- Jeanne M. Belfy
City in Idaho (pop. 205,671; metropolitan area 616,500; 2010 US Census). It is the capital of Idaho and the state’s largest city. The City of Trees bordering the Boise River grew in response to a gold rush that drew settlers from around North America and China to the Boise Basin in 1862. Immigrants from Germany developed the musical infrastructure, from wind bands and orchestras to theaters suitable for typical touring attractions of the late 1900s. The first Boise Philharmonic Association (1901) was primarily a choral society. Several incarnations of a civic symphony orchestra followed, but the title Boise Philharmonic Orchestra refers to an organization named in 1960 that became the core of professional music making in the region. Jacques Brourman was the first music director (1960–67); current conductor Robert Franz leads the orchestra’s eight pairs of subscription concerts and numerous outreach concerts. Boise Philharmonic Association, Inc. sponsors the Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and has recently absorbed Boise Master Chorale....