2017-2018 Chamber Music Series brings you food, song, dance, stories and more!

Featuring the Great Falls Symphony’s Cascade Quartet and the Chinook Winds Quintet

WHO: Cascade Quartet and Chinook Winds
WHAT: Great Falls Symphony’s Chamber Music Series

WHEN and WHERE:

Chinook Winds present Fall Flavors featuring food pairings by Wines By Wednesday, Cory Block Bakery, Prairie Heritage Farms, and A Land of Grass

  • 2PM Sun Sep 24 Heritage Hall, GFC- MSU, 2100 16th Ave S

  • 7PM Tue Sep 26 Wines By Wednesday (5th & Wine venue), 214 5th St S

Cascade Quartet presents Autumn Sunrise

  • 2PM Sun Oct 22 First Congregational Church UCC, 2900 9th Ave S

  • 7PM Tue Oct 24 C.M. Russell Museum, 400 13th St N

Chinook Winds present Story Time

  • 2PM Sun Nov 12 First Congregational Church UCC, 2900 9th Ave S

  • 7PM Tue Nov 14 Chapel, University of Providence, 1301 20th St S

Cascade Quartet presents Song & Dance featuring Sarah Dassinger, dancer

  • 2PM Sun Jan 28 First Congregational Church UCC, 2900 9th Ave S

  • 7PM Tue Jan 30 C.M. Russell Museum, 400 13th St N

Chinook Winds present Quintet + 1 featuring Heather Barnes, soprano; Johan Eriksson, saxophone; Christopher Hahn, piano

  • 2PM Sun Mar 11 First Congregational Church UCC, 2900 9th Ave S

  • 7PM Tue Mar 13 First United Methodist Church, 610 2nd Ave N

Cascade Quartet present Turn Up the Bass featuring Mark Bergman, bass

  • 2PM Sun Apr 15 First Congregational Church UCC, 2900 9th Ave S

  • 7PM Tue Apr 17 Chapel, University of Providence, 1301 20th St S

Cascade Quartet and Chinook Winds present Resonant Combinations

  • 2PM Sun May 20 First Congregational Church UCC, 2900 9th Ave S

  • 7PM Tue May 22 C.M. Russell Museum, 400 13th St N

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ADMISSION:

Individual tickets $15 Adults / $5 Students

Season Pass $75 Adults / $25 Students

Food Tickets for Fall Flavors $10 Sunday, September 24 / $20 Tuesday, September 26 (Food Tickets must be purchased in advance at gfsymphony.org/fall-flavors)

 

The Great Falls Symphony’s Cascade Quartet and Chinook Winds present the 2017-2018 Chamber Music Season filled with inventive programs and unique collaborations with community partners, guest artists, and new horn player Madeleine Folkerts.

 

The Chinook Winds’ Fall Flavors concert is a musical “feast for your ears” as described by Norman Gonzales, flute. The quintet has collaborated with some of Great Falls’ favorite food artisans to bring audiences delightful music and food pairings. Concert attendees who wish to enjoy the full-flavor experience may purchase food tickets separately from their concert tickets or season passes. The first concert is at 2PM on Sunday, September 24, at Heritage Hall, GFC- MSU and features delectable samples from Cory Block Bakery, Prairie Heritage Farms, and A Land of Grass. The second concert will be at 7PM on Tuesday, September 26, at Wines By Wednesday’s newly opened 5th & Wine venue and features light appetizers created by chef Sara Thomas. Food tickets cost $10.00 for Sunday’s concert at Heritage Hall and $20.00 for Tuesday’s concert at Wines By Wednesday. Food tickets must be purchased in advance at gfsymphony.org/fall-flavors.

 

In the Cascade Quartet’s Autumn Sunrise program, Haydn’s luminous Sunrise Quartet and the introspective, passionate Company by minimalist composer Philip Glass provide contrasting styles. Nielsen’s Quartet in G is restless and romantic with youthful energy, incorporating playful Danish fiddle tunes. Concerts are at 2PM on Sunday, October 22, at First Congregational Church UCC and 7PM on Tuesday, October 24, at the C.M. Russell Museum.

 

In November, the Chinook Winds present Story Time. Concerts include a unique work in which each musician takes a turn delivering rapid-fire narration along with the music. Opus Number Zoo is a lively neo-Classical work that is in turns both whimsical and wicked. Through collaborative outreach efforts with the Great Falls Public School District, the quintet will feature original stories by local students and narration by guest storyteller Tiffany Waldren. Concerts take place at 2PM on Sunday, November 12, at First Congregational Church UCC and at 7PM on Tuesday, November 14, at the University of Providence Chapel.

