Arts & music briefly

The Music of the Carpenters Courtesy Idaho Falls Arts Council

Santino Fontana and Lexi Walker Courtesy BYU-Idaho

Twelfth Night Courtesy Idaho Falls Arts Council

Music of Carpenters coming to I.F.

The Colonial Theater will host Lisa Rock in “Close to You: The Music of the Carpenters,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

The show is a tribute to The Carpenters, one of the best-selling music artists of all time. An Idaho Falls Arts Council news release said “Close to You” pays tribute to the Carpenter’s distinctive songwriting and unparalleled voice.

Rock and her band will perform classics such as “We’ve Only Just Begun” and “Top of the World.”

“We’re always careful when we pick tribute bands for our theater,” Brandi Newton, Executive Director of the Idaho Falls Arts Council, said in the release. “And we knew we had to be extra particular when looking at anyone trying to replicate Karen Carpenter’s voice. This one lived up to our standards and then some; we were all singing along in the office.”

Tickets range from $20-$35 and are available at the Idaho Falls Arts Council at 208-522-0471 or

I.F. Opera Theatre to hold auditions

The Idaho Falls Opera Theatre will hold auditions for Mozart’s “Cosi Fan Tutti” from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 2 at St. Paul’s Methodist Church, 1730 St. Clair Rd.

Singers should prepare an aria in English, preferably from “Cosi Fan Tutti,” if auditioning for a major role. Major roles include three sopranos, one tenor, one baritone and one bass. There is also a small SATB chorus

An accompanist will be provided. The performance dates for “Cosi fan Tutti” are April 6, 7 and 9. For information, contact 208-380-5355.

Applications accepted for fellowships

The Idaho Commission on the Arts is accepting applications for fellowship awards, recognizing outstanding achievements in performance or media-based arts.

According to a commission news release, Idaho artists working in any type of film, dance, theater, music, or technologically based media may apply. Five Fellowships of $5,000 will be awarded.

Recipients will be interviewed for a short film and featured on the ICA website and social media. Applications and more information can be found at The application deadline is Jan. 31. For more information, call 208-334-2119

Fontana, Walker to perform at BYU-I

Santino Fontana, the voice of Prince Hans in the Disney film “Frozen,” and 15-year-old recording artist Lexi Walker will be featured at this year’s annual Brigham Young University-Idaho Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 in the BYU-Idaho Center in Rexburg.

“We’re thrilled to feature hundreds of our incredibly gifted students,” Rebecca Smith, co-director of the concert, said in a news release.

Tickets are $12 for the public and $6 for BYU-Idaho students. A Christmas buffet will be held at 6 p.m. in the Manwaring Center Grand Ballroom for an extra $20. Tickets are available at

‘Twelfth Night’ production set

The Idaho Falls Arts Council’s broadcast of National Theatre Live’s presentation of “Twelfth Night” is scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at the MC Theater at The ARTitorium.

National Theatre Live is the National Theatre’s project to broadcast world-class theatre to cinemas around the globe.

The Arts Council described “Twelfth Night” this way:

Tamsin Greig is Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity.

A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love.

The nearby households of Olivia and Orsino are overrun with passion. Even Olivia’s upright housekeeper Malvolia is swept up in the madness. Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible.

Simon Godwin (NT Live: Man and Superman, NT Live: The Beaux’ Stratagem) directs this joyous new production with Tamsin Greig (Friday Night Dinner, Black Books, Episodes) as a transformed Malvolia and an ensemble cast that includes Daniel Rigby (Flowers, Jericho), Tamara Lawrence (Undercover), Doon Mackichan (Smack the Pony) and Daniel Ezra (The Missing, Undercover).

Tickets are $20 ($12 for students) and are available at

First Lutheran Cantata scheduled

The public is invited to the First Lutheran Church’s annual Christmas Cantata performances, scheduled for Dec. 3 and Dec. 10 at the church, 455 W. Sunnyside in Idaho Falls.

The cantata presentation will be Joseph M. Martin’s “Appalachian Winter.” The programs are scheduled for 8:15 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10. Hand bell preludes will begin 10 minutes prior to each performance.

Child care is provided and a monetary offering will be taken for the Community Food Basket - Idaho Falls and the Idaho Falls Soup Kitchen.

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