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Wah Yan College Kowloon Boys' Choir
Josh Burnham

Listen to a performance from the Wah Yan College Kowloon Boys' Choir of Hong Kong, recorded on July 15, 2016 at the Dennison Theater at the University of Montana-Missoula.

Mikeladze Central Music School Choir in Missoula for the International Choral Festival.
Mike Albans

Pictures from the International Choral Festival of Missoula, going on through the weekend.

If you can't make it to the festival, tune in to MTPR Friday at 2:00 p.m. for a live broadcast of choirs from Hong Kong and Costa Rica.

The Wah Yan College Kowloon Boys’ Choir sings during Out to Lunch in Missoula, July 13, 2016.
Mike Albans

"One of the choir members we [hosted] had said that they would never, ever allow anyone to say anything against the United States of America after coming to this."

That’s Karen Somerset, talking about the International Choral Festival, a four-day celebration of singing and culture that happens in Missoula every three years. This is Festival week and Karen and her husband, Ray, are hosting people from Poland.

Monroe Crossing warming up before an interview at Montana Public Radio
Josh Burnham

This week Monroe Crossing will play three performances of "The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass" in collaboration with Dolce Canto, Missoula's premier vocal ensemble. They stopped by MTPR to play a few songs and talk about their upcoming shows.

Dolce Canto began in 2001 with eight members, friends who missed the a cappella compositions they had studied and performed together in high school and college. On a whim, they decided to gather in order to read through some works. One public concert led to another.

On Sunday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cathedral of St. Helena, the Helena Symphony officially begins the Helena holiday season with one performance only of Handel’s Messiah, Allan R. Scott – Conductor.

Far removed from common notions about choral music are the choirs that participated in Missoula’s 2013 International Choral Festival. They came from Australia, Germany, South Korea, Finland, Canada, Lawrence, Kansas, China, Switzerland, New Jersey, Poland, Taiwan, California, Estonia, and Costa Rica to sing in packed auditoriums and in city parks for four days in July.