Missoula Symphony’s in-person return: outdoor concert with new music director

Posted on: August 11, 2021

“Under a smokeless sky, the familiar sound of a full, live orchestra made its way back to Caras Park for a cool summer evening of pops and light classics from the music world,” writes Antonio Ibarra-Olivares in Monday’s (8/9) Missoulian (Missoula, MT). “After a long 18 months without performing in front of an audience, new Missoula Symphony Orchestra music director Julia Tai said this was a sight she’s been longing to see once again with a full 60-person ensemble…. ‘Music doesn’t exist by itself…. You really need the listeners there to receive it,’ said Tai, who conducted her first Symphony in the Park…. [At] the Missoula Symphony Orchestra’s … annual Symphony in the Park at Caras … hundreds of concert-hungry Missoulians gathered downtown for an evening … that included … John Williams’ … ’Jurassic Park’ and Guns and Roses’ ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine.’ … During her 10 years conducting professionally, Tai has … been the music director of the Philharmonia Northwest and the co-artistic director of the Seattle Modern Orchestra, where she’s built a reputation for creative programming.… Sunday’s Symphony in the Park also featured Evan Yonce, a local Missoula oboist … who played [Ennio Morricone’s] ‘Gabriel’s Oboe.’ ”