Missoula Symphony Orchestra Welcomes Back Pianist Lisa Smirnova
The Missoula Symphony Orchestra takes to the stage on October 29 and 30 with the second concert of the season, “Autumn Glow.” Joining Music Director Darko Butorac and the Orchestra will be Austrian-Russian pianist Lisa Smirnova, who first wowed Missoula audiences in 2013.
“I love playing in Missoula,” said Smirnova. “The enthusiasm of the audience is incredible. The symphony concerts are such a highlight in town, literally everybody whom I meet is excited and looking forward [to the concerts]. Only in an intimate place like Missoula is something like that possible.” She adds that the audience can expect a “wonderful variety of styles” at the show. “It’s as if we change clothes every time we go out for a new piece.”
Smirnova will be performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 14 and Schumann’s “Concert Allegro and Introduction.” “The Mozart Concerto has a wonderful counterpoint style in its last movement which makes it stand out from his other concertos,” she says. “And indeed particularly challenging is the Schumann´s “Concert Allegro and Introduction.” It’s a great discovery, one of his last works and a real masterpiece. The goal is to find a perfect balance between the piano and the orchestra, because they are really like one body in this piece.”
In addition to Schumann and Mozart, the concert will feature Brahms Symphony No.4, which music director Darko Butorac describes as Brahms most important work and crowning achievement. “The piece was completed in 1885, at a time when symphonic music was changing quickly to styles that would lead to modernism and impressionism. The work is reflective of the feeling of watching everything you know and love irrevocably change. Brahms uses his entire creative might to create a work that is yearning, grand, melancholic, lighthearted, but ultimately tragic on a Shakespearian scale,” he said. Come hear for yourself.
Press Release: October 19, 2016
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