BILLINGS MT- The Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale proudly presents The New World featuring Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster, David Kim performing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto followed by Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 (from the New World).
The New World takes place on Saturday, April 24 at 2 PM and 7:30 PM and on Sunday, April 25 at 2 PM at the Lockwood Performing Arts Center. Masks must be always worn while in attendance. For those who do not feel comfortable attending in person, a live-stream option is available for the Saturday 7:30 PM performance for $10. It will also be available on-demand after the live-stream performance, also for $10. Doors open one hour before each scheduled performance. A pre-recorded Concert Cues will play at 6:40 PM and 1:10 PM before each scheduled in-person concert and will play the week prior on Facebook. For the live-stream, Concert Cues will begin at 7:10 PM. All tickets are available at billingssymphony.org.
Violinist David Kim was named Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1999. Born in Carbondale, Illinois in 1963, he started playing the violin at three, began studies with the famed pedagogue Dorothy DeLay at eight, and later received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School.
Mr. Kim has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from Eastern University in suburban Philadelphia, the University of Rhode Island, and Dickinson College. His instruments are a J.B. Guadagnini from Milan, Italy ca. 1757 on loan from The Philadelphia Orchestra and a Michael Angelo Bergonzi from Cremona ca. 1754. Mr. Kim lives in a Philadelphia suburb with his wife Jane and daughters Natalie and Maggie. He is an avid golfer and outdoorsman.
Ludwig van Beethoven’s violin concerto was composed in the latter half of 1806 and premiered on December 23rd of that year at a concert presented by Franz Clement, the music director and concertmaster of the orchestra at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna. A child prodigy in the 1790s, Clement had a long and distinguished career and was regarded as one of the best violinists of his time. During the 1806 concert, he played a work of his own in which he made use of only one of the violin’s strings and held the instrument upside down. (This came, though, at the end of the program, not, as legend has it, between the movements of Beethoven’s concerto.) For complete program notes, visit https://billingssymphony.org/shows/classic-series/the-new-world/.
Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 was composed after Dvořák assumed the leadership of the National Conservatory of Music in New York. He began compiling ideas for a new symphony influenced by African American and Native American music of the time. From January to May 1893, he sketched the work out in fall, orchestrating over the summer while visiting a colony of Bohemian immigrants at Spillville in Northeastern Iowa. The completed symphony, which Dvořák titled, From the New World, premiered to immediate acclaim on December 16, 1893, with Anton Seidl conducting the New York Philharmonic Society at Carnegie Hall. For complete program notes visit, https://billingssymphony.org/shows/classic-series/the-new-world/.
The BSOC, following 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. Concert goers who have been vaccinated are still required to always wear a mask.
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.
For more information about The New World and to get tickets, please visit, https://billingssymphony.org/shows/classic-series/the-new-world/.
The New World is proudly sponsored by John W. and Carol L.H. Green
The Classic Series is proudly sponsored by The Oakland Companies. Our Live Stream Concert sponsor is Stockman Bank. The 2020-2021 Media Sponsor is KTVQ-2, and the 2020-2021 Host Hotel is the Northern Hotel.
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.