Calling all Boise music lovers!

Boise PopsOn Boise’s Sesquicentennial Weekend, June 6 and 7, historian J.M. Neil will autograph copies of his latest book, “Boise Pops–A Century of Music for the People of Boise,” at two events.

On Saturday, July 6, the Neil will autograph “Boise Pops” at the Idaho State Capitol Gift Shop, Garden Level, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

On Sunday, July 7, during the Sesqui-Party from noon to 5 p.m., Neil will sign copies at the Idaho State Historical Museum, Julia Davis Park.

Copies are for sale at both gift shops for $20. “Boise Pops” is also available downtown at Rediscovered Books, the Record Exchange, Dunkley Music, Taters at the Centre on the Grove, and Ward Hooper Gallery of Art, as well as at the Boise State University Book Store, Hastings Books & Records on Fairview Ave., and Hyde Park Books on North 13th Street. It may be ordered online at

Praise for “Boise Pops” has come from many quarters. Boise Arts and History Department Director Terri Schorzman, who wrote a special Sesquicentennial Foreword to this first edition, said, “J.M. Neil has done us all a service by compiling this symphony of facts, faces and photographs to celebrate ‘Boise Pops.’”

Boise Philharmonic Music Director Robert Franz enthused, “I was thrilled to read and discover the rich history of classical music in the Treasure Valley. I am keenly aware that the strong following we enjoy at the Philharmonic today was created by many who came before us.”

Third-generation Boisean Charles Hummel said, “‘Boise Pops,’ with its gracious foreword by Tom Tompkins, is a continuing delight to read over and over. It takes Lissa and me from our childhood experience of Music Week on the steps of the statehouse through every stage of our encounters with music and its performers until today.

Boise Music Week board chair Pierce Murphy called “Boise Pops” a “great contribution to the history of Boise,” and Dan Stern, Boise Baroque Orchestra music director, concurred. “J.M. Neil’s wonderful book is a joy to read! it brings back fond memories on a walk through time, witnessing both short-lived projects and the sowing of long-term successes. Bravo for his diligent, illuminating work!”

55 Productions, the publisher, is a nonprofit corporation established by members of the Boise High School Class of 1955 to promote Boise arts and history. A portion of sales revenue from “Boise Pops” will be donated to student music scholarships.

Keep an eye out for our review on “Boise Pops” in this coming Sunday’s edition of the Book Addicts!

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