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

  • Birth of a Band: September 25, 2014
  • Something for Everyone: October 24, 2014
  • Boise Film Underground: November 20, 2014
  • Howling in the Wind: December 18, 2014
  • Snakes and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails: January 22, 2015
  • Tweaked: February 19, 2015
  • Syrinx Effect: March 19, 2015
  • Moon in a Mason Jar: April 16, 2015

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.

Birth of a Band

September 25, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Have you ever wondered about the machinations involved in assembling a band? What are the circumstances that bring a particular group of musicians together? How are decisions made with regard to repertoire and the group's aesthetic vision? On Thursday, September 25th the CSI Stage Door series invites you to witness the "birth of a band" as five musicians convene for the first time to discuss, rehearse and perform on the stage of the CSI Fine Arts Auditorium. The audience will be able to watch the creative process in action as Ryan Nielsen (trumpet), Brent Jensen (saxophone), Justin Nielsen (piano), Aaron Miller (bass) and Scott Farkas (percussion) rehearse and perform original compositions. The quintet will invite those in attendance to participate in an open discussion of the music and ask for help with naming the band. Don't miss this unique opportunity to be present at the inception of a collaborative quintet that combines the talents of music faculty members from CSI (Farkas, Jensen), BYU-Idaho (R. Nielsen, Miller) and the Fresco Academy (J. Nielsen).

Something for Everyone

October 24, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. Back by popular demand, the Miller-Bangerter Piano Duo featuring CSI Professor Sue Miller and local pianist Allison Bangerter returns with an exciting program sampling a variety of musical styles - including Classical, Pop, and Jazz. Visit some familiar classical favorites like Rachmaninoff's "18th Variation on a Theme by Paganini" made popular by the movie Somewhere in Time and the haunting "Prelude in C-Sharp Minor." Immerse yourself in the poignant harmonies of Brahm's "Haydn Variations" then dance away into the sunset with a pyrotechnical arrangement of Disney waltzes from Mary Poppins, Snow White and Beauty and the Beast. But be forewarned - this is not your mother's Disney. Then get down with your inner kool kat at the Magic Valley premiere of jazz composer Claude Bolling's "Sonata no. 1." BYU-Idaho String Bass Professor Aaron Miller and CSI percussion Instructor Scott Farkas will join the two pianists on stage for some jazz music sure to get your toes tapping. This concert is bound to please any listener with a wide range of musical tastes.

Boise Film Underground

November 20, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Two original films. Two original scores. In this Stage Door presentation, you will get a chance to see the premiere of these two films and watch the musicians play the original scores LIVE on stage. Boise Film Underground (BFUG) is an underground film festival that brings intriguing independent and experimental films to Boise, Idaho. You won't want to miss this unique and exciting collaboration between BFUG and the CSI Stage Door Series.

Howling in the Wind

December 18, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
"I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked..." Poetry and jazz are the heart of American culture; the works themselves, and the reactions to them, reflect the conflict inherent in our evolving society. As we approach the 60th anniversary of the publication of Allen Ginsberg's seminal poem "Howl," the CSI Fine Arts department explores the connection between the Beat Poets and jazz. Poets such as Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac built the foundation for the Beat oeuvre in the New York club scene in the 1940s, and the movement was thrust into the nation's consciousness when Ginsberg first publicly read "Howl" in San Francisco, October 7, 1955. This exploration will intertwine a reading of "Howl" with jazz performances, readings of other Beat poets, and some surprise contemporary writings by CSI faculty and staff inspired by Ginsberg. Please be aware that the material contains graphic imagery and language some may interpret as vulgar; the performance is not recommended for children.

Snakes and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

January 22, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Snakes and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails is a very special multimedia performance highlighting the gray areas of masculinity that many people might not know exist. In this production of projected imagery, song, readings, theatrical presentations, and magic, we will explore the nuances of masculinity all the way from transgender to the exaggerated stereotype of the alpha male, and in so doing understand who we all are as men and women. This production will feature Brandon Tesch in vocal pieces from Hedwig and The Angry Inch, DeVotCha, and more, Camille Barigar performing a piece from Motherhood Out Loud, and other performers and readers from around the valley. Brandon Tesch attended Idyllwild Academy of the Arts focusing on opera voice, traveled western Europe with the US youth choir, and has a main life goal of finding the beauty in all things.


February 19, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Join Inspirata Dance Project for an intimate look inside the creative process for their upcoming Fall show. We invite you, our audience, behind the scenes into the world of creative dance making through the mediums of video, live dance, and dialogue with the artists. Discover the inspiration behind the movement for IDP's original works, and the habit-forming work environment we generate that prepares and compels us to be creative. Examine works in progress, finished pieces, and Q&A with the artists involved. Come alongside us as we entertain the uncomfortable, make mistakes, fix them, and surprise you.

Syrinx Effect

March 19, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
An acoustic-electric duo with endless possibilities, Syrinx Effect plays their own blend of folk punk jazz. They easily switch between dreamy ambient loops, catchy pop riffs and found sounds, all the while paying homage to their free improv roots. Naomi Siegel plays trombone with guitar pedals and Kate Olson plays soprano saxophone with laptop and other toys. The duo got its start curating the Racer Sessions in Seattle, and has gone on to perform prolifically around the US, collaborating with many of the mainstays of the improvised music scene such as Wayne Horvitz, Robin Holcomb, Elliott Sharp, Bobby Previte, Stuart Dempster, Allison Miller, Rene Hart. Syrinx Effect makes music that is authentic and expressive, employing everything from simple folk melodies to abstract, ambient noise. Each piece is a meditation, an exploration, and sometimes a romp. Syrinx will be offering a master class at 4 p.m. www.syrinxeffect.com

Moon in a Mason Jar

April 16, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Join two artists - one vocalist and one percussionist - on the CSI Fine Arts Auditorium stage for an intimate evening of unique musical settings of the poems by the Idaho poet Robert Wrigley. For nearly ten years, composer Scott Farkas and singer Eric Christopher Perry have worked as collaborators to create a fresh modern take on the classical 'art song.' Moon in a Mason Jar will feature Robert Wrigley's hauntingly beautiful poetry arranged for male voice with original percussion accompaniment. Experience the ability of percussion music to frame and enhance spoken text, adding layers of texture and mood. This will be a truly unique performance and a world premiere on top of that! This is certainly a show not to be missed.