Idaho State University’s College of Arts & Letters prepares for 4th Annual New Year’s Eve Gala
Melissa Lee ‘14
Every New Year’s Eve, Pocatello residents fill Idaho State University’s L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center to enjoy a festive night of performances by ISU’s talented students, while raising money for student scholarships at the College of Arts and Letters New Year’s Eve Gala.
The College of Arts and Letters started hosting the New Year’s Eve Gala in 2013 to raise money for student scholarships in the visual and performing arts while showcasing ISU’s talented students. Over $84,000 has been raised for student scholarships in the Gala’s first three years.
The Gala provides guests with a different theme every year to help them indulge in something new year after year. Previous themes have included “Great Gatsby,” “Masquerade Ball” and “Carnaval.” This year’s Gala will immerse guests in French décor, entertainment, and cuisine through the theme “Le Salon des Artistes.”
Students in theatre, dance, music and art will be the entertainment for the evening. Art students will be doing live drawings and showcasing their work in fiber art, installation art, digital art, drawing and painting in the Black Box Theatre. Theatre students will perform puppetry, pantomime, cabaret songs, and fight combat scenes. Dance students will do improvisation dancing in the Rogers Black Box Theatre, while students paint, and ISU music student Jedd Greenhalgh performs. And last, music students will perform with the ISU Jazz Band as they ring in the New Year.
This year, the classical pop music fusion trio Time for Three will perform an intimate performance at the Gala. Time for Three consists of musicians Nicolas Kendall, violin, Charles Yang, violin and Ranaan Meyer, double bass. They perform music ranging from classical to bluegrass to jazz to hip-hop, as well as original mash-ups of hits by the Beatles, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake and more. They have performed across the world including Carnegie Hall, the Indy 500 and NFL games. Time for Three performed in Pocatello at the opening of the Portneuf Wellness Complex in September 2015. Two of ISU’s music students will get the opportunity to perform with the group.
The event is sponsored by several companies and members of the community including The Bistline Foundation, Portneuf Medical Center, Mountain View Hospital, Zions Management Services, Farm Bureau Insurance, Premier Technology, ISU Credit Union, Southeast Idaho Gastroenterology, Idaho State Journal, Christine’s Floral and Gifts, Unforgettable Events, Safari Graphics, and KPVI News 6.
Tickets are $125 each or $1,000 for a table of 10, and are available at isu.edu/calgala, or by calling (208) 282-3207. Entertainment, food, drinks, and transportation home, if needed, is included in the ticket price.
If you are unable to attend the Gala, but would like to donate, please contact the College office at (208) 282-3207.