Butte Symphony Association

The 69th Season

Organized as the Butte Symphony Association (BSA), Butte Symphony Orchestra is the oldest and original symphony orchestra in Montana.  Founded in 1950, the Butte Symphony has been an integral part of the art and music scene in SW Montana for 69 years.
Tickets for the 69th Season are available online now or at the Mother Lode Theater.
Download the 2018-2019 Season Poster
Download the 2019-2020 Season Brochure

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Four Centuries of Music from Northern Europe
Saturday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Butte is Our Symphony!
Butte has Montana’s oldest and original symphony orchestra, founded in 1950.
• The volunteer orchestra ranges from high school students to business owners to retired people, from ages 15 all the way to 95!
• Our musicians practice together 35 times and perform 5 concerts at the Mother Lode Theatre annually. Musicians travel from allover southwest Montana to rehearse and perform.
• Our musicians practice together 35 times and perform 5 concerts at the Mother Lode Theatre annually. Musicians travel from allover southwest Montana to rehearse and perform.
• We perform a free children’s concert for 1,000students every year, and a free summer concert of movies and music at the Original Mine Headframe.
• The annual Holiday Concert provides an opportunity for high school choral members in Butte and Anaconda to join the orchestra for a public performance.
• Our Music Director, Luis Millán, has conduct­ed the Butte Symphony for the past decade, leading the orchestra to new musical heights.
• The volunteer Butte Symphony Guild promotes the orchestra through two major fundraisers: the annual geranium sale in latespring, and the holiday home tour in December. The Guild also hosts the after concert  receptions in the Masonic Temple Ballroom. The Guild is always looking for new members to help support Our Symphony.

Trumpets Playing
Join the Butte Symphony on a tour of Northern Europe with music that spans over four hundred years. From Dutch Renaissance dances by Michael Praetorius, through Richard Wagner’s German operas, and ending up in the English countryside as interpreted by Edward Elgar and Gustav Holst. We may even visit Downton Abbey!

Double Bass Concerto and Schubert’s 6th Symphony
Saturday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Chris Burns
Principal Double Bassist from the Tacoma Symphony, Chris Burns, joins Maestro Millan and the Butte Symphony for Concerto in D Major for Contrabass and Orchestra by Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf. Also on tap for the evening is Franz Schubert’s 6th Symphony, and Aaron Copland’s Outdoor Overture.

Originally from South Florida, Chris Burns has been principal bassist of the Tacoma Symphony since 2009. The Tacoma News Tribune has described his playing as “effortlessly clear and lyrical…with calm virtuosity and thoughtful expression.”  In addition to soloing with the TSO, Chris has been a featured soloist on the Second City Chamber Series, University of Puget Sound’s Jacobsen series and on the Barry Lieberman and Friends recital series at the University of Washington.  Chris is an active freelance musician in the Northwest, having performed with the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Northwest Sinfonietta. Prior to moving to Tacoma, Chris was solo bassist for the Houston Bach Society and Opera in the Heights, as well as a substitute bassist with the Houston Grand Opera. Chris received his Bachelors of Music from the New England Conservatory in Boston, and was a Fulbright Scholar at the Universität für Musik in Vienna, Austria.  In addition to his performing career, Chris is also a dedicated string educator, and is the orchestra teacher at Narrows View Intermediate School in the University Place School District.

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Butte Symphony Association
PO Box 725 | 321 W. Broadway
Butte, MT 59703

(406) 723-5590