Montana Skies perform in Concert Conversations Sept. 19

Montana Skies perform at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Emerson House. (Photo provided)

Staff Report

Want to hear an unusual combination of musical talent in an intimate setting? Check out Montana Skies at the next live Concert Conversations event at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Emerson House, 420 N. Main St., presented by Snapshotmusic.

The name Montana Skies is a metaphor for musical freedom, and they continue to follow their creative instincts far beyond traditional boundaries.

In concert, these award-winning musicians delve into music from Pink Floyd and Rush to Vivaldi, and House of the Rising Sun, to their own originals. Their extensive tour schedule has taken them all across the U.S. as well as Canada, Asia and Russia. Their dedication to their musical vision has helped them build an enthusiastic grassroots fan base along the way.

With elements of classical technique, jazz improv and the power and energy of rock ’n’ roll, Jonathan’s guitar wizardry and Jennifer’s blazing electric cello combine to create a sound that is truly remarkable. While the music defies simple categorization, it is a fusion in the truest sense of the word. It’s been called everything from chamber rock to psychedelic strings. Whatever you call it, this ain’t your Granny’s chamber music.

Jonathan and Jennifer met while studying music at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga. Recognizing a kindred spirit in each other’s devotion to their music, the desire to share music together was ignited immediately. The two assumed they would be performing classical recitals and great works for the cello and guitar; then, in one trip to the library to select music, their whole world of classical intentions came crashing down. The discovery: music written for cello and guitar was as rare as the combination itself — no great classical works existed. The result of this new musical expression was the formation of Montana Skies, and a unique style of music that would garner instant recognition and praise. They love composing and arranging, and stretching their creative abilities.

The mission of Concert Conversations is to give the artist a comfortable (and acoustically delicious) space with professional sound and lighting in which to share with an attentive and intelligent audience, the passion of the art that drives him/her, which speaks to the passion that drives us.

Admission is $10. Seating is limited to the first 80 people. For information, call (815) 964-2238 or visit

From the Sept. 12-18, 2012, issue

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