Another season arrives

Old violin isolated on white.

Old violin isolated on white.

Symphony season has arrived.

The Idaho Falls Symphony begins its 68th season Saturday with a concert titled “Celebration & Reverence.” The performance, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Idaho Falls Civic Auditorium, will feature symphony concertmaster Emma Rubinstein as the featured soloist. Rubinstein, who has been with the Idaho Falls Symphony for 10 years, will perform Max Bruch’s “Kol Nidrei” for solo violin and orchestra. This will be her third solo appearance during her time as concertmaster.

According to a symphony news release, the program begins with the overture to Der Freischütz by German composer Carl Maria von Weber. That is followed by Rubinstein’s solo, and the orchestra’s performance of “And God Created Great Whales,” a 20th century work by Armenian-American composer Alan Hovhaness that incorporates audio recordings of humpback whales.

The centerpiece of the show is a performance of Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony, the “Pastoral Symphony.”

The night begins with a pre-concert discussion with Idaho Falls Symphony Music Director Thomas Heuser in the main hall of the auditorium.

“We are thrilled to get the season going,” Heuser said in the release. “Our audiences and musicians have been waiting a long time for this program, and now that it is finally here, we cannot wait to bring the community together around this unique shared experience. The impact of the music will be nothing short of astonishing.”

The release said the symphony is also celebrating its third annual Breast Cancer Awareness Concert, which is sponsored by Mountain View Hospital. Hospital representatives will provide information about breast cancer awareness at the concert.

“We are so honored to be sponsoring this concert again,” Cherie Webster, Idaho Falls Symphony Board Member and Mountain View Hospital Physicians Relations Manager, said in the release. “This is such a beautiful way to recognize cancer survivors and promote awareness of a disease that is still all too prevalent.”

Tickets and information is available at ifsymphony.org.

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