Butte Symphony to feature music of silent films

Butte Symphony to feature music of silent films

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The Butte Symphony will present the third concert of its 70th anniversary season featuring “Silent Films and Their Music” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Mother Lode Theatre.

Three vintage films will be shown with the orchestra providing the musical background to the trials and tribulations of the silent stars. The films include “The Immigrant’’ with Charlie Chaplin; “One Week’’ with Buster Keaton; and “Fadeaway’’ starring KoKo the Clown. The orchestra highlights the drama, comedy, joy and humor through music in the background.

The Butte Symphony is also holding its annual children’s concert for all fifth-graders throughout southwest Montana on Friday, Feb. 21. The concert introduces the students to the sounds of a symphony orchestra and the experience of attending a performance in a large concert auditorium.

The Butte Symphony was organized in 1950, and is now in its 70th anniversary season. It is the original and oldest symphony in the state of Montana and is comprised of volunteer musicians. Founding member Pete Godtland still plays his French horn for the symphony.

Conductor Luis Millan is in his 10th season with the Butte Symphony. Millan also conducts several symphonic organizations and the opera at the University of Montana in Missoula. The 70th anniversary season also brings a new executive director, Lowell Stuck, to the group. He has taken the reins from Mark Hayden, who now sits on the Board of Directors. Stuck comes from Portland, Oregon, where he was involved in music events there as well as at the University of Michigan.

The cost is $40 main floor, $35 mezzanine, $30 loge and balcony, and $15 any student with ID. Tickets are available at the Mother Lode Theatre or by calling 406-723-3602.

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