center Red Dress Concert

The Idaho Falls Symphony welcomes legendary Native American flute player R. Carlos Nakai for an unforgettable evening of music. From timeless melodies that date back centuries to new works by today’s leading American composers, the program features an array of styles that showcase Mr. Nakai’s unique musical gifts while celebrating Native American storytelling. Audiences will also experience the thrilling sounds of the Shoshone-Bannock drumming group Medicine Thunder from Fort Hall, Idaho.

Michael Mauldin, Dawn at San Juan Mesa
Jennifer Higdon, All Things Majestic
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Selections from 
James DeMars, Two World Concerto for Native American Flute
Original and traditional songs by R. Carlos Nakai

peter wolf header 730x350Saturday, March 9, 2019, Colonial Theater, 2:00pm
Steve Cannon, narrator

Back by popular demand, the timeless children’s story “Peter & the Wolf” returns for another Family Concert. The story of young Peter and his animal friends is brilliantly illustrated through Prokofiev’s score, which treats the musical instruments as characters and supplies an ample amount of witty narration. Enjoy an Instrument Petting Zoo starting at 1pm in the lobby— thanks to our Symphony musicians and Chesbro Music Company!

nikita mndoyantsSaturday, March 30, 2019, Civic CPA, 7:30pm
Nikita Mndoyants, piano

In anticipation of Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th Birthday in 2020, we are dedicating an entire concert to “The Genius of Beethoven.” The program highlights his mastery of overture, concerto, and symphony alike, and we are delighted to welcome award-winning pianist Nikita Mndoyants for the “Emperor” Piano Concerto. Plus the brooding Egmont Overture will be performed Side-by-Side with select members of the Idaho Falls Youth Symphony.

Ludwig van Beethoven, Egmont Overture
Side-by-Side with Idaho Falls Youth Symphony
Beethoven, Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Major, Op. 60
Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 5, Op. 73 “Emperor”

HugeOrchestraSaturday, April 27, 2019, Civic CPA, 7:30pm

The season concludes with “The Triumph of Shostakovich” as we revel in one of the most exciting and titanic masterpieces of the 20th century. Written in an artistically jeopardized Soviet climate, the mighty Fifth Symphony takes listeners on a journey of personal discovery, loss, and eventual triumph. The concert also features the triumphant debut of two Young Artists Competition Winners.

Young Artists Competition Junior & Senior Division Winners
(Repertoire TBA, selected live at the Final Recital on 9/29/18)
Dimitry Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 47

YSlogoFThursday, May 9th, 2019, Hillcrest HS PAC TBA, 7:30pm
Diane Soelberg, music director

The Idaho Falls Youth Symphony presents masterworks for full orchestra that highlight the talents of our local music students. Free admission for all ages!

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 7pm, Carr Gallery 
Thursday, January 17, 2019, 7pm, Carr Gallery 
Thursday, March 28, 2019, Carr Gallery*
Thursday, May 23, 2019, Carr Gallery
*Nikita Mndoyants, solo recital

Experience the brilliance of our local musicians and guest artists in an intimate setting. Our exclusive “Evenings of Chamber Music” bring you up close to the action and deliver a wide-ranging mixture of musical styles and instrumental combinations. Tickets include a buffet of delicious desserts and a chance to meet the artists. 

2018-2019 Season Subscriptions
On Sale Now!

Visit us at the office or call 208-529-1080!

A note about the renovation of the Civic Center for the Performing Arts and season subscription renewals: the current seats are being completely removed and replaced with brand new chairs. The numbering system may also be changed. As such, the Idaho Falls Symphony cannot guarantee that your seat will be in exactly the same spot or that it will be numbered the same - but the changes should not be disruptive. Once we have received an official seating chart from the CCPA, we will update our systems and be in touch with subscribers about their specific changes.


Note that the deadline for renewing subscribers to claim their seats is June 30. The Idaho Falls Symphony office will close the first week of July to process everything and all unclaimed seats will be released to the public to be purchased as new subscriptions at that time. Single ticket sales for each concert will go on sale in the fall, exact date to be announced.

Thank you for visiting the Idaho Falls Symphony

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Idaho Falls, ID 83402
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We are proud and honored to have been part of the Idaho Falls community since 1949. Our mission to perform the world’s great music continues thanks to our dedicated team of musicians, our generous sponsors, and the tireless volunteers that make up the Symphony family. 

In consideration of our patrons and artists, children must be age six to attend performances of the Idaho Falls Symphony.

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