The Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale Announces Changes for the 2020-2021 Season

Billings Arts

BILLINGS MT–The Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale’s (BSOC) 70th season begins with the Sukin Series and Tanner Jorden in Concert at the Billings Depot, September 3 at 7:00 pm. The Classic Series begins on September 26 with Tchaikovsky & Beethoven at the Lockwood Performing Arts Center in the new Lockwood High School. Tickets for both series are available on their website: billingssymphony.org

“It’s been over six months since our last live performance, the longest period in the history of the Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale without a live performance.  This makes our 70th anniversary even more special.  We believe that music is essential to the wellbeing of our community.  Now, more than ever, our friends and family need the power of music to inspire us and bring us together., says Executive Director Ignacio Barron Viela.

The BSOC, in accordance with guidelines and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, and Yellowstone County Public Health Officials at RiverStone Health, have crafted risk mitigation protocols to guide their gatherings. The orchestra performers, as well as the audience, will be socially distanced per public health recommendations. Universal mask wearing on and off stage for patrons and musicians is mandatory. Sanitation protocols will be carried out per CDC guidelines.

All BSOC personnel will be screened through a daily health assessment, and patrons who are possibly sick or exposed to Covid-19 are asked not to attend live but take advantage of the live- streaming option for each concert. The duration of concerts will be scaled to meet the moment. New partners in the Classic Series at the Lockwood Performing Arts Center and the Sukin series at The Depot and The Babcock Theater are equally committed to health and safety ideals.

“This will be a season unlike any other. With the Covid-19 pandemic at the forefront of everyone’s minds, our priority is the health and safety of the musicians, patrons, and staff. The BSOC has implemented a Covid-19 task force involving board members, staff, musicians, and medical professionals which has addressed all aspects of performing in front of a live audience and developed a BSOC Covid-19 policy.”, said Barron Viela.

“The BSOC values each and every patron and friend.  We know these last few months have been filled with uncertainty.  We are taking every precaution to keep everyone safe”, said BSOC Board Chair Bob Quam. 

“We live in uncertain times. Many performing arts organizations across our country are keeping their doors closed this season.  Here in Billings, with our many generous community partners and our thoughtful and respectful patrons, we see an opportunity to gather with a common commitment to health and safety and a common desire to experience and share the joy of live music.” says Julie Johnson, BSOC musician, Board Member and chair of the BSOC Health & Safety Task force.

The BSOC Covid-19 Health and Safety Policy can be found on their website at billingssymphony.org. The practices enumerated in their policy apply to current guidelines, recognizing that the Governor of Montana or Yellowstone County public health officials may mandate future restrictions that will alter this policy.  Moreover, the BSOC’s Health and Safety Taskforce will continue to evaluate ongoing and emerging research specific to Covid-19 and public, musical performances and will update their policy accordingly. 

Classic Series programming changes

The temporary home for the Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale Classic Concert Series will be the brand-new, state-of-the-art Lockwood Performing Arts Center in the newly completed Lockwood High School.

To maintain proper social distance, the BSOC will be holding three performances for each concert in the series: Saturdays at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm, and Sundays at 2:00 pm. There will be a limited number of single tickets available for each performance.  Please visit our website to see what single ticket seats will be available for each individual performance.

The Lockwood Performing Arts Center provides an ideal venue, with modern ventilation and large, airy spaces, and it is only a 10 minutes’ drive from Billings Downtown “There’s parking right out in front of the Lockwood School. It’s so easy to get here, and the seats are brand new and comfortable.” Billings Symphony Music Director Anne Harrigan said. “It will allow us to have the technology to livestream performances for patrons that would not be comfortable attending in person.”, said Barron Viela.

Lockwood High School is located at 1932 U.S. HWY 87 E, Billings MT, 59101. Depending on traffic, it is 10 minutes from Downtown and only 4 minutes off I-90.

Tchaikovsky & Beethoven | Lockwood Performing Arts Center

9.26.2020 | 2:00 pm | 7:30 pm
9.27.2020 | 2:00 pm

The BSOC’s 70th Anniversary opens with Tchaikovsky’s sweet Serenade and Beethoven’s beautiful Symphony No. 7.

Schubert’s Unfinished | Lockwood Performing Arts Center

10.24.2020 | 2:00 pm | 7:30 pm
10.25.2020 | 2:00 pm

The BSOC’s Classic Series continues with Schubert’s hauntingly romantic Unfinished Symphony and Grammy-nominated cellist Amit Peled performing Saint-Saëns’s cello concerto, one of the most treasured of the 19th century.

