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MACS Tastes of Tuscany

The Montana A Cappella Society has been invited to a Choral Festival in Tuscany, Italy, in June and is hosting “Tastes of Tuscany” a festive Italian gala evening of food, song and celebration on Nov. 17, in Hamilton. Reservations must be made by Monday, Nov. 12, if you wish to attend.

The Montana A Cappella Society is hosting “Tastes of Tuscany” a festive Italian gala evening of food, song and celebration on Nov. 17.

Reservations are needed by Monday, Nov. 12.

The evening features a sumptuous gourmet four-course Italian meal catered by Caffe Firenze and performances by the Montana A Cappella Society and the Bitterroot Baroque. The entertainment includes silent and live auctions to help fund the society’s upcoming trip to Italy for the invitation only Choral Festival in Tuscany.

Debra Kehoe, MACS soprano, said the “Tastes of Tuscany” is an extraordinary event.

“Not only do we have the finest Italian chefs in the valley preparing and serving a four-course Tuscan dinner, we have everything from a 2-week-old calf to a 10-person gourmet dinner cooked and served at your home,” Kehoe said, referring to items available at the auction. “We also have classes for bread making, jewelry construction and Clay-works! studio experiences.”

Other items include split and stacked wood delivered, snow plowing, new snow tires and amazing local art featuring the beautiful Bitterroot valley.

“There is truly something for everyone and every pocket book,” Kehoe said. “Join us for a night to remember and come celebrate with us!”

In Italy, MACS will perform at the Choral Festival and to underserved Italian audiences – senior centers, children’s homes, a children’s orphanage hospital and schools. The singers will perform in Rome in the Vatican and the Jesuit College, the educational arm of the Catholic Church.

MACS is known for telling American stories in song and performing in costume of Victorian and Edwardian eras, 1837–1910.

“We represent how people came together to sing no matter what their social status was at that time – which you don’t see even today,” Kehoe said. “We are unique and represent the real human experience with our songs.”

Montana A Cappella Society Director Don Matlock said the choir is unique.

“We are storytellers,” Matlock said. “The only way to tell a really good effective story is to have the audience engaged in the story, sharing in the emotions of it with you. Anytime we share with an audience and can link on the emotion of the story it is magic.”

Tickets to the “Tastes of Tuscany” gala event are $50 per person or sponsor a table for a party of eight or 10 for $50 each person, but with a table marker announcing your name or company, complimentary wine and a mention in the program booklet.

Tickets are available at Chapter One Book Store in downtown Hamilton, or by calling 406-363-5778. Make reservations by Monday, Nov. 12.

The Tastes of Tuscany Italian gala will be held at the First Interstate Building at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds, 100 Old Corvallis Road, in Hamilton.

The Montana A Cappella Society has to be fully funded for their June trip to Italy by April 1 and is a 501C3 so donations are tax deductible.

The Montana A Cappella Society is also having a raffle with the prize for one winner to receive tickets for two to travel to Italy with the group.

To find out more about the Montana A Cappella Society or follow their adventures look them up on Facebook or visit their website