The St. Timothy's Summer Music Festival — in its 24th season — has announced this summer's lineup of performances, which focus on Montana born and raised musicians.
All performances begin at 4 p.m. at St. Timothy’s Memorial Chapel, 2285 Southern Cross Road, (near Georgetown Lake). A season's ticket for five concerts is $75, or $25 at the door. The schedule follows:
Sunday, June 25 — The Ringling 5, a group of Montana ranchers with a penchant for music, share their stories of modern-day life on the range. Ringling 5 members Ron Arthun, Ken Arthun, Les Arthun, Chuck Dallas, Don Seifert, Larry Lovely and Don Oberquell all hail from Shields Valley, and have entertained audiences in Montana and afar for the past ten years.
Sunday, July 16 — The Montana Chamber Music Society with Muir Members and Guests will perform. The Muir String Quartet has a long list of accolades and awards including a Grammy, two Grand Prix du Disques, and the Gramophone Award. This year's performance includes the premier of an original composition commissioned by patron of St. Timothy’s and former Butte resident, Dianne Kimball. A quintet for bassoon and string, written by accomplished Muir member, Michelle Levin, celebrates the people we love and what they mean to us.
Sunday, July 23 — Karen Herrin, Deer Lodge educator and soloist, performs a collection of songs from gospel and movies to Broadway and classical favorites. Initially educated at the London College of Music and Trinity College of London under Elizabeth Hawes — Sarah Brightman’s coach — Karen holds multiple advanced degrees from national and international schools in performance and teaching.
Sunday, Aug. 6 — The Five-Valley Sweet Adelines, Rocky Mountainaires and Brice Todd share the stage. The Five Valley Chorus was founded in 1971 and is a registered chorus with the Sweet Adelines International organization. The chorus, comprised of around 35 members throughout western Montana, holds many regional titles and has competed on the international level eight times.
The Rocky Mountainaires were chartered by the Barbershop Harmony Society in 1969. In their first year they sang in nine community performances and a full-blown show with 34 men on the risers. During the 1970s and into the mid-1990s the Rocky Mountainaires were frequent chorus champions of the Idaho/Eastern Washington/Montana division and three different quartets from the chapter won the division championship.
Also featured in this concert is young Montana musician, Brice Todd, an undergraduate in Vocal Performance studying classical voice at the prestigious Shepherd School of Music, Rice University in Houston, Texas.
Sunday, Aug. 20 — I-90 Collective wraps up the 2017 season. Founded in 2009 on the interstate highway that links Seattle and Bozeman, the Collective is comprised of baroque soloists Carrie Krause, Adriane Post, Paul Dwyer, and John Lenti. The ensemble assures a lively, informative, and interactive performance.
For details on the venue and performances, including ticket purchase, go to www.sttimothysmusic.org.