Music Director Allan R. Scott and the Helena Symphony launch the Symphony’s 59th Season on Saturday, September 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the Helena Civic Center.  Titled Heroic Portraits, the Opening Night features Governor Steve Bullock narrating American composer Aaron Copland’s inspiring Lincoln Portrait.  Copland’s spirit of Americana is coupled with maverick Charles Ives’ Symphony No. 2, complete with gospel tunes, American songs, and barn-dancing fiddles.  The performance culminates with Beethoven’s revolutionary testament in his groundbreaking and mighty Symphony No. 3 – the Eroica (“heroic”).

The evening concludes with a dessert reception in the Helena Civic Center Ballroom.  The champagne dessert reception with Governor Bullock, Maestro Scott, and the musicians of the HSO, is generously sponsored by The Parrot, who provides their popular candies and chocolates.  Season ticket holders are invited to the reception for free, and tickets are available at the door for $10 for non-season ticket holders.

Subscriptions for the six Exergy Masterworks Concerts are available now, and includes some of the most well-loved works of music including: three symphonies by Beethoven, Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1,
Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, and works by Leonard Bernstein, Bach, and an a concert dedicated to the incredible operas of Giuseppe Verdi.  The Season also features incredible soloists, such as world-renowned Pianist Joel Fan, New York City Opera Soprano Kerri Marcinko, super star Tenor Kirk Dougherty, and HSO’s own Principal Cellist Linda Kuhn, to name a few.

The Symphony is also offering a new Young Professionals Concert Series designed for professionals in their 20’s to 40’s.  This three concert mini-series (concerts in September, January, and February) features a Beethoven symphony, and is designed so young professionals have an opportunity to become part of the Helena arts scene, mingle and network with other young professionals, and experience the Helena Symphony.  The Young Professionals Concert Series costs $50 for all three concerts, and includes several other bonuses such as a pre-concert social with a complimentary drink and a ticket to the Opening Night Reception.

“Living in such uncertainty these days, upheaval, and economic trends, this is a time when we need music the most in our lives,” says Executive Director Pat Callbeck Harper.  “We have a great treasure in Helena – a fabulous orchestra and chorus.  Stay near to us.  We promise you – you will be always be glad you came.  Allow us to continue to enrich your lives with the great gift of music.”

To subscribe to the 2013-2014 Season, subscriptions can be purchased on line at, or by calling the Symphony Box Office (406.442.1860), or at the Symphony Box Office located at new offices 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 for $240, $165, $144, $120, and single tickets to non-subscription events are on sale as well with all seats reserved.  The 3-concert Young Professionals Concert Series is $50 (45% off the regular price).

Several sections are already sold out, so now is the time to renew or become a subscriber.  Subscribers receive many great benefits, such as savings up to 30% off regular ticket prices, the Conductor’s Pre-Concert Crash Course for each Exergy Masterworks Concert, The Art of Listening Newsletter with advance program notes, priority seating on all non-subscription concerts, and flexible ticket exchange.

Symphony to open season with words of Lincoln, works of Beethoven and American classics
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