Dates for Festival Amadeus 2014 are Announced!
Sunday August 3 - Sunday August 10, 2014
FA 2013 included seven nights of sublime classical music in the mountain town of Whitefish
Classical music took over the town August 4-10, 2013 when Glacier Symphony and Chorale held its sixth annual Festival Amadeus in Whitefish, Montana. The weeklong celebration showcased eight distinguished guest soloists and the Festival Amadeus Orchestra in seven nights of chamber and orchestra concerts.
The music began on Sunday, Aug. 4 with a free outdoor concert at Whitefish Depot Park. Gates opened for picnicking at 6 pm and GSC Music Director John Zoltek, tapped his baton cueing up the orchestra for a dynamic concert. .
The Festival artist lineup included four soloists plus the internationally acclaimed, Fry Street Quartet, comprised of Robert Waters, violin, Rebecca McFaul, violin, Bradley Ottesen, viola and Ann Francis Bayless, cello. Since the quartet’s founding in 1997 they have received numerous accolades and rave reviews and have performed nationally and internationally. This creative quartet is equally at home in the classic repertoire of Mozart and Beethoven and engaging contemporary music including modern works that blend music, information, imagery and a dash of theater. They are artists in residence at the University of Utah’s Caine College of the Arts.
Chamber soloists featured at the festival included Brant Bayless, principal violist of the Utah Symphony. Bayless completed his music degree at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City where he studied with Pinchas Zukerman and Patinka Kopec. He performs regularly with chamber music ensembles in Salt Lake City and at regional music festivals and teaches master classes.
Double Bass virtuoso, Catalin Rotaru, who is Associate professor of double bass at the School of Music at Arizona State University, offered a unique musical style in both chamber, ensemble and orchestra performances. Rotaru is considered to be a master bassist of both classical and jazz music and he performs extensively as a soloist in recitals and with symphony orchestras throughout the United States and abroad.
Pianist Andrew Staupe, returned to the Flathead Valley for his second time after an April 2012. Guest violinist at Festival Amadeus was the emerging young artist, Simone Porter. A native of Seattle,Washington, the now 16-year old currently studies at The Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles. She made her professional solo debut at age 10 with the Se
attle Symphony followed by her London debut with the Royal PhilharmonicOrchestra at 13. Her impressive list of awards and accolades include her third live performance in 2012 on 1the NPR radio program From the Top.