Nick Wilder

Benefit Concert 2022

The 2022 benefit concert for the Helena Symphony was truly amazing and a great success.

After a long time of preparation, people could hardly wait for June 25th. After a pause in 2020 due to the Corona pandemic, it was finally time to launch the 4th Benefit Concert for the Helena Symphony. It was again called “A Night in Hollywood at Montana Ting”. Christine and Nick opened the doors of their Ting estate for the fourth time as hosts.

The kind of music that was to be played was decided months ago. The best variety of famous film scores in history.

Everyone was excited, and the tension was rising. Would everything go as planned?

On a beautiful and sunny Montana afternoon the guests were greeted on the red carpet, flanked by a golden Oscar statue on either side and then photographed by the team of Floating Leaf Studios. Afterwards they received a glass of Champaign and a strawberry dipped in fine chocolate.  They all started to meander on the grounds of the TING for social chitchat, mesmerized by the beautiful setting. After a great meal catered by Chili O’Brien, everyone took their seats. The evening started with the national anthem of the USA. While everyone was standing up singing, a huge American flag was slowly raised on the facade of the TING. Afterwards, in solidarity with the Ukrainian people, the anthem of Ukraine was played and two Ukrainian flags were raised by two women (BJ Geier and Linda Pickering) next to the US-Flag.

The musical menue was spiced with film scores from the Disney movie “Beauty and the Beast.” Valerie Radu and the Greg Knetge suddenly appeared on the TING terrace, dressed in the costume of BEAUTY and the BEAST, and offered a beautiful dance performance – just like in the movie.

The director of the Helena Symphony Orchestra, Allan R. Scott, did not miss the opportunity to say a few words about the outgoing president of the Helena Symphony, Patrick “Pat” Keim, as he has worked tirelessly for the Helena Symphony Orchestra over the last years. To everyone’s delight, the now 80-year-old president himself sang the song “Be our guest”, also from the Disney hit “Beauty and the Beast”, earning thunderous applause from the 500 guests.

Classics scores such as SHAFT, INDIANA JONES and many more were played. Even “Captain Jack Sparrow” (Marvin Allison) came along. He had climbed the roof of the house and appeared on a mounted stage on top of the building and was accompanied below on the main terrace by three pirate brides, a belly-dance company from Helena that performed a sable dance, while Marvin Allison as  “Captain Jack Sparrow” fought the invisible enemies on the top of the roof and was apparently on the lookout for the Black Pearl.

A desert buffet provided the culinary pleasure for the guests in the pause.

A great and successful event ended with a happy and enchanted audience, which would not have been possible without all the great sponsors. At this point – a big thank you to all of them. Also thanks to all the hardworking helpers in the background, the Helena Symphony Orchestra and of course to the wonderful hosts Christine and Nick and their friends and neighbors that together pulled it off for the fourth time. Congratulations!

My heartfelt thanks to Gianna of Floating Leaf Studios for permission to share the images here.

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Mark your calendar. On 25th of June 2022will be the 4th Benefit Concert and you can grap your tickets now! Click on the gif you´ll connected with the ticket website.