HELENA – The Helena Symphony and Carroll College announced their continued collaboration for the eighth annual Symphony Under the Stars concert and fireworks show on Saturday, July 16, at 8:30 p.m. on the campus of Carroll College.
Considered the largest summer event in Montana, the much-anticipated Symphony Under the Stars attracts more than 15,000 people to Helena every July.
“Carroll College is thrilled to be a part of yet another superb performance of Symphony Under the Stars,” said President Thomas Trebon. “Helena is blessed to have this world-class concert right here in our own backyard and Carroll College is honored to be a part of this important family tradition. Thousands of music lovers from across Montana, and even outside our borders, will visit Helena for this special event for which we have spent several months preparing.”
The concert features the exciting music from the 1920s-1930s – known as the Harlem Renaissance and the era where icons like Duke Ellington, James P. Johnson, Jelly Roll Morton, Willie “the Lion” Smith, and Fats Waller inspired a new form of music.
The Helena Symphony Orchestra and internationally noted mezzo soprano Barbara Rearick will perform popular works from the period, including “If it ain’t got that swing, it ain’t got that thing,” “Charleston,” “Satin Doll,” and “I got it bad, and that ain’t good.”
In addition, the 80 members of the Helena Symphony Orchestra will perform Duke Ellington’s masterpiece “Black, Brown, Beige” – the work that Ellington composed for his debut at Carnegie Hall as the first African American to perform a major concert there.
Admission is free and reserved seating is available for $25 each through the Helena Symphony box office at www.helenasymphony.
org, or by calling (406) 442-1860, or by visiting the box office at 48 Hibbard Way in downtown Helena, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Carroll College Guadalupe Lawn will be open on Saturday morning for concertgoers to drop off lawn chairs and blankets. Pets, plastic tarps, paint or stakes in the ground are prohibited on the lawn and will be removed.
Concertgoers are encouraged to bring canned goods to hold down blankets, and then donate the items to Helena Food Share. Last year, more than 2 tons of canned goods were collected – one of the largest single-day collections for Helena Food Share. There will be several drop boxes to deposit goods on the evening of the concert.