Concerts

2020/21 Concert Season

Celebrating 36 years of great string music in Montana!


 

The SOR Octet plays Mozart and Mendelssohn 

Our opening concert of SOR’s 36th season: String Orchestra Re-imagined features two of the world’s most beloved works for strings in an hour-long concert: the incomparable serenade Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by Mozart and the joyful string octet by Felix Mendelssohn often referred to as one of the miracles of 19th-century music in its perfection! We have invited familiar faces from our stellar SOR roster of musicians to perform these works as chamber music–as the compositions were originally conceived. In this performance, you have the special opportunity to hear your favorite SOR musicians perform as solo chamber players. We are excited to bring these popular masterpieces to you and hope you will join us for an extraordinary concert in extraordinary times!

Saturday, September 12th @ Noon – FREE concert at the Bonner Park Bandshell
Saturday, September 12th @ 7:00 pm –  UM Recital Hall – limited to 100 tickets
Sunday, September 13th @ 3:00 pm –  UM Recital Hall – limited to 100 tickets


The SOR Quartet plays Schubert and Prokofiev

Our second hour-long fall concert brings the lilting melodies of the Rosamunde quartet of Franz Schubert (so named for its theme in the second movement), paired with the dynamic driving energy of string quartet #2 by Sergei Prokofiev, known as the Kabardinian for its use of folk themes and rhythms. These two works are a striking contrast to one another and an excellent showcase for displaying the versatility and musicianship of four of our SOR musicians: violinist and SOR Artistic Director Maria Larionoff; UM Violin Professor Margaret Baldridge; SOR Principal Violist Jennifer Smith, and UM Cello Professor Adam Collins, as they join together for the debut of the SOR String Quartet. We hope that those of you who enjoy the dynamism and power of our full SOR string sections will be intrigued and inspired by hearing these two works performed as a string quartet, which for string players is considered to be the “pinnacle” of chamber music, both intimate and powerful!  

Saturday, October 10th @ 7:00 pm –  UM Recital Hall – limited to 100 tickets
Sunday, October 11th @ 3:00 pm –  UM Recital Hall – limited to 100 tickets


American Virtuosi featuring Stephanie Chase, violin

Our final concert of the season features the brilliant American violin virtuoso Stephanie Chase, who has been hailed as “one of the violin greats of our era.”  A prizewinner in the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow, as well as a recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, Stephanie made her debut with the Chicago Symphony at age nine and has gone on to an international concert career, performing with all of the major orchestras in the world. Stephanie takes center stage as a soloist with the SOR in the charming early Mendelssohn d minor concerto, as well as the dazzling Ziguenerweisen (Gypsy Airs) of Pablo de Sarasate. In February of 2019, the SOR’s performance of Stephanie’s fiery A Fantasy about Carmen brought down the house, and we are excited to have her come to Missoula as we close our 36th season of spectacular concerts. The program celebrates two other popular American musicians: the beloved George Gershwin in his Lullaby for strings and the Oregonian composer and violist Kenji Bunch, whose jazzy String Circle closes our April concert. It’s a dazzling season finale, full of vibrancy and virtuosity!

Sunday, April 25, 2021 @ 7:30 pm – Location to be announced

Read A Conversation with violin virtuoso Stephanie Chase – interview with SOR Artistic Director Maria Larionoff on the Behind the ScORe page here.

Tickets are available through GrizTix and GrizTix outlets

GrizTix Online
GrizTix Box office: 406-243-4051 or 888-666-8262
Worden’s Market: 406-549-1293
Southgate Mall: 406-721-5140
The Source (University Center): (406)-243-4636
MSO Hub: 140 N Higgins (406)-543-3300

Ticket Prices – all seats are general admission

Season Tickets: Adult $110 – Senior (65+) $90 – Students $40. For the 2020/21 season only, season ticket prices include a donation to SOR. Adult season tickets include a $30 donation, senior season tickets include $25 donation, and student season tickets include a $20 donation. Thank you so much for your support!

September and October Single Concert Tickets: Adult $25 – Senior (65+) $20 – Student $5   (September and October this year are $5 less because they are one-hour concerts.)

April Single Concert Tickets: Adult $30 – Senior (65+) $25 – Student $10

Tickets can be purchased with the lowest fees by going in person to the Adams Center Box Office
or at the concerts if not sold out.

Tickets are available through GrizTix and GrizTix outlets

GrizTix Online
GrizTix Box office: 406-243-4051 or 888-666-8262
Worden’s Market: 406-549-1293
Southgate Mall: 406-721-5140
The Source (University Center): (406)-243-4636
MSO Hub: 140 N Higgins (406)-543-3300

Ticket Prices – all seats are general admission

Season Tickets: Adult $110 – Senior (65+) $90 – Students $40. For the 2020/21 season only, season ticket prices include a donation to SOR. Adult season tickets include a $30 donation, senior season tickets include $25 donation, and student season tickets include a $20 donation. Thank you so much for your support!

September and October Single Concert Tickets: Adult $25 – Senior (65+) $20 – Student $5   (September and October this year are $5 less because they are one-hour concerts.)

April Single Concert Tickets: Adult $30 – Senior (65+) $25 – Student $10

Tickets can be purchased with the lowest fees by going in person to the Adams Center Box Office
or at the concerts if not sold out.

The September and October Saturday concerts are at 7:00 pm, and the Sunday concerts start at 3:00 pm
in the Music Recital Hall, Music Building, University of Montana, Missoula.

Click here for map and directions.

The April evening concert will start at 7:30 pm with the location to be announced.