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Treasure State Chorale

The Treasure State Chorale.

The Treasure State Chorale is holding its annual concert next Tuesday, hoping to provide a chance for residents to slow down and settle into "The Spirit of the Season," as the concert is titled.

The diverse program of choral music will open with “Spirit of the Season” from the animated holiday film, "The Polar Express."

The remainder of the first half of the program includes songs that provide an insight into the various aspects of holiday celebrations, with nostalgic music to more current and popular songs. From red-nosed reindeer to wishes and dreams, and from carols to the ever-famous “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”, the light-hearted songs will definitely get the audience into the holiday spirit.

The second half of the concert brings the audience another aspect of the holiday season. The chorale will present the story of the Nativity with a mix of musical genres all telling about the birth of Christ.

Music includes an adaptation of “Every Valley” to begin the story in song. Caccini’s beautiful arrangement of “Ave Maria” for choir and flute adds another dimension with its Baroque style.

Haydn’s “Gloria” brings the excitement of the angels’ song, and an arrangement by John Rutter written for choir and stringsr.

No performance is complete without a Black spiritual on the program, and this concert is no exception. A lively spiritual for choir and percussion adds to the festive mood. The excitement of the spirit of the season builds as the chorale adds “Sing We Noel” in combination with a few familiar carols. A new piece called “Christmas Dreams” adds a bit of thought towards hopes, dreams, and miracles. The finale starts with the a cappella Palestrina “Adoramus Te” and finishes with the ending of Ringwald’s “Song of Christmas”.

The chorale will then leave the audience with the opportunity to reflect on the “Spirit of the Season” with a special song arranged for choir and strings.

The chorale is an adult mixed chorus drawing its auditioned membership from various communities in Montana. Under the direction of its founder, Phil Harris, the Chorale presents two major concerts each year, one for Christmas and one in the spring. The trademark of the chorale is the wide variety of choral music presented on its programs, and this upcoming concert does just that. Plan to attend and expect to hear Christmas music from the sixteenth century to music of today.

This performance will be on Tuesday, Dec. 16, at St. Anthony’s Church, 217 Tremont St. next to Loyola High School in Missoula. Concert time is 7:30 p.m. and the doors will open at 7. At that time, the Mountain Strings Quartet will provide holiday music.

There will be no admission charged for this event. However, a free will offering will help defray the cost of the production.

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