Boise Music Week celebrates 101 years of free music events


BOISE, Idaho – Join Boise Music Week as they celebrate 101 years of free music events in Treasure Valley. This year, Boise Music Week will be in person and will take place May 5-22. All events are free; tickets are required for Morrison Center events.

Outstanding Young Musicians – Thursday, May 5, 2022; 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – JUMP Amphitheater

CELEBRATE the wonderful local music culture that is at the heart of Boise Music Week! OUTSTANDING YOUNG MUSICIANS features some of Treasure Valley’s most talented musicians with performers ages 10-18. These young soloists and ensembles (more twenty musicians more the Opera Idaho Children’s Choir and the Boise Music Week Youth Choir) will entertain and wow you with their talents in an exciting and unique outdoor venue. Don’t hesitate to stop for a moment… or come and spend the evening! You will leave inspired and reminded of the incredible gifts of young people and the music shared in our community. As part of Boise Downtown’s First Thursday, food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Dance party – Friday May 6, 2022; 7:00 PM, Borah High School Auditorium

Scheduled artists include The Boise Traditional Chinese Dance Group, Mladi Behar the Bosnian and Herzegovinian Cultural Center of Idaho, Sidonia & Raks Al Dunia & The Beli Danse Academie, Ballet Folklorico Mexico Lindo, Killarney Irish Dancers Company, Idaho Lao Traditional Dance Team, Susie’s Tap & Jazz Etc., Starbelly School of Dance, Flamenco Idaho and Dance Night Dancers from Boise Music Week.

Spring Swingtime – Saturday, May 7, 2022; 7:00 PM, Borah High School Auditorium

Leave all your past anxieties and worries behind, as the best of the best brings you live jazz.

Boise Music Week INHABIT 2022 It’s all jazz will feature professional jazz musicians whose roots are in Boise and whose ramifications span Idaho, the United States and beyond. The bass instrument may work, but listen to your inner voice, mark your scores, pick your tempo, and get ready to dance to this must-see jazz event. Scheduled artists include Farayi Malek, Justin Nielsen, Tom Jensen, Jens Kuross, Robyn O’Donahue, Troy Ferguson, Patrick Kurdy.

Musical adventures for children – May 9 – 11

“Grimm’s Tales”, Monday May 9, 2022; 4:30 p.m. – Dunkley Music Recital Hall

Cindy Owings had a perfect career sharing his love of music with elementary and middle school students. She will tell the fairy tales corresponding to this year’s Boise Music Week musical “In the woods.”

“Carnival of Music” Tuesday, May 10, 2022: 11 a.m. – JUMP (Jack’s Urban Meeting Place)

“Carnival of the Animals”, Wednesday May 11, 11:00 a.m. – JUMP

“Let’s Play Music”, Thursday, May 12, 11:00 a.m. – JUMP

As in any adventure with Paige Moore, classical music and fun reign! On Tuesday, enjoy an open house style event with games, crafts, books, dancing and lots of music. On Wednesday, attendees will actively explore Saint-Saens’ musical suite, learning about his musical depiction of animals as they move, kick, hop and dance – complete with a parade and animal craft. On Thusdaythe Treasure Valley Let’s Play Music teachers bring instruments to explore, games to play and musical puppet shows.

Variety Night – Friday May 13, 2022; 7:00 PM, Borah High School Auditorium

Scheduled artists include the 25th Army Band, 4th Dimension Barbershop Quartet, Idaho Rhythm School of Music and Dance, Kings of Swing Ensemble, Boise Music Week Youth Chorus, Starlight Mountain Theaterand more.

Treasure Valley Concert Band & Friends – Saturday May 14, 2022; 2:00 p.m. – Borah High School Auditorium

Enjoy a matinee performance by the Treasure Valley Concert Band under the direction of Marcellus Brown.

