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Music for the holidays: Museum to host Gallery of Trees and Baroque event
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Music for the holidays: Museum to host Gallery of Trees and Baroque event

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A Gallery of Trees and Baroque will be the entertainment Friday at the Ravalli County Museum.

A violin and harpsichord recital, co-sponsored by Bitterroot Baroque, will provide an evening of extraordinary music. Featured artists will be violinist Lorraine Glass-Harris, recently retired from the St. Louis Symphony, and Missoula’s Aneta Panusz on harpsichord.

The lyrical music was composed by Jacques Duphly, Johann Schop, Jean Baptiste Senaillé, Johann Sebastian Bach, Arcangelo Corelli and Johann Heinrich Schmelzer.

A companion piece to the elegant evening will be the Gallery of Trees reception. The museum will have an advent calendar display and a silent auction of stunning trees decorated by local businesses and organizations. Light refreshments will be available.

Tamar Stanley, executive director of the museum, said the Gallery of Trees concept is very collaborative.

“It is nonprofits helping nonprofits helping deserving families,” Stanley said. “We have quite a cadre of businesses that sponsor the trees and the decorations. The trees are a silent auction bid beginning Friday and ending Dec. 4.”

The highest bidders will take home a tree, or donate it to a family or an organization.

“SAFE and Linda Massa Youth Homes have been recipients in the past,” Stanley said. “People have the opportunity to give it away – or if they just can’t let it go, they keep it.”

The decorated trees have themes, such as the Sprinkle Pink tree that brings additional attention to breast cancer and a veterans tree decorated in red, white and blue.

The Gallery of Trees and Baroque event will begin with an artist reception at 6 p.m. and a concert at 7 p.m. Nov. 13, at the Ravalli County Museum, 205 Bedford Street, Hamilton. Tickets are $25 for non-members of the museum, $20 for members and $10 for students through high-school age.

For more information contact the museum at (406) 363-3338 or online at ravallimuseum.org or Bitterroot Baroque at bitterrootbaroque.org.

Reach reporter Michelle McConnaha at 363-3300 or michelle.mcconnaha@ravallirepublic.com.

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