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Aaberg performs with Cascade Quartet Feb. 27 at MSU

February 19, 2013


Grammy and Emmy-nominated composer Philip Aaberg will perform the Brahms "Piano Quintet" with the Cascade String Quartet at a performance set at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Montana State University's Reynolds Recital Hall. Photo by Thomas Lee.   High-Res Available

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Grammy and Emmy-nominated composer Philip Aaberg will perform the Brahms "Piano Quintet" with the Cascade String Quartet at a performance set at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Montana State University's Reynolds Recital Hall.

The Great Falls-based Cascade String Quartet is known for having an extensive repertoire spanning from Mozart and Ravel to Zeppelin and Brubeck. Featuring members Mary Papoulis and Megan Karls on violins, Madison Johnson on viola and Thaddeus Suits, cello, the Cascade Quartet is known for its high energy performances, dance and art collaborations, and community outreach.

All members of the quartet are principals in the Great Falls Symphony. The quartet was formed in 1979 to present professional-level chamber music to communities in Montana and to serve as the resident string quartet for the Great Falls Symphony. Since then, the quartet has toured widely though out the Northwest presenting concerts, interactive educational programs, and collaborative art projects. Notable collaborations include performances with Yo-Yo Ma and the Ying Quartet.

Aaberg, who has returned to live in his hometown of Chester, is known world-wide for his compositions that evoke the spaciousness and beauty of the Western landscape. A Harvard graduate, courtesy of a Leonard Bernstein Scholarship, he has performed with the Boston Pops, Peter Gabriel, Elvin Bishop, and at the Marlboro Chamber Music Festival. He has toured solo in Europe and Japan and released eight solo albums. His "Live From Montana" was nominated for a Grammy. He is also an Emmy nominee for "All-American Jazz" and for his score for "Class C: The Only Game in Town." Aaberg is a recipient of a Montana Governor's Award for the Arts and 2011 Artist's Innovation Award. He is host of the radio show "Of the West: Creativity and Sense of Place."

Tickets for the Cascade Quartet performance are $10 for general admission and $5 for students, and are available at the door.

The Reynolds Recital Hall is located in Howard Hall, home of the MSU School of Music. The building is located across the street from the MSU Duck Pond.

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Greg Young (406) 994-3564, gyoung@montana.edu