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Mahler's titan and invoke

November 18th and 19th, 2017

Mahler's Titan And Invoke

Concert Dates, Times and Locations: 
November 18th, 2017 at 7:30pm at Flathead High Performance Hall, Kalispell
November 19th, 2017 at 3:00pm at Flathead High Performance Hall, Kalispell

This extraordinary concert features Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 in D minor called “Titan” (composed 1878). Mahler has become one of the most influential composers of the 20th century. This symphony was startling and foretelling of his great works to follow. Mahler’s 9 symphonies are top of the charts on orchestra programs and performed worldwide on a regular basis. Symphony No. 1 was an auspicious and radical work from the pen of the 28-year old composer/conductor. The work is astoundingly original and incorporates late romantic and visionary elements not the least of which is the use of popular music idioms such as rustic village band music and children’s songs. Mahler’s “Titan” is among his most performed symphonies and serves as an introduction to this vital and popular composer. 

Our guest artists for this concert will be the young string quartet Invoke, currently in residence at the University of Texas in Austin. Invoke offers a unique blend of classical with more edgy modern pops oriented pieces. In addition to a mini solo set, they will be featured in the Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra by 20th Century composer Benjamin Lees, an exciting work with a strong rhythmic profile.


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Peter and the wolf

December 9th and 10th, 2017

Peter and the Wolf

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Concert Dates, Times and Locations: 
December 9th, 2017 at 7:30pm at Whitefish Performing Arts Center
December 10th, 2017 at 3:00pm at Flathead High Performance Hall, Kalispell

This festive family holiday concert will feature the timeless children’s classic musical tale Peter and the Wolf by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev. Our unique performance will be interpreted by the talented young dancers of Noble Dance who will help bring the story and characters to life. In addition, there will be a special guest narrator telling the story of Peter, the Duck, Cat, Bird, Grandfather and …. that Wolf!

As a special treat we will present young harpist Brittany Barnes (from Whitefish) who will be our featured soloist in Handel’s Harp Concerto in Bb a staple from the Baroque repertoire. This will be combined with other Christmas favorites including: Greensleeves, The Polar Express Suite and Christmas Festival by Leroy Anderson. We will watch the orchestra grow in size from a small orchestra to a full symphony!  It’s actually TWO CONCERTS in ONE! Don’t miss this fun family event!


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Chorale Messiah Sing!

December 15th, 16th and 17th

Chorale Messiah Sing

    Concert Dates, Times and Locations: 
    December 15th, 2017 at 7:30pm at Saint John Paul II Catholic Church Bigfork, MT
    December 16th, 2017 at 7:30pm First Presbyterian Church Whitefish, MT
    December 17th, 2017 at 3:00pm First Presbyterian Church - Kalispell, MT

    Join us to create a new musical tradition when the Glacier Chorale under the direction of Chorale Conductor Dr. Micah Hunter presents Messiah Sing!, a very special evening with Handel’s masterpiece.  This “audience interactive” concert will be performed in beautiful church venues in Bigfork, Whitefish and Kalispell. This is your opportunity to sing these beautiful choruses  along with our magnificent Chorale accompanied by our organist.  Bring your own music and lift up your voices! Details on the exact program and sheet music will be available in December prior to the concerts. 


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    Young Soloist Showcase

    January 20th and 21st, 2018

    Young Soloist Showcase

    Concert Dates, Times and Locations: 
    January 20th, 2018 at 7:30pm at Whitefish Performing Arts Center, Whitefish, MT
    January 21st, 2018 at 3:00pm Flathead High School, Kalispell, MT

    This concert will feature two outstanding young soloists. Pianist Tanner Jorden from Billings is the recent winner of the Junior Division of the Montana Association of Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artists Competition. Tanner will perform the first movement of the popular Piano Concerto in A by Edvard Grieg. 

    Young trumpet sensation Natalie Dungey from Seattle, WA will perform the Trumpet Concerto in Eb Major by Franz Joseph Haydn, a tuneful classical masterpiece. Natalie is currently attending UCLA on a full music scholarship. Maestro Zoltek will briefly chat with our young soloists to find out what really inspires them and has them reaching for musical excellence! 

