SPECIAL EVENTS

Top Brass | November 6, 2014 | 7:30 pm | First Congregational Church, Downtown Billings
Join Billings Symphony principal musicians Mark Fenderson,trumpet; Mark Soueidi, trombone; John Dutton, horn and pianist Jennifer Bratz for a dynamic concert that showcases the energy and virtuosity of the brass family.

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Nutcracker with San Diego Ballet | November 29 & 30, 2014
A Billings Thanksgiving weekend tradition of more than 30 years, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s enchanted Nutcracker Ballet is sure to get you into the holiday spirit! All the magic and pageantry are brought to life by the Billings Symphony Orchestra with the San Diego Ballet and more than 80 local ballet students along with members of local children’s choruses.

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Holiday Tour of Homes | December 13, 2014
Gather your friends and family to usher in the holiday season on a self-guided tour of extraordinary homes lavishly decorated to reflect the charm of the holidays while enjoying seasonal music, holiday cheer and cookies.

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Beatles Tribute: Classical Mystery Tour | New Year’s Eve: December 31, 2014
Join us as we honor 50 years of “Beatlemania” with our New Year’s Eve performance Classical Mystery Tour. Since its initial performance in 1996, Classical Mystery Tour has become one of the top pops attractions over the last decade. The group has been selling out shows and breaking attendance records consistently for years in the US, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia, including three packed houses at the Sydney Opera House in 2009. If you like The Beatles, you’re going to LOVE this concert! The four musicians in Classical Mystery Tour look and sound just like The Beatles. The show presents more than two dozen Beatles tunes transcribed note-for-note and performed exactly as they were originally recorded. Hear “Penny Lane,” “Yesterday,” “I Am the Walrus” and more. Many have called it “the best show the Beatles never did!” Learn more.

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New Year’s Eve Bash Fundraiser
Join us for the 2nd annual New Year’s Eve Bash before our New Year’s Eve concert, Classical Mystery Tour. Complete with live music, gourmet food, and a festive atmosphere – it’s a great way to start the evening and usher in the New Year!

Family Concert: Peter and the Wolf | January 24, 2015
Sergei Prokofiev’s timeless tale told by musical instruments is given added dimension by the acting talents of NOVA Theater. Delightful characters include Peter, Bird, Duck, Cat, and the Hunters all played by talented local young actors.  Bring the family to this classic, which is loved by children for its vivid storytelling, and by adults for its gentle sense of humor and good-natured melodies.

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FREE Symphony in the Park | June 28, 2015
This free outdoor concert at Pioneer Park continues to entertain thousands of people every summer under our beautiful Montana skies.  There is music for everyone. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and meet your friends at Symphony in the Park!

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2014-2015 Season Series Concerts

Season Ticket Prices

Adult (per package)

Loge: $264 | Orchestra: $228 | Lower Balcony: $192 | Upper Balcony: $120

Student (per package)
Loge: $264 | Orchestra: $114 | Lower Balcony: $96 | Upper Balcony: $60


 

Oct. 11, 2014

Our second concert of the season features a fun blend of jazz and classical music!  Take a trip to Catfish Row with catchy tunes from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess: A Symphonic Picture, featuring legendary songs such as “Summertime,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” and “Bess You Is My Woman Now”.

Featuring Benjamin Hochman, piano

Hochman_PressPhoto1_web Pianist Benjamin Hochman’s eloquent and virtuosic performances blend artistic bravura with poetic interpretation exciting audiences and critics alike. He performs in major cities around the world as an orchestral soloist, recitalist and respected chamber music partner, working with a celebrated array of renowned conductors and colleagues.  Described by the New York Times as a “gifted, fast-rising artist,” Mr. Hochman is an impassioned and intelligent exponent of diverse composers, from Bach and Mozart through to Kurtág and Peter Lieberson.  He strives to express the essence of each composer’s works, resulting in interpretations that the Vancouver Sun described as“stylish and lucid, with patrician authority and touches of elegant wit where context allows.”  Possessed of an intellectual and heartfelt musical inquisitiveness, Mr. Hochman frequently juxtaposes familiar works with the unfamiliar in his concert programs, to help illuminate each work for the listener, a talentfurther illustrated by his thoughtful recorded repertoire. Read more.

 

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Dec. 20, 2014

Broadway superstar Doug LaBrecque, whose beautiful tenor voice has been enjoyed by audiences across the nation, joins the Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale for Holiday Spectacular! Deck the halls and come-a-caroling for a festive celebration filled with your favorite sounds of the season, sing-alongs and of course, Santa!

