Montana Splendor

Montana Splendor
Alberta Bair Theater
September 23, 2017 | 7:30 pm.
Concert Cues | 6:45 p.m.

Our 67th season opens with Montana Splendor featuring, Dmitri Shostakovich’s Festive Overture and Montana’s own Eric Funk’s Symphony No. 2 Montana. The second half features the much anticipated return of
Andrew von Oeyen, performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2.

Dmitri  Shostakovich

Russian pianist and composer, Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975), premiered Festive Overture  in 1954 in Moscow at the Bolshoi Theater to mark the 37th anniversary of the October Revolution.

Eric Funk

Eric Funk‘s Symphony No. 2, Montana, was composed in 1991 and is one of nine symphonies composed by the Montana native. Funk writes for orchestras, concertos, wind ensembles, chambers, and chorale and vocals. His Emmy Award winning program 11th and Grant with Eric Funk can be seen on PBS. His latest project, the critically acclaimed PBS documentary, Violin Alonefeaturing Hungarian violinist Vilmos Olah can also be seen on PBS.

Eric Funk will be working with the Billings Symphony Orchestra and teaching student workshops during his time in Billings. The details of the Student Workshops will be released closer to the concert date.

Andrew von Oeyen

Montana Splendor marks the much anticipated return of pianist Andrew von Oeyen, performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Von Oeyen debuted at the age of 16 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has since become one of the most sought after pianist the world over. His debut album with Warner Classics was released in January, 2017 and can be found on Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, and ArkivMusic. Andrew von Oeyen lives in Paris and Los Angeles.

While in Billings, Andrew von Oeyen will teach Master Classes the details of which will be released closer to the concert date.

Concert Sponsor:
diane boyer jerhoff
Larry & Ruth Martin

Guest Artist Sponsor:
Lynn Marquardt & Jim Gutenkauf

Eric Funk Sponsor:
The Tippet Rise Fund of the Sidney E. Frank Foundation

2017-2018 Season Sponsor:

2017-2018 Host Hotel

Northern Hotel