2016 Montana Early Music Festival

2016 Montana Early Music Festival

J.S. Bach Mass in B minor
the culmination of Bach’s career and the epitome of the choral art

Festival Chamber Orchestra
16 players on historic instruments
Musikanten Montana

Kerry Krebill, conductor
Amanda Balestrieri, soprano
Marjorie Bunday, mezzosoprano
Anne Kania, contralto
Robert Petillo, tenor
Robert W. Tudor, baritone
Bobb Robinson, baritone

April 14-18, 2016

April 14, 7:30 pm Holy Rosary Parish, Bozeman
210 S. Main Street
Tickets at the door
$30 General Admission, $20 Seniors, $10 Students, $60 Family Pass (up to 5 persons)

April 15, 7:30 pm Immaculate Conception, Butte
Caldonia Street and Western Avenue
Tickets at the door
Suggested donation $20, $10 Students, Children under 12 free

April 16, 7:30 pm St. Francis Xavier, Missoula
420 W. Pine (corner of Pine and Orange)
Tickets available at Rockin’ Rudi’s in Missoula and Chapter One in Hamilton
and at the door: $30 General Admission, $10 Students
Call Bitterroot Baroque at (314) 852-5099. for information

April 17, 4 pm Plymouth Congregational Church, Helena
400 S. Oakes Street
Tickets available at Piccolo’s Music and Birds & Beasley’s and at the door
$30 General Admission, $20 Seniors, $10 Students, $60 Family Pass (up to 5 persons)

Call 406-442-6825.for information and to buy tickets. (Skip the line at the church!)
Special Reserved Seating for our Angel Donors (above $100).
Become an Angel Donor!

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“Atlantis” original tapestry/Raffle Musikanten Montana Early Music Festival FUNdraiser!!!

The ‘Atlantis’ tapestry is valued at $3500, and was on display at the Wine Tasting at Sommeliers on February 7.  Contact Linda or Kerry (406-933-5246) if you would like to see the tapestry!

Raffle tickets may be purchased from any Musikanten member or by calling Linda at 406-422-4892. Tickets will be on sale for 3 months; the drawing will be at the final concert of the Early Music Festival, April 12, 2015.

Kathleen and her tapestry, "Atlantis"

Kathleen and her tapestry, “Atlantis”

Raffle tickets $10 or 3 for $25.
Drawing to be held at the final concert of the
Montana Early Music Festival
April 12, 2015
Call Linda at 422-4892 for tickets.
Press Release TapestryRaffle

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Helena Choral Week 2014

Hi, folks,

Happy wish-it-were-Spring to all of you. It’s time to think about June in Montana — bluebirds, bitterroot flowers, morel mushrooms, and … Helena Choral Week.

I’m really hoping this can be both a big reunion year, and a chance for a lot of you who have not yet made your way to this glorious part of the country to come see the glaciers before they disappear, bring your kids to follow in Lewis and Clark’s footsteps, and help us celebrate Helena’s 150th birthday this summer. There will of course be friendly people to stay with and great music to sing, as well as awesome beer and outstanding espresso.

We start on Sunday June 22, singing together for the morning service at one of the local churches — recently we’ve been at St. Paul’s Methodist, a joint service with the Unitarians and Congregationalists, and the big cathedral (google Cathedral of St. Helena if you haven’t seen it yet, and be blown away!). Plan to fly in on Saturday if you can arrange it (or come earlier and hike or bike or flyfish). Sunday late afternoon is our Welcome Dinner and Monday morning we start classes and lessons. Mini-concerts every day at 12:15 feature our guest artists (aka the section leaders/soloists/teachers), free afternoons, rehearsal each evening (except Thursday off, following our traditional PDQ Bach Thursday noon”production”), with Saturday morning dress rehearsal and Saturday evening concert. Sunday the 29th we’ll sing for the Feast of Ss. Peter and Paul at St. Peter’s Episcopal Cathedral, our home for the week. (Sundae Sunday after church!) Sunday afternoon is our Farewell Party — we’re planning to go back out to Lake Hauser again — last year was such a big hit! Monday morning you’re free — to fly home or go visit one of the parks (hopefully Going to the Sun Road will be open).

