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Jake Batts, Billings Youth Orchestra
Bassist Jake Batts is a member of the Billings Youth Orchestra, which is performing Saturday, April 2, at the ABT.

The Billings Youth Orchestra’s spring concert is Saturday, April 2 at the Alberta Bair Theater.

The concert, which begins at 7 p.m., will feature musical selections under the direction of Randy Tracy (Repertory Orchestra conductor), Betsy Rivers (Concert Orchestra conductor) and Barbara Kirk (Preludios conductor).

Selected pieces include “The Impossible Mountain King,” “Concerto in D Major” “May It Be” from “The Lord of the Rings,” “Tangos dos Sonhos,” Gioacchino Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville Overture,” and Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5, “Reformation.”

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for those 15 or younger.

Miriam Burns will be the guest conductor at the concert, which is the youth orchestra’s fifth annual spring show. Burns has been on staff with the New York Philharmonic as one of the cover conductors from 1999 to 2007. In this capacity, she accompanied the orchestra on tour to the Far East in 2002 as the tour assistant conductor.

Burns is music director of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Kenosha Symphony and the Orchestra of the Redeemer in New York City.

The Billings Youth Orchestra was established in September 2006 to improve the range and quality of orchestral opportunities for Billings’ youth. It is a privately funded, nonprofit organization modeled after similar youth orchestras found across the country.

The program is open by audition to all area students from preschool to college, including home schoolers and students from outlying rural schools. Scholarships are available for qualified families.

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Contact Jaci Webb at 657-1359 or jwebb@billingsgazette.com

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