War and Peace – featuring Ian Swensen, violin soloist and guest leader
Vitali: Ciaccona for solo violin & strings (orch. by Respighi)
Prokofiev: Five Melodies (arr. for solo violin & strings by Joseph Swensen)
Anton Arensky: Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky, op. 35
Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony, op. 110 (arr. from String Quartet #8)
See the 2015/16 Season Program here
From cellist Amit Peled to Maria Larionoff and Barry Lieberman of The American String Project to an SOR player's reunion season finale concert - the stage was filled with incredible artistry all season long!
Our opening concert will be on Sunday, September 20th, and features musical visionary, innovator, and internationally acclaimed cellist Matt Haimovitz. He will also be opening the University of Montana President’s Lecture Series that same weekend.
The November concert will be an excerpt from Purcell’s famous Baroque opera Dido! and features Kimberly James in the title role along with the UM Women’s Chorus under the direction of David Edmonds. And in May, we will welcome to the stage violin virtuoso Ian Swensen.
Be sure to join us for what is shaping up to be another fantastic season – filled with superb performances. Tickets are on sale now and are handled through GrizTix.
Thank you again for supporting the SOR this season - we look forward to seeing you this season.
String Orchestra of the Rockies Mission Statement
The mission of the String Orchestra of the Rockies is to enhance and enrich the cultural climate of the Montana region by providing classical string music of the highest caliber and to support music education programs for young string players.
The String Orchestra of the Rockies is raising the curtain on its 31st season! It is the only professional ensemble of its kind in Montana and draws upon the talents of the finest string players in the Big Sky Country. All SOR members are successful string teachers in addition to their professional performance schedule. This unique 15-member orchestra invites audiences to connect emotionally with them as they treat listeners to music as varied as Montana itself. Members rehearse in a collaborative effort that enables each player to have an impact on the artistic process. Performing without a conductor, they rely upon the individual expertise of the players to create a cohesive, dynamic sound. Many varied world-renowned guest artists have shared the stage with the SOR, resulting in a musical collaboration that is absolutely thrilling for the concert audience. In addition to these exceptional performances, SOR continues its commitment of ‘giving back’ to our community by offering master classes and workshops taught by these fine artists.
Maria Larionoff and Barry Lieberman playing at opposite ends of the SOR concert stage: February 22, 2015
Amit Peled playing the Pablo Casals’ 1733 Goffriller cello with the SOR September 21, 2014
Dolce Canto and the SOR - April 21, 2013
Andrés Cárdenes with the SOR February 24, 2013
Edward Parks singing Largo al factotum from The Barber of Seville - Rossini - September 16, 2012
Tim Fain with the SOR April 15, 2012
Dolce Canto and the SOR together for their 2010 Holiday concert, December 12, 2010
Brett Deubner welcomed by Johan Jonsson and the SOR, May 2, 2010
The String Orchestra of the Rockies with William Preucil, September 20, 2009
The String Orchestra of the Rockies on the University of Montana Music Recital Hall stage
The String Orchestra of the Rockies and the Jeni Fleming Trio at the University Theater
University of Montana - December 2006
Wu Man with the SOR - February 21, 2010 - Missoula
Through its years of growth, the purposes of the String Orchestra of the
Rockies have remained constant:
* To enhance and enrich the cultural climate of the region by providing
classical music of the highest caliber.
* To provide resource support to public and private music education
programs for Montana's children.
The orchestra has been heard across Montana on network television's
"People and Places Under the Big Sky" and throughout the United States
on National Public Radio's "Performance Today."
By nurturing Montanans' lives through music, we affirm the goodness of
humanity and our infinite capacity to express and perceive beauty.