By Brian Hurlbut Big Sky Arts Council

This winter, the Arts Council of
Big Sky will host the ninth annual
Peggy Dicken Schwer Memorial
Fund Concert Series. These intimate
dinner concerts are a great
way to see and hear regional and
international musicians, with great
food served by some of Big Sky’s
best chefs.
The Muir String Quartet
Wednesday, Jan. 11, Talus Room at
Big Sky Resort.
In its 33rd season, the nationally
known Muir String Quartet has
distinguished itself among audiences
and critics with its “exhilarating
involvement” (Boston
Globe),”impeccable voicing and intonation”
(San Francisco Examiner)
and “unbridled musicality” (American
Record Guide). The Muir is
committed to the great European
tradition learned from mentors,
the Budapest and Guarneri string
quartets.
The Bozeman Intermountain Opera
Thursday, Feb. 9, Buck’s T-4 Lodge
This local opera company has been
around since 1979, and has continued
to grow and attract operagoers, not
only in Bozeman, but from other parts
of Montana and neighboring states as
well. They will present a short opera,
“Sweet Betsy From Pike,” and a selection
of well-known arias.
Dos Mayos, with special guests
Michael Blessing and Eddie T
Sunday, Feb. 26, Talus Room at Big Sky
Resort.
This Bozeman group plays unique
arrangements and adaptations of Latin,
jazz, blues and Americana. Its distinctive
style, with tight instrumental
and vocal blends, makes Dos Mayos a
standout in the region. Tana Mayo, a
gifted vocalist, flutist and percussionist,
has influences including Natalie Cole,
Herbie Mann, Alison Krauss and Diane
Schuur. Rich Mayo is an exceptional
guitarist, vocalist and harmonica player
who spent years writing, arranging and
recording music, playing on everything
from radio and TV jingles to musical
CDs. Michael Blessing
brings a blend of percussion
and rhythm to
the group.
Pavel Egorov
Saturday, March 24,
Talus Room at Big Sky
Resort.
Don’t miss this
incredible opportunity
to hear one of the
world’s most decorated
pianists. A graduate
of Moscow State
Conservatory and the
St. Petersburg State
Conservatory, Egorov
lives in St. Petersburg
and has performed in
Big Sky once before. His awards include
First Prize and Golden Medal from the
Schumann International Competition
in Zwickau, Germany, and the International
Schumann Prize; and the Order
of Polish Republic Merit in Culture.
Mr. Egorov is also a renowned music researcher
and scientific editor, Honorary
Member of the Philharmonic Society
in St. Petersburg, and an active member
of the St. Petersburg Department of
Education and Scientific Development
of the Russian Academy of Natural
Sciences.
The Arts Council of Big Sky is a nonprofit
organization founded in 1989. Check
bigskyarts.org for a complete schedule,
or call the ACBS office at (406) 995-
2742. Tickets are by reservation only
and must be made by calling the office.