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Musikanten Montana - J. S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio

  • St. Francis Xavier 420 W. Pine Missoula, Montana (map)

16th Annual Montana Early Music Festival

Musikanten Montana Festival Chorus and Period Ensemble, Kerry Krebill, Conductor

Musikanten Montana announces the 16th annual Montana Early Music Festival January 18-21, featuring the Montana premiere of HIP (Historically Informed Performances) of J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio.    The festival ensemble will perform the first three cantatas of the six the German master composed for the major church festival days of the 1734 Christmas Season in Leipzig.  The concerts will open with Bach’s Advent Cantata 61 “Nun komm der Heiden Heiland.”  

For the consecutive third year, the ensemble will travel to four Montana cities – Bozeman, Butte, Missoula and Helena.   The Missoula concert is Saturday January 20th  at 7:30 pm at St. Francis Xavier, 420 W. Pine (corner of Pine and Orange), and is sponsored by Bitterroot Baroque. 

A 17-member chamber orchestra will play period instruments – Baroque oboes, bassoon and traversi (flutes), natural trumpets, string instruments strung in gut, and historic timpani – either actual 18th-century instruments or modern replicas.  Players come from Early Music hotspots of Seattle, San Francisco, Minneapolis, New York, Indianapolis, Denver and more.  Leading the orchestra as concertmaster will be MEMF favorite Carrie Krause, concertmaster of the Bozeman Symphony, and member of Apollo’s Fire and other world-renowned Early Music ensembles.   Organist Keith Reas and ‘cellist Sarah Stone are the continuo players. Vocal soloists are Amanda Balestrieri (soprano), Marjorie Bunday (contralto), Daniel Hutchings (tenor), and Rob W. Tudor (baritone), all specialists in “music before 1800.”  

Musikanten Montana Artistic Director Kerry Krebill will conduct the vocal soloists, chamber orchestra and singers of Musikanten Montana in this joyous work.  Seating is general admission; tickets will be available at the door -- $30 General Admission,  $10 Students.  Advanced sales at Rockin’ Rudy’s in Missoula and Chapter One Book Store in Hamilton (skip the line at the concert!).  Call (314) 852-5099 or visit  for more information.


Earlier Event: November 10
Les Délices - Myths & Allegories
Later Event: April 20
Montana Cantata Project