—Missoula Symphony Orchestra Presents Eleventh Annual “Symphony in the Park”—
(Missoula, Montana) For the eleventh year in a row, the Missoula Symphony Orchestra will take to the stage in downtown Missoula for the ever-popular “Symphony in the Park.” Known for its “something for everyone” repertoire, music director Darko Butorac describes the concert as including movie scores, musicals, light classics, and romantic music. “Let’s just say this is our most hummable concert of the year,” he says. The concert takes place on Sunday, August 9 at 7 p.m. at Caras Park.
Butorac says he chooses music for this concert with appeal to young and old alike. “We buck every stereotype of a ‘stuffy symphony,’” he says. For kids? There’s “When You Wish Upon a Star” from the Disney movie Dumbo. Want classic Hollywood scores? How about Ben Hur with its famous brass fanfares, and Casablanca complete with “As Time Goes By.” The romantic in us all will appreciate excerpts from the Out of Africa score, and, for those of us whose youth involved the ‘70s, there’s music from the soundtrack to Grease. “Summer Lovin’? Just try not singing along to that one,” he says.
Although not ‘fessing up to anything this year, Butorac has in past years ended the show with a spectacular encore. In past years the audience has been wowed by Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Abba’s “Dancing Queen” and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” “You might want to consider staying until the very end,” he says. “I do love my encores.”
Executive Director John Driscoll has been involved with Symphony in the Park since the beginning, and shares Butorac’s enthusiasm for the event. “This concert is our ‘thank you’ to the community, which is incredibly supportive of the MSO. We started this free event back in 2005, hoping we’d get a thousand people to show up. And now, 11 years later, it’s one of Missoula’s most popular events—we couldn’t be more thrilled,” he says.
For those who have secret conductor aspirations, the symphony is offering a “Conductor Raffle.” The winner receives a one-hour conducting lesson with Butorac, and then will conduct “The Stars and Stripes Forever” at the concert. “Folks can buy raffle tickets for themselves if they want the chance to conduct the orchestra, or they can also buy raffle tickets in someone else’s name – a friend, a family member, whoever!” says Driscoll. “The only catch is, if the person you named is unwilling or unable to conduct – the purchaser is on the hook!” Conductor Raffle tickets are available through August 1.
As in previous years, concert-goers have the option of purchasing dinner, cocktails and treats from on-site vendors or, of course, bringing picnics. Regardless, Driscoll recommends getting to the concert early to get a good spot, and bringing a lawn chair or blanket to sit on.
For more information on Symphony in the Park and the Missoula Symphony Orchestra or to purchase tickets for the conductor raffle, call 406-721-3194 or visit www.missoulasymphony.org.
Press Release: July 28, 2015
Media Contact: Lucy Beighle (406) 239-3193