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Big Sky Festival Orchestra + Futureman/Silverman
August 14 @ 6:00pm
BRAVO! BIG SKY: FUTUREMAN/SILVERMAN + BIG SKY FESTIVAL STRING ORCHESTRA
WHO: Big Sky Festival Orchestra + Futureman/Silverman
WHEN: AUG 14/ 6pm
WHERE: Len Hill Park in the Big Sky Town Center
On Saturday there will be a free concert in Len Hill Park in the Big Sky Town Center. First up will be a performance from the Big Sky Festival String Orchestra, playing pieces from Mozart, LeClair, Kilar, Walker and Grieg, with guest violin soloist Angella Ahn. The orchestra will once again be conducted by Peter Bay, who is the Music Director and Conductor of the Austin Symphony Orchestra. Maestro Bay has appeared with over 80 different orchestras all over the world. In 1994, he was one of two conductors selected to participate in the Leonard Bernstein American Conductors Program. He was the first prize winner of the 1980 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Young Conductors Competition and a prize winner of the 1987 Leopold Stokowski Competition sponsored by the American Symphony Orchestra. He was inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame in May 2016.
Closing the Saturday performance will be FUTUREMAN/SILVERMAN, a wide-ranging musical conversation between two of the world’s most eclectic and adventurous musicians. Roy “Futureman” Wooten is a five-time Grammy-winning percussionist, founding member of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, a composer, inventor, innovator, and a wildly engaging personality. His musical explorations continue to mine the furthest reaches of the musical world. Dubbed “the greatest living exponent of the electric violin” by the BBC, Tracy Silverman is the world’s foremost concert electric violinist. He went to The Juilliard School hoping to become the next Jascha Heifetz but left wanting to become the next Jimi Hendrix, and was recently designated by Juilliard as one of its Top 100 graduates. His groundbreaking work with the electric 6-string violin has led to collaborations with the world’s greatest composers and premiers at Carnegie Hall. The combination of the two is explosive. Utilizing electronics, live looping, and spontaneous musical interaction, they create soundscapes and grooves that will make you look for the other members of this duo. The journey spans Rock, Jazz, Latin and Asian grooves and includes “de-rangements” of electric violin concertos, original works, and celebrates everything from Bach to Hendrix.
This performance is free and open to the public! The park will open at 5 p.m., the orchestra will start at 6 p.m. and FUTUREMAN/SILVERMAN will go on at 8 p.m. Food and beverage vendors will be available.