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Festival Strings Youth Orchestra performs free concerts Aug. 11-16

August 5, 2009

The Festival Strings youth orchestra, based out of Montana State University's Summer Youth Orchestra Workshop, performs throughout the region Aug. 11-16. Photo courtesy of Johan Jonsson.    High-Res Available

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The Festival Strings of Bozeman, an orchestra made up of 19 high school-aged string players, will perform free concerts throughout the region the week of Aug. 11-16.

Among the group's first performances are at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11, at Bozeman's Pilgrim Congregational Church and at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

The group will also perform at Aspen Pointe Retirement Home in Bozeman, Chico Hot Springs, Old Faithful Inn, Mammoth Hot Springs, Huntley Lodge and Summit Hotel in Big Sky and Reynolds Recital Hall on the Montana State University campus.

The students of the Festival Strings assemble each summer in Bozeman as part of the Summer Youth Orchestra Workshop, a 10-day performance workshop. The workshop is organized and directed by Johan Jonsson, professor of music at MSU and leader of the String Orchestra of the Rockies, and Lisa Shull, orchestra teacher in Great Falls and violist in the String Orchestra of the Rockies.

The Summer Youth Orchestra Workshop is presented in collaboration with MSU's Department of Music and the Extended University. It is also supported by a donation from the Bozeman Symphony Orchestra and contributions from many businesses and individuals.

The orchestra members, representing seven Montana cities, will spend several days on the MSU campus in Bozeman preparing a program of repertoire from the Baroque period to the 20th century (Bach, Handel, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Olsson, Villa Lobos, Piazzolla and Guerra-Peixe), before embarking on their concert tour.

While all performances by the Festival Strings of Bozeman are free to the public, donations will be accepted.

The full performance schedule for the Festival Strings of Bozeman follows:

Tuesday, Aug.11
Bozeman, Pilgrim Congregational Church, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 12:
Chico Hot Springs, Main Lawn, 3 p.m.
Bozeman, Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 13:
Bozeman, Aspen Pointe Retirement Center, 10:30 a.m.
Big Sky, Huntley Lodge and Summit Hotel, 6 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. respectively

Friday, Aug. 14:
Big Sky, Huntley Lodge and Summit Hotel, 6 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. respectively

Saturday, Aug. 15:
Old Faithful Inn, Yellowstone National Park, 1 p.m.
Mammoth Hot Springs, Map Room, 8 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 16:
Reynolds Recital Hall, MSU Music Department, 3 p.m.

For more information, contact Jonsson in Bozeman at 586-8260 or

Johan Jonsson, MSU Music Department, 586-8260,