ARTS COUNCIL OF BIG SKY

BIG SKY – The fifth annual Big Sky Classical Music Festival, presented by the Arts Council of Big Sky, will return Aug. 7-9. The festival features three nights of world-class music, and two of the nights are admission free.

On Friday, Aug. 7, one of the country’s up-and-coming wind ensembles, WindSync, will perform in Big Sky Town Center. Hailed by the Houston Chronicle as “revolutionary chamber musicians,” WindSync has distinguished itself as North America’s foremost emerging wind quintet.

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 a charismatic stage presence.

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with an opening group still to be announced, and WindSync will take the stage at 7 p.m. The free concert will take place outdoors in Town Center Park.

Beginning at 7:30 p.m. on the second night, Rachel Barton Pine and Matt Haimovitz will play at the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center. Both Pine and Haimovitz will perform solo compositions, and then will be joined by special guests Angella Ahn, David Wallace, Kathe Jarka and Gillian Gallagher for “String Sextet No. 1 in B-flat Major, Op. 18” from Brahms.

On Sunday at 5 p.m., the Big Sky Festival Orchestra will perform a free concert in Town Center Park. The orchestra will be conducted by Peter Bay, acclaimed music director of the Austin Symphony Orchestra, and features some of the best musicians from Montana.

The show will include concertmaster Jessica Matheas from the Austin Symphony Orchestra, as well as soloists Pine and Haimovitz. Selections will include “Symphony No. 8” and the “Egmont Overture,” both from Beethoven, and the celebrated “Double Concerto in A minor, Op. 102” from Brahms.

Visit bigskyarts.org or call (406) 995-2742 for more information about the festival. To purchase tickets to the Aug. 8 show at Warren Miller Performing Arts Center, visit warrenmillerpac.org.