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Montana Shakespeare in the Parks

August 2nd, 2015

Montana Shakespeare in the ParksPlease join us for another summer of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks , when we present "The Taming of the Shrew" on Sunday, August 2 at 6 p.m. in Town Center Park. This performance is FREE and suitable for all ages!

As one of the summer's most anticipated events in the region, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks brings professional productions, at no cost to the public, to communities throughout Montana, northern Wyoming, eastern Idaho, western North Dakota and eastern Washington. Remarkably self-reliant, the company features 10 professional actors selected by national audition who tour without technical assistance to bring live theatre to communities primarily in rural areas. An anticipated audience of over 30,000 attend the performances each summer.

Montana Shakespeare in the Parks (MSIP) opened its first season in the summer of 1973. Since that time, MSIP has performed over 2,250 times to nearly three quarter of a million people becoming a mainstay of Montana culture. The company's contribution to the cultural fabric of Montana and its unique ability to serve the most remote rural areas of the region has been chronicled by Montana PBS, NBC Nightly News, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and many others. In 1991, the company was named the recipient of the Montana Governor's Award for the Arts, the highest honor that can be bestowed on an arts organization in our state.
All performances of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks are free and tickets are not needed for admission.

Audiences are encouraged to show up prior to the appointed curtain time with chairs, blankets, a picnic supper, and friends and family to enjoy the evening. Please no pets allowed in the park!



Music in the Mountains: Corb Lund and the Hurtin' Albertans

August 6th, 2015

Music in the Mountains: Corb Lund and the HurtinJoin the ACBS as we welcome back Canadian country roots artist Corb Lund and his band, the Hurtin' Albertans, back to Big Sky on August 6! This concert is sponsored by the Spanish Peaks Community Foundation.

Goth girls to survivalists, bovines to bibles, antique pistols to vintage motorcycles: Alberta-born honky-tonker Corb Lund's songcraft covers it all. From a rustic retreat deep in the Rocky Mountain forest, Cabin Fever, Lund's enthralling new album, evolved from a period of introspection and hard traveling. Just like the prolific Lund's subjects run the gamut, so do the sonics on the live-sounding long-player, ranging from rockabilly to Western swing, cowboy balladry to country-rock. And, of course, the occasional yodel...

Cabin Fever follows on the boot heels of Lund's 2009 New West debut, the critically acclaimed Losin' Lately Gambler, his sixth album. Backed by his longtime band, The Hurtin' Albertans, the JUNO Award recipient has won kudos in his native land; the Canadian Country Music Association has named Lund the Roots Artist of the Year 7 consecutive years from 2004 - 2010.

Road dogs, Lund and his band headline Canadian country and folk festivals, as well as gigging at New York City nightspots and America's finest honky-tonks. "We're able to straddle the line between songwriter folk and straight country, which is cool," says Lund. "We do funky clubs and we do folk rooms, along with festivals." 

Click here for a video of Corb performing "Cows In Town" at last year's Red Ants Pants Music Festival.

Park opens at 6 p.m., music starts at 7 p.m. Food and beverages from local vendors will be available. Please no glass containers or pets allowed in the park during concerts. Admission is free and suitable for all ages! Plenty of parking!

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Big Sky Classical Music Festival: WindSync

August 7th, 2015

Big Sky Classical Music Festival: WindSyncJoin as we kick off the fifth annual Classical Music Festival with a free performance from WindSync in the Town Center Park!

Hailed by the Houston Chronicle as "revolutionary chamber musicians," WindSync has distinguished itself among classical music ensembles as North America's foremost emerging wind quintet. The ensemble is recognized internationally for dramatic and adventurous programing in venues ranging from concert halls to museums, universities and schools. The young, energetic group plays exclusively from memory, including elements of staging and choreography, and focuses on building connections with audiences through dynamic concert programming and charismatic stage presence.

Winner of the 2012 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh International Competition, WindSync also received the Sylvia Ann Hewlett Adventurous Artist Prize and numerous performance prizes from the CAG competition, including the ensemble's New York debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Chautauqua Institution, Washington Performing Arts Society's Music in the Country series, the Music in the Park Series of The Schubert Club (St. Paul, MN) and the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University. Recent performance engagements include the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center in China and Zilkha Hall at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Houston as well as radio broadcasts by Houston Public Media, New York Public Radio's McGraw Hill Financial Young Artists Showcase, and Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media's Performance Today.

Park opens at 5 p.m., music starts at 6 p.m. with an opening ensemble with WindSync performing at 7 p.m. Food and beverages from local vendors will be available. Please no glass containers or pets allowed in the park during concerts. Admission is free and suitable for all ages! Plenty of parking!



Big Sky Classical Music Festival: Six Strings

August 8th, 2015

Big Sky Classical Music Festival: Six StringsYou won't want to miss this incredible night of music featuring some of the world's finest players--all together on one stage in the beautiful Warren Miller Performing Arts Center ! This evening is sponsored by the Preggy Dicken Schwer and Carroll Toepffer Memorial Funds, as well as Realty Big Sky.

