Billings Symphony launches season, brings music to multiple venues

Posted on: September 30, 2020

“After the longest off-season in the group’s history, the Billings Symphony experienced a little normalcy this weekend with three performances to start its 2020 schedule,” writes David Jay in Monday’s (9/28) KTVQ (Billings, MT). “The symphony celebrated its 70th year and played the very first show at its new temporary home, the Lockwood Performing Arts Center at the new high school. ‘This is first time that the Billings Symphony will perform in this venue,’ said Ignacio Barron Viela, executive director for the Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale…. ‘Now more than ever, our audiences need the power of music to bring us together, to keep inspiring us.’ ‘Oh, it’s critical,’ Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale music director Anne Harrigan said about performing live. ‘Music is our lifeblood.’ In the last year, the symphony has played at the Alberta Bair Theater, the Lincoln Center Auditorium and now in Lockwood…. ‘In these difficult times, our hearts go to the ones that are suffering,’ Barron Viela said. ‘And we know that music has the capacity and ability to heal and to bring hope and to restore emotions.’… The symphony’s next performance is set for Oct. 10 at the Babcock Theater.”