Tickets for the 2012-13 Billings Symphony Orchestra season go on sale on Monday.
The season begins with a dance party on Sept. 15, with Cirque Artists of New York performing against the melodies of Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty” and “Swan Lake.” Opening night also features Dvorak’s cheery Symphony No. 8, which draws its inspiration from the Bohemian folk music that Dvorak loved.
On Oct. 13, the orchestra performs Beethoven’s Sixth “Pastoral Symphony” under the baton of guest conductor Alastair Willis. Stefan Jackiw, known for his flawless technique, performs a piece close to his heart, Korngold’s Violin Concerto.
The Billings Symphony pays tribute to the armed forces on Nov. 10 with “Big Band Salute to the USO.” The orchestra and chorale welcome the USO Liberty Bells for the performance.
The holiday season brings the return of “The Nutcracker,” a Thanksgiving weekend tradition that brings Tchaikovsky’s score to life with the Billings Symphony Orchestra, the San Diego Ballet Company and a stage of local dancers and singers.
The symphony celebrates New Year’s Eve with The Texas Tenors, who showcased their vocal performances on “America’s Got Talent.”
On Jan. 26, the “Explore Music! Family Concert” showcases Trout Fishing in America, a duo who won multiple Parents’ Choice Awards with songs such as “My Hair Had a Party Last Night.”
On Feb. 9, the BSO performs “Hot Latin Nights,” a percussive mix of tango and flamenco. “Fanfare Ritmico,” by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Jennifer Higdon, sets the mood. The show also includes Piazzolla’s “Tangazo,” Revueltas’ “Sensemaya” and Falla’s “Three Cornered Hat Suite.”
On March 16, the BSO encourages patrons to wear a hat, fascinator or ascot for “A Royal Celebration,” featuring music from the recent royal wedding as well as Mozart’s beloved “Coronation Mass,” featuring the Billings Symphony Chorale, prepared by Steven Hart.
On April 20, pianist Michael Chertock returns to perform Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” The evening ends with Rachmaninoff’s flamboyant “Symphonic Dances.”
Tickets range from $22 to $45. Student discounts are available with a valid identification for most seating. For more information or to buy tickets, call the Billings Symphony offices at 252-3610 or go online to billingssymphony.org.