Marga Lincoln for the Independent Record





Helena Symphony Orchestra’s post-Valentine’s Day concert has it all.

Take a deep dive into the emotional tumult 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at the Helena Civic Center, when the symphony orchestra performs Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo & Juliet” and Berlioz’s “Symphonie fantastique.”

The audience also has the option to livestream the concert.

“People love it. It’s just so popular. It’s the piece that launched Tchaikovsky as a major composer in the world,” said Music Director Allan R. Scott.

Rather than a musical retelling of Shakespeare’s love story, it’s a 20-minute work that touches on all the major themes and the heartbreak of the tale – “from the love theme, to Friar Laurence’s warning, to the battle scenes of the Montagues and Capulets, to the death of the lovers.”

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