Coming April 10th @ 7PM
At Star Valley High School Auditorium
$5 at the door

Back in the early 1920’s, Vaudeville shows were the hot ticket. Saxophone virtuosos Rudy Weideoft and Adrian Rollini, along with famous saxophone ensembles such as the 6 Brown Brothers and the Schuester Sisters, were achieving great success and notoriety.  The saxophone was the most well liked instrument and a popular choice for young, aspiring music students to play in school band. Then, in the late 20’s, Vaudeville, and, ultimately, the saxophone fell out of favor.  With the decline in saxophone sales, manufacturers such as Conn, Buescher, King, and Selmer were forced to come up with creative new designs to stimulate renewed interest in the saxophone. What they conjured up was quite extraordinary.

“Saxophobia” brings to the stage a rare and unique glimpse at some of the most unusual saxophones ever manufactured and the classic melodies that popularized this warmly embraced and versatile musical instrument. The show explores over a half century of jazz classics and recognizes the musical contributions of such artists as Stan Getz, Sidney Bechet, Charlie Parker, Paul Desmond, Gerry Mulligan, John Coltrane, Frankie Trambauer, Rudy Weideoft and others.  Audiences will be introduced to over a dozen variations of Adolphe Sax’s 1846 invention including a curved sopranino, plastic alto, straight tenor, connosax, slide sax, bass and even a rare 6 ft contrabass sax.

Some of the musical selections programmed in a typical “Saxophobia” show include “Autumn Leaves,” “All The Things You Are,” “Take 5,” “My Favorite Things,” “Singing The Blues,” “When You Wish Upon A Star,” “Stompin At The Savoy,” and “My Romance.”  Throw in a little “My Three Sons,” “Tequila,” “Pink Panther,” and “Yakety Sax” just for fun and you’ve got an entertaining, rich and riveting history of the saxophone and the players who gave the sax its distinctive voice in jazz.

BYU-Idaho Collegiate Singers to perform free community Easter concert in Afton!

A free community Easter convert by the Collegiate Singers from Brigham Young University-Idaho will be performed Friday, April 14, at 7 p.m. in the Star Valley High School Auditorium in Afton.  The “Sounds of Easter” concert is sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and all community residents are invited.

Tickets are not required and admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis.  Comprised of 42 of the University’s finest vocalists, the Collegiate Singers are on an eighty-day concert tour to Evanston, Rock Springs, Casper, Cheyenne and Afton, as well as Salt Lake City, Utah, and Blackfoot, Idaho.

Under the direction of Dr. Randall Kempton, the group aims to provide a wholesome and heartfelt performance of vocal music that entertains and inspires people of all ages.

“Because the tour is the week before Easter, this year’s concert will feature music appropriate for this special season when we remember the life and mission of the Savior,” Kempton said.

The group has appeared with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on its weekly broadcast “Music and the Spoken Word.”  They perform an array of music styles and sounds that appeal to broad audiences everywhere they go.  Full of vibrant energy and inspiration, a concert of the BYU-Idaho Collegiate Singers promises to be a memorable experience.

BYU-Idaho is located in Rexburg, Idaho, and, through an innovative track system, serves more than 30,000 students yearly from all 50 states and more than 40 countries.  The school was founded in 1888 by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.