The Black Hills Symphony Chamber Orchestra will play in Lead to kick off the 2018 Stage Restoration Project with Epiphany Concert early next year. 

The public is invited to attend the Black Hills Symphony Chamber Orchestra performing on the stage of the Historic Homestake Opera House for a 2018 concert kickoff event titled The Epiphany Concert: Angels Project at 2 p.m. Jan. 7 at the opera house at 313 W. Main Street.

The Epiphany Concert: Angels Project will be conducted by Bruce Knowles, who has worked as orchestra director at Central High School for more than thirty years, developing a reputation for excellent, award-winning orchestras.

The long-awaited restoration of the interior of the opera house theater is underway with the completion of the north and the south lower theater walls beautifully restored to appear as they did to an grand opening day crowd in 1914.

“This is a very important time in this building’s life,” says Sarah Carson, Homestake Historic Opera House executive director. “This 2018 project is an important milestone in South Dakota history, Lead history, and Homestake Gold Mine history, and it’s important also for our community members and people who worked on this building before us. People now see the inspiring changes, and that progress is a reward for all of us.”

The Epiphany Concert: Angels Project kickoff event which will help support the large project ahead, which involves restoring the large intricate plasterwork opening of the stage, called a “proscenium,” in which the plasterwork will be repaired and replicated to look as it did in 1914 based on research, photography, and paint samples. The name for the concert came from the January 6 date celebrated by Christians all over the world as Epiphany, meaning "a manifestation of spiritual beings” since the elaborate original plasterwork to be restored includes the 1914 angels that grace the top of the opening of the stage.

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Carlson adds there has been a series of special events in celebration of restoration projects every step of the way in the last 7 years, and especially thanks the City of Lead, loyal opera house annual members, and the Adams-Mastrovich Family Foundation for their ongoing support.

Admission is $25 for adults, $20 for members, and $15 for students, and $10 for children 12 and younger. Tickets are available at the door, online at HomestakeOperaHouse.org, or by credit card by calling the opera house office at 584-2067. Seating is first-come, first-served and reservations are not required. Beer, wine, soda and water is available for purchase.

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Chris Huber is the managing editor at the Rapid City Journal.