New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve with Collin Raye Tickets on sale Now!

 

Collin Raye
Born Floyd Elliot Wray on August 22, 1960 in De Queens, Arkansas, country artist Collin Raye  was one of the true hit makers on the 1990’s. Collin still continues to crank out soulful, heartfelt material with the honest and richness that is signature to his vocals alone. With 24 top ten records, 16 #1 hits, and having been a 10 time male vocalist of the year nominee (5 CMA and 5 ACM), this truly electrifying performer of his era remains one of the great voices of our time.

Collin shot to fame with “Love, Me” in 1991. Listeners were so moved by this golden and pure voice that this song set the cornerstone for a career built on meaningful and emotional songs that have often been used for weddings, anniversaries, memorial services and funerals. When ” Little Rock”,  an anthem for those struggling with addiction recovery, hit the chart in 1994, its video led to over 100,000 phone calls to Alcoholics Anonymous from folks seeking help in their addictions. “Not That Different” was a song that pleaded for tolerance. “In This Life” became a wedding favorite, and “I Think About You” won awards for its song and video which exposed the exploitation of women and children.

Collin  continues to perform his traditional country music across America and abroad and has added Christian and Catholic oncerts to his tour schedule as well. His autobiography, That’s My Story: The Undefeated Life of Collin Raye, was released in 2014. He currently resides in Nashville, TN with his daughter, Britanny and granddaughter, Mattie.

 

The Nutcracker

 The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker was written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1892, following the success of this Sleeping Beauty Ballet. It premiered in St. Petersburg at Mariinsky Theater on Sunday, December 18, 1892. It was not a successful and was met with criticism from critics and performers alike. The only part that was successful was the 20 minute Nutcracker Suite. Over the next 60 years and with the help of multiple choreographers, the Nutcracker became one of the most beloved ballets of the 20th century. The tradition of performing the complete Nutcracker at Christmas began in the 1960’s.

The San Diego Ballet

The San Diego Ballet Company is a non profit organization founded in 1991, in close association with Robin Sherertz Morgan’s San Diego School of Ballet and featuring a strong contemporary repertory created by resident choreographer, Javier Velasco. It has been voted #1 dance troupe by the reader’s poll of San Diego Union/Tribune, and BestofSanDiego.com. The San Diego Ballet Co. has performed the Nutcracker in Billings for the past 14 years.

Ming Luke

Conductor Ming Luke is rapidly establishing himself as an exciting and versatile conductor to watch. In the past seasons he has worked with ensembles across the world; and has conducted orchestras such as: Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra, Birmingham Royal, San Francisco Ballet, Opera San José, Billings Symphony, and many others. The Napa Valley Register said that his conducting had “his audience as much in his thrall as his musicians.” Also the Music Director of the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra, a well-regarded institution in Berkeley, he is only the third Music Director in 45 years.

Timeless Light, A Chorale Concert

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Join the Billings Symphony Chorale and listen to their powerful voices as they fill the beautiful St. Patrick Co-Cathedral.

Here are a couple of examples of what you’ll hear during this beautiful concert!


Ann Roggen

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As the President of the New York Viola Society, Ann Roggen has created numerous performance opportunities in New York City for dedicated violists to explore this repertoire, both old and new. She has been awarded grants from Chamber Music America and the National Endowments of the Arts, and as a member of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, in New York. At William Paterson University in New Jersey, she is a professor of viola, violin and chamber music. As a member of the Vassar and Bennington College faculties, she had great success in developing interdisciplinary cultural events designed to combine music with literature, history, advance and language in performance. Roggen is a tireless advocate for unique and unusual repertoire for the viola in combination with other instruments and voice. Some of Roggens recent creations include “The Forbidden Music – Music by Composers Banned by the Third Reich,” as well as an event presented by the Pen and Bruch organization devoted to the life and works of composer Rebecca Clarke. Highlights of recent seasons include a solo performance with the Zagreb Chamber orchestra, as well as recitals and master classes under the auspices of the American Cultural Centres in Zagreb and Vilnius, Lithuania. Roggen received her musical training at the Peabody institute of John Hopkins University, and Julliard.

 

 

Tim McCullough, pianist  is a resident teaching artist and accompanist for Bloomingdale School of Music in New York City. In New York Mr. McCullough has performed as a chamber musician and accompanist in such venues as Weill recital hall at Carnegie Hall and Bargemusic. Recent performances include appearances at the Nicholas Roerich Museum, and William Paterson University. Past performance highlights include solo recitals at the National Physical Laboratory in London, England and also solo recitals in Monterrey, Mexico and Austin, Texas. Mr McCullough studied with Ruth Laredo at Manhattan School of Music and Nancy Garrett at the University of Texas at Austin. Further study includes the master classes of Pascal Rogé and Michel Béroff at the Academie d’été de Nice in France. Mr McCullough maintains a busy teaching studio in New York City where he works with children and adults of all ages.

