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Jazz comes to the Symphony’s Chamber Music Series

The Chinook Winds paint the town with Latin beats, groovy rhythms, and sultry tunes in “All That Jazz”

GREAT FALLS, Montana—This month, the Chinook Winds will present All That Jazz, a Great Falls Symphony Chamber Music Series concert featuring composers Elliot Carter, Valerie Coleman, Lalo Schifrin, and George Gershwin. Concerts are on Sunday, March 24, 2pm at Trinitas Chapel (University of Providence) and Tuesday, March 26, 7pm at the Masonic Lodge in downtown Great Falls.

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). 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 click here.

Looking back to the days of the Ozark Club, Great Falls' historic jazz venue, the Chinook Winds will perform jazz music written or arranged for woodwind quintet. In Rhapsody in Blue, woodwind instruments take the place of the piano soloist, bringing out new textures and harmonies in this classical favorite by George Gershwin. Elliot Carter's Woodwind Quintet is a favorite for chamber musicians—it features complicated weaving of rhythm that meanders through the instruments until it bursts into a groovy cacophony for the finale. La Nouvelle Orleans is Lalo Schifrin's exuberant homage to New Orleans. (This Argentinean composer is best known for his movie scores including the theme from "Mission: Impossible.") Valerie Coleman's Afro-Cuban Concerto for Wind Quintet rounds out the concert, and features bass ostinatos that will have you dancing in your seat—or maybe the aisle!

"You will hear sounds you don't expect from classical instruments," says Lauren Blackerby, oboist in the quintet. "If you've never heard jazz-oboe or jazz-bassoon, expect to be surprised!"

All That Jazz with the Chinook Winds—performance schedule

  • 2pm, Sun, Mar 24, University of Providence, 1301 20th St S

  • 7pm, Tue, Mar 26, Masonic Lodge, 821 Central Ave


Single 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.

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; Cameron Winrow, clarinet; Madeleine Folkerts, horn; and Dorian Antipa, bassoon.

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