The String Orchestra of the Rockies guest artists this Sunday won’t just be soloists.Maria Larionoff, violin, and Barry Lieberman, double bass, will be “embedded” within the orchestra, said SOR artistic director Fern Glass Boyd.And they’re just the right two musicians to do so.The husband-and-wife duo from Seattle founded a group in 2001 called the American String Project.Just like the SOR, it’s a conducter-less orchestra with 15 members.The String Project has recorded numerous chamber works that Lieberman arranged for a large string ensemble.One of the pieces on Sunday’s concert is Lieberman’s own arrangement of “Death and the Maiden,” Franz Schubert’s string quartet masterwork.Boyd, who studied the work in college and counts it among her favorite string quartets, said it’s “even more powerful when it’s with full strings.”One reviewer said it was better than Gustav Mahler’s own arrangement.”Here you have the feel of a beautifully balanced chamber symphony, the lower voices bringing new warmth to the general texture,” wrote David Denton in the International Record Review.Sunday’s program starts off with two selections featuring Larionoff as soloist: Mozart’s Divertimento in D major, K. 136, for strings; Bach’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major.She served as concert master of the Seattle Symphony, and has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orquestra Sinfonica Carlos Chavez in Mexico City and the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, among others.Body said it’s wonderful to have guest artists who will be so invested in the orchestra.To “bring that level of artistry to our stage is a very exciting opportunity for us and the audiences.”The next concert in the SOR’s season is “Barroco,” it’s 30th anniversary celebration concert featuring a reunion of the orchestra’s many players. It will take place on Sunday, May 10, at the University of Montana’s Music Recital Hall at 3 p.m. For more information, go into┬ásormt.org.
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