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Given the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on large gatherings from the State of Montana, the Helena Symphony is announcing the following changes to several upcoming concerts.
Carmen in Concert
The Saturday, 13 June 2020 performance of Bizet’s opera Carmen (rescheduled from 2 May 2020) is postponed until two years from now for the 2021-2022 Season.
In addition to the health crisis, there are significant logistic complications at this point in the reopening phases, as the Symphony needs to wait until Phase has been implemented. The Symphony is reviewing multiple options on how to safely resume concert performances for our patrons and the community when the appropriate time comes.
All tickets for this performance will be honored for any performance during the 2020-2021 Season. Tickets purchased for canceled concerts maybe exchanged for any concert during the 2020-2021 Season. Season Ticket holders, will receive additional tickets for the 2020-2021 Season or additional Bring A Friend Vouchers for the 2020-2021 Season. Or tickets may be returned as a donation.
Benefit Concert at Montana Ting
The Benefit Concert is rescheduled for Saturday, 1 August 2020 (originally scheduled for 27 June). Tickets for this red carpet affair (A Night in Hollywood at the Montana Ting) are $150. The location allows for required social distancing and the event is limited to 500 people. The Helena Symphony will ONLY have this performance if public health officials deem it safe to do so. The Symphony is working with public health officials to ensure the safety of our patrons, audience, musicians, and guest artists. The health and safety of patrons, musicians, volunteers and staff is the top priority.
Intrepid Credit Union Symphony Under the Stars
Click here to read the full press release. The Intrepid Credit Union Symphony Under the Stars is a free gift to the community from Carroll College and the Helena Symphony on the third Saturday in July. Given that this concert attracts over 18,000 people from all over the country, this event will be canceled for this year. Please see full quotes from the other press release.
Symphony Offices Moved
Click here to read the full press release. Planned for many months, the Helena Symphony offices and administrative operations relocated from the current location at the Livestock Building to the main floor of Placer Building. Built in 1913 by George H. Carsley in association with Cass Gilbert, The Placer Hotel (aka “Hotel Placer”) was Helena’s finest hotel for many years, a political hangout, and where many historical figures stayed.
The Symphony will be one of the anchors of the building on the first floor. Symphony patrons can enter on the Walking Mall entrance or the entrance just outside the Symphony offices on the north side of the Placer near Jackson Street. There is plenty of available parking on Jackson Street and there are no stairs into the offices, so it is very accessible to anyone.
The Placer Commercial invested in a significant remodel and renovations to the space for the Symphony, and the Symphony also has redesigned the space to a more modern and industrial look. The new office space will be open starting May 11 while some continued renovations take place. An official open house will be announced at a time when there is more of an opening in the community. The contact phone number, email, and other digital contacts for the Symphony remain the same, but the address change is listed below.
The contact information for the new offices in the Placer Building is:
21 N. Last Chance Gulch, Suite 100
Helena, MT 59601
“Music is needed more than ever,” explains Music Director Allan R. Scott. “Music defines who we are and who we strive to be, and the Helena Symphony exists for this very reason – to bring the hearts and minds of the people in our community together through music. The Helena Symphony exists for our community, because of our community, and we look forward to being with everyone again in concert soon.” The principal musicians of the Helena Symphony Orchestra have been offering daily mini concerts to continue to bring music to our community. “Over 2,500 people every day are experiencing these wonderful musical moments,” explains Director of Artistic Planning Rehanna Olson. “We are absolutely committed to keeping music going for this community.”
The staff and Maestro Scott are in daily regular communication with the many levels of the Helena Symphony. The Symphony has over 230 individuals involved, including the 78 players of the Helena Symphony Orchestra, 110 singers of the Helena Symphony Chorale, 16 members of the staff, and 18 members of the Board of Directors. “We are in regular communication with the people internally, as well as staying in contact with senior public health officials, major donors, season partners, and all patrons,” explains Director of Patron Services Scott Kall.
Please follow the Symphony’s website (helenasymphony.org) or the Symphony’s Facebook page for up to date information, or contact the Symphony at 406.442.1860.