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In 1949, leaders in our community accepted an
invitation from Boise Music Week to participate
in their annual May production. Talented
performers from the Treasure Valley—led by
Juanita “Jay” Hormaechea—put together a
variety show that showcased Basque culture. The
production, titled “Song of the Basque,” was a
huge and wonderful success. More importantly, it
marked a transformative moment for that
generation of Basques, and Basque culture as it
became an important part of the fabric of the
larger community. So now, 70 years to the month
later, a sequel is coming! Song of the Basque 2
will be a featured show at Boise’s 2019 Music
Week on Sunday, May 5 at 3:00 PM in the
Morrison Center.
The effort has been headed by an organizing
committee that has met for nearly two years. The
committee is made up of Johnny Aldape, Juliana
Jausoro Aldape, Dan Ansotegui, Chris Bieter, Al
Erquiaga, Maite Iribarren-Gorrindo, Jaclyn
Lasuen, Gloria Garatea Lejardi, Julie Lachiondo
Lliteras, Patty Miller, Gina Ansotegui Urquidi,
Isana Urquidi and John Ysursa. (Special thanks to
Jerry Loyd who hosted the planning meetings.)
Last spring, the committee asked writer, director,
and actor Doug Copsey to join the Song 2 group.
Doug agreed, wrote a script, and now we are into
rehearsals! It’s a new story, but with some
re-creation moments from original ‘49 show.
The tickets for the show follow the Music Week
tradition of being free (except for a service
charge) and those will be made available by
Music Week to everyone on April 17th.

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