Friday, January 6
5:30 to 8:00 pm

We're doing something different!
The Music of Bach and the Baroque

A wonderful time to relax after the Hubub of the Hectic Holidays, in a warm home setting, enjoying the music of another time.  Featuring an international ensemble who simply love to play the music of Bach and his contemporaries in an intimate room.  Performed on period instruments from the Baroque era–a Red Lodge premiere!

Baroque Music Montana is an ensemble dedicated to the music of the 18th century and earlier: Bach, Bach, Bach, Buxtehude, Handel, Telemann, and a bunch of Italians.  The group was founded by violinist Carrie Krause, who has collected outstanding musicians from around the world.  January’s all 18th century German program features Violinist Davina Clarke of London, Lutenist John Lenti (theorbo, lute, archlute, and baroque guitar) of Seattle, Washington and Bassoonist Nate Helgeson of Portland, Oregon.

The seating, in a fine private home near Red Lodge, is extremely limited, so get your reservations in early.  Tickets will go on sale December 1, but we will hold a seat if you send a note to musicfromthebeartooths@gmail.com or call 406.425.8922 stating how many tickets you need.  The price is an astonishingly low $30, so you can't afford to miss this wonderful concert!  There will be great music, delicious appetizers, international cheeses, lots of bubbly, mulled wine, coffee, and chocolates.

Program: Kegs of Counterpoint–Concoctions from the German Baroque
  • J.S. Bach:     Organ Trio in G,  BWV 530
  • G.F. Handel:     Trio Sonata in g,  Op. 2, No. 5
  • G.P. Telemann:     Sonata for Bassoon and Continuo
  • G.F. Handel:     Lascia ch’io pianga in G, for solo lute
  • D. Buxtehude:     Sonota a tre in G,  BuxWV 271
  • G.P. Teleman:     “Gulliver’s Travels” for two solo violins
  • J.S. Bach:     Organ Trio in d.  BWV 527

Violinist Carrie Krause has received extravagant praise for her performances throughout the world: “Carrie Krause’s elegant, sparkling performance brought audience cheers.”  Carrie served as guest artistic director of Seattle Baroque, concertmaster of New Trinity Baroque, guest concertmaster of Pacific Baroque and the San Francisco Bach Choir, associate concertmaster of Apollo's Fire, and with such groups as American Classical Orchestra and Concert Royale in NYC, Chatham Baroque in Pittsburgh, Portland Baroque, the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, and Spire in Kansas City.  Festival engagements include the Spoleto Festival, Belgrade Early Music Festival in Serbia, Sastamalla Gregoriana in Finland, Utrecht Early Music Festival, and the BBC Proms with Apollo’s Fire.  She is currently the concertmaster of the Bozeman Symphony.

Carrie founded the I-90 Collective and Baroque Music Montana in Bozeman, Montana, where she now makes her home.

Violinist Davina Clarke has been in great demand for concerts appearances throughout Europe.  She made her Wigmore Hall concerto debut in 2014.  She has toured extensively around Europe as co-leader of the European Union Baroque Orchestra. Davina’s aptitude and enthusiasm for historically informed performance have led her to explore a diverse range of baroque, classical and romantic repertoire under Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Roger Norrington, William Christie, Richard Egarr and Laurence Cummings.  She continues her long association with the Royal Academy of Music as a Guest Principal in the Kohn Bach Cantata Series and performs as a member of the English Baroque Soloists and the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra.

John Lenti’s playing on theorbo, lute, archlute, and baroque guitar has been warmly received throughout the Northwest.  He frequently deploys his “uncommonly big sound” in concert, over the air, and on record to considerable acclaim as a soloist and chamber musician with groups like Seattle Baroque, Portland Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, Bach Collegium San Diego, Magnificat, Mercury Baroque, the New World Symphony, and Seraphic Fire, among many others.  His recording credits include albums with Portland Baroque Orchestra and Seattle Baroque, and forthcoming releases with Musica Pacifica and his baroque quartet, Wayward Sisters.

A native of Eugene, Oregon, Nate Helgeson performs frequently throughout the United States on modern and historical bassoons.  A founding member of period instrument ensembles on both coasts, including SacroProfano (Seattle), Grand Harmonie (Boston), and Symphonie des Dragons (Boston and New York), he has also recently appeared with Juilliard Baroque, the Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Concitato, and the Sebastian Chamber Players.  Equally active on the modern instrument, Nate has performed with the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, the Boston Philharmonic, Arosa Musiktheater, and the Orchestra of Indian Hill.  He has appeared as soloist in the United States and Switzerland.

