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Kelaiah Horat will give a violin concert on Sunday, July 21, at 3 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church on Main Street in Hamilton.

Everyone is welcome.

“It should be good. It is mainly to help me prepare for auditions,” Horat said. “I’m auditioning in for conservatories in Paris and Brussels and I’m headed off to Europe. I leave Montana on August 15.”

Horat grew up in the Bitterroot Valley and began playing the violin with Annelies Aiking-Taylor at age 5.

She participated in the Bitterroot Valley Youth Symphony with Martha Ilgenfritz (of which she became concertmaster at the age of 14) and the Bitterroot Community Orchestra.

Later she played in the Missoula Youth Symphony as a first violin and was among the select players invited to play with the String Orchestra of the Rockies. She was invited to play viola in a three-week immersive music festival through the Music Academy of the West.

During high school, Horat became passionate about baroque chamber music, introduced into the community by Alex Shaffer. She became one of the founding members of Bitterroot Baroque and served as vice president.

Horat continued with her passion for music performance, studying violin performance at the University of Montana in the studio of Dr. Margaret Baldridge. She has served as the University of Montana Symphony Orchestra concertmaster, and plays in the Missoula Symphony as a first violin.

Horat spent a semester abroad in Lille, France, where she studied Musicology and Philosophy at the Université de Lille and played in the Orchestre Universitaire de Lille as a first violin, studying in the studio of Dorothée Délobelle. She has participated in master classes held by well-known musicians including Maria Larionofff, Jorja Fleezanis, Angela Cheng, Linda Melsted, Ian Swensen, and Carrie Krause.

Horat is constantly in quartets and trios, and is passionate about enabling classical, baroque and romantic music to reach those who have not heard it yet. With this goal, she has been a guest on KBGA college radio where she has performed as well as given tips and tricks for the non-musically trained to enjoy music,

Horat’s “Capstone Recital” was the culmination of her violin studies at the University of Montana.

Horat’s free encore performance will include music by César Franck, with pianist Barbara Blegen, as well as music by J.S. Bach and Henryk Wieniawski.

“I’ll be playing with Barbara Blegen who is pretty renowned in Missoula and internationally. She has had quite the career,” Horat said. “The concert is also a special way for me to thank the town and community that I came from for their support. It is away for me to share music that I love with people that I love.”

Donations are welcome and will be used to purchase a new violin bow and pay fees associated with auditioning in Europe.

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