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Mission Valley Choral Society concerts held this weekend 

News from Mission Valley Choral Society

MISSION VALLEY — This weekend the Mission Valley Choral Society will present two uplifting concerts. The Palm Sunday weekend concerts are at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, at the Mission Church in St. Ignatius and at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 2, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Polson. A spaghetti supper will be served immediately following the Sunday concert in the church basement. 

Director Christian Bumgarner, with Karla Gallatin as accompanist, will lead the choir in 10 musical selections. The 90-minute concerts are free and welcoming to all. Free-will offerings will be taken at each concert. Saturday’s donations help the choir with music expense and donations from Sunday’s concert and meal will support Helping Hands of Mission Valley. 

Christian has directed choirs in the valley for 35 years and sung in or directed the Mission Valley Choral Society for 30 of those years. He has led six choirs and founded three. Christian and his wife, Viktra, are leaving Polson in May to live in Idaho closer to grandchildren. 

For information call 406-261-3304 or 406-370-2076. 


Mission Valley Children’s Choir, Women’s Choir hold concerts

RONAN — The final concert of the year for the Mission Valley Children’s Choir will be presented on Sunday, April 2 at 3 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church located at 406 5th Ave. SW in Ronan. The Ronan Adult Education Women’s Choir will also present a concert after the Children’s Choir. The concerts are free of charge.

The choir is composed of children from grades second through sixth grades from Polson, Ronan, Pablo and St. Ignatius. It is co-directed by Cathy Gillhouse and Pastor Seth Nelson and accompanied by Wendy Sanders.  

The children are singing a variety of songs ranging from show tunes, international songs, American folk songs, inspirational songs, and pop tunes.

The Women’s Choir will sing a variety of selections including a madrigal, Gershwin’s “Summertime,” several folk tunes, ‘60s pop favorites, and other selections.

In May, the Children’s Choir is going on a mini-tour to Missoula, where they will sing several concerts and attend the Missoula Community Theater production of “Matilda.”


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