July 21, 2017 - 7:30
Montana pianist/composer Phil Aaberg and actor Michael McNeilly premiere a multi-media performance piece about water, longing, the radiant Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout, and how they connect us all in magnificent ways.
Philip Aaberg has performed with the Boston Pops, Peter Gabriel, Tom Johnston of the Doobie Brothers, and toured and recorded with Elvin Bishop’s Group during the height of its popularity. He incorporates classical, jazz, bluegrass, rock, and new music to create pieces that connect a global audience to the sweeping landscapes of the West.
Michael “Mokey” McNeilly spent 17 years as a professional actor in Hollywood, appearing in over 40 productions, with the Mark Taper Forum, the John Ford Theatre, the Kennedy Center and, the Theatre Exchange. He has appeared in movies, television, commercials and was a Mighty Carson Art Player with Johnny Carson. He writes, he sings, he directs, and for the last 15 summers he has guided fly fishers down the Smith River.
Why we commissioned this performance:
Montana grows artists—and rivers—worth celebrating. We brought these two artists together to create a work based on their passions: fishing, and Montana’s riverscapes.