 

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Doug LaBrecque thrilled theatre audiences as The Phantom and Raoul in the Harold Prince production of The Phantom of the Opera. In addition, Mr. LaBrecque has starred on Broadway as Ravenal in the Hal Prince revival of Showboat, a role he also performed in Canada and Chicago. He was featured in Oscar Hammerstein’s 100th Birthday Celebration on Broadway at The Gershwin Theatre, and toured nationally with Les Miserables. Regionally, Mr. LaBrecque has performed leading roles in Candide, A Chorus Line, Man of LaMancha among many others. A graduate of University of Michigan he was also featured in the world premiere of A Wonderful Life, written by Sheldon Harnick and Joe Raposo, and starred in the premiere revival of Kurt Weill and Alan Jay Lerner’s Love Life. Read more.

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Feb. 7, 2015

Rising Star Rosie Weiss, the only Montanan to be selected for the National Youth Orchestra, will transport the audience to the beautiful lands of Scotland during Max Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy. Hear lush, romantic melodies and Scottish fiddle influences in this well-known violin showpiece. Also on the program is Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, this piece is full of emotion and was featured on the epic movie Master and Commander. Concluding the concert is Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks by the great Richard Strauss, chronicling the misadventures and pranks of the folk hero, Till Eulenspiegel. The audience will love how music and drama unite to tell this beloved story.

 

Rosie_Weiss_violin_webRosie Weiss is a 16-year-old Billings native who began playing violin when she was 3. She joined the Billings Symphony when she was 12, and is also a two time Montana state fiddle champion. As a winner of the Montana Association of Symphony Orchestras Young Artists competition, she has performed as guest soloist with four orchestras in Montana and Michigan. Last summer, she was selected by Carnegie Hall for membership in the National Youth Orchestra of the USA, which toured internationally with Maestro Valery Gergiev and violinist Joshua Bell. Rosie’s current violin teacher is Randy Tracy.

 

 

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March 14, 2015

Get out your cowboy boots, the Billings Symphony has Gone Country! With the combination of brilliant guest artists and our own local “Country Idol” winner, Ellen Moak, backed by the Billings Symphony Orchestra, this is a concert like no other. From Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, and Willie Nelson to Tammy Wynette and Patsy Cline, Gone Country features hits from all your favorite country legends.

 

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Moak graduated from Rocky Mountain College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in vocal performance. She sings in the band, Ellen and the Old School, who play throughout the Billings area. This summer Ellen and the Old School played during the St. John’s Summer Concert Series in Billings.

 

 


Clinton_Curtis_webClinton Curtis

Curtis is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, educator and passionate student of American musical heritage and history. He was raised between the islands of Key West and Jamaica and formed “The Remaining Ten” at age twelve: a ten-piece rhythm and blues band comprised of Key West students and local gigging pros. In 2002, he moved to New York City to study at New York University, focusing on musical performance and American Musicology. He made his Carnegie Hall choral debut in 2008, with the San Francisco Symphony and has since appeared with a list of New York-based groups.

 


GRANT,-CHRISTOPHER-RYANChristopher Ryan Grant

Grant is well-known for his acting roles in Hard Times for Softcore (2013) and Rolling on the Floor Laughing (2011), which was an official selection for Sundance, IFC, Milan, and Toronto Film Festivals. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Evansville and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Yale School of Drama. He also studied at the British American Drama Academy at Oxford. An artist of many skills, Grant speaks Irish, Scottish, British, Australian, Russian, German, and French dialects. He is also a talented vocalist and plays the guitar, harmonica, and piano.

 


CecilaW_webCelia Woodsmith

Woodsmith grew up in Vermont singing along to her mothers tapes of Bob Dylan, Patsy Cline, Bonnie Raitt and Mahalia Jackson. As a youngster she sought out theatre as a means of expressing herself and won numerous accolades as an actress while also singing regularly in chorus and A’capella groups. At the University of Vermont Celia started playing guitar and writing songs soon becoming a fixture in the New England folk scene. After graduation from the University of Vermont in 2007 she moved to Boston, MA where she performed professionally for 5 years releasing 4 albums of original roots material. In 2011 she was hired to sing lead vocals for Della Mae, a bluegrass ensmble now based in Nashville, TN. Since then Della Mae has made a huge impact worldwide winning the IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Emerging Artist of the Year award in 2013, performing in 20 different countries and most recently being nominated for a Grammy in 2014.

 

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April 18, 2015

The Symphony’s 64th season culminates with some of the greatest musical treasures the world has ever known.  The Orchestra and Chorale unite for Alexander Borodin’s exotic and evocative Polovtsian Dances and Leonard Bernstein’s passionate and energetic Chichester Psalms. Paired with Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 and its adrenaline-fueled final movement, this will truly be a way to close out the season with a bang!

 

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