Montana Early Music Festival

BaMM would like to share this press release about an upcoming concert series, featuring Carrie Krause as concertmaster.

Musikanten Montana announces the 17th annual Montana Early Music Festival January 17-20, featuring the Montana premiere of HIP (Historically Informed Performances) of J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (part 2). Following up on the acclaimed 2018 performances of the Christmas Oratorio’s first half, the festival ensemble will perform the final 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 Epiphany Cantata 65 “Sie werden aus Saba alle kommen.”

For the fourth consecutive year, the ensemble will travel to four Montana cities – Bozeman, Butte, Missoula and Helena. Concerts are at 7:30 pm at Holy Rosary in Bozeman (Thursday, January 17), Immaculate Conception in Butte (Friday, January 18), and St. Francis Xavier in Missoula (Saturday, January 19).  The final festival concert is in Helena, a 3 pm matinee on Sunday January 20, at the Cathedral of St. Helena.

A 17-member chamber orchestra will play period instruments – Baroque oboes, bassoon and flauti dolci (recorders), natural trumpets and horns, gut strings 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, Boston, 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), Anne Kania (contralto), Daniel Hutchings and Thomas Gregg (tenors), and Bobb Robinson (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 for the concerts is general admission, with a reserved section for Musikanten Angel donors ($100 and above); tickets will be available at the door, as well as at outlets in Helena, Missoula and Hamilton – call (406) 442-6825 or visit for more information.