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Helena’s “Symphony Under the Stars” paying tribute to Aretha Franklin

Posted at 1:08 PM, Jul 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-20 15:08:17-04

HELENA – This Saturday at 8:30 p.m. will be the 16th annual Intrepid Credit Union “Symphony Under the Stars.”

The concert will be held until 10:30 p.m. on the lawn next to Nelson Stadium with the traditional fireworks show that will begin immediately after the concert.

This year’s theme celebrates Grammy-winning recording artist and music legend Aretha Franklin.

The Helena Symphony is working with a variety of artists on the concert, including Capathia Jenkins, from the Tony Award-winning Broadway show “Newsies,” as well as rhythm and blues singer and Grammy-nominated artist Ryan Shall.

Maestro Allan R. Scott says “Symphony Under the Stars” is the ideal summer event for friends and family in the Queen City.

“Everything starts to quiet down, and the kids are sort of sugared-out, and 18,000 people from around the county are going to this event,” Scott said. “And in a time where politics and so many other things make the world so diverse, music brings everybody together, and I don’t know anybody who doesn’t love Aretha Franklin’s music in some sort of way.”

From 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, concertgoers can begin to put out their blankets with a $5 donation to local Boy Scouts. After 5 p.m., blankets can be placed without the donation to Boy Scouts.

Blankets can only be secured with nonperishable food items, such as canned vegetables, that will be donated to Helena Food Share. Last year, the event generated over 19,000 pounds of food for the pantry.

No rocks, stakes or tarps are allowed as they can be very damaging to the Carroll College grounds.

Pets are also not allowed at the concert or blanket placement.

Scott asks everyone to be respectful and please do not tape or mark-off your saved spot for the show.

Reported by Christine Sullivan/MTN News