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Lewing to perform at UM on Feb. 25

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MISSOULA — Neal Lewing, lifelong Montana singer/songwriter, actor, playwright, poet, author and educator, will return to UM 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 of Polson, 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 original, 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, Neal Lewing [“One of our last troubadours” - Montana Arts Council] carries an impressive resume of credits both in the US and abroad. He shares the Montana Governor’s Arts Award with his wife Karen. Neal (’74) entered the UM Music Department on a vocal scholarship; his Griz roots run deep. A father (Mail Room Supervisor ’66-’72), two brothers (’68 and ‘69/’71), a daughter (’10), a son (’15), and Karen (WSU ’73), hired by MT Rep in 1978. “One of our last troubadours” - Montana Arts Council.Tickets and information for the concert are available through GrizTix by going to

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