Festival Amadeus Kicks Off Monday

By Beacon Staff

The Glacier Symphony’s Festival Amadeus, a six-night classical music festival featuring some world-class music and internationally-acclaimed guest artists, kicks off tonight in Whitefish.

This is the second year that the symphony has hosted the Amadeus, which was born out of a desire to offer more summer options to fans of classical music and to capitalize on the tourist and summer-resident traffic in the valley. Last year’s Festival Amadeus brought over 1,700 people to the event and the GSC board is optimistic that it will be even more successful this summer. “We estimate that Festival Amadeus 2008 had an economic impact of over $200,000 to the local economy and provided part-time employment for over 45 people,” said Alan Satterlee, executive director of the GSC, in a press release.

For a full schedule of events this week and ticket information, check out the Festival Amadeus page on the Glacier Symphony Web site. And check back with this blog for some artist biographies later in the week.