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.
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!
Clinton Curtis is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, educator and passionate student of American musical heritage and history. Raised between the islands of Key West and Jamaica, he is the son of musicians and former reggae hall owners. He has lived in New York city since 2012 and is a fixture in the downtown club scene. In partnership with Indie record label 27 Sound, Clinton has released four acclaimed original studio albums.
As the frontman for the Clinton Curtis Band, he has performed in 46 US States as 10 countries. Selected as Cultural Ambassadors for the US Department of State, Clinton and his band have engaged in concert tours and educational workshops across the globe. He is passionate about the role of the arts in diplomacy and cultural exchange.
As a classical choral singer Clinton has worked with luminary conductors and orchestras. In 2014 he performed with The Vienna Philharmonic and Franz Welser-Most, The San Francisco Symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas and The New York Philharmonic with Alan Gilbert. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2011 with the San Francisco Symphony.
Christopher 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.
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!