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Missoula Symphony Orchestra Presents "Timeless Romance"
10/26/2015 11:54:23 AM

— Missoula Symphony Orchestra Presents “Timeless Romance” —

(Missoula, Mont.) With a concert fit for Valentines Day in November, the Missoula Symphony Orchestra returns to the stage for the third concert of the season, “Timeless Romance.” Music Director Darko Butorac describes the show as “evocative, expressive and sublime; nothing less than romantic.” The concert takes place on Saturday November 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday November 8 at 3 p.m. at the Dennison Theatre.

The concert begins with a symphony by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev inspired by the Classical style, meaning the music of Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven. “Prokofiev writes catchy melodies and exciting, fast music—this is a fun one to open the concert,” says Butorac.

Next up is Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony. It was written in 1822, when Schubert was not even 25 and the two movements are commonly thought to be the best Schubert ever penned down. No one really knows why it was not completed, but Butorac has a thought: “One of my teachers shared a beautiful, compelling and poetic theory. In works such as these, Schubert touched the very core of humanity, he went so deep that God had to stop him from going any further. And so he died at the tender age of 31.” Like Beethoven, the work is dramatic, but more moody, darker, and with gentler contrasts. It is more lyrical, a hallmark of what we now call Romantic music.

The final piece on the concert is what Butorac describes as “maybe the most sublime thing ever written for the violin.” He describes the Beethoven Violin Concerto as “large," as there are three movements that cast the soloist dramatically against the orchestra. “It is virtuosic, but at the same time gives numerous opportunities to the soloist to showcase the color of their instrument, with many lyrical, soaring melodies,” he says. “The orchestra does not merely play back up but becomes an equal partner in the dramatic dialogue, forceful and very aggressive at times. Simply, it’s one of the best pieces ever written.” Joining the orchestra for this piece will be critically acclaimed violin soloist, Yuriy Bekker. “Yuriy is a top-notch performer and musician—this piece is a perfect means to showcase his talent,” says Butorac. And a perfect ending of a romantic concert.

For more information on the Missoula Symphony Orchestra or to purchase tickets call 406-721-3194 or go to www.missoulasymphony.org.

Press Release: October 22, 2015
Media Contact: Lucy Beighle (406) 239-3193

Missoula Symphony Chorale Returns to the Stage - "Heaven and Nature Sing" to be Performed at New, More Intimate Setting
10/16/2015 8:19:42 AM

Missoula Symphony Chorale Returns to the Stage - “Heaven and Nature Sing” 

Missoula Symphony Chorale Returns to the Stage
—“Heaven and Nature Sing” to be Performed at New, More Intimate Setting—

(Missoula, Montana) The Missoula Symphony Chorale, sans orchestra, performs its stand-alone concert on Sunday, October 25 at 3 p.m. at St. Anthony Parish. The concert, which is the second show in the Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Chorale’s 61st season, is in a new location this year.

According to Chorale Director Dean Peterson, the change in venue was a decision based on a number of factors. “The Chorale has performed in the Dennison Theatre for years,” he says, “which is a great spot to perform, but felt a bit vacuous for our needs.” In contrast to the Dennison Theatre’s 1200-seat capacity, St. Anthony Parish, which is a popular venue for hosting choirs during the International Choral Festival, holds approximately six hundred audience members. “We look forward to performing in a more intimate setting in a location that is really a wonderful place acoustically to hear choral music,” he says.

The program, which Peterson says is made up of a variety of songs both sacred and nature-based, begins with pieces by Bach, Haydn and Brahms, including How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place from Brahm’s Requiem. “We’ll be performing the full Requiem in February with the Orchestra, so this will be a sneak-preview of this lovely piece,” he says. The second half of the concert includes a number of pieces with nature-themes, and will feature the MSO’s Principal Flutist Margaret Lund Schuberg. “The flute of course lends itself to representing bird song, and it shines through in this case,” he says. “I really am pleased with this year’s theme, I think it speaks to the fact that music is not only for praise, but that music is life, and our program reflects that. This concert will be a celebration of life, love and the joys of heaven and earth.”

The Chorale, which performs three concerts a season, is made up of approximately 90 vocalists who audition to be in the group. “We have a very enthusiastic and passionate group of people, and this really shines through when they perform.” He adds that the chorale is a real representation of the Missoula community, with singers ranging in ages from 20 to 90, and everything in between. “Between the community and the university, we have some fine vocalists in our midst. Come and see for yourself!”

Tickets for the Missoula Symphony Chorale concert are $17, $11 for seniors and students, and available online at missoulasymphony.org, by phone at 721-3194, in person at the Symphony office at 320 East Main Street, or at the door the day of the concert. St. Anthony Parish is located at 217 Tremont Street in Missoula.

Press Release: October 15, 2015
Media Contact: Lucy Beighle (406) 239-3193

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