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April 18, 2020  | 7:30 pm
Concert Cues | 6:45 pm
The symphony season ends with one of the finest pianists of his generation and the last great Russian composer, Sergei Rachmaninoff.

Featuring the return of MASO winner, Tanner Jorden playing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, with special side-by-side performance with the Billings Youth Orchestra.

Tanner Jorden
16-year-old Tanner Jorden’s current teacher, Dorothea Cromley, is the former Professor of Piano at Montana State University–Billings. In 2015, the Billings native began participating in—and winning—competitions locally and internationally. He competed in the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition in November 2016.

Tanner won the state Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) competition in 2016, 2017 and 2018, receiving honorable mentions in the Junior and Senior divisions at Northwest regionals. In January 2019, he won the Northwest regional competition and competed in the National MTNA competition in March 2019. In January 2017, he received first place in the Junior division of the Montana Association of Symphony Orchestras (MASO) Concerto Competition, and in April of that year performed a debut recital at MSU–B as a Connections student. Tanner made his orchestral debut with the Great Falls Symphony in February 2017, and has since performed with the Billings, Helena, Glacier and Northwest College (Powell, WY) Symphonies. In January 2019, Tanner again received first place in the 15th biennial MASO Young Artist Competition, this time in the Senior division.

 Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2
Rachmaninoff’s second piano concerto was the first piece he composed after his long bout of depression and writer’s block. It was his great comeback that became a smash hit, bringing Rachmaninoff back to his former self. Dedicated with gratitude to Dr. Dahl, the Piano Concerto No. 2 premiered on November 9, 1901, with Rachmaninoff performing and his cousin, Alexander Siloti, conducting, and is considered by many to be the greatest piano concerto ever written.

 Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No 2. In E Minor
After the disaster of his first symphony, Rachmaninoff was hesitant to begin composing again. The success of his Piano Concerto No. 2, however, instilled him with confidence, but not so much that he was ready to let the world know he was back at it. He wrote the Symphony No. 2 in secrecy for about a year, when word of his newest composition leaked out in the press. He confessed to a friend: “I have composed a symphony. It’s true! … I finished it a month ago and immediately put it aside. It was a severe worry to me and I’m not going to think about it anymore.” But think about it he did, and the hard work and turmoil paid off. A year later, Rachmaninoff conducted the premiere in Saint Petersburg in January 1908, with great, reassuring success.

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West Side Story in Concert

West Side Story: Symphony Concert Version is postponed until further notice.

Lincoln Center

Postponed | TBD

First time in Montana! Witness the forbidden love, feuding families, and rival gangs in this modern-day retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet.

Based on a Conception of Jerome Robbins
Book by Arthur Laurents
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Originally Produced on Broadway by Robert E. Griffith and Harold S. Prince by Arrangement with Roger L. Stevens.

West Side Story is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)
All authorized performance materials are supplied by MTI www.MTIShows.com

Featuring Jerome Robbins’ award-winning adaptation with music from Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and book by Arthur Laurents with a cast of Broadway professionals.

The creative dream team of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim challenged the status quo with their release of West Side Story on Broadway in 1957. It became a morality play an entire generation could relate to. It dared to talk (sing) about the social issues that were prevalent all over the nation. Issues like acceptance, tolerance, racism, and the American Dream. Does everyone have the right to live their lives as they see fit, or does that right only belong to those who are already living in America? Issues that still ring true today. The release of West Side Story was so against the norm of the Rogers and Hammerstein saturated Broadway musicals, the producers had a hard time getting Columbia Records to produce the original cast recording, even though it was nominated for multiple Tony Awards. It has since become an iconic coming-of-age story known the world over.

Jessica Soza (Maria)
Jessica Soza has had the pleasure of singing in 10 cities and 7 countries all over Europe. Her most notable credits involve playing Maria with the international tour of West Side Story in 152 performances. She graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles and obtained her BA from CSU, San Bernardino. Upon graduation, she moved to New York, during which she left to tour Europe with West Side Story. She returned to the United States after the tour closed and is now pursuing her MFA in Acting and Pedagogical Performance at CSU, Long Beach.

Marc Koeck (Tony)

A native of Fargo, North Dakota, Marc was most recently seen co-starring on the CBS hit show “Madame Secretary” and new series “The Code.” Other credits include:  ‘Oggle’ in John Rando’s production of “High Button Shoes” off-Broadway at NY CityCenter Encores, featured soloist in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular with the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall, staring as ‘Tony’ in the 50th-anniversary international company of West Side Story, as well playing “Tony” in critically acclaimed productions at The Guthrie Theatre, Florida’s Asolo Repertory Theatre, and Orlando Shakespeare Theatre.  Proud Boston Conservatory Graduate.

Beau Hutchings (Riff)

Beau is honored to be a part of this wonderful concert experience with the Billings Symphony Orchestra. Originally from Southwest Michigan, he is a graduate of Western Michigan University’s Music Theatre Performance Program. Beau currently resides in New York City. Beau’s professional theatrical credits include Riff in the International Tour of “West Side Story’. Snowboy in the Broadway National Touring production of “West Side Story”. Riff in Fireside Theatre’s “West Side Story”. Action in New Bedford Festival Theatre’s “West Side Story”. And Diesel with the Abilene Opera Association’s “West Side Story”. The Tinman in NETworks Touring production of “The Wizard of Oz”, and ensemble/Tinman and Scarecrow Understudy in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s re-orchestrated National Tour of “The Wizard of Oz”. He has enjoyed a tour of the Caribbean in the Broadway Musical “Chicago” on Royal Caribbean’s ‘Allure of the Seas’. Along with numerous regional theatre credits, Beau is also a professional choreographer and dance instructor. He is currently in his third season sitting on the judge’s panel for “Applause Talent”, a nationally recognized dance competition circuit. Beau would like to say, “Thank you to my mom and dad for their constant love and support and thank you for supporting the arts!”

Aline Mayagoitia (Anita)
An award-winning actress, Aline Mayagoitia attended the prestigious Musical Theatre program at the University of Michigan. In her college years, she discovered a love for writing and directing, as well as working extensively in the film department. In her four years, she performed/produced/wrote/ directed/choreographed over 20 live shows and screen projects, and also served as creative director of the MOSAIC: Intercultural Performance Ensemblea student-led organization dedicated to increasing diversity and representation in the theatre community. Aline toured Costa Rica with a bilingual version of Evita, doing community engagement activities and serving as the main translator for the project.


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