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Missoula Symphony Orchestra for Montana Magazine :: Montana Editorial & Commercial Photographer

At the end of last year I spent some time writing and photographing a story about the Missoula Symphony Orchestra’s 60th anniversary for Montana Magazine.  How could you not enjoy an assignment that sends you to music rehearsal and backstage during a performance?  It’s definitely been a challenge writing and photographing stories simultaneously this past year.  I tried to separate my time so that I was focused on one thing at a time for this assignment.  Inevitably you miss things when you do that but I find I do a better job when I approach things this way.  I hate missing photos but what can you do?

I spent time with both Darko the conductor and John the Executive Director interviewing and photographing them in addition to photographing a performance.  One of the coolest things was as I interviewed members of the community I asked them their favorite performance from the symphony.  Over and over people told me it was a concert with Allen Vizzutti and the symphony several years ago.  Allen is my husband Lido’s uncle and a professional trumpet player, but I know him best as someone who shares the same silly sense of humor as me.  It was fun to hear how many people enjoyed that performance.  Sometimes I forget how small a place Missoula can be.  Then it reminds me really quickly.

My full story and photos are in the current issue of Montana Magazine but I’ve posted some outtakes here below:

Entrance Missoula Symphony Orchestra Photographer Jessica Lowry

Missoula, Montana Symphony Orchestra Photographed by Jessica Lowry

Symphony Conductor Photographed by Missoula, Montana Photographer Jessica Lowry

Missoula, Montana Symphony Orchestra Photographed by Jessica Lowry

Conductor Darko Photographed By Jessica Lowry Montana Photographer

Missoula, Montana Portrait Photographer Jessica Lowry

Missoula, Montana Symphony Photographed by Jessica Lowry

Photographer: Jessica Lowry at Missoula, Montana Orchestra

Missoula, Montana Orchestra Photographed by Montana Photographer Jessica Lowry

Missoula, Montana Symphony Orchestra Photographed by Jessica Lowry

Missoula Symphony Orchestra in Montana Photographed by Jessica Lowry

Missoula Symphony Photographed by Missoula, Montana Photographer Jessica Lowry

Missoula Symphony Photographed by Missoula, Montana Photographer Jessica Lowry

 

3 Responses to Missoula Symphony Orchestra for Montana Magazine :: Montana Editorial & Commercial Photographer

  1. These are great photos! I remember some of those people when I played in the MSO as an undergraduate Music Major. However, I’m sorry–I’m not “getting” the seating arrangement of the string section. It has been scientifically proven that all humans “tend” to hear bass frequencies with their right ears and treble with their left. And Haydn knew this how many centuries ago? That’s why his original seating design put the celli and basses on the right of the conductor, and the violins on the left. Would you seat a string quartet this way? Having played in a professional quartet for several years, I don’t know of one. The MSO now has the 2nd violins on the right of the conductor. This seating works if you’re performing a Strauss tonepoem where there’s lots of “stereophonic/antiphonal” writing between the 1st & 2nd fiddles and also for Bruckner, if you want all of those bright (and endless) string tremolos to have a little extra sparkle. But, how often does the MSO perform Strauss and Bruckner? I know the cello section of the orchestra is not happy about this–understandably, because in “divisi” sections (where the celli divide into 2 or 3 parts) the players who would normally play the upper part are now buried further into the orchestra. They need to re-think this. Just my 2 cents for an otherwise wonderful ensemble! –Dr. Michael Twomey, Cantabile School of Music, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, TX

    • admin says:

      Thank you Michael for your insight and kind comments. I think you might overestimate my clout with how the symphony lays out their seating :) Thank you for reading my blog! Hope all is wonderful in Texas.

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