With the concert hall empty, our musicians are turning to what they do best – providing a connection through musical performance. Please enjoy these short performances from our musicians’ homes to yours.
With the concert hall empty, our musicians are turning to what they do best – providing a connection through musical performance. Please enjoy these home performances and favorite selections from past concerts!
Update: March 19, 2020
Dear Symphony Friends,
We sincerely hope that this finds you in good health. The Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale greatly appreciates the outpouring of support we have received while navigating this uncharted territory and we look forward to when we can once again enrich lives through live music—whether on stage or out in our community.
Many of you have asked about the status of the BSOC’s programs and collaborations. The staff and Board of Directors are grateful for your patience as we evaluate our options in this rapidly-evolving situation with COVID-19. We hope to have more information for you within the week.
In the meantime, we invite you to visit billingssymphony.org for free access to our archive of audio-recorded performances. Music heals and inspires no matter the circumstances! Continue listening to free classical music around the world here.
Our way of life is changing every day, and the BSOC is working hard to adapt in the best interests of our musicians, patrons, staff and volunteers. We’re in this together, we are as committed as ever, and will do everything in our power to take care of one another. Thank you for your continued patronage and support of the
Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale
March 23, 2020
The Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale Cancels or Postpones
Remaining Events for the 2019-2020 Season
Billings MT- The Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale has canceled or postponed all remaining concerts, events, and outreaches until future notice, following the directive of Montana Governor Steve Bullock, that recommends limiting public gatherings to no more than 10 people to help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
The BSO&C’s highest priority remains the safety and well-being of our patrons, musicians, and staff. We are disappointed that we cannot perform for you, and are examining different opportunities to continue to Enrich Lives through Music during this time.
The following performances have been canceled or postponed:
March 14, 2020- West Side Story: Symphony Concert Version-Postponed, date TBD
April 18, 2020- Rachmaninoff-Canceled
April 19, 2020- 2020-2021 Orchestra Auditions-Postponed
May 2, 2020- The Who Cares Symphony Benefit-Canceled
Tickets for postponed performances will be honored on the rescheduled date. Patrons with questions are encouraged to call the BSOC Box Office at 406-252-3610 or email email@example.com. Please be aware, while our physical office is closed until future notice, the staff are working remotely and your inquiry might take longer than normal to answer. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Exchanges, Refunds, and Donations
As a community-supported symphony, the BSOC needs your support now more than ever. We ask that you consider donating your ticket back to the BSOC for a tax credit. You can also exchange your ticket for another performance during the 2020-2021 season, exchange your ticket for house credit to use at a later date, or request a refund to your original form of payment. Exchanges and refund requests must be made in writing or sent by email no later than fourteen days after the canceled scheduled performance and may take up to 90 days after said event to process. No refunds will be given on transaction fees.
We here at the BSOC want to thank all of our patrons and supporters during this unprecedented time. In an on-going effort to Enrich Lives through Music, we will be regularly posting music education and other content to our social media platforms to help those with school-aged children at home. Like and follow our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages to keep up to date.
The BSOC is looking forward to announcing our 2020-2021 season. Our 70th Anniversary season celebrates the 250th birthday of Beethoven and showcases local and national talent. New season brochures are coming soon. To get on the BSOC’s mailing list, visit https://billingssymphony.org/contact-us.
Mark your calendars for our main summertime event, Symphony in the Park. We have joined with the Yellowstone Art Museum and SummerFair, turning this event into the ultimate Fun Family Friendly weekend at Pioneer Park. SummerFair begins Friday, June 26th and ends Sunday, June 28th. Symphony in the Park is Sunday, June 28th from 4-9 pm. We are excited to bring live music to the Billings Community once again!
We are working on an alternative virtual benefit to replace the Who Cares Symphony Benefit. Details coming soon.
Same Symphony, New Look! The BSOC is rebranding!
What can you do to help?
Consider a donation in lieu of a voucher or refund. We are also deeply grateful to donors’ continued contributions even without a spring production. Tell your friends about the important role we play in the fabric of our community and ask them to join you in supporting us during this challenging time.
The Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale (BSOC) is the largest professional orchestra in Montana. Established in 1951, the BSOC strives to enrich lives through music. Consisting of over 135 musicians, the BSO&C serves a regional population of 400,000 people located throughout South Central and Eastern Montana, and Northeastern Wyoming by introducing music to children, youth, adults, and seniors through Explore Music!, the BSOC’s community engagement program. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
March 26, 2020
Dear Symphony Friends,
The BSOC greatly appreciates the outpouring of support we have received while navigating this uncharted territory and we look forward to when we can once again bring live music to our community. The safety of our BSOC family and our patrons is our top priority, so at this time we are announcing the postponement or cancellation of all concerts and events through May 15.
- March 14, 2020- West Side Story: Symphony Concert Version – Postponed, date TBD
- April 18, 2020- Rachmaninoff – Cancelled
- April 19, 2020 – 2020-2021 Orchestra Auditions – Postponed, date TBD
- May 2, 2020 – The Who Cares Symphony Benefit – Cancelled
If you have a ticket to any of the above events, you can contact the BSOC office to:
- Donate your unused ticket for a tax-deductible donation. Right now, your donations to the BSOC are more critical than ever. As we navigate our way through this unprecedented shutdown, please consider donating your ticket(s) to provide the vital support needed for the music and musicians that inspire and connect our community.
- Exchange your ticket for future performance. Exchange your ticket(s) for full-value, which can be applied towards any future Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale concert, including the rescheduled West Side Story: Symphony Concert Version (Based on availability.)
- Receive a credit on your BSOC account. We’ll put the funds on your account to use toward another performance next season. These funds can be used toward single ticket or subscription purchases, bases on availability.
- Receive a refund. If you have tickets to an above event, you may choose a full refund.
Many of our supporters have kindly asked, “What can I do to help?” Here are a few things:
- Consider a donation in lieu of an exchange or refund. We are also deeply grateful to donors’ continued contributions even without a spring production.
- Tell your friends about the important role we play in the fabric of our community and ask them to join you in supporting us during this challenging time.
Please continue to stay in touch with us through our email updates and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. If you know a BSOC patron who does not have email, please relay our updates and pass along our greetings and well-wishes.
The BSOC Office Team
P.S. Listen to Billings Symphony Live until we can perform live for you!
Due to COVID-19, Rachmaninoff has has been canceled. We appreciate your understanding.
If you would like to donate to the BSOC, please follow the link below.
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.
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.