CSI Fine Arts Center

CSI Stage Door Series

A unique opportunity to experience an intimate evening of the arts.

Once a month, the CSI Fine Arts Center will present a different faction of the Fine Arts Department - dance, theater, music (and maybe even literature or visual arts!) in a series of intimate arts experiences where both performers and audience members are on the stage itself. These performances are designed to be thought-provoking and a little out of the ordinary in different ways - whether it's because of the intimate setting, the material performed, the way they are presented, or the collaborations involved. Proceeds for the performances will benefit CSI fine arts academic programs. This is a chance to see the CSI faculty outside of the classroom as well as guest artists, talented members of the community, the best of the best students, or hidden gems in an intimate setting on the CSI Fine Arts Auditorium stage where the artists are performing.

CSI Stage Door Series Dates

  • Music of Shadows: September 24, 2015
  • The Tell-Tale Heart: October 23, 2015
  • Monk in Motion: November 18, 2015
  • Co LaborRinging: December 17, 2015
  • Vox Animae: January 21, 2016
  • Inside Inspirata + BFUG: February 18, 2016
  • 100 HOURS: March 17, 2016
  • UnCaged: April 21, 2016

Tickets are $10 for adults or $5 for CSI or high school and under students for individual performances or $70 for adults or $35/students for season tickets. Tickets are available at the CSI Box Office, by calling 732-6288, at the door, or by going online to http://tickets.csi.edu. Seating is limited to 100 people.

Music of Shadows

NosferatuSeptember 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Before vampires sparkled, there was Nosferatu. One of the silent era's most influential masterpieces, Nosferatu's eerie, gothic feel - and a chilling performance from Max Shrek as the vampire -- set the template for the horror films that followed. Kick off the CSI Stage Door series with a very special screening of Nosferatu following the Laurel and Hardy classic silent short, Liberty, featuring live organ accompaniment by Sean Rogers. Sean Rogers has won praise and acclaim nationally and internationally for his artistic mastery at the keyboard. As a classical and jazz organist, Rogers has performed piano and organ concertos with numerous orchestras in the Pacific Northwest and is sought out as an organist for silent movies across the country.
Join CSI professor Shane Brown for a free pre-performance lecture at 6 p.m. in Fine Arts 119 to discuss Nosferatu - its significance, the mythology surrounding it, what to expect, and how it compares and contrasts with Bram Stoker's Dracula and modern vampire lore in pop culture.

The Tell-Tale Heart

October 23, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Join the popular Miller-Bangerter Piano Duo in an energetic performance of music evoking the dark, twisted and macabre. The program begins with the deceptively cheerful Arensky Suite no. 2, but the mood changes rapidly. Prepare to be terrified by original arrangements of Henry Cowell's "The Banshee", which is played by scraping the strings inside of the piano, and "Three Irish Tales", which is played with forearms as well as fingers. Saint-Saens' "Danse Macabre" is based on an old French legend that Death appears at midnight every year on Halloween. It is followed with a set of Jamaican pieces by Alexander Benjamin to lighten the mood. The recital concludes with the Idaho premiere of Liszt's 'Totentanz" or Dance of Death, arranged for two pianos by Andrey Kasparov.

Monk in Motion

The Lonious MonkNovember 18, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
The music of jazz icon Thelonious Monk lends itself quite naturally to the world of modern dance. Monk himself frequently broke into a spontaneous "whirling dervish" on the bandstand inspired by the infectious rhythmic drive of his fellow musicians. For this Stage Door presentation, CSI music instructors Brent Jensen and Scott Farkas collaborate with CSI dance instructor Cindy Jones to present an evening of Monk's music (performed by Jensen & Farkas) set to modern dance (choreographed by Jones)."Monk in Motion" is sure to leave you with a new appreciation for the music of this legendary jazz master.


Electro AcousticDecember 17, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Form is at the base of all artistic creation. In this performance, the audience will see and hear the results of collaboration among visual and auditory form through all parts of the creative process. Potters Bill and Sheryl West of CSI have created a series of clay objects, some functional, and some not, with both visual and auditory aesthetics in mind. To complete the event, Composer Scott Farkas has written an evening's worth of work for these specific vessels. Think of this as a 'performance gallery' that exists somewhere between the static form of visual art and the temporal form of music. An audience with a wide variety of interests will be delighted - it is not to be missed!

Vox Animae

SerenaJanuary 21, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
The human voice. Each of us enters the word in possession of this one musical instrument. Its soothing sounds carry us from cradle to grave, celebrating or mourning the many moments along the way. This Stage Door offering explores both the ethereal nature of the unaccompanied solo voice and the unique collaboration of voice and guitar. Join CSI Music Faculty Serena Jenkins Clark and Michael Frew as they take us on a journey from cradle to grave, with glimpses of the agony and ecstasy experienced as the journey unfolds. Music to be performed includes Bach, Gounod, Rachmaninoff, Villa-Lobos, and more.

Inside Inspirata + BFUG

BFUGFebruary 18, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
This show looks at the creative process of a multi-disciplinary collaboration.  Cindy Jones and the Inspirata Dance Project team up with members of the Boise Film Underground to create an innovative combination of original music, choreography, and projected film in a visually spectacular performance!


quill penMarch 17, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
"Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility." William Wordsworth College of Southern Idaho faculty and staff, led by poet laureate Jim Irons, have taken a challenge: write unfettered by form, direction, or specific purpose for one hour every day for 100 days. These spontaneous creations will then be perused, discussed, and recollected in tranquility by the entire group, then crafted into poems, essays, short stories, lyrics--any form the work demands. Join us as these finished products are presented through recitation and performance, and gain insight into the creative process. The final performance will grow organically from the writing process, with the only guarantee being beauty, creativity, uniqueness, and surprise.


johncageApril 21, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Iconic artist John Cage employed many of the same methods to his music composition as to his work with painting.  Chance dictates compositional, aesthetic, and artistic choices in this performance.  The audience will participate as faculty members Milica Popovic and Scott Farkas create music and visual art in the tradition of John Cage’s chance creations.  Unusual objects will be used to create sounds as well as visual marks.  This promises to be a unique and hands on performance marrying music and visual for everyone!