The Center Stage Performing Arts Series at Brigham Young University-Idaho has announced its lineup of events for Winter Semester 2015. The season opens with the Hawaiian Slack Key Kings concert on Jan. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Kirkham Auditorium. The concert will feature slack key guitarists LT Smooth, Stephen Inglis and Patrick Landeza.

Ben Howington, the creator of MormonGuitar.com, will perform hymn arrangements on guitar Jan. 16 in concerts at 6 and 8:30 p.m. in the Snow Drama Theatre. Vocal Point from BYU in Provo, Utah, will perform their a cappella show in the Hart Auditorium Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m.

A concert by the Calefax Reed Quintet from The Netherlands will be held Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Barrus Concert Hall. Two French dancing jugglers calling themselves Linea will perform a show using rope in the Kirkham Auditorium Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m.

Rhythmic Circus will perform Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hart Auditorium. The group includes high energy tap dancers and a swingin' big brass band. The annual Barbershop Music Festival will be held Feb. 21 with shows at 6 and 8:30 p.m. in the Barrus Concert Hall. The show will feature the award-winning Main Street Quartet from Orlando, Fla.

The popular Real Group from Sweden will perform a vocal concert Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Kirkham Auditorium. Three Broadway baritones will present a show called "Baritones Unbound: Celebrating the UnCommon Voice of the Common Man" March 5 in the Barrus Concert Hall.

Grammy-winning saxophonist Joe Lovano will headline this year's Winter Jazz Festival March 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hart Auditorium.

A free brochure listing all performing arts events at BYU-Idaho is available at the Kimball Ticket Office and the Rexburg Chamber of Commerce, or by calling 496-2000. Detailed information can also be found on the Center Stage website at www.byui.edu/centerstage. Season tickets also may be ordered through the ticket office by calling 496-3170.

Here is more detailed information about each event:

Hawaiian Slack Key Kings

Friday, January 9

7:30 p.m. Kirkham Auditorium

Need to escape our Idaho winter? Try an evening of Hawaiian music by some of today's most popular island musicians. Listen to two-time Na Hoku Hanohano award winner and Grammy nominee Stephen Inglis playing the acoustic and electric guitar. Hear LT Smooth, multiple Grammy and Na Hoku Hanohano award nominee, originally from New Zealand and a favorite of Rexburg's SummerFest. And enjoy Patrick Landeza, Hawaiian slack key guitarist extraordinaire and a Na Hoku Hanohano award winner.

Tickets are now on sale. $5 for BYU-Idaho students, $10 for general public. No children under four. Classroom dress.

Ben Howington - Mormon Guitar

Friday, January 16

6 and 8:30 p.m., Snow Drama Theatre

Ben Howington began MormonGuitar.com as a simple website to create monthly arrangements of his kids' favorite hymns on the guitar. As he puts it, MormonGuitar.com is his way of offsetting the filth on the Internet, one guitar arrangement at a time. Audiences can expect to be treated to a spiritually uplifting, entertaining and intimate musical concert as Ben explores new insights and meanings behind some of the most beloved hymns and Primary songs. Last year, he released his debut CD, Mormon Guitar - A Renewed Love for Hymns. 

Tickets go on sale December 29. $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public. No children under four. Classroom dress.

BYU Vocal Point

Friday, January 23

7:30 p.m., Hart Auditorium

6 p.m., Preshow dinner, Manwaring Center Special Events Room

They have percussion without drums. They have a rhythm section without a bass. The only instruments on stage belong to the nine voices of the a cappella group Vocal Point. Hailing from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, Vocal Point gives stunning, high-energy performances that have won them the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella and a faithful following throughout the world. RATING: Contemporary a cappella.

Tickets go on sale January 5. $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public. No children under four. Classroom dress. Preshow dinner is $15 extra.

