Missoula Symphony Chorale Returns to the Stage
—“Heaven and Nature Sing” to be Performed at New, More Intimate Setting—
(Missoula, Montana) The Missoula Symphony Chorale, sans orchestra, performs its stand-alone concert on Sunday, October 25 at 3 p.m. at St. Anthony Parish. The concert, which is the second show in the Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Chorale’s 61st season, is in a new location this year.
According to Chorale Director Dean Peterson, the change in venue was a decision based on a number of factors. “The Chorale has performed in the Dennison Theatre for years,” he says, “which is a great spot to perform, but felt a bit vacuous for our needs.” In contrast to the Dennison Theatre’s 1200-seat capacity, St. Anthony Parish, which is a popular venue for hosting choirs during the International Choral Festival, holds approximately six hundred audience members. “We look forward to performing in a more intimate setting in a location that is really a wonderful place acoustically to hear choral music,” he says.
The program, which Peterson says is made up of a variety of songs both sacred and nature-based, begins with pieces by Bach, Haydn and Brahms, including How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place from Brahm’s Requiem. “We’ll be performing the full Requiem in February with the Orchestra, so this will be a sneak-preview of this lovely piece,” he says. The second half of the concert includes a number of pieces with nature-themes, and will feature the MSO’s Principal Flutist Margaret Lund Schuberg. “The flute of course lends itself to representing bird song, and it shines through in this case,” he says. “I really am pleased with this year’s theme, I think it speaks to the fact that music is not only for praise, but that music is life, and our program reflects that. This concert will be a celebration of life, love and the joys of heaven and earth.”
The Chorale, which performs three concerts a season, is made up of approximately 90 vocalists who audition to be in the group. “We have a very enthusiastic and passionate group of people, and this really shines through when they perform.” He adds that the chorale is a real representation of the Missoula community, with singers ranging in ages from 20 to 90, and everything in between. “Between the community and the university, we have some fine vocalists in our midst. Come and see for yourself!”
Tickets for the Missoula Symphony Chorale concert are $17, $11 for seniors and students, and available online at missoulasymphony.org, by phone at 721-3194, in person at the Symphony office at 320 East Main Street, or at the door the day of the concert. St. Anthony Parish is located at 217 Tremont Street in Missoula.
Press Release: October 15, 2015
Media Contact: Lucy Beighle (406) 239-3193