Motown Magic takes place at the Alberta Bair Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 2. Tickets are from $14 to $50.
The Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale will celebrate Black History Month with a set of Motown hits, including the music of Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross and the Supremes, the Jackson 5 and more. The concert will feature guests Sydney Morton and Jarran Muse, along with the Skybiew Chamber Choir.
Morton is from Cincinnati and started training in ballet at four years old. Growing up in a musical family (her grandfather was a Broadway performer and music teacher), she also sang in school choirs and played piano from a young age. Her interest in the performing arts grew, and eventually included other styles of dance and acting, and she obtained a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan as well as studying Shakespeare in London at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Muse recently performed the role of Marvin Gaye on Broadway and in the National Touring productions of "Motown the Musical." Some of his other Broadway/international tours include Green Day’s "American Idiot," Irving Berlin’s "White Christmas," "Dreamgirls," "Hairspray," "42nd Street," and the newly Broadway bound inspirational musical "Born For This."
While in Billings, Morton and Muse will be participating in several educational outreach programs at the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch, Senior High School, St. Charles Indian Mission, Montana State Women’s prison, and Riverside Middle School, funded by a grant received by the National Endowments of the Arts.