A New Decade of Brilliant Performers
June 27 ● Open Range
The Festival begins on June 27th with Open Range.
Open Range members, Ric Steinke & Linda Hausler, weave a musical blend of tight vocal harmonies & outstanding acoustic instrumentation to deliver what’s been called “Music that captures the Spirit of the West.” From the old western standards, to swing tunes of the 40’s, to western music being written today — including their own original compositions — Ric & Linda get their musical inspiration from the wide open spaces of Montana where they live in the Shields River Valley near Livingston, Montana.
Learn more about Open Range here.
July 11 ● Montana Chamber Music Society
The Montana Chamber Music Society takes the stage on July 11th. Comprised of world-class musicians with a long list of accolades and awards including Grammys, Grand Prix du Disques, and Gramophone Awards, MCMS finalizes its 33rd Annual Chamber Music Festival week with a performance at St. Timothy’s.
This summer’s performance will include violinists Angella Ahn, Peter Zazofsky and Brant Bayless, cellists Ilse-Mari Lee and Sara Stalnaker, pianist Steven Vanhauwaert and bassoonist Kathleen Reynolds performing selections from Beethoven, Franck, Piazzolla and Dvorak.
For more on these musicians and the Montana Chamber Music Society visit their website.
July 25 ● Pam Drews Phillips
While pianist-conductor-composer Pam Drews Phillips can and has played it all – classical, Broadway, new age, pop – it’s as a jazz performer that she particularly shines. From New York City to her adopted hometown of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, she makes fans and friends with her impeccable taste, towering technique, and an eclecticism born of a genuine love of song.
As a conductor and keyboardist, Pam conducted and performed in many Broadway shows and on cast and concert recordings as well as film work. She’s performed with the American Symphony, New York City Ballet Orchestra, American Ballet Theater, American Theater Orchestra and Grand Teton Music Festival. Highlights of her jazz career include working with The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Lainie Kazan, Betty Buckley, and the Manhattan Rhythm Kings.
Discover more about this amazing musician on her website.
August 8 ● Charlotte Dike featuring Seattle Drum Legend D’vonne Lewis
Charlotte Dike draws on her unique background in formal classical training, broad stylistic cultivation, and improvisational prowess to enhance and invigorate her music. Classically trained an early age, she spent her early teenage years studying at Academy of Music Northwest and entered the University of Washington at age fourteen to attain a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance under Craig Sheppard. While earning a Masters degree in Piano Performance at the University of British Columbia, Charlotte studied under scholarship with renowned Canadian pianist Jane Coop. Today, Charlotte is a freelance musician performing with chamber music ensembles, jazz combos and big bands, cover bands, choirs, music theatre, ballet, tap dance, and sketch comedy.
Formerly from Seattle, Charlotte now lives in Helena with her family, serving as Music Director at Plymouth Congregational Church, accompanies several local choirs, and remains faculty accompanist for the Japan Seattle Suzuki Institute. Learn more about this accomplished pianist at her website.
Winner of the 2013 and 2018 “NW Instrumentalist of the Year” honors in the Seattle Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Awards, D’vonne Lewis (drums) is the grandson of the ‘Godfather’ of rock and roll/soul, 1950s-1960s Northwest organ legend, Dave Lewis. He graduated from Seattle’s Roosevelt High School in 2002 and was a member of the award-winning jazz band, directed by SRJO trombonist, Scott Brown.
D’vonne resides in Seattle, WA, and extensively tours and performs various gigs in styles ranging from jazz, big band, funk, hip-hop, rock, Brazilian and African. He has recorded and performed with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis; Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra; Maria Schneider; Digable Planets; Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam; Source of Labor; Christian McBride and John Clayton; Skerik; George Porter, Jr. of the Meters; George Cables; Diane “Deedles” Schuur; Bucky Pizzarelli; Wycliffe Gordon; Floyd Standifer; Julian Priester; Hadley Caliman; and a number of other local and national artists. Lewis composes for his own band, ‘D’vonne Lewis’ Limited Edition’ and the FOLKS TRIO.
August 22 ● David and Deidre Casey Band
Discover symphonic indie-folk from Big Sky Country. Lush harmonies and adventurous songwriting in the American folk tradition are the hallmarks of Helena singer/songwriter David and his wife Deidre Casey. While currently recording David’s 11th album, their 6-piece band recently performed at Red Ants Pants and were the debut artists on the Myrna Loy Sound Stage. The Decemberists’ Colin Meloy calls their songs “truly well-crafted and haunting.” The Lively Times says, “Frailing bouzouki riffing and cool duet singing with Deidre shows the Caseys have been at this a long time.” David and Deidre were featured on MT Public Radio’s “Musician’s Spotlight” and MT PBS’s “Live From Home” special in 2020. David’s music has also been featured on the Emmy-award winning series Montana PBS’s 11th and Grant. He recently completed a “365 Daily Song” video project, posting a different song daily to Youtube for an entire year. The group’s latest album features lush textures of bouzouki, strings and pedal steel-laden acoustic folk grooves, topped with perfect harmony. David and Deidre have 8 children—all of whom beat box on road trips.
Listen to their music here.