SPECIAL DRAWING – Purchase a ticket to Ascension and be entered into a drawing that will be held during intermission of both concerts, Sat. Oct 30 and Sun Oct. 31 for a free ticket ($175 value) to our upcoming Winter Masquerade Gala in January. Winner must be present to win.
Our opening concert features music from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries by Johannes Brahms, Alexander Glazunov and Maestro Zoltek. Violinist Yevgeny Kutik will bring his captivating technique and expressive artistry to the stage as soloists in the rarely heard but musically exquisite Violin Concerto inA minor by Alexander Glazunov. Johannes Brahms’ popular Symphony No. 2 in D Major, a Classical-Romantic masterpiece will be a perfect compliment. Zoltek’s dynamic symphonic poem, Processional, will open the program, one of the many pieces we’ll hear from our Maestro this season!
The Glacier Chorale, led by conductor Dr. Micah Hunter, presents a concert of choral music spanning many centuries and styles. In this, our first presentation of the full Chorale in concert since December of 2019, we will “reflect” on our past by presenting music we have performed within recent memory. Music by James Mulholland, Edward Elgar, and Vijay Singh will call to mind memories of recent years. Music by living composers Paul Ayres and Marshall Jones (a member of the Glacier Chorale), and Maestro Zoltek will present us with new challenges and beautiful aesthetic experiences. Additional music new to the Chorale will be classic works spanning the common practice era by Alexander Gretchaninoff, Palestrina, Robert Shaw, David N. Childs, and Moses Hogan.
A seminal concert event featuring the world premiere of Maestro Zoltek’s brand new cello concerto entitled Through Tamarack and Pine*, composed especially for cellist extraordinaire Robert deMaine. The principal cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, deMaine has been hailed by The New York Times as “an artist who makes one hang on every note.” Also on the program is the Symphony No.3 in C Major by one of the Maestro’s favorite composers, the Finnish master of evocative symphonic imagery, Jean Sibelius.
Join us for one of the most inspiring sacred masterpieces of all time for soloists, chorus and orchestra, Handel’s Messiah. Composed in 1741 and performed regularly throughout the world, this will be an experience not to be missed and an annual favorite with our audiences! Our performance features three wonderful Montana- based soloists; soprano Amy Chisholm, tenor Derek Larson and bass-baritone Daren Small. Three performances in Bigfork, Whitefish and Kalispell!
Celebrate the Holiday Season with the Glacier Symphony in this fun-filled concert for the entire family. Our program opens with the spotlight on our symphony brass section performing festive music by Gabrieli, new arrangements of Joy to the World and A Coventry Carol and two delightful and dramatic Christmas tales The Toymaker and ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas with narrator SuziE Wambeke. The complete orchestra will then take the stage to offer a selection of popular Holiday Classics including the Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky, Sleigh Ride and more!
The social event of the year is back! And these are the masks you’ll want to be wearing! Our Masquerade features dinner, drinks, dancing, an auction and… spectacular music! Joining the symphony this time will be the gifted jazz/pop singer/songwriter Halie Loren who will enchant you with her gorgeous ethereal voice and engaging upbeat stage presence. Get ready for a very romantic evening of jazz standards, re-imagined pop classics, and instantly likable originals. “Old school becoming new cool” for your listening and dancing pleasure. Don’t miss Halie Loren with the Symphony! One night only!
Pianist Roger Wright returns to the Symphony for a World Premiere Performance of an exciting new work for piano and orchestra by Houston-based composer Matthew Mason with a familiar title, Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini*– but with a uniquely different “twist” than Rachmaninoff’s! Mason’s work is immediately captivating and terrifically exciting from start to finish! Concluding the program will be one of the great English compositions of the 19th century, Sir Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations, his fascinating musical portraits of friends and family. Zoltek’s evocative dance inspired Hemispheres will open the concert.
The Fusion event originally scheduled for September 23, 2021 will be rescheduled to a date in 2022. The postponement is due to Covid-19 considerations to ensure the health of our guests, staff, and musicians. The Fusion is part of a year-long celebration of the Maestro John Zoltek’s achievements as Music Director and Conductor over the past 25 years. For the event the Maestro will perform as guitarist/composer and lead a jazz combo with strings in a program of his original exciting jazz fusion! Join us for this evening of music, hors d’oeuvres, libations and more as we mark the continuation of the era of excellence that has been the hallmark of GSC for the past 25 years! One night only! More details to come.
Our first concert features both the Symphony and Chorale led by Maestro Zoltek in one of the most transcendent and important masterpieces for chorus, soloists and orchestra – Mozart’s stunning Requiem in D minor. Orchestral songs by Mahler, including selected Rückert Leider and the complete Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer), will open the concert. Our acclaimed voice soloists include soprano Danielle Pastin; alto, Robin Bier; tenor Brian Cheney and bass-baritone Tyler Putnam.
The Glacier Symphony and Maestro Zoltek return for the second weekend with concerts featuring Gustav Mahler’s monumental Symphony No.5 in C # minor for large orchestra composed in 1902. This powerfully expansive, technically demanding 5-movement masterpiece includes the exquisitely beautiful Adagietto, one of Mahler’s most popular movements said to be a musical expression of love to his wife, Alma. Our concert will open with a piano concerto by Mozart featuring piano soloist Robert Satterlee, originally from the Flathead!
