Single tickets for the Billings Symphony's upcoming season, which opens Sept. 19, go on sale Monday. They range in price from $10 to $45. Student discounts are available with a valid I.D. For more information or to buy tickets, call the Billings Symphony offices at 252-3610 or visit the Symphony's website at www.billingssymphony.org.
Highlights include the five-time Grammy Award winner Christopher Cross performing on New Year's Eve and cellist Alisa Weilerstein performing Bloch's "Schelomo'' on Sept. 19. Tickets for Christopher Cross and "The Nutcracker,'' which will be performed in November, can also be purchased.
The Billings Symphony's 59th season, under the baton of Anne Harrigan, opens on Sept. 19 with Weilerstein performing Bloch's hauntingly beautiful "Schelomo," known for its richness of passion and poignant spirituality.
Also performed Opening Night is Rossini's "Overture to The Thieving Magpie," heard in Stanley Kubrick's cult classic film "A Clockwork Orange." The evening ends with Rachmaninoff's colorful Symphony No. 2 that alternates between stormy conflict and serene vision and adeptly showcases the talents of the orchestra.
On Oct. 10, the BSO presents "Bright Lights & Rising Stars." The orchestra begins the evening with the Montana premiere of Joseph Schwantner's "Chasing Light…" set against a spectacular display of fractal images projected to screens on either side of the stage above the musicians. As part of the "Ford Made in America" series, the Billings Symphony Orchestra is among a group of 58 orchestras that commissioned "Chasing Light…" Also on Oct. 10, Jason Suchan, a finalist in the Montana Association of Symphony Orchestra's (MASO) Young Artists Competition in 2009 and Montana State University Billings piano student of Dorothea Cromley, will perform movements from Liszt's "Piano Concerto No. 1." BSO interns Nicole Ficek, violin, and Lewis Rawlinson, cello, pair up to honor their final season with the orchestra before they both head off to college in 2010. Mozart's Symphony No. 41 "Jupiter" will also be performed.
On Nov. 7, the BSO presents "Broadway Favorites" with Broadway star Doug LaBrecque, whose tenor voice has been enjoyed beyond Broadway by audiences across the nation. He will perform with the BSO Chorale, under the direction of Steven Hart, on tunes like "Over The Rainbow" from "The Wizard of Oz," Circle of Life from "The Lion King,"and "Mr. Cellophane" from "Chicago." Local vocalists Susan Sommerfeld and Amy Logan will join LaBrecque for "Music of the Night" from "Phantom of the Opera" and other Broadway hits.
On Feb. 20, 2010, the BSO performs "A Celtic Evening with Christopher Layer," which will include a traditional arrangement of "Harris Dance," featuring BSO concertmaster Randy Tracy on fiddle, then Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 3 "Scottish Symphony" followed by Davey's "Brendan Voyage," featuring Christopher Layer playing Irish uilleann pipes.
On March 13, the BSO presents "The Planets & The Heavens," a collaboration between the Billings Symphony Chorale and Skyview High School chorus that begins with Poulenc's "Gloria," followed by Holst's "The Planets,'' which will be performed while images from the Hubble Space Telescope are projected.
On April 17, the "Season Finale with Andrew von Oeyen" will feature Tchaikovsky's technically demanding and dramatic Piano Concerto No. 1. The finale also includes two symphonic poems, Ravel's "La Valse," an homage to the waltz thought to be a metaphor for post World War Europe, and Gershwin's "An American in Paris," which evokes the sights and energy of the City of Light in the '20s.