2019/20 Concert Season / Celebrating 35 years of great string music in Montana!
A Musical Homecoming – featuring Maria Lambros, viola
November 17, 2019:
Our November concert brings one of Missoula’s most celebrated and accomplished musicians to the stage, violist Maria Lambros, who returns to her hometown to perform with the SOR. Currently a Professor at the distinguished Peabody Institute of Music, Maria is a winner of the prestigious Naumburg Award and has been named as one of “Montana’s Leading Artists and Entertainers of the 20th Century.” Maria will be featured as soloist in Telemann’s G Major Viola Concerto and is then joined by SOR Artistic Director, Maria Larionoff, as both Marias perform the soulful “Atterberg Suite” for solo violin, viola and strings. We open this concert with a rarely heard work, the rhythmic and energetic “Concerto Grosso” by Giannini, a piece made popular by the legendary conductor Arturo Toscanini. Our program ends with our annual “Rising Stars” side-by-side event as we invite talented young string players from area high schools and the University of Montana to play in a special collaborative performance of the powerful Shostakovich “Chamber Symphony.” Please join us in this celebration of musical Missoulians!
Read Maria Lambros–a Montana Musician, an interview with SOR Artistic Director Maria Larionoff on the Behind the ScORe page here.
Portrait of Beethoven – with guest lecturer Dr. Adam Collins
February 23, 2020:
The SOR celebrates the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth as we explore the artistry and life of one of the greatest composers of all time. This special lecture-performance features UM faculty member and SOR musician, cellist Dr. Adam Collins, whose popular MOLLI lecture series on Beethoven at UM was sold-out last season! During the evening’s concert, Adam will present a mini-lecture on Beethoven that will be followed by a performance of his Opus 18 #4 string quartet arranged for string orchestra. Learn about the life of this fascinating composer, as well as his compositional techniques, and hear musical examples performed by the SOR in this unique musical format. Our program also includes the lyrical “Elgar Serenade for Strings,” a favorite of musicians and audiences for its beautiful sweeping melodies. A special performance-lecture program not to be missed!
American Virtuosi – featuring Stephanie Chase, violin
April 26, 2020:
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 9 and has gone on to an international concert career, performing with all of the major orchestras in the world. Stephanie takes center stage as 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 35th season of spectacular concerts. The program celebrates two other popular American musicians: the beloved George Gershwin in his “Lullaby” for strings and Oregonian composer and violist Kenji Bunch, whose jazzy “String Circles” closes our April concert. It’s a dazzling season finale, full of vibrancy and virtuosity!
Past Concerts in the 2019-2020 Season
Lord of the Basses – featuring Catalin Rotaru, double bass
September 15, 2019:
SOR’s sensational 35th season opens with the internationally acclaimed double bass phenomenon, Catalin Rotaru. Born in Romania, Catalin travels the world dazzling audiences with his one-of-a-kind virtuosity on the bass, and we are thrilled that he is coming to Missoula to make his SOR debut in his own arrangement of the Haydn C Major cello concerto and several short concert pieces by Giovanni Bottesini. Our program opens with the melodic “Nocturne” of Czech composer Antonin Dvorak, originally written as the slow movement of his double bass quintet, and we close our program with the “String Serenade” of Joseph Suk, a work inspired by Dvorak, who was his mentor and teacher. We hope to see you there as we start our 35th season of memorable music!