New Festival Amadeus programming to be announced spring 2020. Tickets to follow.
A native of Rhode Island, Zoltek began studying guitar at the age of seven with traditional jazz master Alvin Pulley whom he studied with for 11 years. After playing in various rock and jazz groups during his high school years, Zoltek auditioned and was accepted into the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston. This began his academic life and serious career path in music.
Although Zoltek has immersed himself in the symphonic music world and his work with the Glacier Symphony he still keeps active as a guitarist and composer. He has written a number of orchestral works for and premiered by the Glacier Symphony as well as orchestras in Canada and South America. He also has various chamber pieces and original jazz/fusion compositions to his credit. Select orchestra compositions pieces include: Trumpet Concerto; Concerto Rustica; Going to the Sun- Fanfare for Orchestra (composed for the 100th anniversary of Glacier Park in 2010); Hemispheres and Romantic Overture (2007); Processional (2005); and Celestial Lullaby Suite (1994). Chamber pieces By Dreaming Water for violin and piano was premiered by violinist Tim Fain and Polish violinist Kinga Augustyn gave the premiere of his Rustic Suitefor Solo Violin, both during Festival Amadeus.
Micah Hunter serves as the conductor of the Glacier Chorale and the Glacier Chamber Singers. In addition to his work with the GSC, Micah is also a full time music teacher at Stillwater Christian School in Kalispell, where he has served since 2006 as the Director of Choirs and elementary general music teacher in addition to teaching a college-preparatory course called Music Theory, History, and Literature, private voice lessons, and developing and supervising various independent study and online courses in music. Micah is also the chairperson of the annual Stillwater Music Festival; an invitational music festival for school and home school bands, choirs, orchestras, chamber ensembles, and soloists from Montana, Idaho, and Washington. His choirs are regularly seen performing throughout the community in addition to their regular concert schedules. Micah also works at Flathead Lake Music Camp every summer as a choir director and voice teacher. Micah and his wife Rachel are active in music leadership in their church, and share a passion for the health and vitality of sacred music in the Christian tradition. Together, they operate a ministry to local churches which offers training in music theory, history, philosophy, and practice to church musicians, clergy, and lay people.
Micah grew up in Hot Springs, Montana and attended college at Montana State University in Bozeman, studying voice and conducting primarily under Lowell Hickman. He also studied conducting under Lisa Hunter and served as assistant conductor of the University Chorus under Jon Harney. Micah graduated in 2006 with the Bachelor of Music Education degree. Micah’s graduate school experience has been widely varied, combining online, distance, and residential summer work from Boston University, Pensacola Theological Seminary, and Canyon College, where he earned the Master of Arts degree in music education in 2007. His research focused on cadential function and its relationship to harmony and voice leading in the unaccompanied choral works of Eric Whitacre. Micah entered the Doctor of Sacred Music degree program at the Graduate Theological Foundation in Indiana in 2008, graduating with distinction in 2011 under the mentorship of Brian Taylor. Micah also holds the Master of Church Music in choral conducting from Pensacola Theological Seminary.
Ron OsterbauerDirector of Operations and Development
Ron Osterbauer began as the Director of Operations and Development for the Glacier Symphony on February 27th, 2019, relocating from Minnesota to Montana. He brings over 40 years of non-profit experience which has included positions as CEO, Executive Director and Development Director for various nonprofit organizations in Minnesota.
He started with nonprofits in the environmental education area and launched the nonprofit River Bend Nature Center as its first Executive Director in Faribault, Minnesota on a 500-acre parcel of land. He then worked at The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota where he led the efforts to launch national education programs with birds of prey through a partnership with Target as well as a national program to use satellite telemetry to track migrational patterns of osprey through the support of Canon USA. The Raptor Center was the first organization to have a live bald eagle ride in the 2000 Rosebowl Parade on the Target float, featuring Amy Grant, with Ron handling the eagle!
Ron has also worked for nonprofits in human services, restorative justice, integrative health and medicine as well as nonprofits providing legal services to low-income families. Ron has also been an adjunct professor for two Minnesota Universities teaching course on Minnesota Wildflowers and Budgets and Finance.
Ron and his wife Peggy are relocating to the Flathead Valley to be near to their daughter Maggie, son-in-law Cooper and granddaughter Emma. In his spare time Ron enjoys spending time in the outdoors fishing, hiking and doing bird banding as he is a federally licensed Master Bird Bander.
Susan joined the symphony in 2015 and now ensures that the daily operations of Glacier Symphony run smoothly. Delivering outstanding customer service has always been an essential part of her daily work. She maintains our ticketing and donor database, business partnership program and provides box office training. As the GS Office Manager, she is responsible for all office procedures, and uses her organizational skills to ensure smooth operations in a busy work environment.
Susan says she regularly finds herself drawing on her entrepreneurial skills and her background in public works, accounting and meeting planning. She feels an organization
can never grow too big to not know each client personally. With her over 25 years of experience in professional office executive assistant positions and a track record of strong performance in high-volume, high-pressure environments, Susan skillfully manages administrative duties and client relations