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Bozeman Trail Chamber Players perform in Virginia City


The Bozeman Trail Chamber Players, a Bozeman Symphony Far Afield ensemble, presents a free performance at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Elling House Arts and Humanities Center in Virginia City. The concert follows a 5:30 p.m. artist reception for the center’s September artist of the month, southwest Montana painter Carleton McCambridge.

This season the Bozeman Trail Chamber Players features wind instruments with the dynamic addition of percussion. Drawing from a rich chamber music repertoire, the ensemble will present music ranging from the majesty of the high baroque, to the playfulness of ragtime and original jazz-influenced works. The group’s performers include MaryAnn Jacobson (clarinet), Alan Leech (bassoon), Karen Leech (flute), Greg Notess (French horn), Sandra Stimson (oboe) and Jeff Vick on percussion.

McCambridge presents an exhibit called “People who Bring Life to the Old West,” a collection of oil paintings that focus on towns such as Virginia City and Nevada City that provide visitors and residents with opportunities to relive the past and learn about local history. McCambridge’s paintings portray volunteers at the Nevada City Museum, guests of the Virginia City Grand Victorian Ball and participants in the annual Shoshone-Bannock Pow Wow.

The Far Afield Program, established in 1992, takes Bozeman Symphony chamber ensembles to rural communities to present free performances and share their musical perspectives. Far Afield enables the audience to see, hear and feel the music being created live instead of through the media of television or radio.

The Far Afield outreach program is made possible in part by grants from the Montana Arts Council, Montana Cultural Trust and the Gilhousen Family Foundation.

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