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Arts Council of Big Sky Event Calendar

Our summer season kicks off on Thursday, June 26!! See you then!!

The Madrigal Dinner

December 4th, 2014

The Madrigal Dinner

The Arts Council of Big Sky is proud to present the 18th annual Madrigal Dinner, slated for Thursday, Dec. 4, at 5 p.m. in the Buck's T-4 Lodge Ballroom. This event is considered by many as the traditional opening of the Christmas season and is one of the highlights for the Big Sky community.

Tickets for the Madrigal Dinner can be purchased any time for $55 per person, which includes a fantastic three-course dinner prepared by the chefs at Buck's, as well as festive music from the Montana State University Montanans, the MSU Brass Quintet and the MSU Chorale. The menu will be announced shortly. Please call 995-2742 for ticketing information.

The evening begins with a no-host bar at 5 p.m., followed by seating for the dinner promptly at 6 p.m., in preparation for the Ceremonial Procession of the Lord and Lady of the Manor and their guests. Olde English customs are the theme throughout the evening, including fanfares introducing the Ceremonial Procession, the Wassail Bowl and Christmas Toast, the Boar's Head Procession and the Flaming Pudding Dessert. The MSU Montanans serenade guests throughout the evening and the MSU Chorale presents a concert finale. The dinner closes with the audience joining the musicians in singing familiar carols.  This year's menu looks incredible, take a look!

Salad: Roasted organic Gallatin Valley squash, plumped cranberry, smoked walnut arugula, gooseberry vinaigrette
Main: Cider braised pork roast, chimi churri, white corn cheddar grits,
Granny Smith apple slaw, pan jus
Dessert: Nutella Panna Cotta

This is one of the most talked-about events in Big Sky, so don't miss it and make your reservation today!

Montana Ballet: The Nutcracker

December 14th, 2014

Montana Ballet: The NutcrackerDon't miss the first-ever performance in Big Sky of this holiday classic from Montana Ballet, complete with a live chamber ensemble perfomring the music! The performance will start at 4 p.m.

The Nutcracker Ballet is based on the book entitled "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" written by E.T.A. Hoffman. The legendary choreographer Marius Petipa commissioned Tchaikovsky to write the music for the Nutcracker Ballet in 1891. The following year, the very first performance of the Nutcracker appeared at the Mariinsky Theatre in Russia, the home of the Kirov Ballet. In the United States, the first full-length Nutcracker was choreographed by W. Christensen and performed by the San Francisco Ballet in 1944. Today the Nutcracker is an annual holiday tradition, performed by ballet companies large and small all over the world.

Please stay tuned for ticket information! You can read more about Montana Ballet's performance here !

Music in the Mountains: The Whiskey Gentry

July 23rd, 2015

Music in the Mountains: The Whiskey GentryThe Arts Council is pleased to welcome the Whiskey Gentry to the Town Center stage on Thursday, July 23, 2015, for a FREE concert!!

Amongst many attempts to describe The Whiskey Gentry , perhaps the best take was from Paste Magazine who called them a "toe-tapping, steamrolling kind of band, its fingers picking deep into fields of bluegrass...with a punk-inspired kick drum."

The Whiskey Gentry's catchy tunes reel in listeners spanning from music novices to mainstream audiences, while their musical mastery garners the professional praise and respect of those with the most sophisticated of musical palates.

Two albums in, both co-produced by John Keane (R.E.M., Uncle Tupelo), they recently gained official recognition as a finalist in the Chris Austin Songwriting Competition held at MerleFest. From local haunts to the Nashville music industry's elite, the band's burgeoning followers and supporters have quite literally set the stage for nationwide venues and air waves.

Initially a quintet formed by husband and wife duo Lauren Staley and Jason Morrow, the band's debut album in 2011 Please Make Welcome became a critically-acclaimed success, quickly launching the Atlanta-based band into markets from Tampa to NYC, and at festivals priding themselves as the first to showcase the next best thing.

They have since expanded on both a physical and geographic level, becoming a septet comprised of Chesley Lowe on banjo, Sammy Griffin on bass, Price Cannon on drums, Michael Smith on mandolin, and Rurik Nunan on fiddle.

Their most recent album, Holly Grove, is another leap in the band's ongoing evolution on a musical and social scale. Mastered by Glenn Schick (Indigo Girls, Drive-By Truckers), Holly Grove infuses elements of country, bluegrass, folk, rock, and punk with a mix of poppy and poignant lyrics, fiery and heartfelt vocals, traditional and avant-garde sound, honesty, edginess, and entertainment all around.

Click here for a rollicking live performance of "Eula Mae" at the 2013 Bristol Rythm and Roots Reunion.

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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