Billings Symphony Goes Digital and Announces 2020-2021 Season | Music


Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. It has become a common theme for arts organizations in planning for the 2020-2021 season.

The Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale, whose season was set to be announced in early March, have postponed sharing their plans until now.

“There is a lot of work to be done to prepare for the season,” said Maestra Anne Harrigan, Music Director of BSOC. “If we don’t act like we’re going to have a season, that’s not going to happen. We prefer everything to be ready, and if we have to cancel, we have to cancel. “

On Friday, the organization unveiled its season, which will begin September 26 at the Alberta Bair Theater.






Billings Symphony

Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale is pictured at the Alberta Bair Theater during their final concert of the 2018-19 season. The organization has announced its upcoming season and will return to ABT, which is undergoing major renovations that will end in September.


ANNA PAIGE, Billings Gazette


The symphony returns to its longtime home at ABT, which is set to reopen in September after a year-long, $ 13.6 million renovation of the 1931 building.

“People need something to look forward to,” Harrigan said. “We will have a backup plan and provide something to keep our stakeholders and customers happy in other ways. For now, we all need to feel that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.






Billings Symphony Orchestra and Choir Music Director Anne Harrigan

Billings Symphony Orchestra and Choir Music Director Anne Harrigan introduces “Motown Magic” guest performer Jarran Muse and Sydney Morton to Riverside Middle School students as part of the Orchestra’s outreach program Billings Symphony and Choir in February 2019.


CASEY PAGE, Billings Gazette


Harrigan, who resides in Michigan and is also Music Director of the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra, was in Billings a month ago to conduct a concert that was subsequently canceled. It has since been swift and furious for the organization as the staff “readjust and reorganize the whole organization,” Harrigan said. “Our role in the community is to enrich life through music. We are going to be creative and meet the needs of our people.”


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