With a theme of “Thankful," the Treasure State Chorale will present its final concert at 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 4, at St. Anthony’s Church, 217 Tremont St. in Missoula.
The chorale, founded and directed by Phil Harris, has been performing in Missoula and area communities over the past fifteen years, and will now offer its grand finale to area concert-goers. Phil Harris is retiring after directing choirs for 55 years, and the choir is dedicating this concert to him.
Music on the program will include, as is the choir’s trademark, a wide variety of choral literature — everything from 16th century madrigals to black spirituals, from folk songs to more contemporary pieces, and from Broadway to Mozart. Special guests at this performance will be members of the 55-year reunion chorus. They will join forces with the chorale to honor Harris with several massed choir numbers rehearsed the night before the concert. All music on the concert program has a special significance for Harris. There are songs he directed with school, church, and community choirs in both Canada and the United States. People from his very first year of teaching in 1962 are participating, as well as singers covering that 55-year time period. An exciting finale for this finale concert will be a triumphant piece written for choir with brass and string accompaniment.
The reunion part of the concert is a surprise for Harris. As of this writing, there are more one hundred people registered for this event, which promises to be both exciting and emotional at the Sunday performance.
Please note that admission is by free will offering, and that doors will not open to the public until 4:30 p.m. There is another event in the church that afternoon, so please be respectful of this request.