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CD Release at First Friday Art Walk!

The Electric City Chamber Players, featuring our very own Chris Mothersole (Clarinet & Basset Horn), Dorian Antipa (bassoon), and Lauren Blackerby (Oboe and English Horn), will be performing selections from their new CD album at Cory Block Bakery, #4 5th Street South. Cory Block will be serving Morning Light Coffee and offering special desserts not normally on their menu. The event is this Friday, September 1, and starts at 5:00 with live music starting at 6:00 pm. Free! No tickets or reservations required.

Dorian Antipa, bassoon, to teach at GFC-MSU and at MSU-Bozeman

Dorian Antipa, bassoonist for the Chinook Winds, will begin teaching music course at Great Falls College MSU this fall! The Great Falls Tribune published an article about Dorian's new post this past weekend. CHECK OUT "GFC MSU PARTNERS WITH GFC PROFESSIONAL MUSICIANS FOR NEW MUSIC COURSES". In other teaching news, Dorian will also be teaching part-time as the bassoon professor at the department of MSU in Bozeman!

Former Cascade Quartet Member Returns to Great Falls for Concert

Former Great Falls Symphony Cascade Quartet violinist Byron Wallis returns to Great Falls Thursday, September 7, for a concert duet with internationally-known pianist Alfredo Oyaguez. The evening of music, entitled Trans-Atlantic Wanderings, begins at 7:30 p.m. at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 2900 9th Ave. S. To see full article, please click HERE. Welcome Back Byron!

Beethoven at the Farmer's Market

Recognition for the Great Falls Symphony's flash mob appearance last Saturday at the Farmer's Market came from the League of American Orchestras' The Hub, a news resource for orchestras and classical music: Great Falls Symphony: Beethoven at the farmer’s market “The Great Falls Symphony Orchestra and members of the Symphonic Choir surprised the Great Falls Farmer’s Market this morning with a flash mob,” reports Josh Meny in Saturday’s (8/19) KRTV News (Great Falls, Montana). “They performed an abridged version of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Ode to Joy. Today’s flash mob was the first public appearance the symphony’s new director, Grant Harville, has made since conducting the holiday concert

Cascade Quartet Awarded CMA Grant to support "Music is Healing" Residency in Great Falls

Chamber Music America (CMA), the national network for ensemble music professionals, today announced the distribution of $951,545 through its four major grant programs: New Jazz Works and Presenter Consortium for Jazz, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; Classical Commissioning, supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; and the Residency Partnership Program, funded by Chamber Music America's Residency Endowment Fund. This funding will provide key support for the creation, performance, and presentation of small ensemble works, as well as support community engagement and audience-building initiatives. The grantees in each program were selected by independent peer panels. The

Big Sky News interviews Madeleine Folkerts!

Jake Sorich of Big Sky News interviewed our newest member, Madeleine Folkerts, about her recent move to Montana! It is a great spotlight on Madeleine and also highlights a video of one of her performances as a concerto soloist. CHECK OUT "MADELEINE FOLKERTS TO JOIN CHINOOK WINDS/GREAT FALLS SYMPHONY AS PRINCIPAL HORN PLAYER" BY JAKE SORICH.

Madeleine Folkerts, new principal horn

On July 31 the Great Falls Symphony held auditions for Principal Horn. The winner of the auditions will also serve as a member of the Great Falls Symphony’s resident woodwind quintet, the Chinook Winds. These auditions were very competitive and several highly qualified musicians from around the world submitted applications. Seven applicants were ultimately invited to Great Falls and performed for an audition committee, comprised of Music Director Grant Harville, and members of the Chinook Winds, and Cascade Quartet. The process included two rounds: one blind round where each applicant performed excerpts from horn concerto repertoire and orchestral selections, and one final open round where a

Easter Seals-Goodwill names Great Falls Symphony community partner of the year

Easter Seals-Goodwill Nothern Rocky Mountain clients enjoy two special concerts each year by the Great Falls Symphony, which include not only great performances but also a chance to play each instrument, learn the role of the instruments in the symphony and participate during the performance. This year the Great Falls Symphony was named the Easter Seals-Goodwill Community Partner of the Year at the organization's annual awards banquet July 21. See the full article here:

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