Arts & Music briefly

Les Stroud Courtesy Idaho State University

Piano Battle Courtesy Brigham Young University-Idaho

The Young Irelanders

The Young Irelanders headed to Idaho Falls

The Young Irelanders, singers who combine the traditional sound of Irish and Celtic music with folk and pop, are scheduled to perform at 7:30 p.m. March 30 at the Colonial Theater, 450 A St.

“Our area has a deep love for Celtic music,” Brandi Newton, Executive Director of the Idaho Falls Arts Council, said in a release. “This show combines that rich musical tradition and talent with the added opportunity of witnessing the incredible step dancing.”

Tickets are $20-35 and are available at the Idaho Falls Arts Council box office at 498 A St., on the phone at 208-522-0471, or online at idahofallsarts.org.

Art Sparks Day scheduled for April 1

The Idaho Commission on the Arts is sponsoring Art Sparks Day, when people across the state are invited to “engage in an art activity” and share it with others.

“Go to a museum, sing a song with your kids in the car or dance around the kitchen,” a commission release said. “Participate in an act of art, take a picture and share it on social media, tagging it with #artsidaho and #artsparks. Wherever you are on April 1 – light an art spark to celebrate the arts in Idaho.”

The commission offered suggested activities (staging a one-act in your living room, writing a round-robin poem with your co-workers), and asked people to share their ideas on the group’s Facebook page (facebook.com/events/184135498743322).

For more information, visit the Facebook page, call 208-334-2119 or visit arts.idaho.gov.

Survivorman Les Stroud to perform at ISU

A man best known as “Survivorman” on TV will share his musical talents during a performance at 8 p.m. April 6 at Idaho State University’s Bilyeu Theater in Frazier Hall.

Les Stroud, a Canadian Screen Award winning producer, creator and star of the hit television series Survivorman, is also an accomplished musician who has performed with acts such as Lynard Skynard, Slash, Journey, Chicago and Alice Cooper, according to an ISU release.

The release said Stroud’s show, Les Stroud Live and Acoustic Earth Music, “is a musical story-telling and video concert experience, focused on reconnecting audience members to the earth.”

Tickets are $20, and are available by contacting Jeffrey Meldrum at meldd@isu.edu or 208-282-4397. For more information on Stroud and his music, visit lesstroud.ca.

Piano Battle coming to BYU-Idaho

Piano Battle, a show featuring two pianists going head to head on stage, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the Hart Auditorium at Brigham Young University-Idaho.

According to a BYU-Idaho release the show was created by German pianists Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis, and “the Piano Battle sees the duo go head-to-head on stage, charming and enchanting the audience with a variety of classical pieces.”

The release said the artists take turns performing pieces from Chopin, Liszt and Debussy, and will even tackle audience requests.

Educated in Hanover and Berlin in Germany and London, Cibis has performed throughout the world and has taught at Trinity College of Music in London and frequently gives master classes in Germany, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea.

Born in South Africa, Kern studied piano in Cologne and Berlin, Germany, with Günter Ludwig and Pascal Devoyon. Unafraid to present classical music in unconventional ways, he has developed concert projects and formats that often feature unorthodox venues or collaborations with artists in other fields, such as theater and dance.

Tickets are $10 to $14 for the general public and $5 to $7 for BYU-Idaho students. A St. Patrick’s Day preshow dinner featuring Irish food is $16. Tickets can be purchased at the BYU-Idaho Ticket Office, by calling 208-496-3170 or online at tickets.byui.edu.