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The 2004 – 2005 Concert Season!

The 74th Consecutive Concert Season

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One Enchanted Evening – Thur, Sept 30, 2004
One Enchanted Evening

One Enchanted Evening
Matt Davenport Production

Matt Davenport Productions is thrilled to be presenting a new, original production of the music of one of America's most beloved musical composers, Richard Rodgers. Matt Davenport has written numerous award-winning productions and has produced, written and directed several National Tours including American Rhapsody, Birth of the Beat, I Get a Kick Out of Cole and Ropin' the West. One Enchanted Evening (Remembering Richard Rodgers) is a two-hour production presented in two acts showcasing the "two part" career of a man responsible for some of the most beautiful melodies ever composed.

The first act will focus on the collaboration of Richard Rodgers with Lorenz Hart and the second act on the most successful partnership in Broadway history, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein.

Some of the most memorable songs in Broadway and popular music history are a result of these two remarkable partnerships.

Featuring a company of fifteen — eight talented singer/dancers and an orchestra of five in a Broadway-style setting combined with sparkling costumes, exciting choreography and rich musical arrangements…

It is truly One Enchanted Evening of entertainment!

The Montana Mandolin Society – Tues, Oct 12, 2004
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The Montana Mandolin Society

A surprising chain of events brought forth the Montana Mandolin Society. It began with the discovery of a rare photograph of the 1902 Bozeman Mandolin and Guitar Club. This club was made up of many of Bozeman's early founders; local businessmen, college students and ranchers. Finding this photograph inspired professional musician Dennis White to the foundation of today's Montana Mandolin Society in October 1999.

A Montana Mandolin Society experience takes you back to a gentler, more graceful age that evokes images of horse drawn carriages, lamplight parlors, and Sunday picnics. The concert features a remarkable historic repertoire of waltzes, gallops, marches, rags, tangos, contemporary classics and original compositions. The Society performs in a variety of settings and features performers on mandolins, mandolas, octave mandolins, classical guitars, violin, banjo, hammer dulcimer, bass, and cello.

The ensemble works as individuals to contribute their interpretation of the music and blend it with the rest of the ensemble into our own particular sound and style – "Montana Sound". The positive energy is evident both on and off stage.

"Crisp, clear playing imbued with a touch of Western mountain soul and vision-these Montana Mandolin Society folks know what they're doing."
Dirty Linen
"I have fond memories of your visit to Washington DC and remember well the warmth of holding a mandolin. Thank you for all that you do for Montana."
Senator Max Baucus, Montana

The Artie Shaw Orchestra – Tues, Nov 16, 2004
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The Artie Shaw Orchestra
under the direction of
Dick Johnson

Some of the most popular music of all time, hits such as Stardust, Begin the Beguine, Moonglow, and Carioca, were recorded by Artie Shaw and his band in the 1930's, 40's and 50's. Today, the Artie Shaw Orchestra continues to be one of the best of the remaining big bands from the swing era. At 93, Artie remains actively involved but no longer travels with the band. His clarinet virtuosity is now carried on by his chosen successor, bandleader Dick Johnson. The Artie Shaw Orchestra featuring Dick Johnson has toured the world since 1983, thrilling big band aficionados and swing dancers alike.

Using the standard big band instrumentation of 5 saxophones, 3 trombones, 4 trumpets, piano, bass, and drums, Dick Johnson leads an organization of some of the best musicians from Boston, New York, and Washington. This is no pick-up band - most of the members have been touring with the band for many years. These musicians are equally at home playing for concerts, dances, or jazz festivals. Artie's original bands featured many outstanding jazz soloists, and this band carries on that tradition. Many of the members are alumni of the bands of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Woody Herman, the Airmen of Note, and even the Boston Pops.

