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Artwork unveiling

Carroll College President John Cech and Helena Symphony Maestro Allan Scott unveil the 2019 Intrepid Credit Union Symphony Under the Stars art, designed by Connie Bergum.

The artwork for this year's Intrepid Credit Union Symphony Under the Stars concert featuring Aretha Franklin was unveiled in a ceremony at Carroll College Tuesday.

For this year's artwork, Connie Bergum imagined how Franklin's music would look and came up with sweeping, curving hues of purple, blue, orange and red all moving out from the singer like steam. 

Bergum said the idea for the artwork came from a radio interview with a woman with synesthesia, a condition that connects colors to sounds, words or other stimuli describing that feeling.

"She heard music as a color," Bergum said. 

This is Bergum's 15th year providing art for Symphony Under the Stars. 

"It's one of my most fun projects," Bergum said.

A limited number of art prints will be on sale starting July 16 for $25 apiece. In conjunction with the art sales, Blackfoot River Brewing Company will release a Symphony Pale Ale, and $1 from every glass sold will benefit the annual concert. 

Thousands of spectators typically turn out for the free outdoor concert, which is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. July 20 this year at Carroll College's Guadalupe Hill. Spectators can set up blankets on lawn at 5 p.m. the day before, holding spots to picnic, listen and then watch a fireworks show after the music ends. 

For a $5 donation to the Boy Scouts of America, spectators can place their blankets at 3 p.m. Friday, July 19.

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Crime and health reporter for the Helena Independent Record.

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