If you yearn for outdoor adventure, Billings provides nearly limitless opportunities thanks to our pristine lands, scenic beauty, and rugged, rustic charm. If you’re interested in cultural events, Billings will astound you with its impressive selection of music, theater, museums and dining.
As a presenter the Alberta Bair Theater has set a standard for excellence in the Intermountain West. In its brief history, the Alberta Bair Theater has brought to audiences the finest performers in every discipline of the performing arts, including classical and popular music, country music and jazz, opera, ballet, modern and ethnic dance, comedy, drama and musical theater. The Alberta Bair Theater has made Billings an integral part of the routing of major national and international artists and attractions in the United States and in the world.
Recognizing its role throughout our community, the Alberta Bair Theater is a home for a wealth of important cultural organizations that are nurtured by our audiences and a mecca for over ten thousand school children who discover the finest and most exciting performing arts experiences annually.
The Alberta Bair Theater can achieve its goal of touching all members of the community only be acknowledging the wealth of talent available to the theater, by offering an outlet to this creative power and through your generous support.
For information on current events at the theater and other regional theatrical and musical events, call the Alberta Bair Theater ticket office at 256-6052.
2801 3rd Avenue North
Billings, MT 59101
The theatre has grown considerable since its early days and its modest beginnings. Over 500 volunteers involve themselves each year in all aspects of production and help mount a five show Main stage Season along with a major Fall production at the Alberta Bair Theater, special events, and experimental plays in its Dark Night Series. BST also showcases two Rocky Mountain College productions annually and hosts many community events.
In addition, BST operates a children's theatre, The Growing Stage, which creates an environment in which children of our community can explore and develop their talents and life skills. The Growing Stage offers a summer camp, classes, and three children's productions annually. The Growing Stage School began operation in September of 1996 with on-site classes, touring performances, and workshops in the schools.
Altogether, 30,000 individuals in Billings and surrounding communities enjoy participation at BST each year as audience members, artists, builders, supporters, students, etc. Because of BST, these people have the opportunity to learn new skills, grow creatively, meet new challenges, socialize, work cooperatively, and attend quality, affordable theatre performances.
1500 Rimrock Road
Billings, MT 59102
Today, 58 years later, that mission remains the driving force behind The Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale (BSO&C), the only symphonic orchestra and chorale serving a regional population of 400,000 people located throughout south central Montana and northeastern Wyoming. The 135+ members of the BSO&C present an annual season from September through June, featuring six subscription concerts, two performances of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker with the accompaniment of a renowned ballet company, a New Year’s Eve event, four performances of a Free Family Concert and a free Symphony in the Park pops-style concert. Each season, The BSO&C perform for more than 35,000 people and introduce children, youth, adults, and seniors around the region to symphonic music and the performing arts through Explore Music!, its music education and community engagement program.
2721 2nd Ave N, Suite 350
Billings, MT 59101
To sustain a high quality program while keeping tuition low, we rely on generous financial support from our community. This includes grants, corporate sponsorships, and private donations.
Since its inception, the BYO has expanded rapidly, creating a comprehensive program of orchestral education. Currently we have four orchestras, tailored for a broad range of abilities, from very young beginners to advanced high school and college students. As BYO members improve their skills, they advance from one orchestra to the next. At the highest level, we strive to prepare students for membership in a professional orchestra such as the Billings Symphony. To conduct and inspire our most advanced students, we are fortunate to have Shuichi Komiyama, who also directs the MSU Symphony in Bozeman. He is a highly respected international conductor, as well as an Emmy Award winning composer.
Each season commences with a September retreat, and includes two major concerts at the Alberta Bair Theater, as well as several other local performances. We also present educational outreach tours, performing in rural Montana schools.
The Billings Youth Orchestra is already becoming a magnet for the best young musicians in our region. Considering the talent and dedication of those musicians (and their conductors), and the enthusiastic support of our community, the BYO is destined to become a source of civic pride for Billings, and a core cultural institution for this part of Montana.