Spring Festival
Apr
26
to Apr 28

Spring Festival

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Spring Festival Day 1 - ”Love’s Unending Song”

Friday, April 26, 7:30 pm at Glacier High Performance Hall

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Concert Information:

Glacier Chorale in concert, Dr. Micah Hunter, conductor

Our Spring Festival opens with the Glacier Chorale offering an evening of gorgeous loved themed music by an assortment of important choral composers. The evening will also include “An Irish Blessing” by conductor Micah Hunter and a dedicated performance of music by former chorale conductor, James Stannard.

Music by Whitacre, Stroop, Ola Gjeilo, Dickau, Porterfield, Lojeski, Delay, Holst, Hagenburg, Harrison, Micah Hunter and James Stannard

Pieces:
A Boy and a Girl by Eric Whitacre
The Cloths of Heaven by Z. Randall Stroope
This Marriage by Eric Whitacre
Ubi caritas by Ola Gjeilo
O, My Luve's like a Red, Red Rose by David Dickau
Never Seek to Tell Thy Love by Sherri Porterfield
He's Gone Away by Ed Lojeski
Upon Your Heart by Eleanor Daley
An Irish Blessing by Micah Hunter
I Love my Love by Gustav Holst
As the Rain Hides the Stars by Elaine Hagenberg
Glacier Suite No. 2, "Doe" by Matthew Harrison

Spring Festival Day 2 - “Beethoven and Mozart”

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

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Spring Festival Day 3 - “Song of Destiny Finale”

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

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Notes From Maestro Zoltek:

This Spring Festival offers a variety of music. The orchestra will offer a strong focus on the German/Austrian Romantic tradition with selections by Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Schumann and Wagner. 

For Saturday’s concert, Mozart’s popular and tuneful 40th Symphony in g minor, a work of structural brevity and genius, will be paired with the dynamic 1st Piano Concerto by Beethoven. Like Mozart before him, Beethoven used the Piano Concerto as a personal performance vehicle to display his virtuosity and to awe his audiences! This 1st concerto (1795, actually the second he composed) is a prime example of Beethoven’s early period, with a strong nod to the classic style but with his powerful personal stylistic stamp written all over the piece! You will certainly recognize the themes and get carried away by the forward momentum and intense visceral energy that is Beethoven. Our guest pianist will be Scott Cuellar.

Sunday’s final concert will be a Romantic indulgence opening with one of the most evocative and psychologically deep opera overtures in the repertoire, the Prelude to one of Wagner’s greatest operas, Tristan and Isolde (1865), based on the fabled story of betrayal and  ill-fated love. The Prelude almost immediately imposes a deep fatalistic emotional sense or yearning ... and it builds in dramatic line from to an engrossing climactic but dark resolution.  The orchestra will then be joined on stage by the chorale for one of Brahms’ best choral works, Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny - 1871), a gorgeous and moody work for combined forces setting a luminous nature/spirit poem by German poet Holderlin. This is a work composed at the height of Brahms’ compositional mastery and illustrates his love of choral writing as Brahms for many years conducted and was an advocate of choral groups and societies. Schumann’s remarkable Symphony No. 3 “Rhenish” (1850 composed in less than 1 month) was his tribute to the Rhine river and its cultural associations. Composed in the key of Eb major (Like Beethoven’s Eroica), its initial movement signature can be called heroic and triumphant with surging melodic waves and constant rhythmic grounding. The rest of the 5 movement symphony is equally inspired and creates a certain “Teutonic” sound world arguably like no other penned by Schumann.

Artist Information:

Scott Cuellar, In reviewing pianist Scott Cuellar’s debut recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, David LaMarche of the New York Concert Review described his performance as “virtuosic in scope and expression, like a great man of the theater,” and praised his ability to “illuminate both the external structure and the emotional core of the work he plays.” Mr. Cuellar earned a masters’ degree from Julliard and a bachelors’ from Oberlin. He is currently a doctoral student at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, where he studies with Jon Kimura Parker. He has performed with various orchestras and festivals nationwide giving recitals in noted venues including Carnegie Hall.

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Scheherazade - Classical Sunday
Feb
17
3:00 PM15:00

Scheherazade - Classical Sunday

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Dates, Times and Locations:
February 17, 2019, 3pm to 5pm at Flathead High Performance Hall, Kalispell 

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

Notes From Maestro Zoltek:

On Sunday February 17th the symphony performs two fantastic works that will stir and Romance your Soul. The colorful orchestral suite “Scheherazade,” by Russian composer and master of orchestration, Rimsky-Korsakov is one of the most popular showpieces in the entire repertoire. 

