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LEAD | It's an exciting time for the Historic Homestake Opera House in Lead, and an upcoming concert will continue the momentum.

The Black Hills Symphony Chamber Orchestra will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, on the opera house stage for The Epiphany Concert: Angels Project. A news release from the opera house says Bruce Knowles will conduct the concert. 

But this isn't just another concert: this one serves as the kickoff event for the restoration of the interior of the historic theater, according to theater officials. 

“This is a very important time in this building’s life,” Sarah Carlson, opera house executive director said in the release. “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 concert's name comes from the traditional Epiphany holiday, a religious holiday observed on Jan. 6 by many Christians across the world, celebrating the "manifestation of spiritual beings.” That seems fitting, since the plasterwork to be restored includes two angels atop the opening of the stage — aka the "proscenium."

Carlson said The Epiphany Concert: Angels Project kickoff will help support the project ahead, which will be a big one. 

Photos provided by Carlson to the Journal show the angels on the proscenium with a worn, ashen look, which Carlson said comes from a 1984 fire. She said the project's goal is to use research, photography and paint samples to repair the intricate plasterwork to look just like it did in 1914. 

The Jan. 7 performance will include pieces by Vivaldi, Bach, Warlock, Respighi and Handel, among others. Event proceeds will benefit the next phase of the interior restoration project and supporting operations. 

A new interpretive exhibit will be on the second floor, showcasing the history of the Homestake Opera House & Recreation Center, historic treasures, archival imagery and film.

Admission is $25 for adults, $20 for members, $15 for students and $10 for children 12 and younger. Tickets are available at the door, online at, or by calling 584-2067. Seating is first-come first served and reservations are not required. 

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