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Driscoll Given Cultural Achievement Award
3/28/2016 10:03:20 AM

Driscoll Given Cultural Achievement Award

Driscoll Given Cultural Achievement Award

We are proud to announce that our Executive Director John Driscoll has been awarded the Missoula Cultural Council’s 2016 Cultural Achievement Award. The Cultural Achievement award is presented to an individual who has consistently supported the arts community and has furthered the cause of the arts in general through administrative, philanthropic, professional or legislative efforts. John will accept his award at the Missoula Cultural Council’s annual Awards Luncheon on March 29, 2016.

Missoula Symphony Orchestra & Chorale Present Brahms German Requiem
2/11/2016 4:59:40 PM

Missoula Symphony Orchestra & Chorale Present Brahms German Requiem
—200 Musicians, a Guest Conductor, and Two Guest Soloist Perform in Massive Piece—

Missoula, Montana) The Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Chorale return to the stage to perform Johannes Brahms’ German Requiem on Saturday, February 27, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, February 28, at 3 p.m. in the Dennison Theatre on the University of Montana campus. Missoula Symphony Orchestra Music Director, Darko Butorac, describes the German Requiem as “maybe the most magnificent work written for chorus and orchestra.” This “magnificent work” will be conducted by guest conductor Thomas Heuser and will feature two guest soloists, soprano Christina Pier and baritone Charles Robert Stephens.

Guest conductor, Thomas Heuser, was selected as conductor for this particular concert for a number of reasons, according to MSO Executive Director, John Driscoll. “First and foremost, he comes highly recommended and has masses of experience, including serving as the 2010 Conducting Fellow with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Secondly, he is a vocalist by training—how appropriate for conducting a piece with such operatic elements. And thirdly, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for orchestral conducting in Munich, and his German influence seemed perfect for the German Requiem. We’re thrilled to be working with Thomas,” he said.

Symphony Chorale Director, Dean Peterson, has fond memories of the piece. “I saw the Requiem performed in 1974 in Missoula under the direction of nationally renowned conductor Robert Shaw, whose score markings I am actually using for this performance,” he said. “It's a huge work, involves close to 200 musicians, and one that we have spent many hours rehearsing, but the musicians love it and we are definitely up to the task of performing one of world's great masterworks. Each time I hear it I am moved by its beauty and message of hope, and the lush and romantic harmonies.”

The two guest soloists for the performances are no strangers to the stage. Christina Pier has been hailed by Opera News for her “big, gleaming soprano and impressive coloratura,” (sounds good, doesn’t it?). She has soloed with symphonies all over the U.S., performing Verdi’s Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, and Don Giovanni, to name a few. Charles Robert Stephens, who was described by the New York Times as a “baritone of smooth distinction” spent twenty years in New York City performing with the New York City Opera and at Carnegie Hall, as well as performing numerous international concert tours to France, Russia and Canada. “The fact that we have such fantastic talent joining us for this piece is such a coup to the orchestra and chorale, and such a treat for the community,” said Butorac. “This concert is one you’re not going to want to miss.”

The piece is being performed in honor of the late Jean Bowman, who died of cancer in January. Bowman played a prominent role in the symphony’s history, and was board president for a number of years, according to Driscoll. “This requiem is an anomaly in the fact that it honors life more than it mourns death—this seemed a fitting concert to dedicate to the vibrant and meaningful life of our friend Jean and the many people who miss her.”

Tickets are available online at missoulasymphony.org, by phone at 721-3194, or in person at the Symphony office at 320 East Main Street. For more information on “German Requiem” and the Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Chorale, visit missoulasymphony.org.

Press Release: February 11, 2016
Media Contact: Lucy Beighle (406) 239-3193

Missoula Symphony Orchestra & Chorale Presents Sixteenth Annual Beloved Holiday Concert
12/1/2015 12:30:11 PM

Missoula Symphony Orchestra Presents Sixteenth Annual Beloved Holiday Concert

Missoula, Montana) With chestnuts roasting, sleigh bells ringing and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, the Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Chorale present one of Missoula’s favorite family holiday traditions: Holiday Pops, now in its sixteenth year, takes place on Saturday, December 5 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, December 6, at 3 p.m. Both shows take place in the Dennison Theatre on the University of Montana campus.

