The Helena Symphony announces the 2018-2019 Season!  Current subscribers can renew their current seats at this Season’s prices before March 1, and season tickets are on sale to the general public March 5.   The Helena Symphony is the oldest year-long performing arts organization in Helena, and its 64th Season features over two dozen critically-acclaimed guest artists, over 30 masterworks of music, and 16 exciting performances.  In addition to the six Masterworks Concerts in the subscription series, subscribers can also secure their tickets for Non-Series Concerts now, as well.

Highlights of the Season include guest artists such as renowned Romanian Cellist Ovidiu Marinescu (performing Haydn’s Cello Concerto), internationally-acclaimed Pianist Claire Huangci (performing Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2), Violinist Robyn Bollinger, HSO Concertmaster Stephen Cepeda, and a dozen vocal soloists, including celebrated opera singers Tenor Kirk Dougherty, Soprano Kathyrn Frady, and Baritone Charles Robert Stephens.  “Ticket renewals come in very quickly, so we encourage people to renew your tickets soon and take advantage of this special offer that only lasts for a month,” explains Director of Patron Services Scott Kall.

Other Season highlights include exciting programs such as PUCCINI’s opera TOSCA in Concert, BRAHMS’ First Symphony, BACH’s epic Mass in B minor with two performances at the Cathedral of St. Helena, and American composer Peter Boyer’s Ellis Island – The Dream of America performed with projected images and the words from immigrants narrated by seven actors, including Mayor Wilmot Collins.   Other concerts include the music of Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Shostakovich, Respighi, Stravinsky, Mozart, Vivaldi, Saint-Saëns, Prokofiev, and many more.

The Symphony also announces the Non-Series Concerts for the 2018-2019 Season.  These concerts include the four-decade tradition of Christmas in the Cathedral (Monday, December 3); a special chamber orchestra concert featuring tango master Astor Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires (Sunday, November 4); and the Symphony Under the Stars in partnership with Carroll College (Saturday, July 21), exciting details of which will be revealed soon.

There is also a special Benefit Concert on Tuesday, June 26 at the private Helena estate of acclaimed European actors Nick Wilder & Christine Mayn as a performance for the Helena Symphony.  The red-carpet event features exquisite food, a cash bar, an incredible sunset, along with Copland’s Lincoln Portrait and Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream both with celebrity guest narrators – all in one of the most breathtaking settings in Montana.  Tickets for this event go on sale March 1.

The Season also includes five FREE Education Concerts throughout the season, complete with narration, actors, and multi-media presentations.  Subscribers receive the six Masterworks Concerts at a significant discount and can also secure tickets for the Non-Series Concerts in advance.

In addition to the substantial discounts on season tickets, subscribers also receive the new Bring A Friend Pass, The Art of Listening Newsletter, first access to Non-Series Concerts, and several other benefits.  Subscriptions and single tickets to the 2018-2019 Season can be purchased by calling the Symphony Box Office (406.442.1860), or at the Symphony Box Office located on the Walking Mall at the Livestock Building (2 N. Last Chance Gulch, Suite 1) between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.  Subscription packages are available in several price ranges, and subscribers can secure tickets to the Non-Series Concerts with their season tickets.

2018-2019 SEASON Overview

Masterworks Concerts Series

  1. Saturday, 15 September 2018, 7:30 p.m., Helena Civic Center
    Opening Night with Violinist Stephen Cepeda & Pines of Rome
  2. Saturday, 20 October 2018, 7:30 p.m., Helena Civic Center
    The Dream of America
  3. Saturday, 26 January 2019, 7:30 p.m., Helena Civic Center
    Pianist Claire Huangci & Brahms’ First Symphony
  4. Sunday, 24 February 2019, 7:30 p.m., Cathedral of Saint Helena
    Monday, 25 February 2019, 7:30 p.m., Cathedral of Saint Helena
    BACH’s Mass in B minor
  5. Saturday, 23 March 2019, 7:30 p.m., Helena Civic Center
    Beethoven, Mozart, & Cellist Ovidiu Marinescu
  6. Saturday, 4 May 2019, 7:30 p.m., Helena Civic Center
    TOSCA in Concert

Non-Series Concerts

  1. Saturday, 21 July 2018, 8:30 p.m., Carroll College
    Symphony Under the Stars
  2. Sunday, 4 November 2018, 7:30 p.m., St. Paul’s United Methodist Church
  3. Monday, 3 December 2018, 7:30 p.m., Cathedral of Saint Helena
    Christmas in the Cathedral

Benefit Concert

A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Montana Ting
Tuesday, 26 June 2018, 6:00 p.m., Montana Ting

Education Concerts

Annual Youth Concert for 4th & 5th Graders
Wednesday, 17 April 2019, 1:00 p.m., Helena Civic Center ~ Peter VERSUS the Wolf

Symphony Kids
Symphony Kids 1: Saturday, 29 September 2018, 10:00 a.m. ~ Jack & the Beanstalk
Symphony Kids 2: Saturday, 10 November 2018, 10:00 a.m. ~ Fiona the Frog & Her Violin
Symphony Kids 3: Saturday, 9 February 2019, 10:00 a.m. ~ Ralph, the Runaway Rabbit
Symphony Kids 4: Saturday, 6 April 2019, 10:00 a.m. ~ The Wishing Star 

** All Symphony Kids take place at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.**

Pianist Claire Huangci & Brahms’ First Symphony
SYMPHONY KIDS: Ralph, the Runaway Rabbit