Festival Amadeus celebrates 10 years

Glacier Symphony and Chorale presents Festival Amadeus

Mozart festival features opera "The Magic Flute"

gsc festival amadeus pianist 2017
Guest pianist Tanya Gabrielian
Montana's Festival Amadeus this year features The Magic Flute, the final opera written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
The Glacier Symphony and Chorale presents Festival Amadeus  Tuesday to Sunday, Aug. 8-13, in Whitefish and Bigfork.
The Mozart opera, conducted by John Zoltek, the festival's founding music director, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday Aug. 12 and Sunday, Aug. 13 at the Whitefish Performing Arts Center. The opera, written in German, will have English subtitles.


Orchestra Night 1, Tuesday, Aug. 8
Guest pianist Tanya Gabrielian will be the soloist in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G, conducted by Zoltek. The program will include two more of Mozart’s works; Impresario Overture and Symphony No. 39 in Eb major. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Whitefish Performing Arts Center at Central School.
Chamber Night 1, Wednesday, Aug. 9
"Sonata, Suite and Solos" duo program with Gabrielian and violinist Yevgeny Kutik. Their program will include two duo pieces; Beethoven’s Sonata for violin and piano No. 1 and Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne.
Completing the program will be solo piano works by Chopin, Two Nocturnes, and Gershwin’s "Rhapsody in Blue" and a modern solo violin work, "Arioso Doloroso/Estatico" by Michael Gandolfi.
The concert will be held in the O’Shaughnessy Center in Whitefish at 7:30 p.m. The duo will repeat their performance in Bigfork on Friday, Aug. 11, 7:30 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church.
Thursday, Aug. 10
Prokofiev and Mendelssohn are the featured composers on the second orchestra night. This concert features violinist Kutik with the festival orchestra in Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor followed by Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 4 in A Major. Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture will open the concert, held at 7:30 p.m. at the Whitefish Performing Arts Center at Central School.
Chamber Night 2, Aug. 11
The Fry Street Quartet program will include Haydn’s Quartet in B flat Major Debussy’s String Quartet in G minor and Beethoven’s String Quartet in A minor.
Concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the O'Shaughnessy Center in Whitefish.
Fry Street will also perform in Bigfork on Wed. August 9, at 7:30 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church
Ricardo Herrera
Baritone Ricardo Herrera


The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte)
   Opera In Concert

Saturday, August 12 at Whitefish Performing Arts Center
Sunday, August 13 in Whitefish Performing Arts Center

The cast will feature nationally recognized singers from across the United States and Montana. This concert version will be dramatically enhanced with projected photography and visual environments. Performance will be in the original German with English titles on screen. 


Transferable passes are available for $169 for a five-concert pass (two chamber, two orchestra, one opera) or $119 for a pick three-concert pass (includes one opera and choice of chamber or orchestra nights).
Pass purchasers are included in one of two post-opera receptions held at the Firebrand Hotel, across the street from the Whitefish Performing Arts Center. They also receive a complimentary chairlift ride to the top of Big Mountain at Whitefish Mountain Resort. (Passes for this event are not available to purchase online).
Call the GSC Box Office 406-407-7000 Tuesday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. They will also be available at the venue day of show between the hours of 11 and 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. nightly.
Single concert tickets are available online at gscmusic.tix.com
Prices are: orchestra concerts: $35 tier 1, $30 tier 2, $10 youth; chamber: $25 all tiers, $10 youth; Opera: $49 tier 1, $39 tier 2, $25 youth; Bigfork chamber: $25 general admission; $10 youth. Visit gscmusic.org for details and pricing or call the GSC box office, 406-407-7000. All concerts, artists and venues are subject to change.

Free musician talks:

North Valley Music School in Whitefish holds Camp Festival Amadeus at Whitefish Middle School. The public has an opportunity to enjoy the process of making music when the festival guest artists share their stories at several “Musical Journey” talks with the students. The programs are held in the lobby of the school and are free of charge.
The public is also invited to observe festival classes during the week. For more information, call 406-862-8074 or visit northvalleymusicschool.org
Monday Aug. 7: 3-4 p.m. Camp Festival Amadeus Honor Recital by students and soloists.
Tuesday, Aug. 8: 3-4 p.m. "Musical Journey" with selected vocal cast from "The Magic Flute," middle-school lobby.
6:30 p.m.: Camp Festival Amadeus students will perform during intermission at the Whitefish Farmers Market, Depot Park.
Wednesday, Aug. 9: 3-4 p.m. :"Musical Journey" with Tanya Gabrielian, piano, and Yevgeny Kutik, violin, in the middle-school lobby.
Thursday, Aug. 10: 3-4 p.m.: "Musical Journey" with Quinton Morris, a virtuoso violinist from Seattle and a camp faculty member, middle-school lobby.
Friday, Aug. 11: 12-1:30 p.m." Camp Festival Amadeus student concert performance, featuring the full student orchestra and ensembles, at the Whitefish Performing Arts Center.


The Glacier Symphony and Chorale has evolved from a small group of musicians who played together at a wedding in 1981 to a group of more than 280 volunteer and professional musicians who perform over 30 concerts annually in the Flathead Valley and Northwest Montana. 

The GSC has its roots in the 1970s when the Performing Arts Council was formed from a core of music lovers in the Valley. The Council sponsored recitals and summer concerts in the Valley and later formed The Hockaday Chamber Orchestra, which performed a series of concerts. Glacier Symphony and Chorale members of this early group included Doug James, Lindy James, and Shauneen and Ray Garner.

The early musical group coalesced in earnest in June, 1981 when Rebecca duBois brought a small group of musicians together to play for her wedding. The group continued to rehearse and perform together as the Flathead Valley Chamber Orchestra and Chorale. By 1982, the group had expanded to the size that larger works could be performed. The first was Faure’s Requiem, under the direction of the new guest conductor Gordon Johnson, conductor of the Great Falls Symphony.

Gordon Johnson was named GSC Music Director in 1982 and served until 1997. To reflect the new geographical diversity of the musicians, the name of the group was changed to The Glacier Orchestra and Chorale.

Shauneen Garner was the founding Chorale Conductor and Robin Bailey was named Executive Director in 1985. The League of the GSC, the organization’s volunteer auxiliary, was instituted in 1988. In 1992, the Glacier Children’s Choir was established, followed closely by the Glacier Youth Orchestra in 1995.

In 1997, John Zoltek was selected as the GSC’s first full-time Music Director. To reflect its substantial growth and artistic quality, the G.O.C. changed its name to the Glacier Symphony and Chorale in July 2003. In 2004, Amy Smith-Kellogg was hired as Executive Director, followed by Alan Satterlee in 2006. Paul Larson is now the executive director.

Dr. Jim Stanard was hired as the Chorale Conductor in 2006 following the retirement of Shauneen Garner.

The GSC has performed seven world premieres, commissioned a symphony in honor of its 10th Anniversary, and commissioned four choral pieces with lyrics written by the Glacier Children’s Choir. The GSC emphasizes education of its musicians and audiences by offering master classes, clinics, Young People’s Concerts, pre-concert lectures, and elementary and secondary scholarships for instrumental and choral students.

The GSC has expanded rapidly since 1982. The first season’s budget was $3,300; the 2007-08 the budget is over $530,000. In 1990, the GSC established its Endowment Fund to help fund educational and youth programs and guest artists’ appearances.

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