Sound Clips:



Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime event!

  • All Seats $30
To add your name to the waiting list, call 406.425.8922

Please see our ticketing and reservation policies.

Sunday, December 11, 3:00 pm
St. Agnes Church, 1 Word Ave., Red Lodge

Aoide Chamber Singers
Directed by Andrew Major

This extraordinary young a capella choral group from Montana State University in Bozeman has been received with enthusiasm and glowing praise wherever they have appeared.  Their high level of artistry and commitment to modern music invite comparison with other, long-established groups such as Chanticleer and the St. Olaf Choir.  The concert on December 11 was indeed one of the outstanding musical events of the year.

As a memento of that beautiful concert, and for those who missed the concert, here are two brief selections:
Riu, Riu, Chiu

Silent Night

Red Lodge Performances Calendar

The Red Lodge Music Festival, Montana's outstanding summer music camp, with distinguished faculty members from all over North America. The five performances of the Faculty Music Concert Series is one of America's great bargains: world-class music in Red Lodge! Sat. June 4
Sun. June 12

Red Lodge Civic Center, Red Lodge
Lynell Kruckeberg, soprano and
Cary Lewis, piano
in a program of classic songs by American composers.

        A Music From The Beartooths
Sat. Sept. 10, 2016
7:30 pm

Community Church, Red Lodge

Aoide Chamber Singers
- an outstanding a capella choral group in a special Winter program.

        A Music From The Beartooths
Sun. Dec. 11, 2016
3:00 pm

St. Agnes Church, Red Lodge
Admission by Donation

Recommended: $15
A Special Midwinter House Concert
- music of the 18th century: Bach and others

        A Music From The Beartooths
Fri. Jan. 6, 2017
5:30 to 8:00 pm

Limited Seating

Call 406.425.8922 to reserve a place
at a special price
of $30
Pianist Del Parkinson In a special program of piano classics "Once Upon a Time."

        A Music From The Beartooths
Sun. Feb. 5, 2017
2:00 pm

Community Church
Red Lodge
Admission by Donation

Recommended: $15
The Muir String Quartet
The world-renowned string ensemble on their annual Montana tour.

        A Music From The Beartooths
Sun. Mar. 12, 2017
3:00 pm

St. Agnes Church
Red Lodge
Admission by Donation

Recommended: $25
Please note that regular Music from the Beartooths performance times are:
  • October through April (Fall, Winter, and Spring)
    • Sunday Afternoons:   2:30 pm
    • Evenings:   7:00 pm
  • Summer and Early Fall
    • Sunday Afternoons:   3:00 pm
    • Evenings:   7:30 pm
Be especially aware of the posted concert times, for some may vary at the convenience of the performers.

Tickets and reservations.

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Sunday, February 5, 2:00 pm
Red Lodge Community Church, Red Lodge

Pianist Del Parkinson
“Once Upon a Time”

Pianist Del Parkinson's amazing virtuosity is well known to audiences at the Red Lodge Music Festival.  Now we can hear him in a solo recital featuring works by Beethoven, Debussy, Chopin, Gershwin, Bernstein and Liszt.  Each of the pieces tells a story, thus the title of the concert “Once Upon a Time”.

  • Les Adieux Sonata Op. 81a – Beethoven
  • The Sunken Cathedral – Debussy
  • Gardens in the Rain – Debussy
  • Ballade No. 1 – Chopin
  • Summertime – Gershwin
  • Bess, You Is My Woman Now – Gershwin
  • I Feel Pretty – Bernstein
  • Maria – Bernstein
  • Somewhere – Bernstein
  • Tonight – Bernstein
  • Rigoletto Paraphrase – Liszt
Del Parkinson is professor of piano and keyboard chair at Boise State University, where he joined the faculty in 1985.  Parkinson has performed in Europe, Asia, South America, and throughout the United States. His London debut recital was on the American Bicentennial Series, and his New York debut recital in Carnegie Recital Hall was sponsored by the Idaho Commission on the Arts. He has soloed with the Guadalajara Symphony, Indiana University Symphony, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Boise Philharmonic, and Utah Symphony. He is on the international roster of Steinway artists and is featured on four compact disc recordings. He is a recipient of the Idaho Commission on the Arts fellowship award and the Idaho governorŐs award for excellence in the arts.

