New Frontiers chamber music concert with the Chinook Winds

Program to include the Montana premiere of a new work by John Steinmetz

GREAT FALLS, Montana—The Chinook Winds will present New Frontiers performances as part of the Great Falls Symphony’s Chamber Music Series on Sunday, November 11, 2pm at First Congregational Church UCC and Tuesday, November 13, 7pm at Trinitas Chapel, University of Providence. Single admission is $15 for adults and $5 for students. Family passes are $15 and include admission for one student and one adult. Bring-a-friend packages are available online only at and include two adult admissions for $25. Four-ticket passes are available for $45 (adults) and $16 (students). Season passes grant seven admissions and may be purchased for $75 (adults) and $25 (students). All tickets, packages, and season passes are available to purchase online at or at the door. For more information, contact the Symphony office at 406-453-4102 or visit

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Chinook Winds begins its season by featuring three premiers by composers Eason, Steinmetz, and Halgrimsson. “We are excited to present another of Adam Eason's quirky, enjoyable new works for woodwind quintet,” says Lauren Blackerby, oboe. This follows our premiere of his Measuring Cups Etudes last year, which quickly became an audience favorite. Eason puts his own creative spin on the traditional quintet form, playing with elements from classical quintet repertoire. One could say that the piece sounds like the love affair between a classical Reicha woodwind quintet... and a video game. Next on the program, the Chinook Winds will perform What’s Going On, by John Steinmetz. This composition is the product of a collaborative project which the quintet was involved in, led by the Phoenix based wind quintet, Mill Ave Chamber Players. We end this program with possibly our most adventurous and challenging repertoire yet: Intarsia by Icelandic composer Hafliði Halgrimsson. A piece so difficult that it took months of detailed work to put together, it offers a soundscape of woodwind "colors" interwoven into complicated – but beautiful – patterns of sound.  Because no full recordings of this piece currently exist, we musicians were treated to fascinating sounds we'd never heard from the woodwind quintet!


New Frontiers concert schedule:

  • 2 pm, Sun, Nov 11, First Congregational Church UCC, 2900 9th Ave S

  • 7pm, Tue, Nov 13,Trinitas Chapel, University of Providence, 1301 20th St S



Individual tickets $15 Adults / $5 Students

Season Pass $75 Adults / $25 Students (7 admissions)

Four-Ticket Pass $45 Adults / $16 Students (4 admissions)

Family Package $15 (1 student + 1 adult admission)

Bring-a-Friend Package $25 (2 adult admissions) available only online at


Chinook Winds

As the resident wind quintet of the Great Falls Symphony, members of the Chinook Winds 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.


Great Falls Symphony

The Mission of the Great Falls Symphony is to infuse cultural vibrancy into the Great Falls community through transformative music events and education programs. The organization strives to be an essential cultural asset in North Central Montana that raises the quality of life for its citizens through outstanding performing arts programs.


The Great Falls Symphony includes a 75 member semi-professional Orchestra, a one hundred member Symphonic Choir and two professional resident ensembles (the Cascade Quartet and Chinook Winds) made up of nine "Core" orchestral musicians, and a Youth Orchestra program (established in 1996) which supports two student orchestras and over 100 talented young musicians grades six through twelve from Great Falls and surrounding areas. These components offer a rich and diverse mix of activities that include orchestra, choral, chamber and educational concerts which reach up to 40,000 people annually. The Great Falls Symphony presents a six-concert series every year, and plays host to a variety of guest artists and resident composers. The Cascade Quartet and Chinook Winds present fourteen concerts on the Symphony’s Chamber Music Series in Great Falls in addition to traveling an average of 4,500 miles each year performing concerts and educational programs throughout the northwest United States. To fulfill a state and regional mission, the Great Falls Symphony places the highest priority upon programs that provide state-wide education and outreach. Two Youth Matinees are presented each season by the orchestra and have served well over 115,000 students from the public, private and home schools in a one hundred mile region of Central Montana.

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