Adventures in Music Day Billings Library | 9 a.m-11:30 p.m. January 19, 2019
A Special Thank You to:
2018-2019 Season Sponsor:
2018-2019 Host Hotel
2018-2019 Media Sponsor:
Single tickets on sale NOW!
Join us at the Alberta Bair Theater Saturday, January 19 at 12 p.m. for our annual Family Concert: Symphony in the Wild! You’ll hear some of your favorite animal themed music and see special visitors from ZooMontana.
We wish you a very merry holiday season filled with the wonder and joy that is reflected in the homes on our tour.
We at the Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale are delighted to host our annual Holiday Tour of Homes! We hope this holiday tradition helps get you in the spirit of the season. Join your friends and neighbors to see holiday decorations in beautiful homes around our community and listen to wonderful music.
Tickets can be purchased by calling 252-3610, through this web page, or at these fine businesses: all Gainan’s locations, The Base Camp, First Montana Title, Cricket Clothing Co., Wetzel’s Quality Cleaners, & Berkshire Hathaway Home Sevices/ Floberg Real Estate.
Homes on the Tour this year:
1. Eisenbarth Home: 2222 Virginia Lane:
This home began as a vision of its owners. It has a Mediterranean/Tuscan style
throughout. The owners were inspired by the original home design which they enhanced with a major expansion. Their Christmas decor compliments the architecture with a very traditional holiday style. It touts four Christmas trees in various rooms and Santa’s a-plenty. Guests will be able to tour both the main house and guest house.
2. Eisenbarth Home: 2220 Virginia Lane:
The guest house sits next door to 2222 Virginia Lane on the same property. It is truly a home all of its own in both size and stature. You’ll
enjoy walking through and seeing the
comparisons and contrasts between the two homes in both design and decor. Where the main house gives you a feeling of upscale
tradition, the guest house will show you a
modern flair. You won’t want to miss these
3. Gainan’s Holiday Dream Home: 1603 Grand:
Gainan’s is debuting the first holiday season at their Midtown location. Get ready to be inspired for your holiday decor plans. Weave your way through the forest of trees and throughout the store to see the beauty of the holidays in a variety of settings. Don’t forget to bring your Holiday Tour of Homes ticket in with you for your 15% discount.
4. Avenue C Apartments: 1607 17th St. West:
You will not want to miss this stop on the tour…for many reasons. Avenue C is a tour all on its own. Start out through the main doors with the sights and sounds of Christmas welcoming you in. If the weather allows, take a stroll around the holiday lights surrounding the courtyard pool before you head upstairs. Then enjoy walking through the fully decorated model home on the 3rd floor. Next, join our Billings Symphony volunteers ready to serve you holiday drinks and snacks on the 4th floor in the Sports Lounge. Come see the new Modern Montana at Avenue C.
5. Anderson Home: 3375 Gregory Drive W.
This Tuscan inspired home was the 2006 Parade People’s Choice winner. One step inside you will see why! The homeowners compliment the design of the home with traditional holiday
décor. Enjoy the abundance of holiday trees complete with lots of Santas, garlands, and lights.
6. Royer Home: 2613 Westfield Dr.:
Though this home was just built in 2007 you will love walking down memory lane with their holiday decor. The family’s Christmas Tree is a beautiful reminder of holidays past as it is
decorated with antique ornaments collected from prior generations. Be mesmerized by the vintage feel of decorations throughout the home. The family loves their traditional decor,
equally matched by its Montana roots and rustic charm.
7. Stanaway Home: 6144 Masters Blvd.:
Nestled in the beautiful neighborhood
overlooking the back side of Yellowstone
Country Club, this home is fairly new; however, the Stanaway’s holiday decor is meant to take you back in time with traditional reds & greens,
Santas and snowflakes.
Scott & Deb Brown
Guest Artist Sponsors:
John & Pat Burg
Sig & Bev Ross
Tom Singer & Evey LaMont
2017-2018 Season Sponsor:
2017-2018 Host Hotel
The Symphony season comes to a close with a semi-staged presentation of Carmen. See for yourself why this is the world’s most beloved opera. A first for the Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale.
Featuring: Billings Symphony Chorale, Kristee Haney (Carmen), Christie Conover (Micaëla), Benjamin Cleveland (Don José), Gregory Gerbrandt (Escamillo) , Bret Weston (Zuniga), Amy Logan (Mercédès), Janie Sutton (Frasquita), Eric Hudgson (Morales), Geneva Copeland (Remendado), Carrie House ( Danciare), NOVA Center for the Performing Arts ROCK Choir
Directed by Susan Sommerfeld
Susan has been a part of the music and theatre community in Billings for many years as a singer, actor, director, and choreographer. Some of her favorite roles include Lady of the Lake, in BST’s production of “Spamalot”, as Frau Blucher, in “Young Frankenstein the Musical” and as Norma Desmond, in “Sunset Boulevard”, with Venture Theatre at Nova. Her memorable works as a director include “Chicago”, “Forever Plaid”, “Les Miserables”, and “It’s a Wonderful Life – a Radio Show”. Susan has also been a guest vocal artist with the Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale. When not at the theatre, she spends her time at her art glass studio, Kennedy’s Stained Glass. She has a BFA in Musical Theatre from the United States International School of Performing and Visual Arts.
Written by French composer George Bizet, Carmen premiered at Opèra-Comique on March 3, 1875. At first, it received critical reviews. It wasn’t until several shows ran outside of Paris, did it begin to gain notoriety. After its return to Paris in 1883, Carmen really became popular world-wide. Bizet passed away unexpectedly after Carmen’s 33rd show. He never knew the international acclaim his opera would achieve.
Kristee Haney (Carmen,) – Mezzo-Soprano – is known for her performance of Carmen in George Bizet’s Carmen. Haney has performed throughout North America and Europe, most notably with the New York City Opera. She is an accomplished soloist with numerous symphony orchestras.
Christie Conover (Micaëla) – Soprano – is a Billings native and has received national attention through esteemed competitions. Conover’s performances of Micaëla have garnered her critical acclaim. She made her international debut with the Komische Oper Berlin during the 2015-2016 season. She has performed with symphony orchestras all over the nation.
Gregory Gerbrandt (Escamillo) – Baritone – has performed over 70 principal roles with top opera, musical theatre, and symphonic organizations on five continents, singing for ambassadors and other officials from all over the world. Gerbrandt has created the lead role in four World Premiere operas and is constantly in high demand to perform the prominent standards of Italian, French, English, and Russian opera.
Ben Cleveland (Don José) – Tenor – is from Spokane, WA. He has worked as an apprentice artist at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and was an Emerging Artist at Opera New Jersey. Ben is currently performing with Seattle Opera’s touring production of Cinderella en España, and recently sang the role of Don Josè in Pacific Opera Northwest’s production of Carmen. Other recent performance credits include Rodolfo in La bohème, Boris in Katya Kabanova, Sam in Susannah, andTamino in Die Zauberflöte.