Absaroka Winds performs May 19

Symphony at the Shane

Bozeman Symphony concertmaster Carrie Krause and chamber ensembleAbsaroka Winds will perform a concert at the Shane Lalani Center for the Arts – 415 East Lewis Street, Livingston, MT - on Thursday, May 19, at 7:30 PM.  

Symphony at the Shane performances feature the very best of the Bozeman Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Choir.  Each performance showcases two diverse soloists and ensembles.  You’ll be wowed by these fantastic musicians and proud to know they are your neighbors!


Symphony at the Shane would not be possible without help from our concert sponsors: Sal & Carol Lalani, Donald B. Gimbel, PayneWest Insurance & Printing For Less.


Tickets are $15/adult, $10/student, senior and available by calling 585-9774 or online, bozemansymphony.org.  Tickets for this event can be purchased in advance or at the door.


Carrie Krause – Symphony Concertmaster Carrie Krause has invited her wonderful Bach Double Concerto partner Davina Clarke from London to come enjoy Montana and play a few concerts of "17th C German and Italian zingers and sensual soothers," as she describes them. The incredible John Lenti on theorbo and Greg Ingles playing sackbut (a first for Montana?) round out the group featuring works by Castello, Biber, Bertali, and Buxtehude.


Violinist Carrie Krause’s “elegant, sparking performance brought audience cheers” – Seattle Post Intelligencer.  Raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, Carrie Krause performs as baroque violinist with ensembles across the country and on numerous international series. 

This past season, Carrie was guest artistic director and concerto soloist with Seattle Baroque in a performance on Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.  She has performed as concertmaster of New Trinity Baroque in Atlanta, and guest concertmaster of Pacific Baroque in Vancouver and the San Francisco Bach Choir, and as associate concertmaster of Apollo’s Fire in Cleveland.  Carrie has also appeared with Chatham Baroque, New York State Baroque, Portland Baroque, Passamezzo Moderno, Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, Clarion, American Classical Orchestra, and Concert Royale in New York.  Festival engagements include the Leipzig Bach Festival as soloist, the Belgrade Early Music Festival in Serbia, Sastamalla Gregoriana in Finland, the Utrecht Early Music Festival, Festival Dan les Jardins de William Christie, and the BBC Proms.  Carrie has worked under such conductors as Jordi Savall, Ton Koopman, Richard Egarr, Nic McGegan, and Masaaki Suzuki. 

Carrie founded the I-90 Collective, a baroque ensemble, which performs house concert series across Montana, has been presented on series from Seattle to Syracuse, and was recently featured on Spokane Public Radio.  She also founded Baroque Music Montana, which presents a series of community concerts in southwest Montana and a workshop on period performance.  Carrie has presented classes on baroque style for the Fairbanks Suzuki Institute, Montana State University, and the Bozeman Symphony.


As a modern violinist, Carrie serves as concertmaster of the Bozeman Symphony.  She was featured in the Grammy Award-winning TV series, 11th and Grant, as a founding member of the Meritage String Quartet.  Carrie founded and directs the Second String Orchestra for amateurs.  Carrie has performed as soloist with the Fairbanks Symphony, Casper Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra, String Orchestra of the Rockies, and Bozeman Symphony.  She has appeared as guest concertmaster of the Big Sky Festival Orchestra and Helena Symphony.  Carrie maintains a studio of thirty students, including award winners at the MTNA and ASTA competitions.  She organizes regional student tours and directs a student chamber music and orchestra program.  Carrie received degrees from Carnegie Mellon under Andres Cardenes and a master’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music in violin performance and Suzuki Pedagogy, and recently graduated with a second masters from The Juilliard School in Historical Performance.  An avid adventurer, Carrie placed first in her age group in the Springfield Missouri Marathon and second in her age group in the Old Gabe 50K Trail race. 


Absaroka Winds – A Livingston favorite!  Absaroka Winds is an ensemble made up of three professional woodwind players and educators who perform on flute, piccolo, oboe, English horn, bassoon and soprano saxophone. The group’s repertoire is far ranging, consisting of traditional woodwind trios, and music in a variety of styles arranged specially for this unique ensemble.  Included in this performance are works by Cambini, Telemann, Beethoven arr. by Fritz Stein/arr. Paul Gates, Curtis and arr. J.C. Schickhardt.  Joining the Trio is special guest Jeff Vick, percussion. 


Patricia Gates, flute

Patricia grew up in the Midwest where her varied musical experiences ranged from band to numerous College community orchestras.  She holds degrees in music performance and music education from the University of Kansas.  For twenty six years, Patricia taught music in the public schools in Atchison, Kansas and Livingston, Montana.  She served as instructor of flute at Benedictine College and the University of Kansas. Patricia maintains a private flute studio in Livingston.  Currently, Patricia performs on viola with the Bozeman Symphony and flute in the Absaroka Winds.  She was a member of the Kansas City Symphony flute section and performed on flute, violin and viola in many regional orchestras in Kansas and Missouri. Pat and her husband Paul, own Yellowstone Agate Jewelry, a business devoted to artisan jewelry made from Montana Agate and other stones from the area.


Sandra Stimson, oboe

Sandra Stimson is the newly appointed Principal oboe of the Bozeman Symphony. She is in her thirteenth season as Principal oboe of the Breckenridge Music Festival Chamber Orchestra, a professional summer music festival in Colorado. Previous orchestral engagements include Principal oboe of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic in Indiana, Principal oboe of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans, Principal oboe of the Billings Symphony and Acting Associate Principal oboe of the Omaha Symphony in Nebraska. Originally from New York, she earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Ithaca College and a Master of Music degree from Yale University. Sandra has her own business making oboe and English horn reeds, with sales nationwide. Her website is: sandysreeds.com.  An avid hiker and cross country skier, she and her husband are thrilled to return to Montana. Sandra resides in Livingston with her husband, Ken Decker, a woodwind repairman and oboe maker.


Paul Gates, bassoon

After studying saxophone in Minnesota through high school, Paul Gates received degrees from Lewis & Clark College and The University of Michigan.  He taught instrumental music in Livingston for twenty years. Paul was an associate professor at Benedictine College in Atchison, KS and held adjunct positions at Willamette University, Reed College and Lewis and Clark College in Oregon.  Presently, Paul performs on bassoon, contrabassoon and saxophone with the Bozeman Symphony.  He also plays bassoon with the Billings Symphony.  Paul performed on contra bassoon and saxophone with the Kansas City Symphony and was a member of the International Saxophone Quartet.  Paul and Patricia have greatly enjoyed playing in numerous musicals at the Shane Center.


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