Glacier Symphony celebrates Sacred Season

Concerts in Whitefish and Kalispell highlight sacred music and Messiah, Dec. 15-16

On Stage
Glacier Chorale: Micah Hunter
Dr. Micah Hunter directs the Chorale and solos in Vaughan Williams’ “Fantasia on Christmas Carols.”

The Glacier Symphony celebrates “This Sacred Season” in Whitefish Dec. 15 and Kalispell Dec. 16 with a delightful pallet of sacred music that includes highlights from Handel’s “Messiah.” “The Glacier Symphony would like to invite our community to join us for this performance that we hope will enrich your Christmas celebrations,” says music director John Zoltek.

The concert includes inspiring works by Johann Sebastian Bach, English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams and American composers Morten Lauridsen and Eric Whitacre. Also on the program will be the premiere of “A Christmas Round,” composed by John Zoltek.

The performance will feature both the chorale, led by conductor Dr. Micah Hunter, and the combined chorale with orchestra, under the baton of maestro Zoltek. Hunter will also make a special appearance as baritone soloist in Vaughan Williams’ “Fantasia on Christmas Carols,” a beautiful work based upon traditional English Carols for chorus and orchestra with soloist.

Following intermission audiences will be treated to the finest moments from Handel’s masterpiece “Messiah” including “And The Glory Of The Lord,” “Unto Us a Child Is Born,” “And He Shall Purify;” “Glory to God,” “His Yoke Is Easy,” “Surely He Has Borne Our Griefs,” and the ultimate, Hallelujah Chorus.

According to Zoltek, December performances by the orchestra and chorale are among the most popular of the Glacier Symphony’s concert season.

“Many families attend as part of their holiday traditions,” he says. “It’s a great time to discover the uplifting and inspirational experience of live classical music!”

Concerts will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec.15, at the Whitefish Performing Arts Center and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec.16, at Flathead High School Performance Hall in Kalispell. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling 406-407-7000.