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

  • Guitar + One: September 22, 2016
  • Piano Passport: A Musical Journey: October 28, 2016
  • Persistence of Memory: November 16, 2016
  • Something Special - The Legacy of R. J. Baxter and the Ineffable Power of Radio: December 14, 2016
  • Inside Earth, Wind, and Fire: January 19, 2017
  • Dear Elizabeth: February 22, 2017
  • Soiled Doves: March 16, 2017
  • The Mathematics of Resonant Bodies: April 20, 2017

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.

Guitar + One

Guitar + OneSeptember 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Don’t miss the kick-off to the Stage Door Series with a night of exciting duets with guitarist Michael J. Frew in collaboration with a variety of instrumentalists, vocalists, and machines. Come experience the versatility of the world’s most popular and beloved instrument, the guitar, with  pieces that range from the Renaissance to this very moment.  The evening will include a live performance of Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint, accompanied by new original recordings and a special early incarnation of CSI Guitar Ensemble.

Piano Passport: A Musical Journey

Piano Passport: A Musical JourneyOctober 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Ready to travel the world without leaving the Fine Arts Auditorium? Join the Brava Piano Duo - pianists Sue Miller and Allison Bangerter - in a musical journey without having to get your passport renewed. Liszt's energetic Hungarian Rhapsody #2 and Chopin's Polish Rondo for Two Pianos will send you soaring through Europe in a flurry of popular virtuosity, while the Yellow River Piano Concerto will lead you on less familiar paths through Asia. Next--a trip to Bali.  Known as "Paradise on Earth"--traveling to Indonesia might normally take extensive planning, but you can travel there in a heartbeat with Ceremonial Balinese Music by Colin McPhee. CSI's Drama Department will add exotic flair by presenting a traditional shadow play in connection with the music.  Returning home, the Brava Piano Duo is pleased to present an original arrangement of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue filled with familiar jazz sounds.  If you love to travel and you love music, you won't want to miss this concert!

Persistence of Memory

Persistence of MemoryNovember 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Time can affect our perception of art in a myriad of ways. CSI faculty members Scott Farkas, Brent Jensen and Milica Popovic will address this matter by looking back at their own personal artistic histories while spontaneously creating art on stage in reaction to those remembrances. Through the use of audio and visual retrospectives of the artists' work, the audience will experience the reactions, reflections and projections of the artists as they comment on their output in real time

Something Special - The Legacy of R. J. Baxter and the Ineffable Power of Radio

Something Special - The Legacy of R. J. Baxter and the Ineffable Power of RadioDecember 14 at 7:30 p.m.
This Stage Door presentation features Jeff Fox and supporting artists in a multi-media presentation of live radio examining the evocative power of voice and recorded music as connection to the imagination and heart of the human condition.

Inside Earth, Wind, and Fire

Inside Earth, Wind, and FireJanuary 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Join Inspirata Dance Project for another "inside" peek into their 2017 production “Earth, Wind, and Fire: Immersive Environments.”  For this multi-disciplinary production, Inspirata will be collaborating with a variety of artists, including the pottery of Bill and Sheryl West, the percussion of Scott Farkas, the visual art of Mike Youngman, the choreography of Kiah Carpenter, the poetry of Shane Brown and Camille Barigar, and more.   Don’t miss this opportunity to get a look at the creative process

Dear Elizabeth

Dear ElizabethFebruary 22 at 7:30 p.m.
In 1947 at a dinner party in New York, poets Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop met and began an artistic partnership that lasted until Lowell’s death in 1977. Their lengthy friendship is documented in thirty years of beautiful correspondence, collected in the book Words in Air. Award winning playwright Sarah Ruhl dramatized these letters in the play Dear Elizabeth. This play brings the beauty of friendship, writing, and artistic creation to the audience through the poetic words of Lowell and Bishop, and Ruhl’s powerful imagery. We bring this important work to CSI in a staged reading through the collaborative efforts of many artists, including: set design by Will Ledbetter, Development Assistant with Idaho Shakespeare Festival; music design and composition by Brent Jensen, CSI jazz professor; and lighting design by Jud Harmon, CSI Fine Arts Theatrical Technician. The play will be performed by Shane Brown and Camille Barigar.

Soiled Doves

Soiled DovesMarch 16 at 7:30 p.m.
"…for the prodigal daughter these is no return. Were she with her wasted form and bleeding feet to drag herself back to home, she, the fallen and the lost, which would be her welcome?" from The Soiled Dove Plea, Temple Houston, 1899

In 2011, The Nevada Shakespeare Company wrote produced an original play, Voices in the Life, based on interviews and research exploring the history and cultural impact of prostitution and human trafficking  in the state of Nevada. CSI’s Shane Brown and Camille Barigar, in collaboration with Cameron Crain, founder of The Nevada Shakespeare Festival, and Norman Stephens, executive producer of the original play, have revitalized the project, and rewritten the script, to explore the same concepts in the Magic Valley. Join us as members of the Twin Falls theater community perform a table reading of the original script Soiled Doves. This script promises to illuminate the lives of the women who have worked in the prostitution industry and been coerced into  dark world of human trafficking, as well as explore the implications for the women themselves, and our rural community as a whole.

The Mathematics of Resonant Bodies

The Mathematics of Resonant BodiesApril 20 at 7:30 p.m.
All noise contains pure tone.  In this concert, CSI faculty member Scott Farkas performs John Luther Adams’ foundational work for solo percussion.  This evening length piece for solo percussion and pre-recorded sounds searches to find and reveal the choirs of complex inner voices of pure tones within the complex sonorities of percussion instruments.  Listeners will traverse the topographies of eight unique sonic fields derived from the inherent resonances of the instruments involved: Snare Drums, large Bass Drums, Triangles, Cymbals, large Gong, and even a Siren.  This evening of music will be at once aggressive and introspective; bombastic and crystalline soft; hurdling and still.  Audience members will be thoroughly engaged in an evening of dramatic musical performance that will leave them discussing and reveling in the possibilities of music and sound itself at its conclusion.