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Bozeman Symphony and Gallatin Empire Lions Club present Festival of the Fourth




The Bozeman Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Matthew Savery, will perform a program of patriotic and pops favorites at 9 p.m. on July 4, leading into the traditional fireworks display at 10:30 p.m.

This is the 20th year the Lion’s Club has put on the event, and the fifth year that the Bozeman Symphony has collaborated with the Lion’s Club.

The orchestra will be seated under an acoustical tent with lighting and special effects, and the program will feature a live narration of a piece titled “I am the American Flag” written by composer Jim Beckel.

“We have some compositions that we play that are choreographed to fireworks and with a narrator, so it’s just very unique and not typical [of] what you would see elsewhere,” said Emily Paris-Martin, director of marketing and operations for the Bozeman Symphony.

Paris-Martin said approximately 5,000 people attended the first collaboration and they’re expecting between 8,000 and 10,000 attendees at this year’s event.

“We’ve been compared to the Chicago Symphony and the Utah Symphony,” Paris-Martin said. “It’s a nice surprise for people who aren’t really sure what to expect from a community orchestra from our area.”

The event, held at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds, is free and open to all ages. Seating is available on a first-come-first-served basis.

For more information, contact the Bozeman Symphony at (406) 585-9774 or

The Bozeman Symphony and Symphonic Choir is dedicated to preserving musical excellence as a living part of our community, now and for future generations, through performance, education and community partnerships, while maintaining a vigilant devotion to artistic and fiscal integrity.

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