ABT_website_PETERFamily 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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IMG_1160FREE 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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 2014-15 Upcoming Season Concerts

Feb. 7, 2015

Alberta Bair Theater | 7:30 pm

 

Rising Star Rosie Weiss, 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_webRosie Weiss is an 18 year old Billings native, whose formal music training began when she was 3. She auditioned into the Billings Symphony at 12, and has played nearly 50 concerts in 6 seasons. She has also played with the Northwest Civic Orchestra, Helena Symphony, Great Falls Symphony, Rimrock Opera, and Battle Creek Symphony.

As a winner of the Montana Association of Symphony Orchestras Young Artists competition, she performed as guest soloist with four orchestras in Montana and Michigan. She also enjoys performing with the Red Lodge Chamber Players, and is a founding member of Magic City Strings.

 In the summer of 2013, Weiss was selected by Carnegie Hall for membership in the first ever National Youth Orchestra of the USA (NYO-USA), which toured internationally with Maestro Valery Gergiev. She had the honor of sitting third chair as the NYO-USA performed the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with soloist Joshua Bell. Concert venues included the Kennedy Center, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, and the Mariinsky II in St. Petersburg, Russia. The final concert was at the BBC Proms in London’s Royal Albert Hall, and was broadcast live around the world.

This past summer, Weiss received a scholarship to Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute, where she worked closely with the internationally acclaimed Muir String Quartet. She also served as concertmaster of Tanglewood’s Young Artists Orchestra, performing the challenging solos in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade and Strauss’s Till Eulenspiegel.

In addition to her classical studies, Weiss is also an accomplished fiddler. For 14 years she has performed with the Billings Ceilidh Fiddlers, under the direction of Janny Kirk, including tours of Scotland and Ireland. She has twice won Montana state fiddle championships, and has had the good fortune of learning from such Celtic fiddle luminaries as Natalie MacMaster, Jeremy Kittel, and Alasdair Fraser, as well as bluegrass legend Bobby Hicks.

Weiss wishes to acknowledge her many teachers, coaches, and conductors, including Laura Dalbey, Lisa Bollman, Vikki Payne, John Kirk, Lee Hancock, Anne Harrigan, the conductors of the Billings Youth Orchestra, and her current violin teacher and mentor, Billings Symphony concertmaster Randy Tracy. These caring individuals, and many others too numerous to list, deserve credit for much of her success.

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March 14, 2015

Alberta Bair Theater | 7:30 pm

 

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 Charley Pride to Tammy Wynette and Patsy Cline, Gone Country features hits from all your favorite country legends.

 

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Ellen-Moak_webEllen Moak

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. Moak recently returned to school and is currently pursuing a degree in nursing.

 

 

 

Thank you to Scheels for sponsoring guest artist, Ellen Moak!

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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
mother’s 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, Woodsmith 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 where she performed professionally for five years, releasing four albums of original roots material. In 2011 she was hired to sing lead vocals for Della Mae, a bluegrass ensemble now based in Nashville. 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.

Listen to Della Mae and check out the amazing vocals by Celia Woodsmith!

 

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April 18, 2015

Alberta Bair Theater | 7:30 pm

 

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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