Community Worship Service – Sunday, May 15, 2022; 7:00 p.m. – Cathedral of the Rockies

Come strengthen the bonds of community by sharing the love and peace found in worshiping together through music. The program includes a hymn of the congregation (Sean Rogers to the organ), the Boise Music Choir (directed by Kelly Kay), soloists Suzanne Hansen and Dr Iain Sturrockthe Cathedral Choir of the First United Methodist Churchorganist David Youngand a message from Rabbi Daniel Fink.

Silent Movie & Organ Recital: May 19, 2022; 12:00 Egyptian Teater

Organ Recitals: May 16 – May 20, 2022; 12:00 p.m. – St. Michael’s Cathedral

In the woods: May 19 to May 22, 2022; Morrison Center for the Performing Arts

A Tony award-winning musical based on the classic fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm from Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Jack and the Beanstalk. The tales are tied to an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to start a family, and their interaction with the witch who cursed them. The main theme of the play is to be careful what you wish for because sometimes wishes do come true.

The 2020 and 2021 productions of In the woods have been canceled due to the Covid 19 outbreak. Boise Music Week looks forward to safely presenting this wonderful show May 19-22, 2022 featuring most of the original local cast and directors, larry denis.

Suggested age for fun: 10 years and over

Tickets required for Morrison Center events. Click here for more details.

History of Boise Music Week (at Boise Music Week website)

When Eugene A. Farner returned to Boise after serving in the U.S. Army in World War I, he came home with a vision: He wanted a first-class musical celebration showcasing Southwestern talent. Idaho and he wanted to make sure there was never a charge for the event. Mr. Farner, Music Director of St. Michael’s Episcopal Cathedral and the Boise Civic Festival Chorus, shared this vision with his friends and community leaders and in May 1919 Boise Music Week was born.

Certainly, other cities across the country have established music weeks, but Boise Music Week has remained unique because of its focus on local musicians and performers. And today, more than 100 years after the first performance, the talent still comes from Treasure Valley and no one has ever paid a penny for a ticket.

Still rooted in Boise, the party has moved. In the 1920s until World War II, Boise Music Week events were held on a large wooden platform built directly across from the Idaho Statehouse. The performers of those early years—the Festival Chorus, the Boise Municipal Band, local organists, the Boise Tuesday Musical Club, school and church choirs—were the precursors to today’s events, including School recitals Night, Church Night, Showcase and Noontime Organ.

The outdoor venue was abandoned when wartime restrictions on the use of wood forced performers indoors, but was revived in the 1970s when Boise Music Week began “Music in the Park” at the shell of the Julia Davis (now Gene Harris) group.

Dramas and contests were a big part of those early years of Boise Music Week. The pageants depicted ancient American history and European cultural events, with lavish sets and colorful costumes. In 1959, Boise Music Week opened a new chapter by presenting its first musical, “Oklahoma.” Area high schools housed the productions until 1988, when Velma Morrison and the Harry W. Morrison Foundation invited Boise Music Week to perform at the Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts. It has been the home of Boise Music Week productions ever since, drawing the biggest crowds of the week-long celebration.

Even though Boise is considered a destination for world-class artists today, Boise Music Week still draws on its deep community roots. Each year, 2,000 volunteers give more than 35,000 hours to produce Boise Music Week events. Along the way, Boise Music Week has continued to evolve. In 2014, for example, “Jazz Night” was added to the events calendar. The celebration remains a favorite local event, part of what makes Boise the unique place it is. In 2005, Boise Music Week received the Mayor’s Spotlight Award for Excellence in the Arts.

Boise Music Week remains a treat for audiences and a showcase for performers, singers, musicians, set and costume designers, carpenters, sound engineers, producers and the many other talented people who come together each spring to create the original vision of M Farner. into what it is today: the oldest such event in the country and perhaps the first community music event in the country.

After 100 years, Boise Music Week continues to hit all the right notes.

Boise Music Week is a 501 c(3) public charity and has no paid administrative members. Everyone associated with Boise Music Week is a volunteer. To learn more about Boise Music Week or to donate to Boise Music Week, Click here.

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