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Symphony at Livingston’s Shane Center





LIVINGSTON – Much like the town itself, the Shane Lalani Center for Performing Arts in Livingston is one of Montana’s hidden gems.

The Shane is Montana’s newest arts center, “dedicated to fostering creativity and building community through various arts programs, classes and events,” according to its website. It’s home to a thriving theater company with top-notch community productions, classes, and educational outreach programming for area schools. The Shane Center is also the residence for Symphony at the Shane, a series of musical performances arranged by the Bozeman Symphony.

On Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m., the Bozeman Symphony and Symphony at the Shane present pianist Laurel Yost, Jeannie Little on trombone, and trumpeter Sarah Stoneback.

Pianist Laurel Yost will accompany the two brass players, and also perform solo. Yost is a beloved member of the professional staff in the Montana State University School of Music. The professor and pianist often performs as a soloist, as well as with ensembles including the Camerata Trio, Beethoven Trio, Milhaud Trio, and the MSU-Bozeman New Music Ensemble.

Jeannie Little, of Jeannie Little and Friends, is an all-around musical virtuoso. She excels as a soloist, low brass professor, university band director, conductor, clinician, and recording artist. Little studied at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., under renowned trombonist and pedagogue, Dr. John Marcellus, and is currently a low bass professor and director of the university band at MSU.

Little has performed with musical legends including Ella Fitzgerald, Natalie Cole, Ben Vareen and the Dorsey Brothers Band.

Trumpeter Sarah Stoneback will join pianist Laurel Yost and Jeannie Little on trombone during at Livingston’s Shane Lalani Center on Nov. 19. PHOTO COURTESY OF BOZEMAN SYMPHONY

Trumpeter Sarah Stoneback will join pianist Laurel Yost and Jeannie Little on trombone during at Livingston’s Shane Lalani Center on Nov. 19. PHOTO COURTESY OF BOZEMAN SYMPHONY

Having graduated from University Colorado Boulder with a doctorate in musical performance and pedagogy with an emphasis on trumpet, Sarah Stoneback currently works as a trumpet and theory professor at MSU. As a Conn-Selmer Bach clinician, Stoneback has presented educational and inspirational seminars and assemblies with the Stoneback Sisters in schools throughout the U.S.

Stoneback has also participated in the presentation of more than 2,000 performances in the form of community concerts; solo engagements with numerous professional bands and orchestras; and provided workshops and residencies throughout the U.S. and Europe.

This performance is sure to glow, entertaining both untrained ears and those of seasoned patrons. Expect nothing less than richly resonant brass, and magically mindful piano melodies from this Symphony at the Shane.

Tickets are available at, or by calling the Bozeman Symphony Society at (406) 585-9774. Advanced reservations are recommended but tickets may be purchased at the door.

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