Chris Botti teams up with the Missoula Symphony Orchestra for the inaugural Symphony Under the Big Sky, June 15 at Big Sky Brewing Amphitheater in Missoula.
Knitting Factory Presents and the Missoula Symphony Association collaborate in this debut performance featuring the Grammy Award winning trumpeter and composer. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 16.
“The Missoula Symphony is really excited about this new partnership with Knitting Factory Presents,” says John Driscoll, executive director of the MSO. “The Big Sky Brewing Company Amphitheater is a world-class venue, and the variety of concerts Knitting Factory brings in is amazing – and gets better every year.
“I’m so proud that the Missoula Symphony will be a part of this series. We get to perform with a big-name act for thousands of folks in an amazing venue. What could be better?”
Since the release of his 2004 critically acclaimed CD When I Fall In Love, Botti has become the largest-selling American instrumental artist. His success has crossed over to audiences usually reserved for pop music and his ongoing association with PBS has led to four no. 1 jazz albums, as well as multiple Gold, Platinum and Grammy Awards.
His latest album, Impressions, won the Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album at the 55th Grammy Awards in 2013. Performing worldwide and selling more than four million albums, he has found a form of creative expression that begins in jazz and expands beyond the limits of any single genre.
Over the past three decades, Botti has recorded and performed with the best in music, including Sting, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Josh Groban, Yo-Yo Ma, Michael Bublé, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, John Mayer, Andrea Bocelli, Joshua Bell, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and even Frank Sinatra. Hitting the road for as many as 300 days per year, the trumpeter has also performed with many of the finest symphonies and at some of the world’s most prestigious venues from Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl to the Sydney Opera House and the Real Teatro di San Carlo in Italy.
“We have been looking forward to working with the esteemed Missoula Symphony Orchestra for a long time. We are enthused to welcome the fans of the symphony, Chris Botti and the fine arts to the first Symphony Under The Big Sky,” says Mark Dinnerstein, president of Knitting Factory Presents. “We could not be more excited for a great night of music under the stars.”
Tickets range from $42.50 for general admission lawn to $92.50 for premium seating, and are available at Big Sky Brewing Company, Rockin’ Rudy’s, by calling 866-468-7624 and online at TicketWeb.com or KnittingFactory.com.