websymphony_July2012_1369689423027The Helena Symphony and Carroll College today announces their continued collaboration for the tenth annual Symphony Under the Stars concert event and fireworks show on Saturday, July 20 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 over 15,000 people from all over the state of Montana and beyond.

The concert will feature the ever-popular music of Latin America, with renowned soprano soloist, and former Miss Montana, Christie Hageman. From congas to mambos, the concert is all about rhythm and dance that is energetic, exuberant, and most of all, infectious. Bernstein’s “Mambo” from West Side Story and Ginastera’s “Four Dances” from Estancia are just a couple of the selections that will be heard. The finale will include the best fireworks show in the state, sponsored by the Helena Community Credit Union.

“Symphony Under the Stars has become an important Montana tradition,” said Helena Symphony Music Director Allan R. Scott. “Carroll College and the Helena Symphony have committed to keeping this concert alive.”

“We are grateful to our sponsors for helping ensure the viability of an event that so many Montana families continue to make a part of their summer plans,” said Tom Evans, President of Carroll College.

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 strictly prohibited on the lawn at all times. Picnic dinners are encouraged, and there will be a variety of local vendors on site selling food and beverages, including authentic Mexican fare and margaritas.

Concertgoers are encouraged to bring canned goods to hold down blankets, and then donate the canned goods to the Helena Food Share. Last year, almost 12,000 pounds of canned goods were collected and was one of the largest single day food collections for the Helena Food Share. There will be several drop boxes to deposit the canned goods the evening of the concert.

Admission is free and very limited reserved seating is available for $25 each through the Helena Symphony box office at helenasymphony.org, or by calling 406.442.1860. Seats go on sale on June 3rd. Up-to-date news regarding the concert can be found at www.facebook.com/symphonyunderthestars.

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