Music in the Mansions is Saturday in Helena, MT

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Music in the Mansions’ is Saturday, Article by HelenaIR.


Lovers of music and of Helena’s historic mansions can get a taste of both Saturday, as the Helena Symphony and some generous homeowners host “Music in the Mansions,” featuring food, wine, music and the striking interiors of two private residences.

Soloists from the symphony will perform in the mansions from 7 to 9 p.m., and the music lovers will switch houses at 8 p.m., entertained on the short trip by the symphony chorale’s Madrigal Singers.

“It’s quite a lovely time,” said Pat Callbeck Harper, the symphony’s interim director. “People just enjoy getting inside these gorgeous places that we drive by all the time.”

Harpist Tess Michel will play at the Power Street home of Lucy Dayton and Mark O’Keefe — the former state auditor and 2000 gubernatorial candidate.

Their home was built around 1890 and features an elaborate roof line with a gable and two towers, plus a miniature tower for a ventilator.

The home has been restored by Dayton and O’Keefe with most of the original decor. The grand stairway and the dining room paneling, both of oak, are particularly striking, Harper said.

At that home, light fare will be provided by chef Jeff Spurlin, owner of the Creperie restaurant downtown.

The other home, on Harrison Avenue, is the mansion once occupied by Henry Sieben, who came to Montana at age 17 an uneducated orphan to become a pioneer of Montana’s livestock industry. He was later elected to the National Cowboy Hall of Fame although, as the historic marker in front of the mansion indicates, he never owned a pair of cowboy boots.

The home was purchased in 2001 by Ron Lee and Sue Clarke, both musicians themselves. Clarke died unexpectedly in January.

Helena Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Stephen Cepeda, a nationally noted violinist, will perform in that home.

Built around 1898, the home includes a graceful curved porch, multiple bay windows and the asymmetry of the Queen Anne style. It also features spectacular woodwork in cherry, walnut, bird’s-eye maple and oak, along with faux-leather interior finishings.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to experience Helena Symphony Orchestra musicians in an intimate setting, along with the atmosphere and history of two of Helena’s most celebrated historic homes,” said Symphony special event coordinator Darien Scott.

Tickets are limited due to space considerations. They are $60 and are available by calling the symphony office at 442-1860 or online at

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