Picnic concert kicks off Festival Amadeus

The annual free picnic concert in the park that celebrates the opening of Festival Amadeus will be somewhat streamlined this year as it moves to Riverside Park in Whitefish.
The Fry Street Quartet will provide the musical serenade for picnic-goers, who are encouraged to arrive by 5 p.m. on Aug. 2 to get the best viewing location. Patrons are welcome to bring a picnic or buy from vendors. No alcohol is allowed in the park.
A selection of kid’s activities will be part of the preconcert fun.
Festival Amadeus is Montana’s largest classical music festival offering a diversity of musical artists from the classical music realm. Now in it’s eighth season, the festival will run Aug. 2-9 in Whitefish, with three chamber concerts running concurrently in Bigfork, Aug. 4-6.
Produced by Glacier Symphony and Chorale, the festival is under the creative and musical direction of John Zoltek.
Fry Street Quartet is returning for it’s third season at Festival Amadeus and the musicians eagerly agreed to take center stage for the free picnic concert.
Comprised of Robert Waters, violin; Rebecca McFaul, violin; Bradley Ottesen, viola; and Ann Francis Bayless, cello, the quartet is highly regarded for their innovative performances and technical virtuosity.
In addition to the picnic concert, the quartet will perform in two chamber concerts and with the Festival Amadeus String Orchestra over the course of the week.
For complete schedule of information about Festival Amadeus visit the website www.gscmusic.org or call 407-7000. Festival Pass and Pick 4 Passes are available online as are single concert tickets.

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