back in time with The High Tone Show
The Historical Museum at St. Gertrude will present “The High Tone Show” on Wednesday, March 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the Monastery dining room. Take a step back to the early 1900’s with banjo and piano duo Gary Eller, an Idaho Humanities Council speaker/performer and classical pianist Professor Sean Rogers of the Collage of Idaho.
This program is an outgrowth of The Idaho Songs Project, whose goal is to find, document, interpret, and preserve pre-radio era songs about early Idaho’s people, places, and events. The musicians have found about fifty pieces of Idaho-related sheet music predating 1923. Gary Eller and Sean Rogers used this sheet music to assemble an entertaining and historically informative one-hour program, performed in the classical piano/banjo duet style that could be heard in the finest concert halls of America and Europe a hundred years ago.
Sean Rogers has won praise and acclaim nationally and internationally for his artistic mastery at the keyboard. He holds four Bachelor degrees from the College of Idaho in Organ Performance, Piano Performance, Religion, and Sacred Music. Sean has recorded CDs of his own compositions and arrangements for piano and organ, as well as being keyboardist on CDs with other artists.
Gary Eller has lived most of his life in the American West. He has played American roots for over 50 years. After a 30-year career in science and engineering at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, he retired to Pickles Butte near Nampa in 2004. He immediately became part of the Idaho music and historical scene by establishing The Idaho Songs Project. The project has published ten CDs with interpretive booklets based on early Idaho music. As a member of the Idaho Humanities Council Speaker’s Bureau, he has traveled the length and breadth of Idaho giving programs of historically-based Idaho music.
The audience is invited to join Professor Rogers and the Banjo Man of Pickles Butte in concert attire of the early 1900’s to recreate the sound and feel of an Idaho concert hall in that era. Don’t miss this delightful evening of pre-radio entertainment featuring songs from turn-of-the century Idaho. Admission: $5 single, $7.50 for two; March 13 at 7 p.m., Monastery of St. Gertrude dining room, 465 Keuterville Road, Cottonwood. Call 208-962-3224 for more information.