Missoula Symphony

Motors, Emperors and Activists

Julia Tai, Music Director


Missy Mazzoli: River Rouge Transfiguration
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor”
Ethel Smyth: Serenade in D minor


Our season opener showcases the magnificent Emperor piano concerto by Beethoven and two female composers, Ethel Smyth and Missy Mazzoli. Smyth was a prominent English suffragette who wrote the lush Serenade in D minor, and Mazzoli’s River Rouge Transfiguration was inspired by the Ford motor plant in Detroit.


Saturday, September 18, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 19, 3:00 p.m.

Guest Artist:

Jeffrey Biegel, Piano

Program Notes:

Mazzoli—River Rouge Transfiguration

One of America’s most heralded young composers of today, Mazzoli wrote this shimmering and percussive piece in homage to the industrial beauty of a Ford manufacturing plant in Detroit.

Beethoven—Piano Concerto No. 5

Nicknamed the “Emperor Concerto,” this last and most popular of Beethoven’s piano concertos is unmistakably heroic in character, with the piano and orchestra playing off one another in a remarkably balanced way to build extra grandeur.

Smyth—Serenade in D minor

Penned at the urging of Tchaikovsky, this large-scale, four-movement work is a testament to the remarkable (yet—until recently—largely forgotten) compositional skills of Britain’s first well-known female composer.

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