The Idaho State-Civic Symphony will begin its annual “Storied Season” on Sept. 20.

POCATELLO — The Idaho State-Civic Symphony, the oldest orchestra in the state of Idaho, has announced its 2019-2020 “Storied Season.” Through carefully selected music, each concert will tell stories that connect audiences through shared and individual human experiences. The season features pieces that embody the American spirit, the wonderment of the holidays, the strength of overcoming adversity, and the joy and pain of falling in love. All concerts take place at the Stephens Performing Arts Center. More information is available at

Single tickets are on sale now, as well as season tickets, which will be available for purchase until Sept. 20. Tickets are available online at or by calling 208-282-3595.

Americana Stories

  • When: Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Tickets: $13-$45

This season-opener features works by composers inspired by the American Experience. From the individualistic Charles Ives’ “Symphony No. 1,” to the pioneering Grant Still’s “Afro-American Symphony,” to a special commission by composer Zhou Tian commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad, this program captures the best of the American spirit.

POPS Concert: Stories of the Silver Screen

  • When: Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Tickets: $13-$40

Come hear movie scores — dressed up for the red carpet if you’d like — from some of the greatest films ever made with clips from the silver screen projected in Jensen Concert Hall. After experiencing the Idaho State-Civic Symphony masterfully play music from “American in Paris,” “James Bond,” “Indiana Jones” and others, you’ll never watch movies the same way again.

Halloween Family Concert: Fairytales and Superheroes

  • When: Oct. 26 at 10 a.m.
  • Tickets: $5-$10

Get ready to activate your imaginations! This super-concert features soundtracks from “The Incredibles,” “Superman,” “Batman” and “Shrek.” Accompanied by movie clips on a gigantic screen, you’ll feel like you’re saving lives and changing the world. Come dressed as your favorite fairytale or superhero character and get your Halloween off to a spook-tacular start. This program is rated E for everyone!

Fall Youth Orchestra Concert

  • When: Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Tickets: Free and open to all ages

The ISCS Youth Orchestra invites anyone and everyone to attend this annual fall concert featuring the area’s best music students. The program includes selections from pieces with very different compositional styles. The concert is free and is the perfect opportunity to experience the power of music in a concert hall.

Joy to the World: The Stories of Christmas

  • When: Dec. 6-7 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Tickets: $13-$45

Gather around the fireplace, and warm up those cold winter nights, with some of your favorite Holiday stories.

The Camerata Singers and the ISU Choirs join the Idaho State-Civic Symphony to perform holiday classics. Sing along to your favorite carols and ring in the season with tales of holiday cheer.

Tales from Opera and Literature

  • When: Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Tickets: $13-$45

Pocatello native and Grammy Award-winning soprano Jessica Jones joins the ISCS to perform selections from some of opera and literature’s most captivating stories. Jones will sing arias from Lehar’s “The Merry Widow” and a familiar favorite, Bizet’s “Carmen.” The orchestra will also perform the overture to von Weber’s opera, “Der Freischütz.”

Tales of Sorrow and Triumph

  • When: March 13 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Tickets: $13-$40

The tragedies and triumphs of war have inspired composers to create some of their greatest work. Whether written as responses to personal experiences or as tributes to heroes or victims, music shows us the power of the human experience. Prokofiev’s “Jewish Dances,” Shostakovich’s “Symphony No. 9” and other compelling musical stories are sure to pull on your heartstrings and restore your faith in humanity.

Spring Youth Orchestra Concert

When: April 10 at 7:30 p.m.

The ISCS Youth Orchestra invites anyone and everyone to attend this annual spring concert featuring the area’s best music students. The concert is free and is the perfect opportunity to experience the power of music in a concert hall

Stories of the Sublime

  • When: April 24 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Tickets: $13-$40

Idaho State University’s newest faculty member, J. Curtis Thompson, will join the orchestra to perform Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Guitar Concerto No. 1 in a program that presents Stories of the Sublime and elevates the senses. Also featured is Beethoven’s “Pastoral Symphony” that pays homage to the awe and wonder of the countryside.


Season Premiere Tailgate Party

  • When: Sept. 20
  • Tickets: $25

Kick off the symphony’s new season with the ultimate pre-concert tailgate. Join all the ISCS super-fans for barbecue and live music, and cheer on your favorite orchestra before the big concert. Then listen to them crush the downbeats in their season opener.

Symphony Pairings

  • When: Nov. 13
  • Tickets: $75

What goes perfectly with music? Wine. Join the Idaho State-Civic Symphony for Symphony Pairings, the annual fundraiser benefiting the Idaho State-Civic Symphony Music Scholarship Fund. The evening features a luxury-item silent auction, great company and sommelier-curated wines to accompany each musical selection. Trust us, at this event the flavor and balance will be right on the nose. Tickets for the Symphony Pairing include wine and ciders, hors d’oeuvres, musical entertainment and a commemorative symphony wine glass. Non-alcoholic options are available.

Valentine’s Dinner

  • When: Feb. 7
  • Tickets: $50

An evening guaranteed to win anyone’s heart! Treat your significant other to a delectable three-course dinner, gorgeous wines and the pleasure of a romantic night out at our pre-concert Valentine’s Dinner. Tickets for the Valentine’s Dinner include an entrée of your choice and one drink ticket.

Note: Reservations for non-concert special events must be made in advance through the symphony office at 208-234-1587 or