Community Connection: Holiday Concert

Posted at 3:30 PM, Dec 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-04 17:33:40-05

GREAT FALLS — Grant Harville, conductor of the Great Falls Symphony, visited KRTV to talk with Jason Laird about an upcoming holiday concert.

This year’s Holiday Concert celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Great Falls Symphonic Choir with the debut composition by cowboy poet Paul Zarzyski (2005 recipient of the Montana Governor’s Arts Award for Literature), featuring music composed by Harville.

Zarzyski has performed at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering for the past 30 years, as well as on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. He’s been featured on A Prairie Home Companion and CBS’s Sunday Morning, and is the author of 12 books and chapbooks.

David Saslav, a Symphonic Choir member, won the unique opportunity as special guest conductor for Sleigh Ride, as well as a carol sing-along, heralding the Yuletide Season. English composer Philip Lane’s Three Wassail Dances is themed around the Christmas seasons of Somerset, Yorkshire, and Gloucestershire. The surviving fragments of Felix Mendelssohn’s unfinished oratorio, Christus, is based on the story of the Magi and featuring There Shall a Star Come out of Jacob. Slalom, with “orchestral whirring and whooshing,” by American composer Carter Penn, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Sunday, December 8, 2019 @ 3:00 PM at the Mansfield Theatre

$37 / $31 Per Adult (Price Levels 1 / 2)
$5 Student (20 years & under) - $10 Student at the door