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Billings Symphony in the Park goes digital for summer event

Posted at 10:12 AM, Jun 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-21 12:12:19-04

BILLINGS- A summer staple, Symphony in the Park, will be virtual for the first time.

In light of restrictions on crowd size, the Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale will present some of their pops performances and brass accompaniments online.

"Symphony in the Park is the biggest community engagement event that we have, so it's very important to us that we keep this event going," Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale Executive Director Ignacio Barrón Viela said Friday.

Organizers still look forward to the 2020-2021 season, as it marks 70 years of the Billings Symphony, Orchestra and Chorale.

"They are wanting to do anything possible to make music, and we have plans. Our season is coming and we do have some plans to get together again," Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale General Manager Brad Constantine said.

One of the crowd favorites, the kids' Conductor Contest, will also go on, with kids submitting videos of their conducting talent. They will also get to keep their own official conducting wands.

Billings Mayor Bill Cole will announce the winner of the contest on Sunday, June 28, the day of the Virtual Symphony. This person will get to conduct the orchestra during Holiday Pops, which will take place this winter.