Here’s a quick guide to some upcoming arts and cultural events happening around Missoula ahead.
Final Concert of Symphony and Chorale Masterpieces
(Saturday-Sunday April 9-10)
The concert, “Spirit, Song and Remembrance,” marks the last Masterworks concert of the season for the Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Chorale.
The three pieces vary wildly in their style, period and featured instruments, but all touch on the promised theme of resilience after a trial period.
Gabriela Lena Frank’s 2000 play Elegia Andina explores her musical heritage, which is Chinese, Spanish and Peruvian on her mother’s side; and Lithuanian-Jewish at her father’s.
The Concerto in D minor for two flutes and orchestra by Franz Doppler is a rare double concerto, and even rarer, a double concerto for flute. The virtuoso solo parts are staged by guests as part of the Montana Flute Festival. The centerpiece, Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem, draws on the French organist-composer’s musical training in Gregorian chant and later in modern harmony. Musical director Julia Tai said it was an unusual requiem for these reasons, but also for its beautiful, soothing tone.
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Both concerts take place at the Dennison Theater at the University of Montana; Saturday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 10 at 3 p.m. Streaming is available. For tickets or more information, go to missoulasymphony.org.
After this weekend, the OSM has more to come: its family concert, “Once Upon A Symphony”, is on Sunday May 1st. (It was postponed due to the winter wave.). Then in June, “My Fair Broadway in Concert”, which presents theater classics.
“Women Celebrate Birds” at ZACC
See how avian life finds its way through art in a wide range of mediums in “Women Celebrate Birds,” a group exhibit at Zootown Arts Community Center’s Main Gallery.
The exhibition was curated by photographer Uschi Carpenter. The participating artists are Carpenter, Jean Albus, Kate Davis, Claire Emery, Sally Friou, Stephanie Frostad, Diane Olhoeft, Karen Savory, Cynthia Swidler, Renee Taffe, Gail Trenfield and Kathy Weber.
The opening is Friday, April 8 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. It remains visible until May 1.
Montana Rep’s Theater, ‘Re-entry’
Montana Repertory Theater’s touring play returns for the first time since early 2020.
“Re-entry” was originally selected as the representative’s touring piece for 2021 and was postponed due to the inability to tour safely.
The play, written by Emily Ackerman and KJ Sanchez, is based on interviews with real veterans describing their experiences before deployment and upon their return.
Their itinerary will begin here in Missoula before traveling across the state, including stops in Plains, Bozeman, Billings and Malmstrom Air Force Base. The storyline was selected to highlight American military stories and because of the high per capita veteran population in the state.
The show runs April 7-10 and April 14-17 at 7:30 p.m., with matinees at 2 p.m. on April 10 and 17.
All performances are at the Masquer Theater at the PAR/TV Center at the University of Montana.
Content Warning: The show “contains adult language and situations, including candid descriptions of wartime conditions”.
UM Opera Theatre, ‘Cosi fan Tutte’
(Thursday, Friday April 14-15)
The comic romantic opera was originally scheduled for February but postponed due to the omicron surge. It is a full-fledged collaboration between the UM Opera program and the UM Symphony Orchestra, which only takes place every two years. (Anyone shy about the opera should note that the lyrics will be sung in English.)
The show runs Thursday through Friday, April 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. at UM’s Dennison Theater.
Tickets are available through Griztix.com or at the door with the “choose what you pay” model.