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Alberta Bair Theater

Alberta Bair Theater

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The Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale will be joined by two Billings vocalists for its March 10 performance.

Chris Smith and Kristy Montgomery will be featured in the 7:30 p.m. show at the Alberta Bair Theater.

The event, titled "The Good Life," will feature the swinging tunes of Frank Sinatra and Michael Bublé, as well as selections from productions like "Guys and Dolls," according to a BSO press release.

BSO Music Director Anne Harrigan said the big-band repertoire will bring a stronger brass element to the orchestra. That will include Paul Gates, who is normally the second bassoonist, playing the saxophone.

Smith is the music director for Faith Chapel, and he has been involved in a number of productions around Billings. He's had work at the Billings Studio Theatre, Battle Creek Symphony and the BSO. He's also the lead singer of the popular local rock band, The Midlife Chryslers.

"He could be working anywhere in the country, and we're very fortunate that he chose to make Billings his home," Harrigan said in an email to Enjoy.

Montgomery was a Billings resident until recently, when she moved to Texas. The BSO is bringing her back for the weekend performance.

During her eight years in Billings, she sang at Faith Chapel regularly. She accompanied the BSO in 2014 and 2016 for Symphony in the Park as well.

Harrigan said she started developing the selection list for this performance back in 2015 with Smith, as they had been working on some productions with more modern music. 

She said she was happy to bring it to fruition with vocalists well-known in Billings. The event will feature a range of musical styles.

"The concert will be interesting because several of the arrangements that we're doing are straight transcriptions from the original big band with orchestra arrangements," Harrigan said.