The Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale Presents

The Big Brass, featuring Rex Richardson, trumpet

BILLINGS MT- The Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale (BSO&C) welcomes Rex Richardson, trumpet to the Alberta Bair Theater. We will celebrate The Big Brass and pay homage to brass legends, Duke Ellington, Joseph Haydn, Louis Armstrong, and more. The Big Brass is Saturday, March 11 at 7:30 pm. Concert Cues, an interactive conversation with Tom Singer, begins at 6:45 pm. Doors open at 6:00 pm.

Hailed as “an artist with exceptional talent… one of the finest trumpet players in the world today,” ( and “one of the world’s most engaging and astonishingly versatile trumpeters.” (Style Weekly) Yamaha Performing Artist Rex Richardson was named the 2008 Brass herald Personality of the Year. A veteran of the renowned chamber ensemble Rhythm & Brass, jazz legend Joe Henderson’s Quintet, the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, the Brass Band of Battle Creek, and appearances with countless celebrity artists in multiple genres, he stays busy as a headline artist at international festivals and as a solo artist with orchestra, jazz ensembles, brass bands and concert bands on five continents.

Along with the performance of The Big Brass on Saturday, March 11 at the Alberta Bair Theater, Rex Richardson and the Billings Symphony Orchestra will travel to the Hardin High School Auditorium on Friday, March 10. This full orchestra performance is free to the public and begins at 7:00 pm. This run-out performance is made possible by the National Endowment of the Arts, USBank, and Dr. John & Pat Burg.

Richardson will hold four separate Master Classes during his visit to the Magic City. The first and second, will be on Wednesday, March 8th at Skyview High School, and MSU-Billings (Yamaha Grant). The third, on Thursday, March 9th is at Senior High School, and the fourth on Friday, March 10th at Hardin High before the free concert later that evening. Symphony musicians will be holding Adventures in Music with the Hardin 5th grade students in conjunction with Eckroth Music Store

The Big Brass is brought to you by: USBank & the National Endowment of the Arts. Rex Richardson is brought to you by our guest artist sponsors, Dr. John & Pat Burg. The 2017-2018 season is proudly sponsored by The Oakland Companies.

Tickets are available at the Billings Symphony Box Office by calling 406-252-3610 or online at

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