The 2019-2020 Performances have been arranged.
Read about them in the Seeley Swan Pathfinder - May 16 article

 2019-20 season tickets are on sale at a discounted rate of $40 for all categories (regular prices are $45 for seniors and $50 for adults). The Early Loon special ends July 1. Visit the 2 Valleys Stage page to learn more or to order your season tickets.

 



This past

Memorial Day Weekend
May 25 - 26 was the

Design by Brandy Wyckoff   

To learn more visit the
Loon and Fish Festival
page.

 


AAI Information

AAI is grateful to everyone who comes out and supports our local artists.

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Donations to AAI support the following programs: Scholarship Fund; Tour of the Arts; Open Book Club; Community Cinema and 2 Valleys Stage. Please contact us if you would like to donate to a specific program.

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P.O. Box 841
Seeley Lake, MT 59868
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Maclean Festival Information


September 13 - 14
::::: 2019 :::::

Download the two page brochure above.

or visit the
Maclean Festival Website → 

Order Merchandise →

 


If you're a painter consider these opportunities which take place throughout the year. A two day workshop event
which takes place
twice a year
at the
Rich Ranch.

To learn more visit the
Painting for a Dream page.

 


 


events take place
several times throughout the year.

    

Visit the Uncorked and Creative
page to learn more about this event.


 

Informance Archives

Young Artists - September 2012

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Eden Atwood & David Morgenroth - April 2012

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Jack Gladstone - January 2012

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2011

Foothills Brass 

  

Dolce Canto


Broken Valley Roadshow

By Scott Milner, Director, 2 Valleys Stage


Upwards of 140 people heard the Missoula-based Broken Valley Roadshow perform Sunday afternoon, January 23 at Seeley Swan High School. The concert of top shelf bluegrass music had been anticipated for some time; a lot of people were in town for Winterfest events and the concert was one of the highlights of the season.

Performing artists like Broken Valley Roadshow who contract with 2 Valleys Stage do more than put on a Sunday concert, they spend time teaching and performing in the three local schools. Usually they first perform for the whole school—what we call “Informance”—then they meet with two or three classes in that school for interactive workshops.

School outreach started Monday morning at the Swan Valley School. After some tunes to warm the students to the music, members of Roadshow began to talk and answer questions about their lives as musicians and how long they had each played their instruments, how they came to play a particular instrument, what they write songs about, and what other kinds of work they do besides perform music.

They demonstrated their instruments and passed the violin and mandolin around so kids could hold them and make a sound. Students were also engaged when they were handed colorful scarves, each one corresponding with an instrument: red for the bass, blue for the dobro, white for the guitar, etc. They were asked to raise the scarves high for loud, or lower them for soft dynamics–directing the band with their gestures. What ensued was a highly unusual sonority of instruments coming in and out of the texture at the command of the students, who began experimenting with how this made the band sound. What a great way to get young people with only a little musical experience to start listening! 

At Seeley Swan High School the band performed for all the students, who were spellbound by the close ensemble work, sweet harmonies and sometimes furious musical energy they were hearing come from the stage. Broken Valley Roadshow then gave three workshops for Mr. Green’s music classes.

In one of the sessions the high school students helped write a new song. This went at a lightening pace. Students contributed the main idea, most of the lyrics and a good deal of the music under the band’s masterful guidance.

The band members showed the students how words and music can be put together meaningfully in a verse—how a topic like basketball can hold many deeper meanings when put into a song! The lines were written down then all performed the new song.

Another session focused on singing harmony—one of the main features of bluegrass music. A few different approaches were suggested to get started in this skill, such as picking a note of the tune and sticking to it. Students also tried singing a harmony part above or below the melody, moving in parallel with the tune. The teaching was gauged for the ability levels of the students, and at last the whole room succeeded in singing harmony to “Will the Circle be Unbroken.”

Some students were surprised to see that the band members like to switch instruments, the bass player playing guitar, the guitar player doubling on mandolin, etc. The point being: you don’t have to be stuck on one instrument for life!

Tuesday the band came back to play an Informance and teach three workshops at Seeley Lake Elementary. The Roadshow members were impressed with how attentive and engaged the SLE students were, both while being audience members and when participating in workshops. Have you ever tried clapping and singing the rhythm of a song with one hand against that of a partner while your partner claps and sings a different song against your other hand? Elementary kids are good at this, and experienced a surge of brain energies, as I could tell from the animation in their faces as they worked with the artists. Broken Valley Roadshow communicated to the brain, heart, and soul with their bluegrass music, and, for a time, showed us all how to get there.

2010

L'Esprit Creole

         

 

2009