What we sing this year depends to a big extent on who is coming out!! Last year we did Jim Grant’s Listen to the Earth with a small chamber group (and tons of percussion). It was a big success — very appropriate for Montana. Our big piece the year before was Vaughan Williams’ Mass in G minor. I still want to do Frank Martin’s amazing Ode a la Musique, which we haven’t been able to work in out here yet. Right now I’m investigating doing Menotti’s The Unicorn, the Gorgon and the Manticore, with a local dance group. It’s a great piece, very cleverly done, and would bring in a family audience, which would be a nice change for us. Also looking at an interesting new venue (and no, Paul, it’s not singing in the Lewis and Clark Caverns!).

Please let me know if you are a) definitely planning on coming this year; b) thinking seriously about it and just need your arm personally twisted a little (no problem, we have plenty of people who can do that); c) not sure if the dates work out for you, but will look into it right away; or d) sadly, not able to make it this time.

Looking forward to seeing familiar faces in beautiful Helena in June!! (Please pass the word to your new singing friends too! And, we are family friendly.)

Hasta luego!
Kerry L. Krebill
Artistic Director, Musikanten (Bethesda MD) and Musikanten Montana (Helena MT)
Choirmaster, St. Peter’s Episcopal Cathedral (“The Episcopal Church in Helena”)
General Director, Helena Choral Week and Montana Early Music Festival

8 Park Place
Clancy MT 59634-9759
406.933.5246 (h)
406.431.7462 (c)
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Montana Early Music Festival 2014

We had a fabulous time in Helena and Butte this year!

4 exciting concerts of “Music before 1800”

12th Annual Montana Early Music Festival

March 13-16 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday)

Thursday, March 13, 7:30 pm,
Saint Peter’s Episcopal Cathedral, 511 N. Park, Helena
Vocal Soloists Recital, Program TBD

Friday, March 14, 7:30 pm,
Saint Peter’s Episcopal Cathedral, 511 N. Park, Helena
Chamber Music Recital, Program TBD

Claudio Monteverdi “Vespers of 1610”
Kerry Krebill conducts Musikanten Montana, soloists, chorus, chamber orchestra and continuo.

Saturday, March 15, 7:30 pm, Immaculate Conception,
Western & Caldonia Streets, Butte
Sunday, March 16, 4:00 pm, St. Mary’s Catholic Community,
1700 Missoula Avenue, Helena (repeat performance)

Host ensemble: Musikanten Montana (Kerry Krebill, festival director/conductor)
with Guest Artists Evanne Browne, soprano; Amanda Balestrieri, soprano;
Anne Kania, alto; Daniel Hutchings, tenor; John Grau,tenor; Robert Tudor, baritone;
Bobb Robinson, baritone
Keith Reas, organ and harpsichord

Thanks to a generous grant from the Montana Cultural Trust,
ALL concerts are free admission.

Donations are encouraged to offset production costs. Call 406-933-5246 for information.

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Early Music Festival 2013 THIS WEEK!!


Bring friends and family and all early music lovers to these wonderful concerts! All Free for all attendees! However, if you love the music, we welcome your donations!

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Opera Brunch and HD Broadcast

To benefit the 10th Annual Montana Early Music Festival

“Metropolitan Opera Brunch”

Saturday, January 21, 9:15 am, Brunch, followed with HD broadcast of the
fantastical Baroque opera pastiche
“The Enchanted Island”

Broadcast presented at the Helena Cinemark, Great Northern Center
$35 per person (Champagne Brunch + Opera Ticket).

Call Darien at 431-7464 .

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To benefit the 10th Annual Montana Early Music Festival

Annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction
Saturday, February 4, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, Sommelier’s,
361 North Last Chance Gulch, Helena
Wines, Tapas, Door Prizes, Silent Auction & Wine Basket Raffle
Jazz Piano with Alex Swaney
$25 per person
Call Darien at 431-7464 by February 2.
Limited Space. Must Reserve Early!

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Streaming video of our Monteverdi Concert!!!!!

Oh Boy!!! We are on TV!!! Helena Civic Television (HCTV) came to our 9 April 2011 Monteverdi Concert at St. John’s Lutheran Church….THANK YOU for filming us!!! They show their schedule, updated most weekdays, and when we are scheduled to be on their channel, YOU can stream the video through your Internet connection, too!!! Here is the HCTV schedule page

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Monteverdi, the Master, tonight and tomorrow afternoon!!!!

