News

Purple border

Ignacio Barrón Viela named 2022 Community Builder by Downtown Billings

We’re so excited to announce that Billings Symphony Executive Director Ignacio Barrón Viela has been named 2022 Community Builder by Downtown Billings. This special honor is “awarded to an individual whose efforts positively affect how people feel about downtown Billings.”

“This was awarded to an individual who is always there for downtown. He is someone who shows up with a good attitude and is positive and engaged. Somebody who really dreams big for our community,” said Katy Easton, CEO of Downtown Billings.

Katy Easton, Downtown Billings CEO, presents Ignacio Barrón Viela with the Community Builder Award on June 8, 2022.

“This is really an award for the staff of the Billings Symphony,” said Barrón Viela when receiving the award during a ceremony on June 8. They are working hard every day, and because of the Billings Symphony, I can work in downtown Billings.”

Cheers to our dynamic leader, spotlighted for helping facilitate the development of our downtown community, actively contributing to the growth, vitality, and overall appeal and betterment of downtown Billings.

We’re honored to share recognition with our neighbors, including The Monte, which received the Building Improvement Award; Jill & Shea Dawson of Thirsty Street Brewing Co. for the Best Neighbor Award; Zest, which received the Golden Broom Award for excelling in maintaining an attractive and welcoming street presence; Yarn Bar for the New Business Spotlight Award; and The Fieldhouse, which received the Downtown Gem Award. And congrats to Cody Floyd, Volunteer of the Year, as well as Ryan Lahey of Valley Credit Union, downtown resident Jennifer Webber, and community member Judy Weddel, who were also honored as top volunteers last year in Downtown Billings.

Read more about these awards at downtownbillings.com.

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…

Read More

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,…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

Saturday! Rocky Mountain Jazz Collective brings the music of Henry Mancini to the Babcock Theatre

September 7, 2022

On Saturday, September 10, the Rocky Mountain Jazz Collective performs a tribute to the great Henry Mancini at the historic Babcock Theatre. This special event, presented by the Billings Symphony,…

Read More

Friendship and serendipity bring the work of Henry Mancini to Billings

August 23, 2022

When Scott Jeppesen, founder of the Rocky Mountain Jazz Collective, met Monica Mancini, daughter of the great Henry Mancini, he never could have known that he would one day be…

Read More