The Muir String Quartet has been performing together for nearly 40 seasons. And they’ve been coming to Big Sky to perform in the Montana Chamber Music Society’s Strings Under the Big Sky for years.

A classic tradition

As Strings Under the Big Sky committee member Marilyn Hill recalls, it was a cold July day for the first-ever event held under a big white tent at the Big Sky Community Park. You could count the number of attendees on both hands.

Choreographer Jennifer Waters leads Emily Graham as Fiona, and a chorus of rats, in Big Sky Broadway’s first ever tap dance number. The show runs two nights, June 22-23, with a 7 p.m. start.

“I’m a Believer”

If you happened past the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center recently, there’s a good chance you heard the song “I’m a Believer” blasting from the speakers. You probably also caught the sound of little tap shoes echoing from the stage, a lot of singing, and a lot of laughter.

NPR buzzing in the background, Big Sky artist Brett Ozment describes some of his work. The wooden bow tie in his hand includes an image he took off the old Big Sky Resort Challenger Lift on a white-out day (see the chairs?). He hopes the bow ties will hit the Montana wedding scene soon. “I wear one at the farmers market, and any time I go to a wedding I’m always sporting one,” Ozment said.

Found while fishing

Big Sky artist Brett Ozment started his creative career far from Montana in an off-the-grid cabin located deep in the woods of the Ozark region of south-central Missouri. It’s a land of spring-fed rivers, black bears, turtles and ticks.

Bozeman-based Kitchen Dwellers come to Big Sky on the first day of summer to kick off the annual Arts Council of Big Sky Music in the Mountains Thursday night series. The band’s signature approach to traditional music has been dubbed “Galaxy Grass.” Formed while attending Montana State University, the group has burst onto the bluegrass scene sharing the stage with acts such as Railroad Earth, Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters and Twiddle.

You can dwell on it

Lone Peak Lookout: We checked out your tour schedule and it looks like you guys will be busy this summer, from Wisconsin to Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Nevada and so on. What are some of the locales you’re most looking forward to performing at?

Gale Anne Hurd stumbled upon the work of Bozeman artist Ben Pease while perusing an art gallery in Town Center. Pease created the poster for Hurd’s documentary, “Mankiller,” which recounts the life of the Cherokee Nation’s first female leader. The film will be screeened Saturday, June 9. Individual tickets can be found here: 


Hollywood producer Gale Anne Hurd had some time to kill in Big Sky while she waited for her ride to the airport to arrive.


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