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The Billings Symphony Kicked-off the 2016 Sunrise Festival of the Arts


Corben Holler won the kids conducting contest at the Billings Symphony performance in Sidney on July 8. Holler won a wand and the chance to conduct the symphony in front of the crowd.

For the first time, the Billings Symphony Orchestra performed in Sidney at the Anderson Pavilion in Veteran's Memorial Park. On Friday, July 8 it's estimated that between 500 and 700 people were in attendance for the free concert.

Performing Symphony in the Park, which has drawn crowds to Billings, MT for 44 years, the concert was an expansion of the Sunrise Festival of the Arts. The symphony got kids involved by inviting high school band students to play a side-by-side rehearsal earlier in the day, and brought the Instrument Petting Zoo, which gave kids a chance to play a variety of real instruments. They also held a Kids Conducting Contest during the concert and had high school band students open for them.

The Billings Symphony Orchestra has traveled in-state as far as Hardin, Red Lodge, and Columbus to be involved with children's concerts, however, this was the first time that the entire symphony has traveled out of Billings to perform their marquee-event, Symphony in the Park.

Both the Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and the Billings Symphony hope for future performances at the Anderson Pavilion.


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