Spring Festival Day 1 - ”Love’s Unending Song”
Friday, April 26, 7:30 pm at Glacier High Performance Hall
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
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
Spring Festival Day 3 - “Song of Destiny Finale”
Sunday, April 28, 3:00 pm at Flathead High Performance Hall
Glacier Symphony, Orchestra and Chorale
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.
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.