Entertainment guide: 'A Christmas Story' and fall concerts galore

Entertainment guide: 'A Christmas Story' and fall concerts galore

Con Spirito

Con Spirito

Con Spirito performing “Adventure into Wonderland” concerts

The Billings vocal ensemble Con Spirito will present “Adventure into Wonderland” at St. Pius Catholic Church this weekend. Two performances will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24.

The program includes a variety of musical arrangements for women’s voices with unusual harmonies and rhythms, as well as a lively selection of Christmas favorites, according to a press release from the ensemble.

In its 16th year, the group of professional singers includes sopranos Rosalie Foster, Lesley Jorden and Janie Sutton; mezzo sopranos Julie Bishop, Jenine Budge and Megan Carling; and altos Kathleen Cochrane, Nancy Downing and Bonnie Warne.

The free concerts will be accompanied by Carolyn Peters on piano, along with several percussionists.  


MSU Billings Small Ensembles to host fall concert

The Department of Music at Montana State University Billings will present a Small Ensemble Concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24. at Cisel Recital Hall.

The Commercial Ensemble will perform original songs in the styles of pop, soul, jazz and indie rock. The Brass Quintet will provide sounds of the Baroque, Romantic and Post-Romantic eras. The Jazz Combo and Jackets Only will be performing vocal and instrumental jazz pieces.

This concert is free and open to the public, according to a press release from MSUB.


Douglas Nagel conducts the Montana State University Billings’ University Chorus

Douglas Nagel conducts the Montana State University Billings’ University Chorus. On Sunday, they will give a performance of Fauré’s “Requiem” at American Lutheran Church. 

Montana State University Billings’ University Chorus to perform on Sunday

Douglas Nagel conducts the Montana State University Billings’ University Chorus. On Sunday, they will give a performance of Fauré’s “Requiem” at American Lutheran Church.

Accompanying the group will be American Lutheran’s organist Mike Everson and MSUB faculty member Stephanie Davis. The program will also feature MSUB Chamber Singers singing Debussy, Brahms and Gjeilo. The one-hour concert is free to attend.


Canyon Creek ensemble featuring 'Ancient Dances & Airs'

Canyon Creek String Ensemble

Members of the Canyon Creek String Ensemble are pictured.

“Ancient Dances & Airs,” an orchestral suite by Italian composer Ottorino Respighi, will highlight the Canyon Creek String Ensemble’s fall concert taking place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24, at Mayflower Congregational Church. The concert is free and open to the public.

In addition to “Ancient Dances & Airs,” the performance will feature “Menuetto,” from "Symphony No. 5" by Franz Schubert; “Intermezzo and Barcarolle” from "The Tales of Hoffman" by Jacques Offenbach; “Serenade in G Minor” by Vasily Kalinnikov; movements from “Serenade in E-Dur” by Anton Dvorak; and “El Relicario” by Jose Padilla.

Kenneth Gilstrap conducts the Canyon Creek String Ensemble. Performing in the fall concert will be artistic director and violinist Michelle Odermott; violinists Carol Critelli, Kate Dalbey, John Hoyer, Cheryl Ketcham, Ali A. Schultz Levesque, Sarah Schultz Levesque, Kourtni McHugh, Hank Rose and Joan Shipley; violists Katie Krumdieck, Pam Avery, Erica Hoyt, Ruth Letson and Ginny Waples; cellists Joan Sorenson, Sue Armstrong, Cynthia Brewer and Liz Fulton; string bassist Shawn Rasmussen; and percussionist Robyn Bauer.

The CCSE was founded in 2015 by a group of Billings-area music educators.

For more information contact Michelle Odermott by calling 696-4205, or emailing michelle@mozartnotezart.com.


"A Christmas Story" to be staged at BST

Billings Studio Theatre will present “A Christmas Story,” adapted by Philip Grecian, beginning Nov. 29.

“A Christmas Story” is based on the childhood memoirs of humorist Jean Shepherd who delights fans with an accurate kid’s view of Christmas in the 1940s.

According to a press release from BST, all the elements from the beloved movie are in this stage version, including the temperamental exploding furnace, the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin, the school bully, a gaudy lamp, and of course, Ralphie’s dreams of a Daisy Red-Ryder Carbine Action, 200-shot, Range Model BB gun.

Performances of “A Christmas Story” at BST will take place Nov. 29-30 and Dec. 1, 5-8 and 12-15. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Admission costs $21 for adults, and $19 for seniors, members of the military and students.

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