The concert will include some classics, such as Pas de Deux from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, which MSO music director Darko Butorac describes as “one of the most beautiful moments in the entire ballet,” and lots of favorites including variations of Joy to the World and Oh, Holy Night. Finnish composer Jean Sibelius’ symphonic poem Finlandia will take the audience to a more serene place, and Bill Holcombe’s jubilant Festive Sounds of Hanukkah offers a piece with numerous recognizable themes and tunes.

In the second half Orchestra and Chorale join together for Vivaldi’s Gloria—a rousing and beautiful piece that was written around 1715, but the words date back to the 4th Century. The 90-member Chorale then goes a capella (chorus only) with Andre Thomas’ spiritual-like arrangement of African Noel conducted by Peterson. “It’s a very rhythmic and uplifting piece,” he says,” and we’ll perform it with the addition of a few African percussion instruments.” The show ends with a finale by well-known pops conductor and arranger, Jeff Tyzik. His compilation Holiday Moods will feature the orchestra and chorus together, and is a medley of Deck the Halls, the Carol of the Bells, Oh Christmas Tree and Jingle Bells.

During the intermission for the fifth year running is another tradition, the “Encore Auction.” Popular with symphonies nationwide, this fundraising technique allows the audience to put their money on their collective favorite holiday piece for an encore. “This year we’re pitting the sacred favorite, Hallelujah Chorus, against the secular We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Butorac says. Whichever piece raises the most through individual donations, small and large, will be performed as an encore. Butorac reminds people to bring their wallets, as only cash and checks are accepted.

Tickets, which sell out faster than Santa’s sleigh, are available online at missoulasymphony.org, by phone at 721-3194, or in person at the Symphony office at 320 East Main Street. For more information on “Holiday Pops” and the MSO, visit missoulasymphony.org.

Press Release: November 25, 2015
Media Contact: Lucy Beighle (406) 239-3193

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 Orchestra’s String Quartet and Instrument “Petting Zoo” at the Clark Fork Market
7/30/2015 11:51:54 AM

Missoula Symphony Orchestra’s String Quartet and Instrument
“Petting Zoo” at the Clark Fork Market

(Missoula, MT) For those who can’t wait for the upcoming Symphony in the Park, the Missoula Symphony String Quartet will be playing at the Clark Fork Market from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, August 1, underneath the bridge. According to Music Director, Darko Butorac, although the intent is to remind people of the free, outdoor concert on Sunday, August 9, the quartet will play a diverse repertoire that market goers will be sure to appreciate. “The setting is such fun—the market, the river, the energy—add in a bit of classical music, it’s going to be a great morning.”

In addition to the quartet, the MSO and Morgenroth Music Center will host an instrument “petting zoo” by the brass fish sculptures. “The idea is that kids and their families can test out instruments and then go and hear the quartet,” explains MSO Executive Director, John Driscoll. “We’ve got lots of enthusiastic volunteer musicians excited to share their instruments.” The petting zoo will run from 10 a.m. to noon.

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

Press Release: July 29, 2015
Media Contact: Lucy Beighle (406) 239-3193

—Channel Your Inner Conductor— Missoula Symphony Orchestra Raffles Off Opportunity to Conduct
7/30/2015 11:46:55 AM

—Channel Your Inner Conductor—
Missoula Symphony Orchestra Raffles Off Opportunity to Conduct

(Missoula, Montana) The Missoula Symphony Orchestra is offering those who have ever dreamed of wielding the maestro’s baton the opportunity to conduct a piece at the Symphony in the Park. The winner of the “Conductor Raffle” will receive a one-hour conducting lesson with MSO Music Director Darko Butorac, and then will conduct “The Stars and Stripes Forever” at the concert on Sunday, August 9.

