From Maria Larionoff, Artistic Director

Dear Friends of the Orchestra,

All of us in the SOR family are truly grateful to each of you for your continued support and engagement with our organization as we work together through these unprecedented and unexpected times to find innovative and exciting solutions for our 36th season of SOR. In these times of social isolation, music provides such a vital and necessary spiritual nourishment for our lives. The current situation has inspired us all to find new and interesting practical solutions to the challenges of socially distancing both musicians and audience members while maintaining musical excellence and cohesiveness. We are delighted to announce as part of our 36th String Orchestra Re-imagined season that we will feature chamber music performances in the fall months with musicians from our stellar SOR roster of players. These concerts will be one hour long and repeat performances will allow for both afternoon and evening options. Ticket prices will be at a reduced rate, and we will limit the attendance so that we may allow a comfortable safe space for all patrons. We are thrilled to feature our diverse roster of musicians in this way and hope you will be encouraged to come and support our SOR community of artists. Our season finale in April will feature our full orchestra and our guest soloist, the brilliant American violin virtuoso Stephanie Chase in her (extra!) long-anticipated Montana debut.

You always have the best seat in the house for our online ArmchairConcerts, a new feature on this website, where you can hear music from past SOR performances. New concerts will be posted to the ArmchairConcerts page throughout the season so that you may continue to enjoy SOR from the comfort of your home–no applause necessary! We miss seeing all of you in our audience and eagerly anticipate returning to our concerts in the fall to once again share the excitement and immediacy of live music with you.

I would also like to share some music from our September 2018 SOR concert that expresses musically what I cannot say in words.

Meditation Hebraique for solo cello and strings by Ernest Bloch, Julian Schwarz, soloist:

Passacaglia by Handel-Halvorsen, Maria Larionoff, violin, Julian Schwarz, cello:

Yours in music, and stay healthy!

Maria’s Golden – Pamina