The evening will feature Rachel Barton Pine , violin; Angella Ahn , violin; David Wallace , viola; Gillian Gallagher , viola; Matt Haimovitz , cello; and Kathe Jarka , cello. The ensemble will be performing Brahms String Sextet No. 1 in B-flat Major, Op. 18. In addition, Rachel Barton Pine and Matt Haimovitz will be performing solo compositions.

Click here for a performance of the second movement from this beautiful piece.

Tickets are by advanced purchase only and will go on sale June 1 on the WMPAC web site.



Big Sky Classical Music Festival: Big Sky Festival Orchestra

August 9th, 2015

Big Sky Classical Music Festival: Big Sky Festival OrchestraCome down to Town Center Park as we end the fifth annual Classical Music Festival in style with a performance from the Big Sky Festival Orchestra, with Maestro Peter Bay ! This is a free performance and what better way to listen to a world-class orchestra than outdoors in Big Sky! This performance is presented by Bozeman Deaconess Heath Services!

Appearing with the orchestra are featured soloists Rachel Barton Pine and Matt Haimovitz, performing the Brahms Double Concerto in A minor, Op. 102. The orchestra will also be performing Symphony No. 8 and the Egmont Overture, both by Beethoven.

Peter Bay is celebrating his 16th full season as Music Director and Conductor of the Austin Symphony Orchestra. Maestro Bay has appeared with seventy different orchestras including the National, Chicago, St. Louis, Houston, Dallas, Baltimore, New Mexico, New Jersey, North Carolina, Syracuse, Virginia, West Virginia, Colorado, Hawaii, Jacksonville, Richmond, Sarasota, Alabama, Arkansas, Canton, Eugene, Fort Worth, Springfield, Bochum (Germany), Carinthian (Austria), Lithuanian National, and Ecuador National Symphonies, the Minnesota and Algarve (Portugal) Orchestras, the Louisiana, Buffalo, Rhode Island, Tulsa, Fort Wayne and Reno Philharmonics, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Eastman (Argento's Postcard from Morocco) and Aspen (Moore's The Ballad of Baby Doe) Opera Theaters, and the Theater Chamber Players of the Kennedy Center. Summer music festival appearances have included Aspen (CO), Music in the Mountains (CO), Grant Park and Ravinia (IL), Round Top (TX), OK Mozart (OK) and Skaneateles (NY).

A native of Washington, DC, Mr. Bay is a graduate of the University of Maryland and the Peabody Institute of Music. In 1994, he was one of two conductors selected to participate in the Leonard Bernstein American Conductors Program. He was also the first prize winner of the 1980 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Young Conductors Competition and a prize winner of the 1987 Leopold Stokowski Competition sponsored by the American Symphony Orchestra in New York.

Park opens at 5 p.m., music starts at 6 p.m. Food and beverages from local vendors will be available. Please no glass containers or pets allowed in the park during concerts. Admission is free and suitable for all ages! Plenty of parking!



Music in the Mountains: Royal Southern Brotherhood

August 13th, 2015

Music in the Mountains: Royal Southern BrotherhoodThe Arts Council is pleased to welcome the Royal Southern Brotherhood to the Town Center stage on Thursday, August 13, 2015, for a FREE concert!! This concert is sponsored by American Bank of Montana .

Cyril Neville is known for his amazing vocals and percussion skills as a member of the Grammy Award winning Neville Brothers and the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame nominees the Meters. Cyril's history may speak for itself but it was his 2013 solo release "Magic Honey" that satisfyingly received critics praise and multiple accolades from around the world including 4 Offbeat Music Awards and a Blues Foundation nomination for "Best Contemporary Blues" CD. What really sums up the life of this Neville is his band Royal Southern Brotherhood. Royal Southern Brotherhood released their self titled debut Cd in 2012. Immediately the band set out on a never ending tour performing their own brand of Soulful Rhythm and Blues Rock that would eventually cover 30 countries that same year.

Today Royal Southern Brotherhood's line up has changed for the better. The band has become one with their music and it may have taken a change of guitarist to get there but the entire journey has been well worth it. Mike Zito and Devon Allman broke out of the band that brought them to the music worlds attention in 2014 and were replaced by two ace guitarist Nashville's Bart Walker and Austin Texas guitarist Tyrone Vaughan--the latter being the son of Jimmie Vaughan and the nephew of the iconic Stevie Ray.

Cyril Neville--a young 65 year old singer that has long been considered New Orleans royalty for his stints in the Grammy Award winning Neville Brothers, Galactic and The Meters--has spawned 45 some odd years and has included performances with music icons such as Bono, Joan Baez, Dr. John and Tab Benoit. Now, his band that took the Blues and Jam world by storm in 2012 has honed it all in and are better then ever performing songs from their three studio recordings as well as the songs that Cyril is known for and has performed with the Meters and Neville Brothers for years.

Neville's experience combined with these talented, energetic players creates a new sound that remains reverent to the blues traditions. The band's upcoming album, Don't Look Back: The Muscle Shoals Sessions, highlights the magic that happens when great songs are performed by great bands.

