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Lucy Beighle: Another exciting season at the symphony

Orchestra

By Lucy Beighle/for MISSOULA CURRENT

On the heels of a successful season and the news of a renewed three-year contract by music director, Darko Butorac, the Missoula Symphony Orchestra is primed for an exciting new season. Season tickets are now available, and Butorac gave us a preview of what to expect.

AUG 14, 2016

SYMPHONY IN THE PARK

“I love this concert, it’s so quintessentially Missoula. Wear your flip flops, grab a blanket and a picnic, and kick back to enjoy some light pops, movie scores, and a classic or two. And this one’s on us—Symphony in the Park is a free concert as our gift back to the community.”

SEPT 24 & 25, 2016

ORCHESTRA with JENNIFER FRAUTSCHI, VIOLIN

“Electrifying violinist Jennifer Frautschi joins us for our season opener, and she’s one of the most exciting guest artists we have had in recent years. The program is a contrast in motion, exemplified by the motoric drive of John Adams’ Short ride in Fast Machine and the driving Prokofiev Violin Concerto, versus the soft edges of Debussy’s La Mer. We like to start big, and this season will be no exception.”

OCT 29 & 30, 2016

ORCHESTRA with LISA SMIRNOVA, PIANO

“This concert features pianist Lisa Smirnova, who dazzled our audiences three seasons ago with her interpretation of Beethoven. This time this expert of the Classical period will present a Mozart Concerto and a Schumann piece, and the orchestra will respond with Brahms’ monumental fourth symphony.”

DEC 3 & 4, 2016

HOLIDAY POPS!

“The holidays officially begin with this concert, now in its seventeenth year. We’ll do some classics and some variations of classics, and I always like to throw in something new. This one sells out fast, so buy your tickets early!”

MARCH 11 & 12, 2017

ORCHESTRA & CHORALE with SOLOISTS

“March’s concert features two very distinct works inspired by the divine – Rimsky Korsakov’s very colorful and exotic Russian Easter Overture, followed by the Chorale and Orchestra in Mozart’s C Minor Mass, aptly titled The Great. Great indeed—the audience is in for a treat.”

APRIL 29 & 30, 2017

ORCHESTRA with SANDY CAMERON, VIOLIN

“In the ten years I have been music director, this is the concert I am most excited about. The first half is Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with our guest soloist Sandy Cameron. And for the finale, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, a work that caused a riot at its 1913 premiere, and to this day one of the most impressive works to hear live in an acoustic setting. Anywhere. Riot provoking. It’s going to be a fantastic season!”

Season and individual tickets are available online or by phone at 721-3194, or in person at the Symphony office at 320 East Main Street.