This Sacred Season and “Messiah”

December 15th & 16th 2018

This Sacred Season and “Messiah”

Dates, Times and Locations:
December 15th, 2018 at Whitefish Performing Arts Center, 7:30 pm
December 16th, 2018 at Flathead High Performance Hall, 3:00 pm

Concert Information:
Orchestra and Chorale
Micah Hunter, chorale conductor and baritone soloist
John Zoltek, conductor

Join us for this very special Holiday concert that will feature both the orchestra and chorale performing sacred music by Baroque masters Bach and Handel, and 20/21st century composers Vaughan Williams, Lauridsen, Whitacre and Zoltek.  The concert will open with the glorious and uplifting Magnificat anima mea Dominum from Bach’s Magnificat in D major. Then Chorale Conductor Micah Hunter will take the podium for a set of a cappella works including the contemplative O Magnum Mysterium by Morton Lauridsen;

Lux aurumque by Eric Whitacre and the premiere of A Christmas Round, a sparkling piece in the style of a Christmas Carol composed by Maestro Zoltek 30 years ago!  The orchestra returns on stage with Maestro Zoltek at the helm to perform his new orchestra and chorale arrangement of A Christmas Round completed just weeks ago! The audience will be treated to two distinct versions of this short piece to get a little glimpse of the creative process and the transformation of musical design. Then… one more surprise… as the first half concludes with the return of Micah Hunter as baritone soloist is Vaughan Williams wonderfully magical Fantasia on Christmas Carols for soloist choir and orchestra.

Following Intermission it will be time for the very best of Handel’s immortal masterpiece, Messiah. Our chorale and orchestra will present a collection of the finest moments from this inspiring piece including And The Glory Of The LordUnto Us A Child Is Born;

And He Shall PurifyGlory To GodHis Yoke Is EasySurely He Has Born Our Grief and of course the ultimate Halleluiah Chorus!

Join us for this fabulous and inspiring concert for the Holiday Season!

 Concert Dedication - In Memory of Eugene Peterson (1932-2018)

The Glacier Symphony would like to dedicate this concert weekend to the memory of Eugene Peterson who passed away last month.

Eugene was an exceptional person who touched the lives of millions of people throughout the world in significant ways through his spiritual writings and practice. Eugene and his wife Jan were among our most loyal ticket patrons and significant benefactors. Although the Peterson’s were season ticket holders for decades and enjoyed a variety of concerts, performances of Handel’s Messiah were always close to their hearts and a special favorite of Eugene’s. We’d like to honor this wonderfully accomplished and generous man and his family with this concert dedication.


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Gershwin Gala ‘The Man I love’

Natalia Lauk, piano

Gershwin Gala ‘The Man I love’ - Cabaret Concert

Dates, Times and Locations:
January 19, 2019 at O’Shaughnessy Center, Whitefish, 7:30pm
January 20, 2019 at O’Shaughnessy Center, Whitefish, 3:00pm

Concert Information:
Glacier Symphony, John Zoltek, conductor
Natalia Lauk, piano

Natalia Lauk comes from a lineage of classical Russian pianists and piano instruction. Both parents are graduates of the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in Saint-Petersburg and have more than 80 years combined piano teaching experience. She was born and raised in Siberia, Russia, where she studied piano for 16 years. She completed her Master of Musical Arts degree in Piano Solo Performance, Collaborative Piano, and Piano Pedagogy at the Krasnoyarsk State Institute of Arts in 2000. sites.google.com/view/natalia-lauk-piano

‘An American in Paris’
‘Rhapsody in Blue’



Romancing the Soul

Andrew Staupe, piano

Romancing the Soul - Classical Sunday

Dates, Times and Locations:
February 17, 2019, 3:00 pm at Flathead High Performance Hall, Kalispell 

Concert Information:
Glacier Symphony, John Zoltek, conductor
Andrew Staupe, piano

Pianist Andrew Staupe is emerging as one of the distinctive voices of a new generation of pianists. Andrew has appeared as soloist with the Baltimore Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Utah Symphony, Arkansas Symphony, Tallahassee Symphony, and many other orchestras throughout the United States. www.andrewstaupe.com/videos

“Mr. Staupe gave a brilliant performance, handling the virtuosic demands with apparent ease ...” – New York Concert Review

Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1
Rimsky-Korsakov” Scheherazade



Spring Festival

A three concert orchestra and chorale festival with pianist Scott Cuellar

Spring Festival

Dates, Times and Locations:
Love’s Unending Song
Friday, April 26, 7:30 pm at Glacier High Performance Hall
Glacier Chorale in concert, Dr. Micah Hunter, conductor

Beethoven and Mozart
Saturday, April 27, 7:30 pm at Flathead High Performance Hall
Glacier Symphony, John Zoltek, conductor

Song of Destiny Finale
Sunday, April 28, 3:00 pm at Flathead High Performance Hall
Glacier Symphony, Orchestra and Chorale

Artist Information:
Mr. Cuellar won the gold medal at the 2016 San Antonio International Piano Competition, where he also received prizes for the best performance of both a Romantic work (Schumann’s Humoreske), as well as of a Russian work (Prokofiev’s 4th Sonata). He was the 1st place winner in the solo division of the 2013 Virginia Waring International Piano Competition, where he also took 2nd place in the concerto division, and was the winner of the Krenek Prize for the best performance of a sonata by Ernst Krenek. Additionally, he was the 3rd place winner of the 2016 New Orleans International Piano Competition, the winner of both the Rice and Oberlin concerto competitions, and was a semifinalist in the 2015 Honens Piano Competition.