Alpin Hong – Fri, Jan 14, 2005
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Alpin Hong

Equally captivating in his interpretations of Schubert, Shostakovich, Schoenberg or Stravinsky, Alpin Hong thrills audiences with his stunning virtuosity, artistic vision, and irreverent style. First Prize Winner at the 2001 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, and the first pianist in eight years to win CAG’s highest honor, his charismatic performance won him standing ovations and the jury’s unanimous vote. Mr. Hong’s subsequent New York recital debut on the CAG series at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall garnered remarkable praise from New York Times, which cited his performance for its "crystalline energy", "clear and persuasive ideas" and "remarkable breadth and coloration".

In August 2004, Mr. Hong releases his solo debut CD, featuring works of Brahms, Debussy, Scarlatti and Stravinsky, all standards of his recital repertoire. A follow-up recital album will be recorded in December, with subsequent release in spring 2005.

A native of Los Angeles, he made his orchestral debut with the Kalamazoo Symphony at age ten, and victories soon followed in his teen years at the 1989 Stravinsky Piano Competition, 1993 SYMF Competition and the 1994 Los Angeles Spotlight Awards Competition. He has since developed an international career, recently performing with the Korean Broadcast Symphony (KBS), as well as at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, and at New York’s Alice Tully and Avery Fisher Halls. His festival appearances include the Music Academy of the West, Aspen and Bowdoin Summer Music Festivals.

"Alpin Hong went over the top, down the other side, and all the way over the top again!"
New York Times

"It was a tour de force in the original, absolute sense. Hong evoked a kind of Beatlemania when he came on stage, and the crowd made so much clamor after he finished…"
Santa Barbara News-Press

The Cassidys – Fri, Feb 25, 2005
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The Cassidys

The Cassidys, or Na Casaidigh as they are known in Ireland, are a family group of five brothers. They come originally from Gaoth Dobhair on the rugged Atlantic coastline of County Donegal, an area that is as remarkable for its bleak windswept beauty as for its passionate and powerful music. The family members grew up steeped in Gaelic culture, mythology and music, as well as the language, and did not learn English until they started school. They have performed together since childhood. They now live in Dublin, but the Donegal influence continues in their music, artistry, temperament and humor. They now live in Dublin, but the Donegal influence continues in their music, artistry, temperament and humor.

The group itself evolved as an extension of the musical interests of an exceptionally musical family: to this day, the boundary between the two is not firmly drawn. Even when the group's line-up changed, this has meant one member of the family dropping out only to be replaced by another family member.

"The exciting sounds of traditional and 20th century Ireland."
New York Times (USA)

"…the furious rhythms of The Cassidys shook even the cobblestones on Main Square."
The Slovak Spectator (Republic of Slovakia)

"The Cassidy brothers play this repertoire with real dash."
Chronicle-Herald (Toronto, Canada)

Westwind Brass Quintet – Sat, Apr 2, 2005
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Westwind Brass
Brass Quintet

Westwind Brass has been acclaimed by the Los Angeles Times and others for virtuosity, musical integrity, and diverse programming. A kaleidoscopic set of styles and composers can be heard on any of their concerts, from rich baroque sonorities of Handel and Bach to the bluesy thrills of Dave Brubeck and Thelonius Monk. The ensemble has captured prizes at two international brass competitions and has toured internationally in Japan, Mexico, and across the United States.

In addition to a varied and expanding concert schedule, Westwind Brass is dedicated to education, having developed programs and masterclasses for students of all ages.

The ensemble is on the touring roster of the California Arts Council. The group has received support from the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, County of San Diego Community Enhancement Program, California Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Westwind Brass has five compact discs to its credit: Westwind Brass, Westwind Brass and Friends, Westwind Christmas, Americana and Music of the Californias.

"Westwind Brass is a very special group. Their playing is superb and further, their ability to communicate the joy they take in playing is remarkable."
Lindsey R. Nelson, The Music Center of Los Angeles County

"Tight ensemble. Precise unisons. Highly polished."
Los Angeles Times

"Dynamic nuances were often subtle and breathtaking."
Redlands Daily Facts