Festival Amadeus offers 6 great concerts

 Let’s Festival! Ja?

(Kalispell, MT) Glacier Symphony has planned a grand week of classical and classical­ spinoffs for Festival Amadeus August 6-12, 2018 in Whitefish. The concert poster featuring a sunglass-clad Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart image touting the words “Let’s Festival! Ja?” suggests that the festival will offer as much good fun as it will great music.

Festival music director John Zoltek has organized a stellar lineup of classical artists to perform in the three orchestra concerts and three cabaret chamber nights. Artists performing this year include Tim Fain, a charismaticviolinist known for his film appearance in The Black Swan and work with composer Philip Glass; Inbal Segev, a renowned cellist who hails from Israel; Alon Goldstein, piano, another Israel native who studied under Zubin Mehta; INVOKE, a cross-over string quartet who add mandolin, banjo and voice to their repertoire.

Adding to the musical mix will be “The Soldier’s Tale,” a quirky work by Stravinsky. The ‘Faustian’ story of good versus evil will be performed by three actors and seven select musicians including the prominent actor David Ackroyd as narrator, actress Pam Ponich, playing the devil, and opera singer, Andrew Surrena, as the soldier.  

Held in two venues in the resort town of Whitefish, the Festival offers visitors the option to explore the majesty of Glacier National Park by day followed by the luxury of an expertly performed classical concert each night.

 New this year will be an Amadeus Reception on Monday, August 6, to meet the Festival musicians, acclaimed soloists and Maestro Zoltek. It is included for Pick – 3 and Full Festival Pass holders. Also new will be cabaret seating during the three chamber night concerts where audience members can choose to sit at tables and enjoy a beverage while listening to the concert, or opt for traditional concert seating. 

Several open rehearsals will be available during the week and Festival guest artists will share their stories in “Musical Journey” talks held in conjunction with Camp Festival Amadeus that runs concurrently during the week. The camp is facilitated by North Valley Music School with support from the Whitefish Rotary Club.

 “Don’t miss this Whitefish summer tradition. Be a part of our audiences for one or more of these fabulous performances! Check out the affordable multi-concert packages that include an exclusive opening Amadeus Reception. Let’s Festival! Ja?”comments Maestro Zoltek.



Festival Amadeus Concert Lineup: (all concerts begin at 7:30 pm, note venue changes)

“Amadeus Reception” Mon. Aug. 6, O’Shaughnessy Center (OSC). Meet and mix with the musicians at this casual gathering. Hors D’oeuvres, beverages, and desserts provided for multi-concert pass holders. 

“Summer Pastoral” Orch. Night 1, Tues. Aug. 7, – Whitefish Performing Arts Center (WFPAC). This evocative collection of music will feature the internationally acclaimed cellist, Inbal Segev performing Haydn’s Cello Concert No. 2 along with the dreamy summer sounds of Honegger. Mozart’s “little g minor” symphony from the movie soundtrack Amadeus brings the Festival orchestra center stage. 

Inbal Segev’s playing has been described as “delivered with impressive fluency and style,” by The Strad. Equally committed to new repertoire and known masterworks, Segev brings interpretations that are both unreservedly natural and insightful to the vast range of solo and chamber music that she performs. Segev has performed as soloist with acclaimed orchestras internationally and made her debuts with the Berlin Philharmonic and Israel Philharmonic, led by Zubin Mehta, at age 17.

INVOKE in concert ‘Americana’” Chamber Night 1Wed. Aug. 8 – (OSC) A string quartet with mandolin and banjo? That’s INVOKE, four young virtuoso musicians whose cross-over music spans classical to contemporary. The set tunes will range from I ain’t broke (but I’m badly bent) to Furious Creek, Hard Times and many more This marks a return visit for the group who blew up the audience in last November’s concert with the Glacier Symphony.

“…Versatile and musically adventurous, way more than classical…” – says the Capital Gazette.  INVOKE personnel includes Nick Montopoli – violin and banjo, Zach Matteson – violin, Karl Mitze – viola and mandolin andGeoff Manyin – cello.

The Soldiers Tale” Chamber Night 2, Thurs. Aug. 9 (OSC) Is it Dixieland? Tango? A play or a parade? This will be the 100th anniversary of Stravinsky’s ‘Faustian’ tale set to cool music with cabaret seating that will make it an in-your-face theatrical experience.

“Power Trio: Fain, Segev, Goldstein” Chamber Night 3, Fri. Aug. 10 (OSC) Music by Beethoven, Bernstein and Dvorak will be presented by three seasoned musicians; violinist Tim Fain, cellist Inbal Segev and pianist Alon Goldstein. They will explore Beethoven’s ghostly romanticism, Dvorak’s Slavic-infused “Dumky” trio and Leonard Bernstein’s vigorously eclectic music from the age of 18.

“Mozart & the Miracle” Orch. Night 2, Sat. Aug. 11 (WFPAC) Violinist Tim Fain will solo on Mozart’s elegantly turned Violin Concerto No.1. The program will be completed with the Festival Amadeus Orchestra performing Prokofiev’s quirky “Classical” and Haydn’s “Miracle” symphonies.

This will be Tim Fain’s third appearance at Festival Amadeus. This “charismatic, young violinist with the matinee idol profile, and first rate chops” (Boston Globe) is featured prominently in the film “Black Swan” and gave a violin “voice” to the lead characters in the films 12 years a Slave and Bee Season. He regularly performs with orchestras around the world.

“Heroic Finale” Orch. Night 3, Sat. Aug. 12 (WFPAC) The Festival concludes with Mozart’s masterpiece Piano Concerto No. 17 in G featuring pianist Alon Goldstein who made his orchestral debut at the age of 18 with the Israel Philharmonic under the baton of Zubin Mehta. Goldstein is an international artist performing with orchestras and music festivals around the globe.

Corporate sponsors for Festival Amadeus include Toyota, Whitefish Credit Union, The Firebrand, The HealthCenter and Rotary of Whitefish.


Tickets for Festival Amadeus: Fully transferable passes are available for $237 for a 6-concert pass (3 chamber, 3 orchestra) or $126 for a pick 3-concert pass (includes Amadeus Reception and choice of chamber or orchestra concerts). Pass purchasers also receive a complimentary gondola ride to the top of Big Mountain at Whitefish Mountain Resort. Passes can only be purchased through the GSC Box Office 406-407-7000 Tuesday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm. They will also be available at the Whitefish PAC each day between the hours of 11 and 1 pm and starting at 6 pm nightly. The O’Shaughnessy box office will open at 6 pm before curtain.

Single concert tickets are available online at www.gscmusic.tix.com  Prices are: Orchestra Concerts: $25-40, $12 youth; Chamber: $25, $10 youth; Visit www.glaciersymphony.org for details and pricing or call the GSC Box Office, 406-407-7000. All concerts, artists and venues are subject to change.

Open rehearsals and Musician Talks

North Valley Music School in Whitefish holds Camp Festival Amadeus concurrently with the Festival 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 Whitefish Middle School and are free of charge. The public is also invited to observe Camp Festival Amadeus classes during the week.

Mon., Aug. 6 3 pm Ensemble and Student Recitals

Tues. Aug. 7, 3 pm Musical Journey with violinist Tim Fain

Wed., Aug. 8, 3 pm Musical Journey with cellist Inbal Segev and pianist, Alon Goldstein

Thurs. Aug. 9, 3 pm Musical Journey with INVOKE string quartet

Fri. Aug. 10, noon at Whitefish PAC orchestra of Camp Festival Amadeus performs

For more information contact NVMS at 406-862-8074  www.northvalleymusicschool.org