If you want to hear some wonderful singing and continuo, consider coming to the concerts Musikanten Montana will present this evening at Helena MT, and tomorrow afternoon in Anaconda MT. Click our link Montana Early Music Festival Continues!!!! for details. It will allow your soul to float….

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Musikanten D.C. Concert TODAY, 13 February 2011!!

Musikanten D.C. performs Josquin’s Missa Panga Lingua at 5:00 p.m. at St. Mary Mother of God, Washington, DC

In addition to the complete mass, Musikanten will do two Josquin motets; the Gregorian Chant choir will sing all other service music.

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Annual Wine Tasting at Sommeliers

Hi, folks,

Our big annual FUNd-raiser for our Montana Early Music Festival is this Saturday night — a wine-tasting and silent auction from 5:30 to 7:30 at Sommelier’s here in Helena.

The party should be LOTS of fun — our soprano Alex Swaney is better known to most Montanans as one of the leading jazz musicians in the state. She is bringing her friends MJ Williams and Wilbur Rehmann — two jazz legends in themselves — to help her out. (I think the problem will be pulling people away from the music to BID at the auction!) Toby is excited about doing BLENDS this year for the wines — when I asked Alex what kind of wine goes with jazz, she said, “EVERY kind of wine!” So we have blends!! There will be appetizers, soft drinks/juice if you don’t want wine, door prizes and a wine basket raffle to add to the excitement.

We have some wonderful and unusual items up for sale at the auction this year and we want everyone to have a chance to take a look and to bid. Linda Almas has created a PDF with pictures of most of the items and, working with her high-tech sons and their friends, devised a great way you can BID ON THESE ITEMS even if you can’t be in Helena at the party on Saturday night. If you are also a techie, check out the google bidding scheme; if you are more traditional, just shoot me an email, or call to put in your bids. We will have people on deck to take calls (and let you know if you are being out-bid so you can scramble to get your name on the bottom line of the bidding sheets), right up to the deadline at 7:20 pm Helena time. (Keep checking our website for the PDF…our webmaster is updating the pages tonight!!)

I’ve just come back from a whirlwind weekend in Vienna, doing advance work with Chris Hoh for our April 2012 tour — you won’t want to miss this one! You can lock in a great price by bidding on Item #13. Take a look at all the other goodies, and give us a call. All the profits go toward the production of this year’s Early Music Festival, 4 concerts in Helena and ANACONDA (look up the historic Washoe Theatre for an eyeful!), April 7-10.

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Thank you, Ed!!

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Pics from Turkey!!

Please, take a look at our web gallery!  We just added a couple pictures of M-D.C./M-MT performing in a lovely square in Istanbul.


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Come meditate with us during one of our All Souls Concerts

Our 7th Concert Season in Helena is beginning again, and our first set of performances is the epitome of “early music” style.  This beautiful music simply floats on the air.

It is our annual concert in memory of beloved family and friends, our All Souls Concert.  We give to you: Tomas Luis de Vittoria’s Requiem Mass, which is music with a beautiful sense of peace and light.

Vittoria’s (or Victoria’s) a cappella six-voice Requiem was composed in 1603 for the court funeral of Empress Maria, his patron.

Come join us on Saturday, October 30, 7:00 pm, Saint John’s Lutheran Church, 1000 Helena Ave.

And on Monday, November 1, 7:00 pm, Saint Peter’s Episcopal Cathedral, 511 N. Park

To have a candle lit both evenings in memory of a loved one ($10), call 406 – 431-7464.

Admission at the door: $10

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Invitation to Travel with Musikanten Montana!!

Here’s your invitation to join us on our tour to Istanbul and Izmir, Sept 26-October 6!

Bob Reynolds has been teaching in Izmir since last fall and offered to write “a couple of paragraphs” to entice you to come visit. But first, here are my “couple of paragraphs.”


This is a marvelous, diverse and fascinating country. I’ve been to Istanbul twice in the last few years and also to Kusadasi (where Ersun Oser, owner-chef at the Mediterranean Grill in Helena, is from) and Ephesus (shore excursions on a cruise from Venice). These two cities are on the Aegean coast, close to Izmir (Turkey’s 3rd largest city). I’m thinking we would spend 3 days in Izmir and surrounds; we would have an opportunity to meet with Bob’s students in our time there. We would spend most of the time in Istanbul, with plenty of free time for sightseeing there as well as opportunities to travel outside the city. There’s a nice boat trip on the Bosphorus, for those of you who like to get out on the water.


