Symphony In The Park musicians ready for Amend Park

Posted at 6:05 PM, Jun 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-24 20:05:59-04

For 45 years, Pioneer Park has been the venue for Symphony In the Park.

Weather leading up to Sunday, caused the event to be moved to Amend Park.

Early Sunday afternoon at Amend Park, the Billings Symphony Orchestra finished its final rehearsal.

Heavy equipment would have torn the grass at Pioneer Park.

The Billings Parks Department informed the Symphony on Wednesday and it was quickly decided to move the event to Amend Park

"A lot of credit to the whole team here,” said Darren Rich, executive director of the Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale. “Within just a couple days time, we moved our largest most complicated event to a fully new space and yea, some things we had to figure out when we got here, but it’s coming together great.”

Whether at Pioneer or Amend, Symphony In The Park provides a chance to hear classical music.

“The live concert experience I think convinces so many people that they really do like classical music, even if they didn’t grow up listening to it,  they didn’t go to conservatory or anything like that,” Rich said. “But actually hearing it live and that energy, that power of the music, it convinces everyone, hey this is great stuff."

The program 46th Annual Symphony In The Park  is the similar to what it has traditionally been at Pioneer Park.

An instrument petting zoo and a young conductor’s contest are part of the festivities.

The Billings Community Band opened at 5 pm

The Billings Symphony Orchestra concert starts at 7 pm.