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Classic Series


Oct 14, 2023


Alberta Bair Theater

2801 Third Ave. N.

$20 - $69

William Hagen, violin

Erich Wolfgang Korngold | Violin Concerto
Film music by Hermann, Elfman, Zimmer, Desplat … and more!

From timeless classics to more recent big-screen blockbusters, the Billings Symphony presents a live mixtape of the most memorable and mesmerizing sonic worlds created for film. William Hagen performs the lush Violin Concerto by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, who peppered every movement with fragments from his range of film scores.

  • William Hagen began playing the violin at the age of 4 and was just 9 years old when he debuted with the Utah Symphony.
  • Did you know that the iconic music score for the movie "Casablanca" was composed in just a matter of weeks? Max Steiner, the brilliant composer behind the memorable score, had to work under immense time pressure and tight deadlines. Despite this challenge, Steiner managed to create a timeless soundtrack that perfectly captured the emotions and essence of the film.
  • Did you know that the iconic music score for the movie "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" was composed by Ennio Morricone in just a few days? In a remarkable display of talent and creativity, Morricone created one of the most recognizable and beloved soundtracks in cinematic history in an incredibly short amount of time. The unforgettable main theme, with its haunting whistling melody and powerful orchestration, perfectly captures the spirit of the film and has become synonymous with the Western genre.

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Guest artist

William Hagen | Violinist

William Hagen has performed as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician across the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. In 2022/23, William performs with orchestras around the United States, makes his debut with the Orquesta Filharmónica de Bogotá, and performs as a soloist and chamber musician in several countries in Europe.

As a soloist, William has appeared with the Chicago Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Detroit Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony (HR Sinfonieorchester), San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Utah Symphony, and many others around the globe.

As a recitalist and chamber musician, William has performed at venues such as Wigmore Hall and the Louvre, and collaborated with artists such as Steven Isserlis, Gidon Kremer, Edgar Meyer, and Tabea Zimmerman, among others. He maintains an active schedule on both sides of the Atlantic, making frequent trips to Europe and cities around the US to play a wide range of repertoire.

In 2020, William released his debut album, “Danse Russe,” with his good friend and frequent collaborator, pianist Albert Cano Smit. The album is available on all streaming platforms.

A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, William began playing the violin at the age of 4, studying the Suzuki method with Natalie Reed and then Deborah Moench. He studied with Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho at the Juilliard School, Christian Tetzlaff at the Kronberg Academy, and was a longtime student of Robert Lipsett, studying with Mr. Lipsett for 11 years both at the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts and at the Colburn Conservatory of Music. In 2015, William won 3rd prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels.

William performs on the 1732 “Arkwright Lady Rebecca Sylvan” Antonio Stradivari, and on a violin bow by Francois Xavier Tourte, both on generous loan from the Rachel Barton Pine Foundation, .






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