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The Great Falls Symphony and Cascade Quartet present “Music is Healing” Residency Performances

The Cascade Quartet brings the “Music is Healing” Residency Project to the Great Falls senior community this month. The residency includes outreach performances at six different assisted living and long-term care facilities from January 16th to 20th, 2018. These concerts are free for residents, family, friends, and staff. The “Music is Healing” Residency by the Great Falls Symphony, is organized in partnership with the Cascade Quartet, Benefis, The Grandview at Benefis, The Rainbow, Cambridge Court Assisted Living, Kindred Healthcare/Park Place, and Eagles Manor, and has been made possible with support from Chamber Music America through its Residency Endowment Fund.

“Music is Healing” Residency Performance schedule:

Benefis Extended Care

2621 15th Ave S, Great Falls, MT 59405, USA

Tuesday, January 16, 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation - Park Place

32nd Street South, Great Falls, MT, United States

Wednesday, January 17, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Cambridge Court Assisted Living

1109 6th Ave N, Great Falls, MT 59401, USA

Thursday, January 18, 1:30pm – 2:30pm

The Rainbow Senior Living

20 3rd St N, Great Falls, MT 59401, USA

Thursday, January 18, 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Eagles Manor Retirement Community

1501 9th St S, Great Falls, MT 59405, USA

Friday, January 19, 5:00pm – 6:00pm

The Grandview at Benefis

3015 18th Ave S, Great Falls, MT 59405, USA

Saturday, January 20, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

The goal of the “Music is Healing” residency is to provide an engaging and interactive performance for those who are unable to leave their place of residence due to illness or limited mobility. The Cascade Quartet, in conjunction with the Great Falls Symphony, has partnered with the assisted living facilities to provide an interactive and engaging performance of both classic and contemporary music for the residents and employees of the assisted living centers, as well as their families.

The Cascade Quartet created program that engages the audience by inviting movement and dance, singing, painting and art, and fellowship. The musical performances include works by Sulkhahn Tsintsadze, Jennifer Higdon, Franz Joseph Haydn, Claude Debussy, and a popular tango by Carlos Gardel. With accessibility and participation in mind, the Great Falls Symphony has coordinated the concert logistics so all performances take place within the common areas of the facilities during times that are most convenient for residents to attend.

Chamber Music America (CMA), the national network for ensemble music professionals, distributed $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 provides 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 Cascade Quartet was among the groups awarded a Residency Partnership Program grant in order to support the "Music is Healing" Residency. The community partners for this residency are Benefis Long-Term Care Division, Cambridge Court, Eagles Manor, Kindred Healthcare/Park Place, The Grandview at Benefis, and The Rainbow.


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.

Chamber Music America (CMA) is the national service organization for ensemble music professionals. Our members are thousands of individual musicians, ensembles, presenters, artist managers, composers, educators and others in the national chamber music community.

CMA serves the national ensemble music community by providing access to an array of professional resources and benefits, professional development seminars, grants and awards, and—through its National Conference and interactive website—opportunities to connect with musicians, presenters, managers and other chamber music professionals across the country.

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