Missoula Symphony: In Nature’s Realm

Orchestra celebrates Spring’s arrival and renewal March 2-3

On Stage

Missoula Symphony Orchestra presents its third Masterworks presentation of the season, In Nature’s Realm, March 2-3. This enchanting evening celebrates spring in the Northwest with a diverse selection of captivating compositions that evoke the emergence and renewal of spring – the season of awakening.

At the heart of the program lies Ludwig van Beethoven’s transcendent Pastorale Symphony, Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68. Departing from his more intense works, Beethoven’s pastoral symphony vividly portrays scenes and emotions from nature. Through innovative orchestration and evocative gestures, Beethoven masterfully explores humanity’s profound connection to the natural world.

Adding to the richness of the program is award-winning composer Vivian Fung’s mesmerizing Violin Concerto No. 1, introducing this major contemporary composer and featuring the extraordinary talents of renowned guest violinist Kristin Lee.

Fung will also be in attendance, offering insights into her composition process and enriching the concert experience for attendees. Her composition offers a vibrant multicultural exploration of orchestral colors, weaving together diverse musical traditions with exquisite finesse.

As a concert highlight, the symphony also presents the world premiere of Nothing Gold Can Stay, a composition by esteemed and beloved Missoula composer Scott Billadeau, who will also be in attendance. Inspired by the timeless poem of Robert Frost, this new work promises to inspire audiences with its eclectic blend of musical styles and profound lyrical depth.

Rounding out the evening is Antonín Dvořák’s spellbinding In Nature’s Realm Overture, Op. 91, composed in 1891. This dazzling piece, part of the Nature, Life, and Love trilogy alongside the Carnival Overture and Othello Overture, captures the essence of nature’s beauty and vitality through lush orchestration, evocative melodies and shifting moods.

This celebration of the magic of spring promises to delight audiences of all ages and musical tastes.

In Nature’s Realm concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2, and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at the Dennison Theatre at the University of Montana.

For tickets, visit missoulasymphony.org or call 406-721-3194 for information.