This past Thursday night, March 7, the Montana State University School of Music presented a night of music by the University Band, directed by Dr. Nathan Stark and the University Chorus, directed by Dr. Jon Harney. It is difficult to believe that the members of these groups were not all music majors, but the reality is that most are pursuing a variety of degrees while at MSU. Both groups had me enjoying the music and clapping hard after every piece of music. I left the performances with an excited emotional high. Great night of music to lift my spirits.

It all began with Dr. Stark leading the band playing “Hypnotic Fireflies,” then “Shenandoah” (which I love to hear) directed by Dr. Timothy Dueppen and ending with Dr. Stark directing the fantastic “Pilatus: Mountain of Dragons.” I love band music and Dr. Stark and Dr. Dueppen made it super. Great job, young musicians.

The University Choir, directed by Dr. Jon Harney, came onto the stage and started with Tomas Luis de Victoria’s, “Ave Maria” in Latin; a beautiful start to their program. Next was Brahms “Der Gang zum Liebchen” with piano accompaniment. Then came “I am not Yours” (my personal favorite of the night) and then ending with a rousing “Sinner Man,” both unaccompanied. Dr. Harney uses a minimum of direction to create perfection and the choir was there this night.

The auditorium was near full and the talk coming out was aglow with praise for how so very well everything went. It did not matter if the listeners came to hear just the band or just the chorus, it was experience worth the time to be there. Try to find out when the MSU School of Music performing groups will present another concert. There are still a few more seats to fill. Isn’t Bozeman wonderful to have so many different musical groups right here for us all to experience?

Frank Hanosek


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