2013-2014 Concerts and Events*
Get the best seats in the house for the Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale’s Expect the Unexpected season. Unless otherwise noted, performances take place at the Alberta Bair Theatre.
Season tickets are on sale NOW! Call the BSO&C at 252-3610. Single tickets go on sale August 19.
Season Ticket Packages
Loge: $234 | Orchestra: $204 | Lower Balcony: $180 | Upper Balcony: $108
Students (Student ID required)
Loge: $234 | Orchestra: $102 | Lower Balcony: $90 | Upper Balcony: $54
The glamour and excitement of classic Hollywood comes alive as the season opens on September 21 with Symphonic Classics from the Silver Screen. Reminisce with Ravel’s Bolero from the movie Ten and other symphonic hits from sound tracks like 2001: A Space Odyssey, Platoon, and Gone with the Wind.
Violinist Rachel Lee will captivate the audience, adding cinematic suspense and drama to the concert with her performance of Erich Korngold’s Violin Concerto. Noted for her compelling stage presence and a unique ability to “make the music sing,” (The Baltimore Sun) she has made several important orchestral debuts in recent seasons, including performances with the Chicago, Saint Louis, Houston, and Seattle Symphony Orchestras. Composter Erich Korngold virtually invented the Hollywood film sound with film scores like the Adventures of Robin Hood and Seahawk. The Violin Concerto premiered in 1947 with the most enthusiastic ovation in St. Louis Symphony concert history.
Next, take a stay-cation to Enchanted Italy on October 12. Experience the beauty of the region through Rossini’s Barber of Seville overture, Mendelssohn’s colorful Italian Symphony and Clarke’s Carnival of Venice. Winners of the Montana Association of Symphony Orchestras’ (MASO) Young Artist Competition, Emily Walker, piano and Stephanie Anderson, trumpet; will join the Symphony for a stunning evening of music.
Travel back in time with Sixties Revolution, as American Idol finalist, Lakisha Jones, and friends rock the Alberta Bair Theater. The Symphony will rock the theater with selections from the Beach Boys and the Beatles to Janis Joplin and the Rolling Stones.
Dig out your BELL BOTTOMS & PLATFORM shoes! The best sixties outfit wins 2 tickets to our New Year’s Eve celebration: 50s Dance Party!
The holiday season welcomes the return of The Nutcracker*, a Thanksgiving Weekend tradition that brings Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score to life with the Billings Symphony Orchestra, the San Diego Ballet, and a stage of local dancers and singers. Performances are Saturday, November 30 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 1 at 2 p.m.
Join Chorale Director Steven Hart and the Billings Symphony Chorale on December 14 at 7:30 p.m. and December 15 at 3 p.m. for Christmas with the Chorale at St. Patrick Co-Cathedral. This festive concert of seasonal hits and popular favorites including Vivaldi’s Magnificat, is a delight for the entire family during this magical time of year! Concert tickets start at $15 in advance and can be purchased at the Billings Symphony office.
The Symphony celebrates New Year’s Eve with 50s Dance Party*, the authentic re-creation of the Winter Dance Party Tour of 1959, starring John Mueller as Buddy Holly, Ray Anthony as Ritchie Valens, and Linwood Sasser as the Big Bopper. The live performance includes over two hours of unbridled, high voltage entertainment featuring all the hit songs of the 50′s era: That’ll Be the Day, Peggy Sue, Oh, Boy, Rave on, La Bamba, Chantilly Lace, and many more. This exciting evening begins at 8 p.m.
On January 25* the Explore Music! family concert brings Flat Stanley and the Symphony to the stage with the return of Family Concert favorite Tim Marrone. Travel the globe with Flat Stanley and discover the cultures of the world through musical stories, instruments, and song. This magical journey includes music from the lands of Russia, Ireland, Mexico and more! The concert is general admission at 11 a.m. with tickets priced at only $5.
Internationally acclaimed pianist Andrew von Oeyen joins the Billings Symphony as the 2013-14 subscription season resumes on February 8 with Piano Romance . Perfect for a Valentine’s date-night, von Oeyen will perform Rachmaninoff’s romantic piano concerto Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, filled with infinite beauty and emotion.
“Von Oeyen has a touch that lets a melody sing out from a cloudburst of accompanying notes.” (The Chicago Tribune)
Completing the evening is Sibelius’ En Saga and Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, featured in many television shows and movies.
On March 15 the Symphony displays a colorful array of children’s artwork during Russian Days & Arabian Nights. Be carried away to exotic lands with Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5, that celebrates triumph and the greatness of the human spirit, and Nielsen’s Aladdin Suite, which paints a colorful picture of ancient Arabia. Artwork created by local children representing their interpretation of the music will be projected behind the orchestra during the performance.
Carmina Burana, on April 26, features the chorale and orchestra uniting for a rousing performance ending the season with a bang. Joining the BSO&C are Andrew Wilkowske, baritone; Christine Steyer, soprano; and Paul Bork, countertenor. Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana remains one of the most popular pieces of the classical music repertoire. It can be heard on stages, televisions, and silver screens across the globe.
The largest concert, and most visible component of Explore Music!, Symphony in the Park wraps up another season and introduces many to live, symphonic music on Sunday, June 29. This is a favorite Billings tradition–bring your blanket or lawn chair and relax to an evening of music under our big Montana sky while enjoying picnic fare from participating food sponsors.
Tickets for Special Events* purchased at the ABT Box Office: 256-6052
*Programming subject to change. Season series concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Alberta Bair Theater, with Concert Cues, a discussion with guest artists, beginning at 6:45 pm.