ARTS COUNCIL OF BIG SKY

BIG SKY – Presented by the Arts Council of Big Sky, the fourth annual Big Sky Classical Music Festival is slated for Aug. 8-10. The festival features three nights of world-class music, with two of the nights free to the public.

The first night of the festival features a rare chance to see and hear two incredible musicians on one stage. Angella Ahn and David Wallace, along with pianist Julie Gosswiller, will open the festival with a performance at the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center on Friday, Aug. 8, at 7:30 p.m.

Ahn is the violinist for the Ahn Trio – comprised of Angella and her twin sisters – which was born while all three studied at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City. Ahn is currently an Assistant Professor of Violin and Viola at Montana State University in Bozeman. A Juilliard Professor and a New York Philharmonic Senior Teaching Artist, Dr. Wallace is an internationally touring musician, a Grammy-nominated performer, an award-winning composer and a master teaching artist.

Other events over the weekend include Spectrum Brass on Aug. 9 and the Big Sky Festival Orchestra on Aug. 10. Both concerts are free and will be outdoors in Big Sky’s Town Center Park.

Spectrum’s members are leading freelance musicians who have performed with an impressive collection of orchestras and chamber groups including the American Brass Quintet, Boston Brass, Colorado Symphony, New York Chamber Soloists, and Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, among others.

Maestro Peter Bay will be conducting the Big Sky Festival Orchestra Sunday evening. Celebrating his 16th full season as Music Director and Conductor of the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Bay has appeared with 70 different orchestras, as well as holding positions as Music Director of a number of orchestras and festivals around the country. He’s also held four different conducting posts with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in New York and the Richmond Symphony in Virginia.

Call (406) 995-2742 or visit bigskyarts.org for more information about the festival.