Montana Public Radio

String Orchestra of the Rockies

Listen now: Beethoven: String Quartet in C minor, Opus 18, No. 4, recorded at MTPR.

Performers are members of the String Orchestra of the Rockies: Maria Larionoff, first violin; Allion Salvador, second violin; Jennifer Smith, viola; and Adam Collins, cello. Barry Lieberman's orchestral arrangement of this string quartet was part of the SOR's February 23 concert program, honoring the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.

Ivan Saul Cutler

Israeli-American cellist, conductor, and teacher Amit Peled first test-drove the cello at age 10. "I grew up in a rural kibbutz in Israel, and when I was in 4th grade, we were asked what instrument we would like to play. I picked the cello, because of a girl I wanted to get to know." At that time, Peled, who stands 6'5", was more interested in basketball than music. But by age 17, the two passions had swapped places, and his musical engine was firing on all cylinders.

String Orchestra of the Rockies presents "The Cascades Meet The Rockies," Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at the UM music recital hall.
String Orchestra of the Rockies

New artistic director and violin soloist for The String Orchestra of the Rockies Maria Larionoff joins us, along with outgoing artistic director and cellist Fern Glass Boyd, to preview the SOR's May 6 performance, "The Cascades Meet The Rockies."

"I'm thrilled, as is the whole orchestra and the board," Boyd says of Larionoff's arrival. "I know that our audiences will be also thrilled to have her be our new leader and bring more exciting and fantastic things ahead for the orchestra and the Missoula area."

Fern Glass Boyd, artistic director of the String Orchestra of the Rockies talks about the group's upcoming concert at St. Timothy's Summer Music Festival, and the four concerts of the ensemble's 32 season, starting in September.

The 2016 St. Timothy's Summer Music Festival opens June 26.
Courtesy photo

Connie Fitzpatrick from the St. Timothy's Summer Music Festival talks with MTPR's Michael Marsolek about the festival's upcoming season. Each year the festival features a variety of classical, jazz, vocal, and instrumental performers, in a breathtaking setting.

Michael Marsolek talks with cellist Fern Glass Boyd and violinist Carrie Krause about the February 21, 2016 performance of the String Orchestra of the Rockies, 7:30 p.m. at the Music Recital Hall in the School of Music at the University of Montana-Missoula.

Michael Marsolek talks with Fern Glass Boyd, cellist and Artistic Director of the String Orchestra of the Rockies, and mezzo-soprano Kimberly James about the November 22, 2015 SOR performance titled "Dido - Queen of Carthage."

String Orchestra of the Rockies kicks of their 31st season with a concert titled "Sweet" Italianne, featuring cellist Matt Haimovitz. The performance will take place Sunday, September 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall on the University of Montana Campus.

Cellist Matt Haimovitz with MTPR Program Director Michael Marsolek
Josh Burnham

Cellist Matt Haimovitz joined us today to talk about his upcoming performance, "Sweet" Italienne with the String Orchestra of the Rockies. That show is on Sunday, Sep. 20, 7:30 p.m. at the Music Recital Hall on the University of Montana campus. Tickets are still available.

"Death and the Maiden" is the title of the February 22, 2015 performance by the String Orchestra of the Rockies. Featured violinist Maria Larionoff and double bassist Barry Lieberman founded the American String Project, a fifteen-member conductorless string orchestra that bears some resemblance to Montana's SOR.

Program:

Pages