WE ASK YOUR PATIENCE; WE REGRET THAT THERE HAS BEEN A CHANGE IN THE TIME AND VENUE, DUE TO SCHEDULING PROBLEMS BEYOND OUR CONTROL.  The concert has been moved from St. Agnes Church to the Red Lodge Community Church, and begins at 2:00 pm in order to give you a bit more time to catch the superbowl game.  We tried to give the Superbowl organizers sufficient notice that they could change their time and date, but alas, they couldn't be moved.

  • Admission is by donation
  • Recommended minmum donation: $15
    Discounts for Seniors and Students

  • High School and College Music Students:
    please ask your music instructor or inquire at your music department office for complementary free tickets.
To reserve your seat and purchase a ticket see Brown Paper Tickets
or call 406.425.8922

Sunday, March 12, 3:00 pm
St. Agnes Church, 1 Word Ave, Red Lodge

The Muir String Quartet
     Presented by Music from the Beartooths and

The Muir Quartet is one of the world's great string quartets, and we are especially proud to present them in an exclusive engagement for the Billings-Red Lodge area.  This concert is produced in cooperation with the Montana Chamber Music Society.

This superb musical group is generally based in the Boston area, where they have become among most distinguished participants in the music scene there.  Their travels have taken them all over the world, but Western Montana has been especially privileged to hear them on several occasions each year, largely through the dedication of Montana native and alumnus of the Red Lodge Music Festival, cellist Michael Reynolds.
The Muir musicians have performed together for 35 years, winning acclaim from all over the world.  Among the prestigious awards they have received have been
  • 1981 Naumberg Chamber Music Award
  • 1980 Evian International String Quartet Competition
  • Grammy Award: Beethoven Quartets Op. 132 and Grosse Fuge
  • Grammy Nomination: Mozart and Brahms Clarinet Quintets
  • Two Grand Prix du Disque
  • The Gramophone Award.
For further information on the Muir Quartet and their complete calendar of performances, see www.muirstringquartet.org.

  • Admission is by donation
  • Recommended minmum donation: $25
    Discounts for Seniors and Students

  • High School and College Music Students:
    please ask your music instructor or inquire at your music department office for complementary free tickets.
We expect this concert to attract a full-capacity audience.
To reserve your seat and purchase a ticket see Brown Paper Tickets
or call 406.425.8922

Please see our ticketing and reservation policies.

Ticket Sales and Reservations

Tickets and admissions will be offered at the door for all events.
  • Concerts in public spaces, such as the Civic Center and Roman Theater can be reserved on-line or by telephone, at standard prices of
    • Titanium-Standard Patron $100 or more
      This level of support entitles the patron to the full season and invitations to special limited house concerts.
    • Molybdenum-Standard Patron $40
      This level of support entitles the patron to invitations to special limited house concerts.
    • Regular admission:  $15
    • Seniors and Students:  $10
  • In compliance with Church policies, all concerts in St. Agnes Church and the Community Church are by donation.  We urge patrons to consider giving generously in excess of the standard donation; such additional donations are fully tax exempt.
    • The suggested minimum donation for regular events is $15 for all seats.
    • Seniors and students may take an optional discount
    • We will also accept online donations and reservations (see below).

    • The suggested minimum donation for special events, such as the Muir String Quartet concert, is $25.
    • Seniors and students may take an optional discount
    • We will also accept online donations and reservations (see below).

  • As your admission is considered a donation at events presented in the churches, the price of a pre-paid admission is a guarantee of the best seats.  To reserve your seat, and obtain a pre-paid ticket, see our online ticketing service at Brown Paper Tickets.  To find our series, just enter "Music from the Beartooths" or "Music Beartooths" at the tab "Find an Event". In the boxes for each of the events listed above, there is a direct link for that event.
  • Reservations are also available by calling 406.425.8922
  • For concerts in our regular series, we offer free admission for music students who have a signed note from their teacher.

Also, please note that the times indicated on the online ticketing service may be the times the doors open.

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Music From The Beartooths operates under the auspices of
the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation (RLACF),
working together to enrich our lives and community.