“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 MSO Executive Director John Driscoll. “The only catch is, if the person you named is unwilling or unable to conduct – the purchaser is on the hook!” Tickets are available through August 1.

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

WELCOME OUR SUMMER INTERN!
6/8/2015 8:57:55 AM

Welcome Our Summer Intern!

Please welcome our new summer intern, Sam Carl! Sam grew up in Billings, Montana, and currently studies viola performance at the University of Montana under our Concertmaster Margaret Baldridge. Being a violist, Sam has the natural ability to listen and support people with a positive and determined attitude.

Welcome Our Summer Intern!

Sam started to learn the violin when he was five years old. He attended Suzuki group classes until he was ten, when he switched to the viola. Sam played as much as he possibly could throughout high school, creating a deep-rooted appreciation for the orchestra. By the end of high school, he knew he needed to make music the most prominent thing in his life.

Sam has told us:

“Being a violist is the luckiest position. You get to sit immersed in the orchestra and hear all the beautiful, melodious sounds of each instrument independently. You get to support and nurture every instrument in the ensemble. It’s what makes the job worthwhile. Because of this experience, it makes me want to help as much as I can behind the scenes of the music. If wasn’t for all the dedicated, hard-working and lovely people back stage and behind the scenes, I wouldn’t be able to play on stage. It’s fulfilling and enriching to learn and help with all that needs to be done to produce and execute a successful performance.”

Sam is also a recipient of one of five scholarships the Missoula Symphony Association gives annually to the University of Montana School of Music. Welcome, Sam!

2014 Donor Appreciation Party at The Loft
10/21/2014 1:12:55 PM
2014 Donor Party

Peter McKenzie, Director of Operations with Diana and Mark Carpenter probably talking about Ovando Gran Fondo.

2014 Donor Party

Laura Balboa Butorac, Dorothea Lambros and Deirdre Swanson sharing travel stories.

2014 Donor Party

Dan Lambros and Phyllis and Louis Whitsell enjoying each other’s company.

2014 Donor Party

John Driscoll, Executive Director and Linnea Stanhope of Patron Services enjoying time away from the office.

2014 Donor Party

Tom Boone and Caryl Klein taking a moment for a picture.

2014 Donor Party

Bartenders Linnea Stanhope and Laura Henning, Ovando Gran Fondo Ride Director.

2014 Donor Party

Darko and Bob Seim most likely chuckling to one of Doug Klein’s many one-liners.

2014 Donor Party

Don Snavely, bartender extraordinary ensuring everyone is having a great time.

2014 Donor Party

A wonderful picture of Peter McKenzie, Director of Operations and Pete and Gingy Heyler.

2014 Donor Party

Sharon Snavely, Board President doing what she does best, engaging with patrons.

Fond Farewell to Fabulous Intern
8/13/2014 3:55:03 PM

Fond Farewell to Fabulous Intern

The Symphony Office was fortunate this summer to have the help of Grace Lamdin, our summer intern. Grace was a tremendous help, a hard worker, and always had a smile on her face! She left Missoula yesterday to return to Pomona College in California for her sophomore year. Thank you, Grace, for your great work - we will miss you!

2014 Intern Grace Lamdin
2014 Intern Grace Lamdin



2014 Intern Grace Lamdin
2014 Intern Grace Lamdin
Montgomery Distillery Presents Moscow Monday: a Benefit for the Missoula Symphony
6/12/2014 1:19:18 PM

Montgomery Distillery Presents Moscow Monday: a Benefit for the Missoula Symphony

Montgomery Distillery Presents Moscow Monday: a Benefit for the Missoula Symphony

Missoula’s own Montgomery Distillery will be hosting their “Moscow Monday” fundraiser for the symphony on June 16th. For every drink they sell from noon to 8 pm, they will be donating one dollar to the Missoula Symphony Association. Live music will be provided from 5:30 to 7:00, so be sure to bring a friend, have a drink or two, and join us in supporting the musical enrichment of the Missoula community! See you there!


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