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Aagberg and Anger combine musical talents in Dillon

UMW News Bureau

The Southwest Montana Arts Council presents the second concert of this season’s Showcase Series on Thursday Nov. 5, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. in the Beier Auditorium on the Montana Western campus. Thursday’s performance features composer and pianist Phillip Aaberg and violinist, fiddler and composer Darol Anger. The Southwest Montana Arts Council presents the second concert of this season’s Showcase Series on Thursday Nov. 5, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. in the Beier Auditorium on the Montana Western campus. Thursday’s performance features composer and pianist Phillip Aaberg and violinist, fiddler and composer Darol Anger. Aaberg, a native of Chester, Mont., is known for his musical interpretations of the Western landscape. With a particular focus on Montana, Aaberg says he works to translate the cultures and landscapes of Montana and the West into musical compositions. He describes much of his Montana-inspired work as “an audible portrait of his home state.” Aaberg was a Composer-in-Residence funded by the Cultural Trust Grant from the State of Montana from 1997 to 1999. His recording, “Live from Montana,” was nominated for a Grammy in 2002. Apart from his solo work, Aaberg has worked with Peter Gabriel, Elvin Bishop, and the Doobie Brothers. Gabriel says of Aaberg, “He is one of the most gifted people I have worked with.” Pianist George Winston describes Aaberg as “a true composer, as well as a great interpreter.” Darol Anger is equally renowned in his musical endeavors including collaborations with an array of iconic string musicians including Stephane Grappelli, David Grisman, Tony Rice and Bela Fleck. His work with the Turtle Island String Quartet helped redefine chamber music. Aaberg and Anger released their first album, “Heritage,” in 1997. This tour finds them melding their take on Italian opera traditions with the myriad of musical influences they share, including “African-American blues and jazz; Appalachian Celtic-derived musics; European art musics; and an infusion of Latin American, Eastern European, and Pacific Rim elements.” Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Entrance is $15 for adults, $8 for students and $10 for seniors. Tickets are available at Bert’s CDs, Pioneer Federal Savings & Loan, and The Montana Western Bookstore.

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