Park opens at 6 p.m., music starts at 7 p.m. Food and beverages from local vendors will be available. Please no glass containers or pets allowed in the park during concerts. Admission is free and suitable for all ages! Plenty of parking!



Music in the Mountains: The Brothers Comatose

August 20th, 2015

Music in the Mountains: The Brothers ComatoseThe Arts Council is pleased to welcome the Brothers Comatose to the Town Center stage on Thursday, August 20, 2015, for a FREE concert!!

Despite their name, the band is anything but Comatose. "It's just one, big, extended Morrison music party," they say. Ben and Alex Morrison, guitar and banjo, and lead vocalists, front this rocking string band that has become a West coast headliner and national touring act in a mere four years. With stellar accompanists Phil Brezina on fiddle and Ryan Avellone on mandolin, their high energy, audience engaging shows have caught fire with fans from San Diego to Seattle to Salt Lake to Silk Hope, N.C. and beyond. In home turf Northern California they sell out shows in San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Petaluma and played the enormous Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco, August, 2014.

During early 2014 the band enjoyed incredible success on extended tours with Devil Makes Three and Yonder Mountain String Band which led to their own club headlining and festival summer tour. 2014 appearances included Sisters Folk Festival, Grey Fox Festival, Hangtown Festival, and shows opening for Lake Street Dive in Colorado.

At the heart of this remarkable ensemble are the songs. With two cds released and plans for a third album in 2015, the band draws from a deep knowledge of folk, rock, traditional and other genres. Stand out originals such as The Scout and Pie For Breakfast have become anthemic sing-a-longs at shows. Well chosen covers have ranged from Norman Blake to Keith Richards to Cake. They can also slow down the pace with beautiful original ballads such as Morning Time which was released as a duet with Nicki Bluhm on their current CD, Respect The Van.

Park opens at 6 p.m., music starts at 7 p.m. Food and beverages from local vendors will be available. Please no glass containers or pets allowed in the park during concerts. Admission is free and suitable for all ages! Plenty of parking!

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Music in the Mountains: Euforquestra

August 27th, 2015

Music in the Mountains: EuforquestraThe Arts Council will be ending the 2015 free summer concert season on August 27 when we welcome the groovy funk sounds of Euforquestra to Town Center Park! This concert is sponsored by 3 Rivers Communications .

Eufórquestra (pronounced yoo-FOHR-keh-struh, think euphoria+orchestra) is energy and rhythm personified. An ever-evolving sound that has been influenced by music from all over the world with an emphasis on funk, pocket and groove. For over a decade the band has been igniting dance floors across the country, blending the roots of funk, soul, afrobeat, reggae and dub to create a sound that "explodes, dances and melts in your ear with sheer bliss" (AllAboutJazz.com).

Eufórquestra's fifth full-length record, Fire, was produced by Kyle Hollingsworth (of The String Cheese Incident) and captures the passion and musical maturing of these road warriors. Over the course of 14 tracks, the band takes you on an hour-long adventure that will touch your heart and mind, and keep your fingers and toes tapping. A handful of special guests, including Elliot Martin (John Brown's Body), Gabriel Mervine and Kim Dawson (The Motet) and Mr. Hollingsworth himself, put their own touches on the band's already cohesive sound that is "tight and engineered to a fine, funky precision." (Chicago Jam Scene) The result is a record that is distinctly modern, maintaining one foot in the future and firmly planting in the musical roots traditions of the past.

With almost 1,000 shows under their belt, Eufórquestra shows no sign of stopping. A perpetually heavy tour schedule keeps the band and fans happy, as performing live in front of an audience has always been the band's top priority. As noted in a live show review by Grateful Web, "...the boys seem to play like the apocalypse will happen at any second and they want to die doing what they do best..."

Park opens at 6 p.m., music starts at 7 p.m. Food and beverages from local vendors will be available. Please no glass containers or pets allowed in the park during concerts. Admission is free and suitable for all ages! Plenty of parking!



NPR's From the Top with Christopher O'Riley

September 27th, 2015

NPRPlease join us and be part of history in the making--and a live radio broadcast--when the Arts Council hosts NPR's From the Top with Host Christopher O'Riley right here in Big Sky at the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center! Tickets go on sale on Friday, March 20. Click here to buy tickets. This show is made by possible by a grant from the Sydney Frank Foundation.

From the Top is America's largest national platform dedicated to celebrating the stories, talents, and character of classically-trained young musicians. Its signature radio program, NPR's From the Top with Host Christopher O'Riley, is the most popular weekly one-hour classical music program on public radio, heard by more than half a million listeners in more than 220 markets. The show is recorded before live audiences across the country, uniting communities around the joy and promise of great young talent. From the Top has recorded more than 290 radio broadcasts in America's premier concert halls - reaching more than 200,000 live audience members in 141 U.S. cities and 2 international cities.

This will be an amazing night for Big Sky, one that showcases the best young talent from the Northern Rocky Mountains. We hope you can be a part of it!

This performance is sponsored in party by the Sydney Frank Foundation .

 
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