    To add to excitement to the evening, the orchestra will perform movie music from Lord of the Rings.


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    Schubert 9 and the egyptian

    February 17th and 18th, 2018

    Schubert 9 and the Egyptian

    Concert Dates, Times and Locations: 
    February 17th, 2018, 7:30pm at Flathead High School Kalispell, MT
    February 18th, 2018, 3:00pm at Flathead High School Kalispell, MT

    “Schubert and the Egyptian” is a whimsical title capturing the fun essence of this concert featuring two popular composers French composer Saint-Saens and Viennese master Franz Schubert. From the Late Romantic period we feature the Piano Concerto No. 5 in F major by Saint-Saens, the most important French composer of that era. We know Saint-Saens from his popular pieces such as Carnival of the Animals and Dance Macabre. He wrote so many more important works including his great “Organ Symphony No.3 and 5 piano concertos. This concerto, known popularly as the “Egyptian” mostly because of its exotic 2nd movement, is a work of bounteous lyricism.. It’s an absolutely beautiful concerto as will be aptly demonstrated by our soloist Stephen Beus. (Stephen appeared in 2015 performing Schumann during Festival Amadeus)   

    Early 19th century Romantic, Viennese composer Franz Schubert will be represented by his impressive Symphony No. 9 in C Major, known as “The Great.” This symphony is a profound work that encapsulates Schubert’s song style within the symphonic context. Symphony No. 9 explores a seemingly endless progression of beautiful tunes and melodies, tinted with just the right amount of Viennese sentiment, rustic and kitsch elements. Schubert uses a large scale symphonic form to explore this region of tunefulness and his inner voice resulting in a true masterpiece like no other in the repertoire. It may have been a new starting point for a new direction of expanded symphonic form which sadly, Schubert didn’t live to realize. The work was discovered in a desk drawer after his death by composer Robert Schumann.

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    Easter Festival

    April 5th, 7th and 8th, 2018

    Easter Festival

      Dates, Times and Locations: 
      April 5th, 2018, 7:30pm at Flathead High School Kalispell, MT
      April 7th, 2018, 7:30pm at Flathead High School Kalispell, MT
      April 8th, 2018, 7:30pm at Flathead High School Kalispell, MT

      The second annual Easter Festival will feature three concerts over the course of four days. The finale concert (Sunday matinee) will be a grand performance of Haydn's sacred oratorio "The Creation” featuring orchestra, chorale and three voice soloists. Haydn was inspired to compose the work after hearing Handel's music in London at the beginning of the 19th century. This is an astounding and thrilling work with text drawn directly from the book of “Genesis.” It is set in 3 distinct parts and alternates arias and duets with choruses and instrumental movements. The opening orchestra overture depicting “cosmic chaos prior to creation” is remarkable in itself not to mention the incredible choral writing and tuneful narrative music for soloists. 

      Our voice soloists for the weekend include soprano Sari Gruber, tenor Brian Cheney and bass John Sweeney(originally from Belt, Montana but now living in Austria.) These acclaimed soloists will also perform a separate Voice Recital on Thursday night. On Saturday, the will include music by Bach, Cantata No. 140 for orchestra chorus and soloists and Bruch’s beloved Kol Nidrei for solo cello and orchestra.  Our soloist will be Glacier Symphony principal cellist Griffin Browne.  

      Sari Gruber - soprano

      Brian Cheney – tenor

      John Sweeney – bass


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      Jazz Night with the maestro

      May 11th, 2018

      Jazz Night with the Maestro

        Dates, Times and Locations: 
        May 11th, 2018, 7:00pm at O'Shaughnessy Cultural Arts Center, Whitefish, MT
        May 11th, 2018, 9:00pm at O'Shaughnessy Cultural Arts Center, Whitefish, MT

        One Night Only! Maestro Zoltek plugs in his guitar and dives into his “musical alter ego” for an evening of his own tunes and more, arranged for jazz combo and string orchestra, with special surprise musical guests. The performance will take place at the O’Shaughnessy in Whitefish There will be table seating with refreshments and food for a true “cabaret” experience. Choose from the  7 pm early set or  9 pm late set seating.