BSO wraps 58th, announces upcoming artists

Alisa Weilerstein opens the BSO’s 59th season on Sept. 19.

The Billings Symphony ended its 58th season with lush performances of Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms on Saturday. The event featured the Korean violinist Chee-Yun performing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D major.

Without slowing down, the BSO announced its 59th season this week. Alisa Weilerstein, who left her audience clamoring for more after her impassioned performance of Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 at the BSO’s season finale in  2008, returns to open the 2009-10 season.

Weilerstein will perform Schelomo, a composition known for its richness of passion and poignant spirituality, written for cello and orchestra by Ernest Bloch. The symphony will also perfrom Rossini’s Overture to The Thieving Magpie, which is heard in Stanley Kubrick’s “A Clockwork Orange.”

Other guest performers announced for the 2009-2010 season include Jason Suchan, a finalist in the Montana Association of Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artists Competition, Broadway singer Doug LaBrecque, celtic artist Christopher Layer on Irish uilleann pipes, and the season finale with pianist Andrew von Oeyen performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

Single tickets for the 2009-2010 season go on sale August 17.

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