One such arts organization that has been thriving in recent years is the Bozeman Symphony (Founded 1968). Mike and I had a chance to go last weekend, and while we have been often, this performance stood out from the rest.
While I have always had a passion for all types of music, working at the Grand Teton Music Festival strengthened my interest in classical music. Although it is not my favorite genre, I have grown a fondness for it and make it a point to see several classical music performances each year. Mike and I were fortunate to win a pair of season tickets to the Bozeman Symphony this year ("Gold" level balcony seats, on the left-hand side so we may see the piano player's hands) and eagerly anticipate each performance.
I've seen the Bozeman Symphony each of the ten years I've lived in Bozeman and this past weekend's performance was one of the most memorable. Several factors made it stellar and allowed it to earn a top A-List ranking.
- Tchaikovsky's Serenade, op. 48
- Tomaso Vitali, Ciaccona, Violin & Strings
- Vivaldi's Le Quattro Staggioni
Violin virtuoso Alexander Markov joined the orchestra as soloist. He was hands-down the best soloist I've seen with the BSO. The Russian born violinist combines artistic mastery with rock n' roll flair. He played the classical pieces with proficiency and delighted the crowd with an encore on his gold-plated electric violin. I'm not sure the name of the encore piece (Rumor at the post-concert reception was that it was part of a rock 'n roll concerto that he composed), but it combine soft and flowing classical passages with loud, heavy-metal inspired riffs. With a bow that sometimes glowed (I'm not making this up) and moments of flamboyancy seldom seen on the classical music stage, Mr. Markov pulled off the blending of genres with elegance, style and mastery.
The program was titled "Return to Carnegie," to commemorate a program Mr. Markvo and BSO Maestro Matthew Savery produced for a Carnegie Hall performance in June. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle dubbed Mr. Markov and Maestro Savery "frat bothers" and it was easy to see that they have a special bond. Add in the always enthusiastic Bozeman audience, and the excitement and energy throughout the evening were palpable.
More Than a Community Orchestra
Trite as this might sound, we are really luck to have an orchestra of this caliber in our quickly growing (yet not all that long ago podunk) town. If you're a lover of music, I encourage you to check out the BSO, even if you think classical music is "not your thing." You will not be disappointed.