 

Here are a few examples of the programming.

 

 

 

 

Vino in the Valley

The Billings Symphony and City Vineyard invite you and 15 of your guests to spend an evening on a tasting tour of the French Wine Country. Explore wine from 9 regions of France, complete with food parings to round out your experience.

Drawing to be held on June 22, 2018

*Need not be present to WIN*

 

$100 per entry or
Buy 2 get 1 FREE!

 

Your wine tasting tour begins with wine from

 

 

2014 Kuentz-Bas Riesling

The Kuentz family began making wine in the town of Husseren-les-Châteauz in 1795, establishing the estate as a longtime ambassador of Alsatian wine making tradition. This Riesling shows great varietal character and regional typicity. Bone-dry on the palate, it features intense, clean aromas with excellent minerality. It showcases what well made Riesling from Alsace can taste like.

 2016 Champalou Vouvray

The Champalou family farms twenty-one hectares of vineyards on clay, limestone, and siliceous soils. The Champalou house style produces wines of great elegance and tenderness, highly aromatic with impeccable balance. No one comes close to copying their distinct style.

2015 Lavantureux Chablis

With a sharp eye, natural instinct, and solid Burgundian pragmatism, Roland Lavantureux is making no-nonsense Chablis that has come to be one of the most reliable of the old reliable at KLWM. This young Chablis is singing right out of the gate. You’ll find generous ripe fruit, a dense, tightly knit backbone, and a full-flavored, zesty finish of citrus and Stone

2016 Railsback Freres

Fueled and inspired by the Railsback brothers’ love of Bandol Rosé, this wine will not disappoint. This Santa Ynez Rosé is medium bodied, crisp, and refined with elegant fruit, strawberry preserves and white cherry. Balanced and beautiful.

 

2014 Domaine Fontsainte

A time-tested terroir and generations of savoir faire yield hedonistic drinkability, uncommon complexity, and long-term cellaring potential, all at an unchanging and quite accessible cost. Century-old Carignan with a hearty dollop of Grenache and Mourvèdre is responsible for this dark, meaty, garrigue-ridden stallion.

2015 Chateau Thivin

Reverdon is a lieu-dit on the pink granite lower slopes of the Côte de Brouilly- a far cry from the clay plains below where much of the Brouilly produce is grown. Precision, soaring floral aromatics, finely etched tannins, a ripe core of dense fruit, and a granitic crunch on the back end are hallmarks of this momentous cuvée from the Geoffray family of Thivin.

2011 Chateau de Bellevue

Lussac St-Émilion “Les Griottes” is a fresh, easy drinking cuvée of 100% Merlot with a beautiful mineral components and freshness. The terroir here is characterized by exceptional quality- only surprising because of the great, low prices here at Bellevue stand to shift the perceptions of what a good Bordeaux should cost.

2014 Vieux Télégramme

Produced from the “young” vines at Vieux Télégraphe- thirty-five years young, that is-this red is all about the sweet fragrance of Grenache from a world-class terroir: blackberry, raspberry, lavender, plus a delicate spiciness. If you’re looking for guaranteed pleasure and satisfaction in a dapper young Châteauneuf-du-Pape, look no further.

J. Lassalle Brut Preference

Kermit was the first to begin importing artisanal, grower Champagne, and the Lassalles have been in the portfolio longer than anyone. Champagne J. Lassalle works with all three varietals authorized in the region on sixteen hectares of vineyards, all of them premier cru. they use the same wooden basket press installed in the winery over fifty years ago, pressing and vinifying the individual plots separately. It is one of the rare Champagnes that has been allowed to finish its malolactic fermentation. Just like the great whites from the Côte d’Or, all cuvées are aged extensively once in bottle, even the non-vintage cuvées, which are a minimum of five years old.This results in an astonishing complexity and depth from the beginning of their range up to the luxury cuvées.

 

 

 

Symphony in the Park

 

 

June 23, 2019 at Pioneer Park

Join us for the 46th annual Symphony in the Park! The largest concert, and most visible component of Explore Music!, wraps up another season and introduces many to live, symphonic music. This is a favorite Billings tradition-bring your blanket or lawn chair and relax to an evening of music under out big Montana sky while enjoying picnic fare from participating food sponsors.

Guest Artists

 

Food Trucks and other Refreshments:

   

Program

  • 4 p.m. Instrument Petting Zoo
  • 5 p.m. Billings Community Band Concert
  • 6:45 p.m. Young Conductors’ Contest
  • 7 p.m Billings Symphony Orchestra Concert

Vino in the Valley:  The Billings Symphony and City Vineyard invite you and 15 of your guests to spend an evening on a tasting tour of the French Wine Country. Explore wine from 9 regions of France, complete with food parings to round out your experience. Drawing to be held on June 21, 2019.