The gorgeous melodies, exotic orchestral colors and vibrant rhythms will wash over you and transport you to the fantasy and exotic imagery of “One Thousand and One Nights” upon which the musical work was initially inspired. This piece is so impactful that it often serves as a “gate way” or first step into the love of romantic classical music. It is beloved by both new and seasoned listeners to orchestral music. 

Our guest pianist Andrew Staupe has performed here a number of times. He is absolutely one of my favorite pianists. This time he will bring his considerable mastery of the piano to the interpretation of the great Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1. 

This concerto is really all piano in that the primary focus is the substantial material that is consistently offered by the piano writing throughout the 40-minute length of the piece. The orchestra, although present, takes a largely subsidiary role, creating much more of a subtly supportive accompaniment rather than the usual musical dialogue and exchange. 

This Chopin concerto gives lovers of piano music a real taste of Chopin’s virtuosity as a young pianist destined to make his mark on the musical scene in early 19th century Paris! The work literally shines and glistens with poetic lines set in the brilliant original piano techniques and colors of Chopin! Our soloist Andrew will bring his full powers to realize the deep beauty of this impressive piece.

Andrew Staupe Bio:

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

Concert Program:

Bellini – Overture to Norma
Chopin – Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor 
Intermission
Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade

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Gershwin Gala ‘The Man I love’ - Cabaret Concert
Jan
20
3:00 PM15:00

Gershwin Gala ‘The Man I love’ - Cabaret Concert

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

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

Celebrate the New Year with our “Gershwin Gala” an elegantly casual evening focused on one of America’s greatest musical icons. Our orchestra will be joined by guest pianist Natalia Lauk for a program including Rhapsody in Blue, An American in Paris Suite, Cuban Overture, Crazy for You Overture and Summertime. They’ll be lots of surprises and plenty of refreshments too! Don’t miss this exciting show at the O’Shaughnessy Center in Whitefish, January 19 and 20, 2019 Get Your Tickets Today!

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’

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Gershwin Gala ‘The Man I love’ - Cabaret Concert
Jan
19
7:30 PM19:30

Gershwin Gala ‘The Man I love’ - Cabaret Concert

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

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

Celebrate the New Year with our “Gershwin Gala” an elegantly casual evening focused on one of America’s greatest musical icons. Our orchestra will be joined by guest pianist Natalia Lauk for a program including Rhapsody in Blue, An American in Paris Suite, Cuban Overture, Crazy for You Overture and Summertime. They’ll be lots of surprises and plenty of refreshments too! Don’t miss this exciting show at the O’Shaughnessy Center in Whitefish, January 19 and 20, 2019 Get Your Tickets Today!

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’

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This Sacred Season and “Messiah”
Dec
16
3:00 PM15:00

This Sacred Season and “Messiah”

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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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This Sacred Season and “Messiah”
Dec
15
7:30 PM19:30

This Sacred Season and “Messiah”

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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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Paradise Garden - Classical Sunday
Nov
18
3:00 PM15:00

Paradise Garden - Classical Sunday

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Dates, Times and Locations:
Sunday, November 18, 2018 3:00 pm at Flathead High School Performance Hall

Concert Information:
Glacier Symphony
John Zoltek, conductor
Marcin Dylla, classical guitar

Our Classical Sundays November concert features three outstanding musical pieces by three different composers inspired by Shakespeare’s tragic love story, “Romeo and Juliet”. The Walk to the Paradise Garden is an evocative intermezzo from English composer Fredrick Delius’ opera “A Village Romeo and Juliet” composed in 1907. The hauntingly beautiful piece evokes a calm rural setting in naïve musical expression that build to more dramatic moments foretelling the tragedy that is to follow.  Russian composer Prokofiev’s famous Romeo and Juliet ballet composed in 1935 is the neo-classical composer’s early 20th century setting of the famous story. Prokofiev’s signature style of rapid key changes, rather icy melodies and refined orchestral writing runs throughout the piece. We offer a number of excerpts from the ballet on this program including the well-known palpably emphatic Montegues and Capulets movement. The concert concludes with the ultimate standard bearer of all “Romeo and Juliet” inspired pieces, Tchaikovsky’s popular and exciting Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture. Composed in a number of versions between 1870-80 the Fantasy Overture is a supreme example of Tchaikovsky’s Romantically dramatic style. He musically captures the tenderness and tragedy of the tale in a concise and dramatic one movement programmatic overture form. It remains one of Tchaikovsky’s most frequently performed orchestral pieces and includes the beloved soaring love theme that is drastically countered by the more intensely violent musical action.  The orchestral writing was quite original and very effective in conveying the emotional intensity of both the inner and outer psychological expression worlds of the piece.  It is one of the most exciting single movement works in the repertoire. It’s powerfully dark and tragic ending is perhaps only rivaled by the final climax of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, the “Pathetique”.  

