Bozeman Symphony Presents: Current Commotion

GRAMMY®-nominated ‘Seven Pillars’ Comes to Bozeman

BOZEMAN -- The Bozeman Symphony pushes the limits with its experimental series, Current Commotion, that champions new music by living composers. Join the Bozeman Symphony for its inaugural performance at The ELM for critically acclaimed composer Andy Akiho’s “Seven Pillars,” a bold, genre-defying piece featuring Sandbox Percussion.

Hailed by The New York Times as “a lush, brooding celebration of noise,” Andy Akiho’s GRAMMY-nominated Seven Pillars is his most ambitious project to date. The work is structured as a large-scale palindrome and consists of seven ensemble movements and one solo movement for each member of Sandbox Percussion. Michael McQuilken's lighting scheme reinforces the work's form throughout the theatrical live-performance. Performed by Sandbox Percussion, this evening- length work is the largest-scale chamber music work that Akiho has written and that Sandbox has commissioned. Akiho and Sandbox's ongoing collaboration for "Seven Pillars" has spanned the past 8 years.

Individual tickets are available for purchase online at or by phone at (800) 514-3849. Tickets at the door are based on availability. Tickets start as low as $45.00.

About Andy Akiho:
Described as “trailblazing” (Los Angeles Times) and “an imaginative composer” (The New York Times), Andy Akiho is a composer and performer of new music. Akiho has been recognized with many prestigious awards and organizations including the Rome Prize, Lili Boulanger Memorial Prize, Harvard University Fromm Commission, Barlow Endowment, New Music USA, and Chamber Music America. Recent engagements include commissioned premieres by the New York Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony, China Philharmonic, Guangzhou Symphony, Oregon Symphony with Soloist Colin Currie, American Composers Orchestra, and experimental opera company The Industry. To learn more about Andy Akiho, visit

About Sandbox Percussion:
Described as “exhilarating” (The New York Times), and “virtuosic and utterly mesmerizing” (The Guardian), Sandbox Percussion (Ian Rosenbaum, Terry Sweeney, Victor Caccese and Jonny Allen) has established themselves as a leading proponent of this generation of contemporary percussion chamber music. Brought together by their love of chamber

The performance will be held in person on Saturday, November 19 at 7:30 PM at The Elm (506 N 7th Ave, Bozeman, MT 59715) near downtown Bozeman. This performance would not be possible without strong community support and sponsorship. Bozeman Symphony wishes to thank Rob and Lynn Maher and Renée and Stuart Westlake for sponsoring this performance, as well as our Season Sponsors, Stephen Schachman and Ritva Porter.

Music and the simple joy of playing together, Sandbox Percussion captivates audiences with performances that are both visually and aurally stunning. To learn more about Sandbox Percussion, visit


The Bozeman Symphony Society presents a repertoire of symphonic and choral music performed for the benefit of individuals, students, and musicians residing in south-central Montana. Performances and events include a series of classical subscription concerts, performances aimed at engaging and attracting new audiences under the umbrella of “Bozeman Symphony Presents,” Current Commotion—an experimental music series that allows the Bozeman Symphony to be on the cutting edge of our industry, and a strong desire to launch a summertime music festival. The Bozeman Symphony has experienced tremendous growth over the last 20 years. In addition to a wide variety of orchestral programming, the Bozeman Symphony supports Far Afield, a highly accessible community outreach program, awards scholarships to promising young musicians, and provides employment and engagement opportunities for over 300 people. The Bozeman Symphony, whose history is marked by artistic excellence, has established itself as a significant cultural icon in Montana. Its future is dependent upon maintaining a skilled and motivated orchestra whose members

bring symphonic music to life. For more information, visit