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SLH offers Summer Concert Series and Shakespeare in the Parks
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Sapphire Lutheran Homes is offering their Ninth Annual Summer Concert Series of three concerts plus Shakespeare in the Parks to help the community celebrate the summer of 2021.

Dominic Farrenkopf, director of community life at SLH, said he is happy to be bringing the concert series back this year.

“Not only is the general public excited about the concert series so are our residents and their families,” he said. “They are looking forward to seeing everyone on the lawn and enjoying the music. We are extremely grateful to all of the sponsors who make this series possible. Without their support, the music series would not be what it is.”

The concerts start at 7 p.m. on Fridays on the large lawn on the Sapphire campus at 501 N. 10th St. in Hamilton.

The line-up includes “Who Dat” on June 25, “406” on July 2 and “Band In Motion” on July 9.

Farrenkopf said “Who Dat” is "a Montana band with a southern rock sound."

“They bring a diverse and eclectic range of musical experience, a mix of guitars, fiddle, keys, percussion and sweet vocal harmonies,” he said. “This group rocks it out when they perform songs by The Eagles, Zac Brown Band, The Beach Boys, Alabama, The Doobie Brothers and many more.”

“406” with country-rockers Mark Duboise, Checkers Barker, John Parr, Tom Nash and Stu Jackson brings a unique style of country, Southern rock with some slow dance tunes.

“[They have] music made with care and talent to spare,” Farrenkopf said. “Come and join in the fun!”

The last concert is the high-energy performance of “Band In Motion.”

“They transform their dance music, musicianship, and fresh grooves of today’s funk and yesterday’s pop sound,” Farrenkopf said. “Band In Motion brings the fun and tunes to groove to, let’s dance!”

The Summer Concert Series is free and open to the public. There is plenty of room to spread out, so bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the music.

“We are taking a little break from the barbecue, ice cream, and popcorn, but folks can bring their own beverages and food and enjoy it while they listen to the music,” Farrenkopf said. “The great music will be the focus this year and a chance to gather as a community. Please join us!”

Sapphire Lutheran Homes will host Montana Shakespeare in the Parks with a twist this summer. Hamilton is a double feature city.

“A double feature city means that Hamilton will get to see both Shakespeare in the Parks performances in a two-night event,” Farrenkopf said. “Both performances are free.”

MSIP will perform “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 27, and “Cymbeline” at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 28.

“A Midsummer Night's Dream” is a comedy written by William Shakespeare around 1595 or 1596 and is one of his most famous and popular plays. The setting is Athens where there will be a marriage of Hippolyta and Theseus. Subplots include the conflict between four Athenian lovers, the drama of six amateur actors as they rehearse the play for the wedding and mischievous fairies who manipulate the humans.

Cymbeline, also known as “The Tragedie of Cymbeline or Cymbeline, King of Britain,” is a play set in Ancient Britain and based on legends about the early Celtic British King Cunobeline. The play, written around 1611, was first declared a tragedy but some modern critics have declared Cymbeline as a comedy or even a romance. The play explores jealousy, innocence, romance, and murder in a plot featuring the king, his children, their lovers and enemies.

Attend the free Montana Shakespeare in the Parks performances on the large lawn of the Sapphire campus at 501 N.10th Street in Hamilton. For more play information, visit shakespeareintheparks.org. For up-to-date information about the Hamilton performances call 406-363-2800 or visit sapphirelutheran.org.

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