H E L E N A Symphony PHOTOS by GINNY EMERY WRITING by BROOKE BOONE MILLER
H E L E N A S YM P HON Y 2 N Last Chance Gulch, Helena, MT
been with the Helena Symphony for many years, even decades," said Patrick Keim, President of the Helena Symphony and Chair of the Helena Symphony Board of Directors. Keim, along with his wife Linda, have been singing with the Symphony for almost 30 years. He said conductor and Music Director, Maestro Allan R. Scott, leads the symphony to its highest potential. "Maestro Scott is very talented to put it mildly. He pushes us to higher levels of achievement and excellence. He is relentless in pursuit of us being the best we can be and more," said Keim. The Helena Symphony is entering its 65th season with the past 16 spent under Maestro Scott's direction. A Philadelphia native, Scott has studied conducting since the age of fifteen. His bio reads that he "developed his artistry under the guidance of some of the most prolific conductors of our time." During his first year with the Helena Symphony, Maestro Scott was also conducting in Colorado and Philadelphia. After that first year of traveling back and forth, he made the decision to move and fully commit his time to the Helena Symphony. "I thought that they needed me here all the time because there's so much work," said Scott.
Music can affect us on many levels. Notes and vibrations strike deep emotional chords helping us feel more alive and connected to the present moment. When we're happy we might listen to upbeat music; when we're sad we may choose slower, more soothing tunes to escort us through our struggle and strife. Classical music is timeless and continues to captivate and inspire listeners across generations. In Helena, locals and visitors are privileged to witness live classical performances expertly delivered by the Helena Symphony. The Helena Civic Center hosts most of the Helena Symphony concerts. The building itself has an heir of grandeur, is rich with local history and is also Montana’s largest concert hall. It's conveniently located right downtown and the sound quality and atmosphere available at the Civic Center do justice to the symphony’s highly skilled musicians. 80 members make up the symphony’s orchestra and 115 join voices in the chorale. "The musicians, both instrumental and vocal, are exceptionally talented and dedicated. Most have
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