The 10-person Vincent Thomas Dance company’s week-long residency culminates in one performance of this blockbuster new piece pairing Thomas’s viscerally beautiful choreography with the soul music of Motown’s Marvin Gaye.
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Supported by National Performance Network
and National Endowment for the Arts
One of today’s top Mexican ensembles serves up an intoxicating brew of traditional Mexican folk music spiked with classical and jazz so spectacular that the 2013 NPR “Battle of the Boroughs” declared them the BEST BAND IN NEW YORK CITY, their new home town.
Supported by Western States Arts Federation
From the little-known Gullah tradition of the South Carolina sea islands comes a quintet with a sound so deeply American—so uniquely New World—it has shaped our nation’s art, food, language and attitude. Gullah music, wildly exotic yet deeply familiar, feels like the epicenter of American blues, soul, and gospel music. Since exploding on the scene at GlobalFest 2017, Ranky Tanky has played Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Monterey Jazz Festival, and is now ready to hit the Myrna Loy.
Supported by Western States Arts Federation and Montana Arts Council
You’ll never see your bike the same way again. SPIN is a comedic look at the world of the bicycle, delivered with a side of song, theater, and a superb amount of pizazz by award-winning Canadian performer Evalyn Parry.
Montana’s beloved Celtic ensemble revives an old Helena tradition of celebrating the holidays Montana-style. With Irish dancing, cowboy poetry, celtic harp, clawhammer banjo—and soul cakes at intermission. The best way possible to usher in the Christmas season.
Montana Repertory Theatre launches its 2018 national tour with this beguilingly simple tale of a single family and how they pull apart and then find each other. A beautiful classic about being lost—and found again.
Gypsy-jazz legend Lulo Reinhardt returns with a new team of earth-shatteringly fabulous guitarists. This year featuring Alberta-based guitarist Calum Graham, Scotland’s Marek Pasieczny, and winner of both fingerstyle and classical world championships, Michael Chapdelaine. Together onstage for this brief tour—unforgettable.
Unparalleled musician, composer, performer and recording artist, and NEA Jazz Master. The epic Dr. Lonnie is an authentic master and guru of the Hammond B-3 organ for over five decades, featured on over seventy albums, and has recorded and performed with just about everyone. This will be a pinnacle night.
Supported by National Endowment for the Arts
That’s all it takes to make a person happy. Really. This boundary-busting Prince Edward Island band plays Irish, Acadian, French and original creations infused with modern and world rhythms. It’s a fiery, contagious and unique sound with a stage presence that soars.
This year Myrna hosts a rolling Afro-Caribbean music festival. It began with the raucously joyous Betsayda Machado in July, and continues with the voice of the Dominican Republic, Joan Soriano. From the beaches of Santo Domingo comes 6-piece a steel-string bachata band so enticing you’ll forget it’s March outside.
Supported by Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation’s ‘Southern Exposure’ program, with support from National Endowment for the Arts
Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with one of the biggest names in Irish traditional music. Led by iconic singer Cathy Jordan, Dervish is globally huge. They’ve played with James Brown, Neil Young, Sting and Iron Maiden. How much fun will it be to see them in our little Myrna?
This multi-dimensional play layers character monologues, poetic verse, and sampling in a moving, funny piece that blurs hip-hop and dramatic performance. With an onstage DJ—playing game show host, chorus, and God—this energetic, irreverent, poignant piece explores justice, youth, race, hope, and the resilience and fragility of youth.
Supported by National Performance Network and National Endowment for the Arts
Double Image Theater Lab presents a sweetly surprising original show perfect for preschools and young families. Margot goes on an adventure with her imaginary friend, Egg, in a spellbinding world of shadows and household items.
Myrna’s Afro-Caribbean festival peaks with the amazing Daymé Arocena, Cuba’s ‘global diva.’ With exceptional warmth and a powerful presence to augment her virtuosity, Dayme is one of the “most inviting ambassadors” for Cuba’s contemporary music.
Supported by Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation’s ‘Southern Exposure’ program, with support from National Endowment for the Arts.
Canadian string quartet taking string music to fascinating places by transforming fiddle tunes and folk melodies into intricate, beautiful, high-energy arrangements. They bring four very different musical backgrounds together to shatter expectations in writing, creativity and performance.
Supported by National Endowment for the Arts