Arts & music briefly

Sense and Sensibility Courtesy Idaho Falls Arts Council

Wu Man Courtesy BYU-Idaho

‘Sense and Sensibility’ coming to Idaho Falls

The Aquila Theatre’s production of “Sense and Sensibility” is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. March 16 at the Colonial Theater.

According to an Idaho Falls Arts Council news release, Jane Austen’s classic tale follows the Dashwood sisters as they face a change in their station. As their family weathers this change, the sisters face seduction, courtship, love, heartbreak, and surprises at the hands of the shy Edward Ferras, the steadfast Colonel Brandon, and the dashing John Willoughby.

The arts council release said the Aquila Theatre is a small repertory theater with a talent for adapting classic literature for the stage. They have previously performed “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” and “Wuthering Heights” in Idaho Falls. Because of the small number of actors on tour, some roles are cast in unique, but thoughtful ways.

“The Aquila Theatre does incredible work and we are so glad to have them back,” Brandi Newton, Executive Director of the Idaho Falls Arts Council, said in the release. “Especially for a beloved story like ‘Sense and Sensibility.’”

In conjunction with the show, Almacks Historic Dance Society will be offering Regency era dance lessons prior to the show from 6-7 p.m. at the Willard Arts Center. Registration is $7.50, or $5 for members of the arts council or Almacks.

Tickets are $30-45 and are available through the Idaho Falls Arts Council at 208-522-0471 or online at

Rexburg Tabernacle Orchestra offers free winter concert

The Rexburg Tabernacle Orchestra will feature Finnish composer Jean Sibelius’s only violin concerto during its free winter concert, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Rexburg Tabernacle Civic Center.

Dallin Hansen, of the BYU-I music faculty, will be the soloist, with his father, Rick Hansen, conducting the orchestra. Other selections on the program are Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5 and the theme music from the movie score, “The Cowboys,” by John Williams.

Rick Hansen is a well-known high school orchestra teacher who recently retired. Dallin Hansen joined the music faculty at BYU-Idaho in 2004 where he now teaches violin, conducting, and directs the pedagogy and chamber music programs. He has performed extensively as an orchestra musician as well as many solo performances.

The Rexburg Tabernacle Orchestra, now in its 15th season, is an all-volunteer orchestra presenting three free concerts per year. Members of the ensemble are professional musicians, music educators, private teachers, advanced public school and university students.

Donations are appreciated to purchase equipment for the orchestra.

Donations accepted for Off The Wall art sale

The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho is accepting donations for its first Off The Wall art sale, which is scheduled for March at 300 S. Capital Ave.

Paintings, jewelry, art books, frames, prints, sculptures, art posters and more are being accepted and will be sold to raise money for the museum’s exhibits and educational programming.

Donations should be delivered to the museum from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 15 and 22, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 16-18 and March 23-24.

The sale is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 30 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 31. For more information or to donate art for the event, call 208-524-7777.

Chinese pipa virtuoso Wu Man to perform at BYU-Idaho

Chinese pipa virtuoso Wu Man and the Huayin Shadow Puppet Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. March 2 in the Kirkham Auditorium at Brigham Young University-Idaho.

Wu Man is a principal musician with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble and has also recorded music for the soundtrack of the DreamWorks Animation film, “Kung Fu Panda 3.”

The Huayin Shadow Puppet Band uses the yueqin, banhu, erhu, lute, fiddle and a variety of percussion instruments (including clappers, gongs, cymbals and a wood bench) to tell lively stories of rural life in remote China and draw the audience into places and sounds rarely heard in the West.

Tickets for the performance are $12 for the general public and $6 for BYU-Idaho students, and are available online at or on school days from the Ticket Office at 208-496-3170.