GREAT SKY ARTS COUNCIL
BIG SKY – The Big Sky Arts Council is pleased to present the 10e Annual congratulations! Big Sky Music Festival in downtown Big Sky on August 13-14. The festival, formerly known as Big Sky Classical Music Festival, brings together some of the best classical and crossover musicians in Big Sky for two nights of world-class performances.
The festival kicks off with a paid concert at the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center on Friday August 13, featuring an intimate concert by Angella Ahn and her friends. This star string ensemble will perform the famous Mendelssohn Octet, as well as pieces by Kenji Bunch and Caroline Shaw. The group includes the following musicians: Angella Ahn (violin), Eugena Chang (cello), Britton Riley (cello), Yvonne Lam (viola), Grammy winner (viola), Carrie Krause (violin), Pico Alt (violin) ), Chi-Chi Lin Bestmann (viola) and Emilie-Anne Gendron (violin). Tickets for this show are on sale now and can be purchased at warrenmillerpac.org.
“This is a group of world-class musicians who have come together just for this concert,” said Brian Hurlbut, Executive Director of ACBS. “They will play an intimate concert at WMPAC and then join the orchestra on Saturday. We are delighted to have them.
On Saturday there will be a free concert at Len Hill Park in the Big Sky Town Center. The first will be a performance by the Big Sky Festival String Orchestra, playing pieces by Mozart, LeClair, Kilar, Walker and Grieg, with guest soloist Angella Ahn. The orchestra will again be led by Peter Bay, who is the musical director and conductor of the Austin Symphony Orchestra. Maestro Bay has performed with over 80 different orchestras around the world. In 1994, he was one of two conductors selected to participate in the Leonard Bernstein American Conductors Program. He was the first prize winner of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Young Conductors Competition in 1980 and a winner of the Leopold Stokowski Competition in 1987 sponsored by the American Symphony Orchestra. He was inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame in May 2016.
Saturday’s performance will close with FUTUREMAN / SILVERMAN, a far-reaching musical conversation between two of the world’s most eclectic and adventurous musicians. Roy “Futureman” Wooten is a five-time Grammy-winner percussionist, founding member of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, composer, inventor, innovator and a very endearing personality. His musical explorations continue to explore the confines of the musical world. Dubbed “the greatest living representative of the electric violin” by the BBC, Tracy Silverman is the world’s first concert electric violinist.
He went to Juilliard School in hopes of becoming the next Jascha Heifetz, but left wanting to be the next Jimi Hendrix, and was recently named by Juilliard as one of its top 100 graduates. His groundbreaking work with the 6-string electric violin has led to collaborations with the world’s greatest composers and premieres at Carnegie Hall. The combination of the two is explosive. Using electronics, live loops and spontaneous musical interaction, they create soundscapes and grooves that will have you looking for other members of this duo. The trip covers rock, jazz, Latin and Asian grooves and includes “derangements” of electric violin concertos, original works and famous everything from Bach to Hendrix.
“This is the tenth anniversary of the festival,” said Hurlbut, “and we think we have some great lineup that will appeal to everyone.”
For more information about the festival, please visit bigskyarts.org.