The Billings Symphony will headline an afternoon and evening of free music this Sunday, June 26 at Pioneer Park.
Q2 is proud to be one of the sponsors of the 50e anniversary of Symphony in the Park as one of Billings’ great summer traditions returns.
The event always draws huge crowds, an evening that musicians also look forward to.
“It’s fantastic. If you think about everything we’ve been through in the past two years. The opportunity to come together and celebrate as a community and welcome new, fresh bands and those traditions that everyone loves. said Anne Harrigan, music director of the Billings Symphony.
Two of those traditions started by Harrigan, the Salute to the Armed Forces and the Children’s Conductor Contest, are still popular with the crowd.
“It was like, wow, I couldn’t believe I won. Conducting the whole symphony was really cool and it’s really fun,” said Daisy Kind, who won the conductor competition last year.
“I think it’s very important for young people to get involved in music, and I’m glad they found a way to include them in the conducting competition,” says his mother, Emily Pratt.
Sunday marks the 50e anniversary of Symphony in the Park. The mothers of Norma Buchanan and Donna Todd were involved in supporting the symphony in the early years of the event.
“Pioneer Park is so beautiful and it’s like a giant picnic in town – you see all your friends. People would bring blankets and sit on the lawn,” Buchanan says.
“We grew up expecting to go, it’s become a family tradition and now I’m taking my family, who are in their late twenties, and their two families and we’re going to attend and have a picnic together like my mother would want us to,” Todd said.
A tradition that will continue, as music fills the air this Sunday at Pioneer Park.
“There are people who only come to a symphony in the park, but they come every year, they come from everywhere. All over Montana and Wyoming they come in droves and have such a great time. It’s just fantastic,” says Harrigan.
It all starts at 4 p.m. with the Montana Fiddle Club sponsored by the Bilings Youth Orchestra.
There will also be a petting zoo with instruments.
The band Billings Community takes the stage at 5 p.m.
The leadership competition is at 6:45 p.m.
And the Billings Symphony featuring Paige and the People’s Band will perform at 7 p.m.