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Neal Lewing celebrates "50 Years of Montana Gold"

| February 22, 2024 12:00 AM

Neal Lewing, a lifelong Montana singer/songwriter, actor, playwright, poet, author and educator, will return to the University of Montana Feb. 25 to celebrate 50 years since matriculating as a professional entertainer and help raise awareness of the need for music and musicians. Proceeds benefit the UM Music Scholarship program.

Lewing’s “50 Years of Montana Gold” scholarship concert, presented through Black Paw Music and Port Polson Players, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, in the UM Music Recital Hall. The show features a wide range of music from classic to pop to originals, and several guest artists, including seasoned professionals, mid-career musicians and up-and-comers in the music industry.

In a career well into its sixth decade, Lewing has been described by the Montana Arts Council as “one of our last troubadours.” He carries an impressive resume of credits both in the U.S. and abroad, and shares the Montana Governor Arts Award with his wife, Karen.

Lewing (Class of ‘74) entered the UM Music Department on a vocal scholarship. His Griz roots run deep, with his father, two brothers, a daughter and son all part of the lineage.

Tickets and information for the concert are available through GrizTix at grizhub.umt.edu/event/9944201.