Calefax Reed Quintet

Wednesday, January 28

7:30 p.m., Barrus Concert Hall

Meet Calefax. Five passionate wind players from the Netherlands. Virtuoso musicians and brilliant arrangers. The creators of a completely new genre: the reed quintet. They are a source of inspiration to a fresh generation of reed players who follow in their footsteps. The ensemble features oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bass clarinet and bassoon. The Times (United Kingdom) has called them "five extremely gifted Dutch gents who almost made the reed quintet seem the best musical format on the planet."

Tickets go on sale January 5. $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public. No children under six. Event dress.

Linéa

Saturday, January 31

7:30 p.m., Kirkham Auditorium

Two dancing jugglers and 100 yards of rope! In a show full of humor and playfulness, two jugglers from France use their dancing and puppet talents to create small rope stories. The ropes are manipulated into all manner of shapes and shenanigans, sometimes as an inanimate object, sometimes as a wiry companion with a personality of its own. They tease and trick each other seemingly effortlessly but all in a very accurate and precise choreographed juggling sequences.

Tickets go on sale January 12. $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public. No children under four. Classroom dress.

Rhythmic Circus

Friday, February 13

7:30 p.m., Hart Auditorium

6 p.m., Preshow dinner in Manwaring Center Special Events Room

A group of dynamic dancers from Minneapolis has hit the road with a trunk full of tap shoes, funky costumes and a big brass band. Heatbox, the human beatbox, joins the swingin' seven-piece band to accompany each tap, shuffle and stomp with a clang, riff and refrain. The show's brilliance has been marked by rave reviews, sold-out engagements and numerous awards, including two SAGE Awards for Outstanding Ensemble and Performance and the Spirit of the Fringe Award (Edinburgh Festival Fringe's top theatrical award). 

Tickets go on sale January 19.  $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public. Preshow dinner is $15 extra. No children under four. Classroom dress.

Barbershop Music Festival

Featuring Main Street Quartet

Saturday, February 21

6 & 8:30 p.m., Barrus Concert Hall

The award-winning Main Street Quartet from Orlando, Florida, will headline this year's Barbershop Music Festival at BYU-Idaho. All four members have been or currently are performers at Walt Disney World with The Dapper Dans of Main Street USA. You will also hear the BYU-Idaho Men's Choir, Women's Choir, student quartets and the Carousel Chorus. 

Tickets go on sale January 26. $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public. No children under four. Classroom dress. 

The Real Group

Tuesday, February 24

7:30 p.m., Kirkham Auditorium

This Swedish vocal super-group is undoubtedly one of the leading forces in the world of vocal music today. Formed at Stockholm's Royal Academy of Music, The Real Group has enjoyed an international touring career for nearly 30 years. Highlights have included such prestigious events as the Queen of Sweden's birthday (when they performed the Abba classic "Dancing Queen" together with the former Abba member Anni-Frid Lyngstad) and the opening of the FIFA World Cup in South Korea and Japan.

Tickets go on sale February 2. $8 for BYU-Idaho students, $16 for general public. No children under six. Classroom dress.

Baritones Unbound

Thursday, March 5

7:30 p.m., Barrus Concert Hall

In this brand new musical event conceived by leading man Marc Kudisch, three dynamite Broadway baritones take the stage to give us a captivating musical tour of the baritone voice throughout history. Baritones UnBound: Celebrating the UnCommon Voice of the Common Man is a celebration of the baritone voice and its emergence as the revolutionary sound of the common man in one enchanted evening ringing with music, laughter and showmanship.
Tickets go on sale February 9. $8 for BYU-Idaho students, $16 for general public. No children under six. Event dress.

Winter Jazz Fest featuring Grammy winner Joe Lovano

Saturday, March 14

7:30 p.m., Hart Auditorium

Grammy Award winner Joe Lovano will headline this year's Winter Jazz Fest featuring the BYU-Idaho Sound Alliance jazz band. In 2014 Lovano won awards for Multi-reeds Player and Tenor Saxophonist of the Year from the Jazz Journalists Association, and Tenor Saxophonist of the Year from Down Beat Magazine. More information about the Winter Jazz Fest, clinics, workshops and performances will be made available as the event draws near.

Tickets go on sale February 17. $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public. No children under four. Classroom dress.