Staff Pick - Best Local Podcast

Staff Pick

If you peruse the iTunes store for local podcasts, you’ll find an abundance of church sermons and radio broadcasts. But dig a little deeper—relatively speaking; it’s not exactly a treasure trove—and you’ll find a goofy little offering from the Missoula Symphony Association titled “DownBeat DownLow.” Before every Missoula Symphony Orchestra performance, conductor Darko Butorac and Fresh 104.5 radio DJ Leah Lewis preview the concert lineup with a mix of pop culture references, humor, music clips and straight facts. For instance, the “B-B-B-Beethoven” podcast from May bounces from biographical tidbits to talk of “Sex in the City” and Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. The rapport between Lewis and Butorac also adds some flavor, like when Butorac casually says, “Beethoven’s ‘Fifth’ is pretty good,” and Lewis cracks, “The fifth that’s in my purse is pretty good, too.” Hey, now. Ever since Butorac joined the symphony in 2007, he’s added a fresh, contemporary and approachable vibe that’s successfully introduced classical music to new audiences. This podcast is just another example of his fine work.

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