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Billings Symphony rehearses for weekend concerts in Lockwood

Posted at 10:30 PM, Sep 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-25 00:30:48-04

The Billings Symphony will celebrate the start of its 70th season this weekend at a temporary new home.

The symphony rehearsed its Tchaikovsky Beethoven concert at the Lockwood Peforming Arts Center at Lockwood High School.

It will play “Serenade” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Symphony No. 7 by Ludwig van Beethoven.

The performances on Saturday and Sunday will have no more than 200 in the 700-seat venue.

There will be no intermission to minimize socializing.

Billings Symphony & Chorale Music Director Anne Harrigan says the Billings Symphony is one of just two or three in the country performing live music.

“This has been a very stressful time for people,” Harrigan said. “And they need the music just to feel connected with each and to kind of feel a sense of peace that Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings will be great for that.”

“Really a great opportunity for us to try something new and start a new partnership with local high schools,” said Ignacio Barron Viela, executive director for the Billings Symphony & Chorale. “We are really thankful for the opportunity they have provided to us to be here this year.”

Tickets are still available for live afternoon performances at 2:30 on Saturday and Sunday and for a livestream on Saturday night at 7:30.

Tickets at the center are sold out for Saturday night.