Missoula Art Museum to screen concert film about Butte, mining

Missoulian Staff

The Missoula Art Museum is hosting a free screening of “Pietà: Lament at the Edge of the Abyss” this Thursday, June 16, at 7 p.m. It’s free and open to the public.

The concert film “tells the anguished story of the Berkeley Pit” in Butte, one of the largest Superfund sites in the world.

After the screening, there will be a Q&A with some of the creators: composer Jerry Mader, artist/publisher Peter Koch and Dr. Richard Littlebear (Cheyenne).

A concert was originally arranged for last summer as part of “Extraction: Art at the Edge of the Abyss,” a decentralized series of art exhibitions and events that occurred around the U.S. last year, all on the theme of extractive industry and its effects on the environment. It was started by Peter Koch, a Missoula native, and the late Butte writer Edwin Dobb. Koch invited Jerry Mader, a composer who grew up here as well, to compose the piece. It premiered in Seattle in 2021 but the MAM date was canceled.

Thursday’s event includes a 38-minute filmed version of the concert, with the Seattle Sound Ensemble directed by Bobby Collins and violin soloist Karen Bentley Pollick. You’ll also see additional live elements: “a

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