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Have you heard? ‘Billings Symphony Live’ features concerts on YPR

Billings Symphony Live is back on Yellowstone Public Radio! The hour-long weekly program highlights the best of the Billings Symphony, produced and narrated by Ken Gilstrap.

Due to copyright on certain pieces of music, these programs can only be heard LIVE on Yellowstone Public Radio. Tune in at 11AM each Monday to get your weelky dose of Billings Symphony.


Airing Monday, August 29, 2022 at 11AM MST 

  • Bach Orchestral Suite No.3 – Air and Gavottes I and II (recorded live April 2022)
  • Beethoven Symphony No. 9 mats. 2,3 4 (recorded live April 2022)

 Airing Monday, August 22, 2022 at 11AM MST

  • Rossini – William Tell Overture (recorded live April 2022)
  • Rodrigo – Concierto de Aranjuez – featuring Rafael Aguirre (recorded live October 2021)
  • Williams – Star Wars – performed by Rafael Aguirre (recorded live October 2021)
  • Beethoven – Symphony No. 9, mvt 1 (recorded live April 2022)

Airing Monday, August 8, 2022 at 11AM MST

  • R. Strauss – Fanfare for the Vienna Philharmonic (recorded live February 2022)
  • Prokofiev – Peter and the Wolf (from the 2022 Family Concert)
  • Meechan – Song of Hope (recorded live February 2022)
  • R. Strauss – Horn Concerto No.2 (recorded live February 2022)

Airing Monday, July 18 at 11AM MST

  • Copland – John Henry (from 2022 youth concert)
  • Copland – Appalachian Spring (recorded live February 2022)
  • Rachmaninoff – Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini w/ Gabriella Martinez (recorded live September 2022)

Airing Monday, July 11 at 11AM MST

  • Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition w/ Gabriella Martinez (recorded live Sept. 2021)
  • Granados – Intermezzo
  • Falla – The Three-Cornered Hat Part I
  • Ginastera – Malambo from Estancia

Wine Down with the Symphony

January 2, 2023

The Ultimate At-Home Experience Enjoy a night of wine, charcuterie, and live music-all from the comfort of your home! Grab a virtual ticket to get 4 personal 3oz bottles, a…

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Nothing compares to Handel’s Messiah

December 4, 2022

Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale Presents Handel’s Messiah, a Christmas Tradition Handel’s Messiah is a fixture of the holiday season that is as inspiring today as it was when it…

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Nutcracker Ballet, a Billings Symphony Holiday Tradition

November 18, 2022

The Nutcracker Ballet is a classic story nearly synonymous with Christmas. Young Clara receives a nutcracker on Christmas Eve, and her dreams take flight with sugarplum fairies, dancing snowflakes, and…

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Billings Symphony players and their Decker oboes

October 20, 2022

For the Billings Symphony oboists, there’s nothing quite like a Decker oboe. Ken Decker began his career at the age of 13 when he began an apprenticeship with Russell L. Davis,…

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World premiere of ‘American Veteran: A Story Without Words’ to showcase Billings Veterans

October 19, 2022

When Photographer Marcus “Doc” Cravens makes a portrait, he asks his subject to tell him a story. He’s developed an eye for emotion, and when the moment is right, he…

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Montana Composer Ilse-Mari Lee to honor veterans through music

October 15, 2022

When Ilse-Mari Lee sits down to write, she wastes little time. Ilse-Mari Lee is a composer, concert cellist and Dean of the Montana State University (MSU) Honors College. Her latest…

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Meet the newest board members of the Billings Symphony

October 12, 2022

The Billings Symphony is committed to sharing the joy of music with others and nurturing a new generation of audiences and musicians. We’re excited to welcome two new board members…

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Global talent Chee-Yun (and her 345 year-old violin) to perform in Billings Oct. 15

October 6, 2022

There’s a reason why the only violin concerto Jean Sibelius wrote is still celebrated almost 120 years after its final draft. It’s exquisite, intense, and complex, written by a composer…

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Montana debut of Jennifer Higdon’s ‘Cold Mountain Suite’ featured in Billings Symphony’s American Kaleidoscope

September 19, 2022

When Pulitzer Prize winning composer Jennifer Higdon set out to write her first opera, she considered more than 100 stories and books before her gaze landed on the book “Cold…

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Renowned pianist Kevin Cole joins Billings Symphony to perform Gershwin classic ‘Rhapsody in Blue’

September 19, 2022

It has been said that it’s impossible to play Gershwin’s Rapsody in Blue well, unless you love it. If that’s true, the love abounds when Kevin Cole is at the…

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