Music

Helena Chamber Singers’ Winter Concert

The Helena Chamber Singers, a community-based adult choir, will be present their first Winter Concert since 2019, the year when the pandemic began.







Helena Chamber Singers concert

The Helena Chamber Singers will be present their Winter Concert entitled “Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child.” Two concerts will be presented, one on Dec. 17 at 4:30 p.m., and another on Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Plymouth Congregational Church.




The concert, “Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child,” will feature choral music that should appeal to all ages. Two concerts will be presented: Sunday, Dec. 17, at 4:30 p.m., and Monday, Dec. 18, at 7:30 p.m.; both concerts will be held at Plymouth Congregational Church, 400 S. Oakes.

The concert will include music by Michael Praetorius, Morton Lauridsen, Rod McKuen, Barry Manilow, Philip Stopford, Irving Berlin, Alfred Burt, two pieces from the popular movie “Home Alone,” an oboe solo by an outstanding oboist, Sandy Rolan, and an audience singalong featuring popular Christmas songs.

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A special feature of the concerts will be an Appalachian folk song by John Jacob Niles, “I Wonder as I Wander,” sung by an oboe soloist from the Helena Chamber Singers, Grace Ulven, with a backdrop of photos of the unhoused people of Helena by a well-known, excellent photographer Ed Shields. 

The concert will be about 70 minutes and will be sung without intermission. Tickets may be obtained at Piccolo’s Music, from HCS members and at the door.

The concert will also include a silent auction and a post-concert reception with homemade baked goods by HCS choir members.

Xpress Singers’ Christmas show

The Helena Xpress Singers’ Christmas show is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 16, at 3 p.m. at St. Paul’s Methodist Church, 512 Logan St. 

Members of the chorus have been entertaining people around Helena, the state of Montana and beyond for almost 50 years.







Helena Xpress Singers Christmas Chorus

The Helena Xpress Singers’ Christmas show is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 16, at 3 p.m. at St. Paul’s Methodist Church.




The four-part harmony a cappella group, under the direction of Shelly Pardis, performs for parties, conventions, senior living and nursing homes and various community events.

For more information, go to HelenaXpressSingers.org.

Arts

Artists offer ceramics for sale

Forty-six artists will be displaying a huge selection of functional and decorative ceramics.

Prices vary. New stock is added daily. The sale runs through Dec. 23, at the Lundy Center in the previous CVS at 526 Euclid Ave. Noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Holiday sale at the Bray Gallery

The holiday sale at the Bray Gallery runs through Dec. 22.

The online sale started on Nov. 17 at archiebraygallery.org.

Shop artwork from current and former resident artists to find the perfect one-of-a-kind gift.

Consider these ideas; a handmade mug for hot morning drinks, a comforting soup bowl, a distinctive pitcher, a stand-out vase, unique jewelry, stunning sculpture, cocktail cups, uncommon ornaments and find more in-person at the Bray Gallery.

The Bray Gallery is free and open to the public. Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday noon-4 p.m.

Proceeds from the sale benefit the resident artist program at the Archie Bray Foundation. 

Community

Holiday Feed for first responders

Veterans, military, and first responders and their families are invited to join in for a free Holiday Feed of Indian tacos and coffee from noon to 5 p.m. (or until food runs out) Saturday, at VFW Post 10010, 117 W. Main St., East Helena.

The frybread is cooked onsite and the tacos are prepared to order. The event is in appreciation for those who serve their communities.

This event is sponsored by T & J Xteriors, The Last Chance Community Pow Wow, and Sage & Oats Trading Post.

Winter solstice celebration

The Wilbur Rehmann Quintet has teamed up with MJ Williams, Cohesion Dance, Magpie Drummers, Janet Tatz and Judy Fjell for a solstice celebration of music and art.







Winter Solstice Celebration

Cohesion Dance Project, along with the Wilbur Rehmann Quintet, performs at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church during the annual winter solstice concert in December 2022.




The event will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 21, the longest night of the year, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 512 Logan St.

Christmas Eve at the civic center

Join us on Dec. 24, for a free Christmas Eve gathering at the Helena Civic Center sponsored by Narrate Church.

The gatherings begin at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. and will run for 75 minutes and center around a team of musicians leading us through Christmas tunes. There will be scripture readings throughout and a few videos. Free coffee, tea and cookies available.

Doors open 45 minutes prior to the start of gatherings. No tickets are needed.

Theater

‘Wizard of Oz’ visits Grandstreet

Grandstreet Theatre will present “The Wizard of Oz, Youth Edition,” Dec. 1-17.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Fridays, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sundays at 2:30 p.m., at Grandstreet Theatre, 325 N. Park Ave.

The play is by L. Frank Baum with music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg.

Tickets are $17 to $27 and are available online or at the box office, noon to 5 p.m. weekdays. Call 406 447-1574, email [email protected] or go online: www.GrandstreetTheatre.com.

When a tornado whisks young Dorothy Gale and her dog Toto away from their Kansas farm and drops them in Munchkinland, Dorothy discovers a world more vibrant than she ever imagined. Dorothy and Toto, along with the eccentric characters they meet along the way, are off to see “the Wizard.”

The production features 112 students from the Grandstreet Theatre school, ranging from kindergarten through high school. Concessions are available before the performance and at intermission. Booster seats are available.

Dinner theater hosts Christmas shows

Broadwater Community Theater in Townsend will host three Christmas performances.

The annual dinner theater will feature local children’s talent based on the book by Barbara Robinson, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.”







Dinner theater hosts Christmas shows

Broadwater Community Theater in Townsend is hosting an evening dinner theater and children’s plays from the book book by Barbara Robinson, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.”




The Saturday, Dec. 16, event features dinner along with a no-host bar and door prizes. Come enjoy a full evening beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Lodge, 131 So. Spruce. Tickets are $40 per person.

The student actors will also perform Friday, Dec. 15, at 6 p.m. and again at a matinee Sunday, Dec. 17, beginning at 3 p.m. at the Lodge. Tickets are $10 at the door. Children under age 5 attend for free.

All tickets available at Reading Leaves in Townsend. Call 406-396-41468, or The Bird’s Nest 406-266-1335.

Tickets for the dinner theater will be sold in advance only. For more information call 406-980-0592.

‘A Christmas Carol’ comes to civic center

Grandstreet Theatre presents “A Christmas Carol” in the Helena Civic Center ballroom, Dec. 19-23.

The production will be by Jeff Downing, based on the story by Charles Dickens.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday with a Saturday matinee at 2:30 p.m., at the Helena Civic Center ballroom, 340 Neill Ave.

To order tickets, call the Grandstreet Box Office (afternoons): 406-447-1574 or order online: www.GrandstreetTheatre.com.

Tickets are $27 Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening; $23 Tuesday evening and Saturday matinee and $17 for kids 18 and under (please see content advisory).

The Dec. 20 performance will be choose your own price.

Submissions to the Around the Town calendar should be emailed to [email protected] and should be 200 words or less. Submissions should be written in story form, no flyers please. Call Phil Drake at 406-447-4086 if you have questions.

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