BSO to range across genres in new season

2014-03-28T10:00:00Z 2014-03-28T11:11:23Z BSO to range across genres in new season The Billings Gazette

The Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale has unveiled its 2014-15 season, which includes six season concerts and several special events.

Music director Anne Harrigan will celebrate her 10th year conducting the Billings Symphony.

“From Beethoven’s landmark ‘Fifth Symphony’ to Gershwin’s ‘Porgy and Bess’ and our classic country concert, you’ll be transported to new and unexpected places with the many offerings in our 2014-15 season,” said Harrigan.

The season opens Sept. 20 with “Up Close & Personal,” featuring Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 5” and Dvorak’s “Cello Concerto,” one of the most recognizable cello concertos of all time. This concert features live image magnification (I-Mag), which displays up-close and personal views of the musicians, conductor and soloist in action. Award-winning British cellist Jacob Shaw will make his U.S. debut with the Billings Symphony at the season opener.

“Jazz Age” will be performed on Oct. 11, including “All That Jazz,” featuring pianist Conrad Tao. Dubbed a musician of “probing intellect and open-hearted vision” by The New York Times, Tao has appeared worldwide as a pianist, composer and violinist. He takes on Maurice Ravel’s “Piano Concerto for the Left Hand.”

The October concert also features “Catfish Row” with a blend of jazz and classical music from Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess: A Symphonic Picture,” featuring legendary songs such as “Summertime” and “Bess You Is My Woman Now.”

On Nov. 6, the BSO presents “Top Brass,” a chamber music performance showcasing the bravura and virtuosity of the brass family. The concert at First Congregational Church downtown will feature Symphony principal musicians Mark Fenderson on trumpet, Mark Soueidi on trumbone and John Dutton on horn.

The holiday season welcomes the return of “The Nutcracker,” a Thanksgiving weekend tradition that brings Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score to life with the Billings Symphony Orchestra, the San Diego Ballet, and a stage filled with local dancers and singers. Performances are Nov. 29 and 30.

Broadway star Doug LaBrecque, whose tenor voice has been enjoyed by audiences across the nation, joins the symphony and chorale for the third subscription series concert, Holiday Spectacular, on Dec. 20.

On New Year’s Eve, the BSO as celebrates 50 years of Beatlemania with “Classical Mystery Tour.” Since its initial performance in 1996, “Classical Mystery Tour” has become one of the top pops attractions over the last decade.

On Jan. 24, the Explore Music! family concert brings “Peter and the Wolf” back to the stage. On Feb. 7, rising star Rosie Weiss, the only Montanan to be selected for the National Youth Orchestra, will join the symphony and chorale as a guest artist for “Symphonic Fantasy.”

On March 14, fans are encouraged to get out their cowboy boots for “Gone Country,” featuring Nashville artists and our own local country idols backed by the Billings Symphony Orchestra.

The BSO&C season culminates April 18 with “From Russia with Love.”

For tickets and information, call the BSO at 252-3610.

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