“Our opening concert of this celebratory season will be a true jubilee! Come party with us!” says Thomas Heuser, music director of the Idaho Falls Symphony. “Our exuberant masquerade promises to bring out the fun and fancy side of our audience and musicians. Who says adults can’t wear costumes to the Symphony?!”
“Quite possibly my favorite event of the year, the Symphony in the Park always makes me smile, seeing the whole community come out and enjoy live music with their families and friends,” remarks Heuser. “The kids dancing on the grass is always my favorite part! We are excited to encourage that again this year.”
Did you see our recent coverage in the Post Register? As we kick off our 70th Season, we’re hearing all kinds of stories about the old days of the IFS - and if you have some to share, please do via the form inside this post!
Our office will be closed July 1 - July 5. We will resume our regular operating hours on Monday, July 8th.
The thrilling music of Ludwig van Beethoven has inspired musicians and audiences for generations. As the world prepares for the great composer’s 250th birthday in the year 2020, the Idaho Falls Symphony gets the celebrations started this weekend with a concert called “The Genius of Beethoven,” planned for Saturday, March 30th at 7:30pm in the Idaho Falls Civic Center for the Performing Arts.
The Idaho Falls Symphony is excited to announce a part-time job opening for an Operations Manager.
The Operations Manager is responsible for all venue and personnel needs for the Idaho Falls Symphony. Attendance at evening rehearsals and weekend concerts is required; office hours can be flexible. This is a part-time hourly position (approximately 25 hours per week; starting rate is $12-14/hour) with high motivation to grow to full-time with proven success. Click here for more details.
Auditions for the 2019-2020 season will take place on May 28, 29, and 30, 2019. Applicants must fill out a form in order to be assigned a time slot. Applications are due by May 1 and may only be submitted electronically. Students will be assigned an audition time, which will be announced on May 10.
As Valentine’s Day approaches and the nation celebrates American Heart Month, the Idaho Falls Symphony is delighted to partner with the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center to present their annual “Red Dress Concert.” The concert will be presented on Saturday, February 16th, at 7:30pm in the Idaho Falls Civic Center for the Performing Arts, and features the world-renowned Native American flute soloist R. Carlos Nakai in a program called “Native Legends.” Purchase tickets here!
The Idaho Falls Symphony proudly announces the annual Fundraising Gala, with a theme of Starry Night, to be held on February 9th at the Hilton Garden Inn. The event brings back the Mike Banks Quartet, live and silent auction, dinner, and dancing to support the Symphony’s mission to provide quality, live orchestral experiences of the world's great music for the enjoyment, enrichment, and education of our audiences and musicians. Each year this gala brings in approximately 10-15% of the Symphony’s income, and also serves as a great opportunity to mingle and party with other supporters of live, local music! Tickets are $125 per person. Reservations must be made in advance of the event, no later than Friday, February 1. Please contact the Idaho Falls Symphony office at 208-529-1080 to purchase tickets. Dress for the event is formal with thematic outfits encouraged!
Each year the Idaho Falls Youth Symphony holds a concerto competition for its members; winners of the competition perform one movement of a solo work for their instrument with accompaniment from Youth Symphony on their Spring Concert. The 2018-2019 winners are Isaac Lee, a senior from Rigby High School, who will perform the Adagio from the Grieg Piano Concerto, and Claire Yoo, an eighth-grader from Taylorview Junior High School, who will perform Saint-Saëns’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso. Isaac studies piano with Lisa Hardyman, and Claire is a private student of IFS concertmaster Emma Rubinstein. The Idaho Falls Youth Symphony will present two concerts this year: Dances from Around the World on December 6th, and a spring program that will feature Isaac and Claire’s pieces on May 1, 2019. Both performances are free and open to the public and will take place at the Idaho Falls Civic Center for the Performing Arts.
Timothy Fain will join the Idaho Falls Symphony on Saturday, November 10th at 7:30pm in the Colonial Theater for a program called “The Art of the Violin.” The orchestra will perform the Third Symphony by Johannes Brahms, and then the star soloist will perform a Fantasy for Violin by Oregon-based composer Kenji Bunch alongside the romantic Violin Concerto in E Minor by Felix Mendelssohn. The concert is generously sponsored by John & Betty Johnson and Dan & Aricka Beck.
On Saturday, September 29th, eleven finalists in the Idaho Falls Symphony’s Young Artists Competition performed at the Colonial Theater. Violinist Jennifer Ross from the Grand Teton Music Festival and pianist Mark Neiwirth from Idaho State University joined IF Symphony music director Thomas Heuser to judge their performances and select one winner from each division.
As has become an October tradition, the Idaho Falls Symphony partners with Mountain View Hospital to present a concert celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Month. On Saturday, October 13th at 7:30pm, the Symphony’s subscription season officially begins with a program called “The Influence of Jazz.” Familiar music by Duke Ellington and Scott Joplin will be explored alongside more adventurous works by Dmitri Shostakovich, Igor Stravinsky, Kurt Weill, and Aaron Copland.
Every other year, the Idaho Falls Symphony presents the Young Artists Competition, a concerto competition in two divisions. The junior division is for students up to eighteen years old (at the time of applying) and the senior division is for college students. Earlier this year, approximately thirty aspiring young musicians submitted video recordings of themselves performing solo works to be reviewed by a panel of judges on behalf of the Idaho Falls Symphony.
To read about the 2018 finalists: 2018 YAC Finalists
The Idaho Falls Symphony proudly presents its annual “Symphony in the Park” on September 8, 2018, at 5:30 pm in Freeman Park. One of the Symphony’s most popular events, audiences will enjoy many time-honored traditions, including guest performers, an award ceremony to recognize outstanding volunteers, goodies after the show, and fabulous performing by local musicians under the direction of Thomas Heuser. Two students will be joining the Symphony—one as a guest conductor and the other as a guest percussionist—thanks to generous contributions from Idaho Falls Symphony supporters.