 

Song & Dance is collaborative program between the Cascade Quartet and dancer Sarah Dassinger. Ms. Dassinger will interpret Erwin Schulhoff’s rustic, raw, and physical Five Pieces in movement. The program also includes works by Franz Schubert, whose love for vocal music is evident in the melodies of his string quartets. Song & Dance performances will be at 2PM on Sunday, January 28, at First Congregational Church UCC and 7PM on Tuesday, January 30, at the C.M. Russell Museum.

 

The Quintet + 1 concerts feature the Chinook Winds with special guests from Missoula and Helena. Soprano Heather Barnes, a frequent guest artist with the Helena Symphony Orchestra, performs Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, a sublime combination of music, lyrics, and voice. University of Montana School of Music faculty Christopher Hahn and Johan Eriksson join the quintet on piano and saxophone, respectively, on two other exciting collaborations. Quintet + 1 concerts will be at 2PM on Sunday, March 11, at First Congregational Church UCC and at 7PM on Tuesday, March 13, at First United Methodist Church.

 

Mark Bergman–teacher, conductor, composer, and virtuosic bass player – joins the Cascade Quartet for the Turn Up the Bass concerts in April.  Mr. Bergman is featured alongside the quartet in Antonin Dvorák’s String Quintet No. 2 for 2 violins, viola, cello, and bass. The piece is a tour de force, but also pastoral.  “You can hear the countryside in the slow movement,” says Megan Karls, violin. Adding double bass to the quartet adds a wonderful sense of space and an open-air quality. Concerts take place at 2PM on Sunday, April 15, at First Congregational Church UCC and at 7PM on Tuesday, April 17, at the University of Providence Chapel.

 

Resonant Combinations is the final concert of the Chamber Music Series and brings members of both the Cascade Quartet and the Chinook Winds together for a joint performance of music for strings, winds, and combinations of the two instrument groups. Performances take place at 2PM on Sunday, May 20, at First Congregational Church UCC and at 7PM on Tuesday, May 22, at the C.M. Russell Museum.

 

Single admission is $15 Adults / $5 Students.  Season passes are available for purchase for $75 Adults / $25 Students. Season passes are punch cards that grant seven admissions in any combination. Single admission tickets and season passes are available for purchase online at gfsymphony.org or at the door. Food tickets for the Fall Flavors program in September are sold separately from concert admission and must be purchased in advance at gfsymphony.org/fall-flavors. For more information, contact the Symphony office at 406-453-4102 or visit gfsymphony.org.

 

Cascade Quartet

With its depth of sound, insightful interpretations, and genre-bending performances, the Cascade Quartet has enriched communities across Montana and the Northwest for over three decades. They are praised for their cross-discipline collaborations and have worked closely with multi-media artists, dancers, choirs, world percussionists and jazz artists. Noted past collaborations include Yo Yo Ma, the Ying Quartet, and Grammy nominee Philip Aaberg.

 

The Cascade Quartet is the resident string quartet of the Great Falls Symphony and its personnel serve as principal players in the orchestra. Each quartet member is a strong advocate for music education and outreach.  They tour extensively throughout the year providing concerts, multi-day residencies and interactive school activities for communities large and small. The Cascade Quartet includes violinists Mary Papoulis and Megan Karls, violist Maria Ritzenthaler, and cellist Thaddeus Suits.

 

Chinook Winds

As the resident wind quintet of the Great Falls Symphony, members of the Chinook Winds Quintet serve as principal players in the Great Falls Symphony Orchestra as well as present chamber music and interactive school programs and residencies throughout Montana and the Northwest. The Chinook Winds have been performing throughout the region since 1992. Their performances have been praised for their excellent choice of literature, technical proficiency, and impressive artistry. In 2015 the Chinook Winds Quintet was featured on the Montana PBS show 11th & Grant With Erick Funk.

 

The Chinook Winds includes Norman Gonzales, flute; Lauren Blackerby, oboe; Christopher Mothersole, clarinet; Madeleine Folkerts, horn; and Dorian Antipa, bassoon.

 

 

Photos:

 

MaryPapoulis.jpg

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Mary Papoulis, violin, Cascade Quartet

Photo Credit: Ali Spoon Photography

 

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Megan Karls, violin, violin, Cascade Quartet

Photo Credit: Ali Spoon Photography

 

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Maria Ritzenthaler, viola, violin, Cascade Quartet

Photo Credit: Ali Spoon Photography

 

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Thad Suits, cello, violin, Cascade Quartet

Photo Credit: Ali Spoon Photography

 

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Norman Gonzales, flute, Chinook Winds

Photo Credit: Ali Spoon Photography

 

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Lauren Blackerby, oboe, Chinook Winds

Photo Credit: Ali Spoon Photography

 

ChrisMothersole.jpg

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Chris Mothersole, clarinet, Chinook Winds

Photo Credit: Ali Spoon Photography

 

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Dorian Antipa, bassoon, Chinook Winds

Photo Credit: Ali Spoon Photography

 

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Madeleine Folkerts, horn, Chinook Winds

Photo Credit: St. Olaf College

 

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