Slovak musicians return to YAM


Don’t miss this second chance to enjoy world-class musicians perform in an intimate setting.  On Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. in the Montana Gallery at the Yellowstone Art Museum, internationally renowned Slovak cellist Jozef Lupták will perform with Boris Lenko, Baruch Myers, and Miloš Valent.  The program will range widely across the spectrum of world music but will place special emphasis on energetic Chassidic songs, which are a special interest of this performing group.  Lupták and Lenko performed previously in Billings in November 2015 to standing-room-only crowds in multiple venues.

Jozef Lupták is one of the most prominent figures on the Slovak musical scene.  He graduated from the University of Performing Arts in his hometown of Bratislava and the Royal Academy of Music in London.  He holds the “Award of the Minister of Culture” for his successes as a concert cello soloist and artistic director and founder of the festival Convergence, and international chamber music festival.  Jozef actively performs throughout the world, with concert credits that include the Winter Olympics.  He does not limit himself to classical music, and there is a special place in his explorations for multicultural and multiethnic projects, including ancient Roma and Hassidic songs. 

Boris Lenko is a graduate of the Žilina Conservatory and the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava.  Boris began his international career in the 1980s after successfully competing in many competitions.  By the 1990s, he was one of the most established Slovak artists, performing regular concerts and making recordings.  Boris Lenko is one of those rare kinds of versatile musicians who expertly perform everything ranging from the classical repertoire to contemporary music and jazz.  His expertise includes accordion, violin, piano, and double bass. 

Baruch Myers, born in New Jersey, was accepted as a composition student in the Juilliard School of Music pre-college program at the age of 14.  Upon graduation, Myers was accepted as a doctoral student at the Yale School of Music, but postponed the continuation of his musical studies to pursue full-time religious studies in a Yeshiva setting.  In 1993, he was appointed as the Chief Rabbi of the Jewish Community of Bratislava, in the Slovak Republic, a position he holds to this day.  His return to music came about through the Chassidic Songs Project, a musical project originally conceived by Baruch and Jozef, which premiered in Slovakia. 

Miloš Valent’s repertoire ranges from chamber music and opera to modern creative and avant-garde music.  Valent’s musical and theatrical credentials are impressive, spanning cities as diverse as Amsterdam, Berlin, Boston, Bratislava, Bremen, Geneva, Helsinki, Prague, Utrecht, Vancouver, Vienna, and many others.  He is a frequent performer of early music at international music festivals, concert halls, and conservatories, and has collaborated with a long list of distinguished international conductors.

Admission to this event is by suggested donation.  Parking is free at the Yellowstone Art Museum.  This event is sponsored by MasterLube.

The auction will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2016. The event will be held at the Yellowstone Art Museum located at 401 North 27th Street, Billings, Montana. The exhibition is now on view and silent auction bidding and buy-it-now is available until the event on March 5th.


The Annual Art Auction is the YAM’s most significant fundraising event, generating proceeds in support of exhibitions and educational programming for the entire year.  The theme this year is fire (a challenging choice since actual fire is not allowed in the museum).  New this year will be flamenco jazz by Johnny Walker and flamenco dancing by Cecilia Scott.  The exhibition culminates in our Annual Art Auction, which consists of a silent auction, a live auction, a "Quick Draw," and cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres, all within the beautiful background created by the museum’s spacious galleries. The Auction begins Saturday, March 5, 2016, at 5 p.m. and features a dinner and dessert buffet catered by Thomas Nelson Catering. The Live Auction bidding begins at 7:30 p.m. The auction will include a raffle drawing for exquisite jewelry donated by Montague’s Jewelers and an incredible handspun rug donated by Kismet Fine Rugs. Raffle tickets may be purchased separately at the museum, or online, and the ticket holder need not be present to win. Advance tickets to the Art Auction event are $95 per person and $105 at the door.


The 48th Annual Art Auction is generously sponsored by title sponsor Oakland & Company. Additional support is provided by sponsors Intermountain Distributing Company; Corning Companies; Wipfli LLP; Party Solutions; Yellowstone Surgery Center; Sanctuary Spa & Salon; Stillwater Mining Company; Montague's Jewelers; Kismet Fine Rugs; Hardy Construction; and DiA Events.




The Yellowstone Art Museum is pleased to announce the exclusive exhibition of loans by distinguished anonymous collectors. Due to the museum’s professional reputation, which continues to attract world class loans of impeccable quality, area art lovers will have a unique opportunity to view one pivotal painting each by two titans of the Modern era—Josef Albers and Willem de Kooning. These artists each expanded the definitions of art in the twentieth century, and forever changed the manner in which artists paint and viewers appreciate the world around them.

The YAM's Senior Curator Bob Durden said of the loans, “When friends ask about my work, I tell them I have the best job in the region, though my curatorial colleagues at the YAM might disagree. And why not? We have the special privilege of handling some of the finest objects in the region and—with special loans such as these—the world. Uncrating and installing these works is literally spine-tingling. Though museum visitors will not have quite such an intimate experience with the work, they can view these paintings at a safe distance without the distractions that come from a visit to a major urban museum.”

Some visitors may be puzzled by the individual paintings that changed the way in which painters paint and designers design, but the works on exhibit—Untitled III, 1978, by Willem de Kooning; andStudy for Indicating, Homage to the Square by Josef Albers—are quintessential examples of how the art world and art-making changed through curious inquiry by artists working in the last century. These artistic views continue to echo in our own time. In fact, these influences can be felt when viewing other current special loans of work by Jean Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, and Beatrice Milhazes who represent an urban cultural perspective. Additionally, museum visitors can gauge how these artists have influenced the regional arts scene not through “six”, but perhaps as little as three “degrees of separation” when considering works by locally, regionally, and nationally known artists represented in the museum’s ongoing Boundless Visions exhibition (drawn from the museum’s collection), and the YAM’s Art Auction 48. 

Treat yourself, family members, and friends to a trip to the Yellowstone Art Museum and witness local and global culture on view at Your Art Museum. Museum visits are appropriate for people of all ages. The museum is barrier-free for people with mobility challenges. For more information, visit the museum’s website,


An Alpaca at the 2016 MATE show eyes some cotton candy

Photo by Jim Larson


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Pub Station (2502 First Avenue North, Billings, MT 59101)

General Admission/All Ages

Doors at 6:00pm/Show at 7:00PM

$22 Advance/$25 Day of Show

Tickets on sale Friday, February 19th at 10am.

Additional fees may apply.


The Easy Star All-Stars have established themselves as one of the top international reggae acts since their live debut in 2003. Thanks to their best- selling tribute album releases, Dub Side of the Moon (2003),Radiodread (2006), Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band (2009), Dubber Side of the Moon (2010), andEasy Star’s Thrillah (2012), as well as original albums First Light (2011) and Until That Day (2008), the Easy Star All-Stars have built a growing, dedicated fan base throughout the world, bringing together fans of reggae, classic rock, dub and indie rock into one big family. Since 2009, the All-Stars have played over 350 shows in over 30 different countries on 6 different continents, truly establishing themselves as one of the top reggae touring acts in the world.


Tickets are available at, Pub Station Box Office (2502 First Avenue North), or by calling(877) 987- 6487