The Butte Symphony, with the help of a grant by the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, presented a free outdoor movie/concert at the Original Mine headframe in Uptown Butte on Thursday, Aug. 20.
The concert, part of the Outdoor Movies at the Original series, featured the 1920 silent film “Manhatta” and Charlie Chaplin’s 1917 “The Adventurer,” as well as music from “The Wizard of Oz,” “The Muppets” and “Harry Potter.”
“The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation has truly made this concert possible,” Butte Symphony Executive Director Mark Hayden said. “As an orchestra with a small and mainly rural population base we are only able to provide this free concert through the generous grant from the Foundation.”
The August concert is the kickoff event for the 2015-2016 concert season, the symphony’s 66th, making it Montana’s oldest symphony orchestra.
“Cultural traditions like the Butte Symphony help bring people together,” Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation Executive Director Mike Halligan said. “The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation is proud to help give local families the opportunity to experience this unique performance by local musicians.”
The Foundation has been a partner of the Butte Symphony Association since 2007, supporting the Symphony’s children’s programs, the annual Children’s Concert and Teaching/Learning Workshops. The Children’s Concert exposes 4th and 5th grade children in southwest Montana to a live symphony orchestra performance and provides an opportunity they may not otherwise have for many rural community students.
The Foundation has recently expanded its support to help fund BSA special events such as “Symphony Under the Silver Screen” and last year’s “Symphony Over the Stars.”
For more information, contact the Butte Symphony at (406) 723-5590 or on the web at buttesymphony.org.