Gertrude Stein’s salon, the focus of Ricky Ian Gordon’s opera 27, was host to the greatest artistic and intellectual minds of the 1920s and 1930s.
This fall, Intermountain Opera Bozeman will revive the salon tradition in Julia Martin’s historic home at 419 S. Grand.
These free open house evenings will include art, refreshments, and talks by experts on art, literature and music.
September 19, 20, & 21, 5:30 - 8:30 each evening
Music - Dr. Eric Funk
Eric Funk was born in Montana in 1949. He studied composition with Tomas Svoboda, Sandor Veress, and Krzysztof Penderecki and interviewed Nadia Boulanger in Paris (1977) specific to her composition pedagogy. Professor Funk is artistic director and host for Montana PBS-TV "11th & Grant with Eric Funk", the 10-time
Emmy Award winning showcase and 4-time NETA Award (National Educational Television Association) “Best Entertainment Program in the U.S. Regardless of Market Size”. Funk is also emeritus music/artistic director for the Big Sky Classical Music Festival [Big Sky, Montana], now in its sixth season.
Eric Funk has composed 157 major works, one third of which were commissioned, including nine symphonies, four operas, nineteen concertos, seven string quartets, numerous large and small choral works and chamber works. Recordings of his work include the Warsaw Philharmonic; Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra; Latvian National Symphony Orchestra; Moscow String Quartet, Moyzes String Quartet; and, Elizabeth Croy, soprano, with Dr. Gregory Young, clarinet, and the Meritage String Quartet. In 2018 he was awarded an Emmy Award for Best Music Composition as part of the six Emmy Awards given for the Montana PBS/Scott Sterling documentary "The Violin Alone", the 2018 American Prize in Composition "Best Concerto of the Year" (Variations on a Theme by Jan Hanus for Violin & String Orchestra), and the leading international 2018 Global Music Award with two gold medals for classical music and composition for his Piano Concerto #1. Professor Funk teaches at the School of Music at Montana State University.
Literature - Dr. Sharon Beehler
Dr. Sharon Beehler is Professor Emeritus of English at MSU. Although her expertise is in Shakespeare, she has taught classes in American and British literature of all periods, with a secondary specialization in 20th century American literature. She earned her doctorate at UCLA in 1978, then taught in a college prep school in Austin, Texas, before moving to Bozeman with her husband and colleague, Michael, where both of them developed their careers. She continues her academic life by serving as an occasional dramaturg for Montana Shakespeare in the Parks and by offering guest lectures from time to time. She has sung with the Bozeman Symphony Choir since 1985 and has also sung in several choruses for IOB. She keeps busy in retirement by traveling, engaging in philanthropic pursuits, and taking care of their “children,” Nico and Sasha.
Art - Marshall Noice
“My paintings are made in response to things I see in the natural world. They capture a place at a particular time. And they capture a moment in my sensibility. My overriding goal as a painter is to create a work, an artifact if you will, that resonates with the spirit of the landscape that inspired me to begin painting.
It’s hard for me to say exactly why one location inspires me to paint, and another equally beautiful or seemingly interesting location is easily passed by without a second look. But it’s impossible to resist the urge when the right subject matter comes before me. It’s almost a magnetic attraction. I’m instantly drawn in and I simply must paint. Sometimes it’s the color, sometimes the light, sometimes simply the line of a distant ridge. What ever it is that causes me to stop, to look, and perhaps to make a mark on paper or canvas, I’m deeply grateful for the gifts of inspiration that I’m given.
Once the painting begins, my most important job is to keep my intellect out of the way and let the painting happen. Since I’m not concerned with making a literal rendition of the scene but rather an accurate record of what I sensed when looking a the landscape, my decision making process is necessarily different than that of most artists. I don’t need to make it look right. I need to make it feel right. Occasionally while I’m working on a painting in my studio I can almost smell the rain, feel the sun, or hear the wind. When that happens I know I’m on the right track. In the best of times the painting almost paints itself.”