Holiday Pops! | Lockwood Performing Arts Center

12.19.2020 | 2:00 pm | 7:30 pm
12.20.2020 | 2:00 pm

Join the BSOC for the must-see holiday concert of the season-Holiday Pops! What better way is there to lift your spirits and get into the holiday mood, than with the Symphony and guest artist Amy Schendel performing all your favorite carols and holiday favorites? We can’t wait to celebrate the holiday season with you!

Mozart & Vivaldi | Lockwood Performing Arts Center

1.23.2021 | 2:00 pm | 7:30 pm
1.24.2021 | 2:00 pm

One of his final masterpieces, Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 is full of beauty and turbulence. Montana soloist Carrie Krause brings her “supreme virtuosity and flair” to Vivaldi’s beloved Four Seasons.

Spanish Nights | Lockwood Performing Arts Center

2.13.2021 | 2:00 pm | 7:30 pm
2.14.2021 | 2:00 pm

A salute to extraordinary places begins with celebrated guitarist Rafael Aguirre performing Rodrigo’s jewel for Spanish guitar, Concierto de Aranjuez. Also enjoy Three Cornered Hat by Manuel de Falla, and Malambo from Estancia by Alberto Ginastera.

Guys and Dolls in Concert | Lockwood Performing Arts Center

3.20.2021 | 2:00 pm | 7:30 pm
3.21.2021 | 2:00 pm

This lightly staged production of Frank Loesser’s musical comedy tells of two young couples betting against the odds in Depression-era New York City. Full of heart and humor, this Broadway hit features classics such as Sue MeLuck be a Lady, and Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat.

Pictures | Lockwood Performing Arts Center

4.24.2021 | 2:00 pm | 7:30 pm
4.25.2021 | 2:00 pm

The Classic Series ends with Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, showcasing the brilliant colors of the orchestra. Philadelphia Orchestra concertmaster David Kim will also the stage to perform Beethoven’s revolutionary Violin Concerto.

Sukin Series programming changes

Performed in the intimate setting of two historic Billings icons–The Billings Depot and the newly-renovated Babcock Theater– the Sukin Series highlights local, regional and international artists.

Tanner Jorden in Concert | Billings Depot

9.3.2020 | 7:00 pm

The BSOC could not be prouder of Billings’ own Tanner Jorden. Tanner is a two-time winner of the Montana Association of Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition and has performed at Carnegie Hall. Come listen to Tanner so you can say, I knew him when!

Anything Goes: The Music of Cole Porter | Babcock Theater

10.10.2020 | 7:00 pm

The BSOC proudly teams up with the extensive local talents of the Rocky Mountain Jazz Collective. Join Scott Jeppeson and his friends as they pay homage to legendary Cole Porter.

Trip Around the World of Music | Billings Depot

2.25.2021 | 7:00 pm

Multinational guitarists Mircea Gogoncea and Arturo Castro Nogueras share their contemporary works inspired by the song and dance traditions of the Balkans and Latin America.

Bibimbap Trip | Billings Depot

5.6.2021 | 7:00 pm

Grammy- and Emmy-nominated composer Philip Aaberg and his piano trio, the Bibimbap Trio with violinist Angella Ahn and cellist Sara Stalnaker, expand their musical exploration to Billings.

Duke Ellington’s Far East Suite

5.15.2021 | 7:00 pm | Babcock Theater

Experience Duke Ellington’s 1968 Grammy Award-winning Far East Suite as performed by the Rocky Mountain Jazz Collective.

Ensemble Bayona

6.17.2021 | 7:00 pm | Billings Depot

Music free of limitations and prejudices will close out the 2020-2021 season.  Members Eros Jaca, (cello), Vladyslava Luchenko (violin), and Camille Sublet (piano) perform innovative, folk-inspired interpretations of the world’s greatest composers while forming authentic relationships with their audience.

Both Classic Series and Sukin Series subscriptions are still available for sale. To purchase season subscriptions, visit billingssymphony.org, or call 406-252-3610. When attending any BSOC concert, masks are required to be worn.  Hand sanitizer stations will be set up throughout each performance venue.

The BSOC Classic Series is proudly sponsored by the Oakland Companies. The Billings Symphony Orchestra Host Hotel is the Northern Hotel, and the 2020-2021 media sponsor is KTVQ-2. The BSOC Sukin Series is proudly sponsored by First Interstate Bank.

The Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale (BSOC) is the largest professional orchestra in Montana. Established in 1951, the BSOC strives to enrich lives through music. Consisting of over 135 musicians, the BSOC serves a regional population of 400,000 people located throughout South Central and Eastern Montana, and Northeastern Wyoming by introducing music to children, youth, adults and seniors through Explore Music! the BSOC’s community engagement program. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

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