Reserved Seating Area: Enjoy our reserved creek-side seating area with picnic tables so you can have it Made in the Shade! Purchase your $10 wristband at the BSO&C office in downtown Billings (2721 2nd Ave. N. Suite 350) or at Symphony in the Park Seating is limited – first come, first served.

Reserved Parking: For only $5 (Cash Only) get a reserved parking spot located in the Senior High parking lot. The golf cart shuttle will be available to drive you right to the action! Limited spots available – first come, first served. Handicapped parking (with proper permit) available for free.

 

 

Auditions

There are several ways that you can be involved with The Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale. We welcome your participation in one or more of the following opportunities and look forward to having you as part of our organization and our community.

Auditions for Principal cello, section viola, cello and bass will be held Thursday, September 20, 2018.

Per service rates for 2018-2019 are as follows:

  • Principal $80/service
  • Non-string section $64/service
  • Section string $56/service
  • Intern (high school) $40/service

A travel stipend (.35/ mile up to $250 per concert or airfare reimbursement up to $250) and homestay lodging is also provided for out of town musicians.  No per diem is provided.  Musicians are responsible for their ground transportation while in Billings.

Tenured members are expected to perform all subscription concerts in a season for which there is need for their position.  If there is a conflict, 1 concert per year will be excused for principles and 2 for section.  Substitutes are contracted on an annual basis.

Repertoire for the 2018-2019 season includes:
Brahms Symphony No. 1
Respighi Pines of Rome
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
Beethoven Emperor Concerto
Kodaly Marroszek Dances

 

Audition procedure

Applicants should send the audition application to symphony@billingssymphony.org as soon as possible and not later than Monday, April 9,  2018. Audition slots are filling up and may be closed if full.  Discounted hotel rates may be available– contact the BSOC office for more information.

Tenured membership is available to both residents and non-residents of Billings. The Billings Symphony Orchestra is a professional orchestra and all musicians must successfully complete a double-blind (“behind the screen”) audition prior to engagement. Double-blind auditions are held with the auditionee performing behind a screen where s/he cannot see the audition committee and in the same fashion, the audition committee does not know her/his identity.

All tenured auditions must take place in person. All rounds of auditions are held behind the screen and will have two rounds. During the second round, preference will be given to musicians who currently live in or are willing to move to Billings, however, all candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S.

If you are interested in a substitute only audition you may elect to submit an online audition via youtube link. Please note that acceptance to the Billings Symphony Orchestra’s Substitute and Extra list does not guarantee employment.

What to Expect at an Audition for Interns and new Auditionees

Thank you for your interest in the Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale!

About the Billings Symphony Orchestra

The Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale is widely regarded as one of the finest orchestras in the region. Many different talents and skills are needed to provide management and support for this cultural treasure.  The Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale is an equal opportunity employer.

The Billings Symphony Orchestra is a part-time per service professional orchestra offering tenured membership to its players. The Orchestra performs a six-concert subscription series, an annual Family concert, The Nutcracker, a free outdoor concert, several runouts, chamber music concerts and educational outreaches.

Move to Montana!

Many of our musicians have moved to the area because of the beauty of the landscape, the quality of life, and the unique culture of our community.  The Montana/Wyoming area offers many opportunities to professional musicians, including performance opportunities in several orchestras, extensive chamber music and Symphony outreach opportunities and many opportunities for private teaching.  There is an especially strong need for bassoon, cello and bass private teachers in the area.

About Living in Billings

Chorale Auditions

The Billings Symphony Chorale welcomes new singers. Rehearsals take place Monday evenings from 7-9 pm, and auditions are scheduled throughout the year. Contact the Billings Symphony office to schedule an audition.

 

 

 

Family Concert, Adventures in Music Day

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Ever want to test out a trombone? Beat on a drum or pluck on a bass? Adventures in Music Day and the Instrument Petting Zoo is the perfect opportunity to try them out. This event is FREE to the public! Thanks to Eckroth Music, Hansen Music, Kirk’s House of Music,  Billings Public Library, and Galt String Gallery for making this day possible!

9-11:30 a.m. | Billings Public Library
Listen and watch musical workshops by members of the Billings Symphony. Try out instruments provided by local music stores.

12-1 p.m. | Family Concert: 
Alberta Bair Theater
The BSO&C presents our annual family concerts. Tickets are $6.50.

1-5 p.m. | Yellowstone Art Museum:
401 North 27th Street
Visit the Yellowstone Art Museum! Use this
passport for free admittance into the
museum and check out the current
exhibitions!

Holiday Tour of Homes

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
special residences.

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.