The Billings Symphony Orchestra celebrates 50 years of Symphony in the Park on Sunday | Entertainment

The Billings Symphony returns to Pioneer Park for the 50th Annual Symphony in the Park on Sunday, June 26. Guests are welcome to bring their blankets, lawn chairs and picnics for an evening of world-class entertainment in Billings Garden.

This free annual concert is part of Billings Symphony’s Explore Music! program and is the organization’s biggest free event of the year. Each year, the Billings Symphony presents more than 100 free outreach programs in southeast Montana and northeast Wyoming, including Symphony in the Park, Adventure in Music Day, and Rural Rhythms, to name a few. -ones.

This year’s Symphony in the Park concert features special guests Paige and the People’s Band, with two of their original songs arranged especially for this concert. The event will also include the Armed Forces Salute, Children’s Conducting Competition, Petting Zoo, and the 1812 Overture – With Cannons! Complete your experience with picnics offered by participating food trucks and vendors.

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“Please join us in celebrating this incredible summer tradition and previewing our 2022-2023 season,” said Anne Harrigan, Music Director of the Billings Symphony Orchestra. In addition to the classic series and the Sukin series from the Billings Symphony, season 22-23 expands programming to 30 events at 13 locations, including the addition of a free family series to our events.

Symphony in the Park is presented free to the community, thanks to the efforts of Symphony staff and musicians, volunteers, sponsors, Billings Parks and Recreation and participating businesses.






An annual tradition, Symphony in the Park invites the community to participate in a free outdoor music experience. This year, the Billings Symphony celebrates 50 years of Symphony in the Park on Sunday, June 26 at Pioneer Park.


Photo courtesy of Casey Page/Billings Symphony


Event calendar

4 p.m.: Montana Fiddle Club sponsored by the Billings Youth Orchestra

Instrument Petting Zoo and Open Concessions

5 p.m.: Billings Community Group

*Instrument Petting Zoo closed during musical performances

6:45 p.m.: Conducting competition for children

*wands available for purchase at Symphony Information Tent

7 p.m.: Billings Symphony Orchestra with Paige and the Peoples Band







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The Billings Symphony, pictured in 2021, performing at the annual Symphony in the Park at Pioneer Park.


Photo courtesy of Casey Page/Billings Symphony


Symphony program (subject to change):

• The Star-Spangled Banner with VFW Post 6774 and the Marine Corps League

• John Williams’ Cowboys Overture

• South Pacific: Symphonic Scenario for Orchestra by Rodgers and Hammerstein/arr. Bennet

• My Way to the Surface and A Lighter and Kiss with Paige and the People’s Band

• Children’s Conducting Competition: Hands Across the Sea by Sousa

• Salute to the Armed Forces arr. by Lowden







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Face painting, a petting zoo and a children’s directing contest are just some of the many ways families can enjoy the annual Symphony in the Park, which this year takes place at Pioneer Park on Sunday, June 26.


Photo courtesy of Casey Page/Billings Symphony


Intermission—Watch the Bucket Brigade!

Support your symphony by leaving a donation in the bucket.

• The Jungle Book Mix

• Carousel and Freestyle with Paige and the People’s Band

• Overture 1812 by Tchaikovsky

Special thanks to Larry Torske and Frank Nienaber for using the cannons at the 1812 overture.

Paige and the People’s Gang – Formed in 2016, Paige and the People’s band gets the crowd moving and the energy soaring. This horn-powered band fuse rock, soul, funk and have shared the stage with musical legends such as The Doobie Brothers, Lyle Lovett, Brandie Carlile and Mike McCready. Voted Bozeman’s Choice for three consecutive years, Paige and the People’s Band have also been featured on 11th and Grant with Eric Funk on PBS. The episode went on to win an Emmy Award for Best Sound.

Instrument petting zoo – Have you ever wondered how many breaths it takes to play the tuba or the flute? Or how does the bow feel in your hand when playing the viola or cello? Through Eckroth Music, you can experience a variety of instruments up close. This free hands-on event is fun for the whole family! Sponsored by Crowley Fleck.

Conducting competition for children – This annual tradition has become a favorite of young and old. Children are invited to come down to the front of the stage at 6:45 p.m. to lead a march by John Philip Sousa. Guest judges will select four winners, who will lead the orchestra on Sousa’s Hands Across the Sea. We are delighted to welcome all our budding musicians again! Drumsticks are available for purchase at the Symphony Information Tent. Sponsored by Mayor Bill and Anne Cole.







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Hosted by Maestra Anne Harrigan, the annual Children’s Conducting Competition invites children to take part in conducting the Billings Symphony Orchestra. Children are invited to come down to the front of the stage at 6:45 p.m. to lead a march by John Philip Sousa. Guest judges will select four winners, who will lead the orchestra on Sousa’s Hands Across the Sea. Drumsticks are available for purchase at the Symphony Information Tent during the event, which will take place on Sunday, June 26 at Symphony in the Park.


Photo courtesy of Casey Page/Billings Symphony


Bucket Brigade – The Saint-Vincent Foundation generously matches all donations up to $2,500 given during Symphony in the Park. The Bucket Brigade will be at intermission collecting donations. Watch for Billings Symphony board members and volunteers wearing orange vests or text BSOC to 41444 to donate.

Reserved car park – For $10, you can reserve a parking spot in the Senior High parking lot, located next to Pioneer Park. A golf cart shuttle will be available to take you straight to the action! Parking passes can be purchased in advance at billingssymphony.org or on the day (cash only). Limited places are available and are first come, first served. Disabled parking (with appropriate permit) is available free of charge.

Reserved seat – Bring your own lawn chair and enjoy creekside seating under a shaded tent, complete with cash bar, so you can have it Made in the Shade! Purchase a $15 wristband from billingssymphony.org in advance or on the day of the event (cash only). Places are limited and first come, first served.

Golf cart shuttle – We offer free golf cart shuttle from two locations. Pickup and drop-off at Third Street West (near the wading pool in Pioneer Park) and at the end of the Senior High parking lot (back north corner). Gratuities are accepted and will benefit our Symphony education programs.

Food vendors include Khanthaly’s Eggrolls, Rollin’ Ritos, I’m Cravin Bar-B-Que, Crepe Diem, Opa Grill, Georgette’s Galettes, Snow Drift Snow Cones (Snowie), Spicy Cow LLC and Ceci’s Popcorn, Singing Mountain Pies and Wilcoxson’s Ice Cream. Visit the information tent to purchase ice cold bottled water and drumsticks for the Children’s Conducting Competition are also on sale. An ATM will be available behind the information tent.

More information at billingssymphony.org/sip50th

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