Gillette choir returns home after third Montana concert

(Gillette, Wyo.) The Gillette Chamber Singers, who have performed all over the world, including Carnegie Hall, traveled to Helena last weekend for the third year in a row. They performed along with Allan Scott and the Helena orchestra and choir to a sold-out audience. This year the group performed the difficult Missa Solemnis, a choral mass written by Beethoven as a sort of "prequel" to his famous Ninth Symphony, the Ode to Joy. It is very rarely performed due to the challenges it presents. The 25 Gillette singers practiced for 10 weeks before the concert, then joined the 70-piece Helena group for five hours of rehearsals before the performance last Saturday.[image: rehearsals.jpg] "People from the Dakotas, California, Minnesota, Colorado, Canada, Idaho and Montana were in attendance because this piece is rarely performed," said Chamber Singers assistant director Paul Ormseth. "It was moving experience for the musicians and audience." Beethoven himself said of the Missa Solemnis: "I gave it all that I am humanly and artistically capable of, with utter devotion and fervor." It took him four years of research and writing to complete. The Chamber Singers will next be appearing in Gillette with Gillette College's Energy City Voices on Saturday, May 7th. The concert starts at 7 p.m. at the college tech center. *Photo h/t Karen Clarke and Paul Ormseth // Pitchengine Communities* #county17 #news