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Classic Series


Apr 26, 2025


Alberta Bair Theater

2801 3rd Ave N


Billings Symphony Chorale
BSYO Repertory Orchestra

Francis Poulenc | Gloria
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky | Symphony No. 5

The Billings Symphony Orchestra, Billings Symphony Chorale, and Billings Symphony Youth Orchestra collaborate on an extraordinary season finale! The breathtaking beauty of Poulenc’s Gloria and the symphonic magnificence of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 will resonate in your heart and soul. 

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was just 4 when he began composing!
  • Tchaikovsky approached his Fifth Symphony from a position of extreme self-doubt, nearly always his posture vis-à-vis his incipient creations. He was spending the summer of 1888 at a vacation residence he built on a forested hillside at Frolovskoe. The idyllic locale proved conducive to inspiration and played a major role in helping him conquer his demons long enough to complete this symphony, which he did in four months.
  • It is thought that the trauma of his mother’s death in his early teens was what provided Tchaikovsky with the motivation more towards music. Within a month of her death, he began his first serious attempts at composing while still attending law school where his father hoped he would give up music. However, Tchaikovsky in his off time began to attend as much musical theatre and opera as he could, being inspired by the works of Rossini, Verdi & Mozart.
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