Firebird and a World Premiere Celebrating Yellowstone’s 150th The Bozeman Symphony is off to a Fiery Start in 2023

BOZEMAN -- Join the Bozeman Symphony Orchestra and virtuoso soloist Carrie Krause for a fiery start to the Classical Series performances in 2023 with Firebird and Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 on February 25 and 26. The program opens with an exhilarating world premiere piece by Composer-in-Residence Scott Lee honoring 150 years of our treasured Yellowstone National Park. Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite ends the program with an explosion of power and goodness, igniting a wildfire of musical bliss.

The Fire Beneath is a brand-new piece celebrating Yellowstone’s 150th anniversary. “I feel very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to visit this incredible park and represent it in music for this important milestone,’ says composer Scott Lee. “I hope that my piece will remind the Bozeman Symphony's musicians and audience members of their own experiences and memories of Yellowstone, as well as engage them as performers and listeners on its own as a captivating and exciting piece of music." Scott Lee, a dynamic composer who combines classical form with the more visceral rhythmic language of contemporary popular music, is Bozeman Symphony’s first-ever Composer-In-Residence.

The concert continues as Concertmaster Carrie Krause performs Mozart’s elegant Violin Concerto No.5. “This piece is my favorite of Mozart's works for violin,’ says Krause. “I have played this concerto a number of times in the past, but I am enjoying rediscovering it on a newly acquired instrument. The audience will hear cadenzas that I sketched out during the fall of 2022 while on the banks of the Moldau River in Prague, Mozart's most beloved city.” Krause has been on sabbatical for the 2022-23 season and Bozeman Symphony is excited to welcome her back for this performance.

Individual tickets are available for purchase online at or by phone at 406-585-9774. Tickets at the door based are on availability. Adult tickets start as low as $29.00. Student-discounted tickets are available.

Performances will be held in person on Saturday, February 25 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, February 26 at 2:30 PM, at the Willson Auditorium (404 West Main Street) in downtown Bozeman. These performances would not be possible without strong community support and sponsorship. Bozeman Symphony wishes to thank Sharon Eversman, Gary Kunis and Connie Wong, Iris M.L. Model, and Yellowstone Theological Institute for sponsoring this performance, as well as our Season Sponsors, Stephen Schachman and Ritva Porter.

The Bozeman Symphony Society presents a repertoire of symphonic and choral music performed for the benefit of individuals, students, and musicians residing in south-central Montana. Performances and events include a series of classical subscription concerts, performances aimed at engaging and attracting new audiences under the umbrella of “Bozeman Symphony Presents,” Current Commotion—an experimental music series that allows the Bozeman Symphony to be on the cutting edge of our industry, and a strong desire to launch a summertime music festival. The Bozeman Symphony has experienced tremendous growth over the last 20 years. In addition to a wide variety of orchestral programming, the Bozeman Symphony supports Far Afield, a highly accessible community outreach program, awards scholarships to promising young musicians, and provides employment and engagement opportunities for over 300 people. The Bozeman Symphony, whose history is marked by artistic excellence, has established itself as a significant cultural icon in Montana. Its future is dependent upon maintaining a skilled and motivated orchestra whose members bring symphonic music to life. For more information, visit