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Gazette Staff

BUTTE – In keeping with the tradition of community celebration, Montana Power and Touch America will host the fourth Montana Summer Symphony this Saturday, July 21, at 8:30 p.m. in Helena on the Carroll College campus.

This year’s free concert showcases various conductors and players from around the state, in a unique collaborative venture. The concert will feature music inspired by the mountains, plains, forests and star-filled skies. Last year’s concert drew more than 20,000 music lovers to the Carroll College campus.

“We are pleased to be able to continue our sponsorship of this Montana tradition,” said Bob Gannon, chief executive officer of Montana Power and Touch America. “We are very proud of our Montana heritage and believe that this year’s concert celebrates this bond.”

This year’s two-hour program consists of selections of well-remembered movie and classical symphonic music with references to Montana’s prairies, forests, mountains and vast starry skies.

Missoula artist Monte Dolack has created a fourth piece of art that mirrors his unique blend of Montana landscapes, Mother Nature and whimsy. The 2001 poster, which will be on sale beginning July 21, captures the music of nature from a woodwind forest.

Again this year, Montana Power is working with the Montana Association of Symphony Orchestras to bring together more than 100 musicians from Montana’s seven symphony orchestras and their conductors: James Anderson, Butte Symphony; Matthew Savery, Bozeman Symphony; Uri Barnea, Billings Symphony; Gordon Johnson, Great Falls; Eric Funk, Helena Symphony; John Zoltek, Glacier Orchestra & Chorale of Kalispell; and Joseph Henry, Missoula Symphony.

Montana Power also plans to produce a CD and cassette of the event that will be available for sale in the fall. Memorabilia from previous concerts is available by calling toll free 1-800-654-1105 or sending a check or money order to Montana Summer Symphony, Box 5630, Helena, Mont., 59604. Persons interested in purchasing symphony memorabilia may also stop by the Montana Magazine office at 3020 Bozeman Avenue in Helena. CDs also are available from local symphony offices. CDs and posters are $10 each, while videos are $13 and cassettes are $8. Prices include shipping and handling.

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