Our soloist Marcin Dylla will be center stage for the Concierto del sur for guitar and orchestra by Mexican composer Manuel Ponce. This piece was originally composed for master guitarist Andres Segovia, who gave its premiere in 1941. It is a charming and sunny work composed in traditional three movement solo concerto form and written for a reduced orchestra of 4 solo winds, strings and timpani. The first movement immediately draws on in to an exotic sound world and contains an extensive dramatic solo guitar cadenza. For the entire concerto the composer utilizes folk idioms from Mexican and Spanish traditions. The result a clear and light upbeat work that is an absolute gem and appropriate platform for the solo guitar. The orchestral writing seems always to be in service of the solo line frequently reflecting melodic motives in conversation with the soloist and providing a veiled tapestry of floating sound upon which the guitar seems to dance and sing. The piece ends with a buoyant dance movement in quick 3 beat time. This delightful well composed but somewhat neglected work is gradually earning a more prominent place of recognition amongst classical guitar enthusiasts, performers and audiences alike. We are pleased to offer this piece to you featuring acclaimed soloist Marcin Dylla, who is a an advocate and supreme interpreter of this work.

Hailed by Washington Post as "among the most gifted guitarists on the planet". Polish guitarist, Marcin Dylla is a rare phenomenon in the recent history of Classical Guitar. Many music critics, connoisseurs, and music lovers certify that Marcin Dylla is among the world's elite of classical guitar players. He has earned this position, among others, on the 1960s. His last triumph was the Gold Medal of the '2007 Guitar Foundation of America International Competition' in Los Angeles known as the prestigious guitarist competition in the cities of North America, Mexico and Canada during 2008-09 season. www.marcindylla.com

“Dylla ranks among the most gifted guitarists on the planet..” –Washington Post

Delius: Walk to Paradise Garden
Ponce: Concierto del sur for guitar & orchestra
Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 2
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture

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Nosferatu – A Symphony of Horrors
Oct
28
3:00 PM15:00

Nosferatu – A Symphony of Horrors

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October 28, 2018 at Flathead High Performance Hall, 3:00 pm

Concert Information:
Glacier Symphony, John Zoltek, conductor
Rick Friend, composer and pianist

The 1922 classic silent film (based on Bram Stoker’s Dracula) with original score and piano improvisations by Rick Friend.

A native of Clifton, New Jersey, Rick Friend studied piano and composition at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. An avid movie buff since childhood, Rick became interested in silent movies in his high school days, when, just for fun, he and his friends rented from the library a 20 minute version of Buster Keaton's The General. Watching it in silence for a few minutes irked his curiosity to go over to the piano and start improvising for the film as it played. From then on, he was hooked on silent movie improv music.

Plus a costume contest and lots of Halloween fun! 

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Nosferatu – A Symphony of Horrors
Oct
27
7:30 PM19:30

Nosferatu – A Symphony of Horrors

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October 27, 2018 at Whitefish Performing Arts Center, 7:30 pm

Concert Information:
Glacier Symphony, John Zoltek, conductor
Rick Friend, composer and pianist

The 1922 classic silent film (based on Bram Stoker’s Dracula) with original score and piano improvisations by Rick Friend.

A native of Clifton, New Jersey, Rick Friend studied piano and composition at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. An avid movie buff since childhood, Rick became interested in silent movies in his high school days, when, just for fun, he and his friends rented from the library a 20 minute version of Buster Keaton's The General. Watching it in silence for a few minutes irked his curiosity to go over to the piano and start improvising for the film as it played. From then on, he was hooked on silent movie improv music.

Plus a costume contest and lots of Halloween fun! 

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