2012-2013 Concerts and Events*
Get the best seats in the house for the Billings Symphony and Chorale’s Dare to Dream season. Unless otherwise noted, performances take place at the Alberta Bair Theatre. Call 406-252-3610 to order your tickets or order online now.
Enjoy a different kind of dance party: The orchestra begins its 62nd Season with Dvorák’s cheery Symphony No. 8, which draws its inspiration from the Bohemian folk music that Dvorák loved. Then Cirque Artists perform to the captivating melodies of Tchaikovsky. Opening Night is the stuff from which dreams are made!
The orchestra performs Beethoven’s expressive Pastoral Symphony under the baton of Alastair Willis, who has conducted the New York Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony, among many others. And, Stefan Jackiw (Jah-keev), known for his flawless technique, precocious musical understanding, and a sweet, singing tone, performs a piece close to his heart: Korngold’s Violin Concerto, which was woven with themes from various famous movie scores Korngold composed. Jackiw says “it is filled with drama, dazzling virtuosity, and heart-wrenching beauty. It is such a fun piece to perform, and I’m really looking forward to playing it in Billings with Alastair.”
Nov 10, 2012 Big Band Salute to USO
USO Liberty Bells and Billings Symphony Chorale
The Andrews Sisters would be proud! What better way to pay tribute to those who have served and are serving in our Armed Forces than with an authentic, energetic Big Band salute to the USO, which has been entertaining U.S. troops since 1941.
The orchestra turns up the heat with a percussive mix of tango and flamenco inspired music that will leave you dreaming of dancing the night away. Fanfare Ritmico by Pulitzer Prize Winning Composer Jennifer Higdon sets the table for some spicy Latin tapas that include Piazzolla’s Tangazo, Revueltas’ Sensemaya and Falla’s Three Cornered Hat Suite.
March 16, 2013 A Royal Celebration
Billings Symphony Chorale, Soloists
Expect all the fanfare of any celebration befitting royalty—from British composers featured at the most recent Royal Wedding to Mozart’s beloved “Coronation Mass.” We encourage concert-goers to dress to impress! We hope to spot a few fashionable ascots and fascinators in the audience!
April 20, 2013 Season Finale
Michael Chertock, piano
The Billings Symphony is proud to welcome back this phenomenal pianist to perform Gershwin’s jazz-infused Rhapsody in Blue. The Boston Globe has called Michael Chertock’s playing “unmannered, zestful, and lovely.” Paired with Rachmaninoff’s flamboyant “Symphonic Dances,” known for its energetic rhythmic sections and lush melodies, this concert will leave you dreaming of possibilities.
*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. Tickets for Special Events* purchased at the ABT Box Office: 256-6052