Bozeman Symphony Presents Holiday Spectacular Dec 11 & 12
Ring in Christmas with the first annual Bozeman Symphony Presents concert of the season, Holiday Spectacular, featuring your favorite local vocalists Jeni Fleming and the Bozeman Symphonic Choir. This festive performance includes timeless Christmas classics, such as Sleigh Ride, the Twelve Days of Christmas, the Christmas Carol Sing-Along, and much more. Bring the whole family to this new Bozeman tradition as your Symphony blends multiple genres for the perfect holiday concert.
For Music Director Norman Huynh, it’s simple: “You can’t start Christmas without the Holiday Spectacular.” Huynh welcomes all to join the Bozeman Symphony and Symphonic Choir for the inaugural Holiday Spectacular to celebrate the magic of the season through music.
The Bozeman Symphony welcomes back vocal superstar Jeni Fleming to the stage for Holiday Spectacular to perform Walter Kent’s I’ll be Home for Christmas, Jule Styne’s Let It Snow, and the Traditional Christmas Song. In August 2021, Fleming wowed audiences at the Bozeman Symphony’s second annual Ranch Around concert at Hardscrabble Ranch.
Fleming is excited to share her incredible vocal talents once again with the community for this much-anticipated performance. “Especially in these times, it just feels good to share an experience with my community. But the holidays remind us of our better selves: to spread joy, help those less fortunate, and remind someone you love them. That’s what the holiday spirit is, that’s what holiday songs remind us to do, and that’s what I can offer,” said Fleming.
Being a Montana resident with great renown, Jeni knows how important the holiday season is to the Bozeman community, a bustling town of must-attend events in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
“The Bozeman Symphony and Symphonic Choir have been a mainstay of the Bozeman holiday tradition. But this particular event seems to focus on those things that made us fall in love with the season as children: the nostalgia, magic, and wonder. Downtown Bozeman’s Christmas Stroll, Montana Ballet Company’s The Nutcracker, The Ellen Theatre’s A Christmas Carol all have those elements of magic and wonder, and now there'll be a music event that embodies that essence as well,” said Fleming.
In the past, the Bozeman Symphony has performed December classical concerts with holiday themes, including the 2019 Vivaldi’s Gloria performance where Bozeman was first introduced to Huynh during the Music Director Search Season. It was this performance when now Music Director Huynh first fell in love with Bozeman and the idea for Holiday Spectacular was born.
No matter if you’re a first-timer to the Bozeman Symphony or have been going since its inception – all are welcome to this epic Holiday concert that will bring comfort and joy during this busy time of the year. “You don’t want to miss this exciting Christmas tradition,” said Huynh.
Performances will be held in person on Saturday, December 11 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, December 12 at 2:30 PM, at the Willson Auditorium (404 West Main Street), downtown Bozeman. Pre-concert talks with Music Director Norman Huynh will take place beginning at 6:30 pm Saturday and 1:30 pm Sunday at the Willson Auditorium and are available to attend with the purchase of your concert ticket. These performances would not be possible without strong community support and sponsorship. The Symphony wishes to thank David Ross and Risi for their season sponsorship, and First Security Bank, Sheehy Family Foundation, and Renee and Stuart Westlake for supporting this performance.
Ticketing: Individual tickets are available for purchase online at bozemansymphony.org or by phone at 406-585-9774. Tickets at the door based on availability. Adult tickets range from $27.00-$67.00. Student discounted tickets are available. Please contact the Bozeman Symphony with questions you have regarding performance, ticket sales, venue, seating information, and COVID-19 safety protocols.
Jeni Fleming, vocals - Fast becoming one of the west's most sought-after musicians, Jeni Fleming brings breathtaking originality to some of the best music of the American songbook. From classic jazz standards composers such as Gershwin, Cole Porter and Jobim, to re-arranged pop hits by Cyndi Lauper, The Grateful Dead, or The Beatles, Jeni defies easy classification simply saying in defense “a good song is a good song.” Her signature ballads drip with so much emotion that an audience member suggested adding Kleenex boxes on each chair. The Big Sky Journal commented “an evening of this and you’re both whipped and exhilarated, you’ve wiped your eyes, yet your cheeks hurt from all the grinning.” With every performance, the songs and stories of Jeni Fleming are winning the hearts of audiences from coast to coast.
“Having studied classical piano for most of my life, it is the thing I know something about, but singing is the thing I feel something about.” With the 1997 release of "It Is Well" Jeni was featured on a nationally-televised program by the Odyssey Channel. Following the success of her subsequent three recordings, The Jeni Fleming Trio was featured as the pilot episode of "11th & Grant with Eric Funk," which aired on Montana PBS in September 2005, winning an Emmy.
Jeni has performed as a vocalist at many major music festivals including UNC Greeley Jazz Festival, (winning two Outstanding Soloist Awards), Yellowstone Jazz Festival, Powell Jazz Festival, Juan de Fuca Festival, Jazz Montana (three years in a row opening for Hilton Ruiz, Dave Valentine, Nicholas Payton, Tim Warfield, Cyrus Chestnut, Gary Bartz, and Stefon Harris), Big Timber Jazz Society Concert Series, Phillipsburg Jazz Festival, Jazz at the Depot (Billings, MT opening for Hank Jones), Minot Jazz Festival, Jazz In the Canyon (Twin Bridges, ID, and Jazz Fest International (Victoria, BC), opening for famed pianist Dave Brubeck. Jeni has toured the country and beyond in many different ensembles, she has been a guest soloist with various Big Bands, house rhythm sections, and in promotion of her album "We'll Be Together Again" with symphony orchestras across the country. To learn more about Jeni Fleming visit: jenifleming.com