I expect the land costs to be similar to the past tours – hopefully under $1200 for 9 hotel nights with breakfast, half-day city tours in Istanbul and a tour of Ephesus, welcome party and farewell dinner AND flights from Istanbul to Izmir and back. As always, “groupies” are asked for a $200 (tax-deductible) donation, which helps offset music and other singers’ costs.


The bad news is that airfare from DC to Istanbul is hovering (for 3 months now) around the $850 mark – pretty pricey. I flew in February from New York City (on Air France) for $653. (Actually, I didn’t. New York City was shut down with snow. I flew from Minneapolis to Amsterdam, and then on to Istanbul. I wondered why I couldn’t remember being at CDG this year.) Edith is watching airfares and will let us know if something amazing pops up, but we may have to wait for the airlines to assess their summer sales before they make their “shoulder season” offers. (However, if you are thinking about using frequent flyer miles, get on that ticket NOW!)


There is always the possibility to extend and stay longer – especially attractive given the long distance (11 hours returning from IST to JFK!) and high price of the flight. Athens is very close, if you want to head to Greece after we are finished. There are also plenty of interesting non-Big City things to see near Istanbul, and LOTS more of the country to visit. Bob says that flights within Turkey are very reasonable – after he spent 9 hours on a bus to come to Istanbul to meet me, one of his students told him he could have flown for $35. We’re checking that out!


As for concert repertoire, it will be American music. I hope to get support of the expat communities – Turkish American Club, American Church etc. I’m not planning to do “In the Beginning,” but we’ll bring “Leonardo Dreams….” along again. I’m worried about rehearsal time, as usual, so I’m not planning much “new” music. You can look for “Naked and Alone,” our old Russell Woollen favorites, maybe some Irving Fine this time too.

Time line

I know many of you have been excited about this trip for a long time! Mary Spain is planning to join us from her new home in Germany, and Chris Hoh is coming from Vienna. We have several Montana folks coming. Please think about this seriously now. I would expect your registration with the $200 deposit to be due the end of May. In the meantime, I will nail down more of the trip details and have a better idea on price. Another $400 will be due July 1, $400 more August 1, and the remainder September 1.

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Chamber Music at a West Side Mansion

imageMonday, April 18, 2016, 7:30 pm

Chamber Music at a West Side Mansion

Join Montana Early Music Festival concertmaster Ginna Watson, continuo ‘cellist Sarah Stone and friends for an “after- concert” on Monday April 18 at 7:30 pm.

One of the favorite parts of the annual Early Music Festival is the Friday chamber music concert, which is being displaced this year as the Festival travels to four Montana cities to present Bach’s sublime B minor Mass. Players insisted we should still offer this intimate, up-close-and-personal, typical Baroque evening, so it is happening as an encore to the Bach weekend. Also in typical fashion, the gathering will take place at a lovely West Side mansion, and wine, cheese and sweets will accompany the lively musical presentation.

Suggested donation is $20 at the door. As space is extremely limited, please RSVP to musikantenmt@aol.com and you will be called with directions to the party.

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All Souls Concert, 1st and 2nd of November, 2015

Please note that you can also refer to our Calendar for Concert Dates and Locations.

Annual concert in memory of beloved family and friends

All Souls Concert
Music with a beautiful sense of peace and light

The Beatitudes by Arvo Pärt, an early German Requiem in F minor by
Heinrich Ignaz Biber, and Henry Purcell’s Funeral Music for Queen Mary

Sunday, November 1, 4:00 pm, St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1000 Helena Avenue

Monday, November 2, 7:30 pm, Saint Peter’s Episcopal Cathedral, 511 N. Park

Musikanten Montana (Kerry Krebill, director/conductor)
with Guest Artists
Gretchen Mundinger, soprano; Heather Barnes, soprano; Thomas Aláan, countertenor;
Rob Psurny, tenor; Bobb Robinson, bass; Gerald Schafer, chanter
Aaron Westman and Tyler Lewis, Baroque violins Dale Fleck and Katie Beckman, continuo

To have a candle lit and a special listing in the program in memory of a loved one,
email Pat at patm7@bresnan.net

Admission at the door – $15

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We are starting our 2015-2016 Concert Season!!

Check the website for any details at Musikanten Montana

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Read all about our annual Choral Week here


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