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Celebrate A Grand Valley Christmas with Five By Design and the Grand Junction Symphony

December 10, 2018

The Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra (GJSO) is helping you get in the Holiday spirit with two performances of A Grand Valley Christmas featuring the outstanding vocal quintet Five By Design.

Performances will be held Thursday, December 13th at 7:30pm and Friday, December 14th at 7:30pm in the Avalon Theatre.

Celebrating the spirit of the season with winter classics, holiday favorites, and songs to spark the child in all of us, Five By Design’s contagious enthusiasm will chase away the winter blues.  So embark on a musical journey through a winter wonderland this holiday season with Five by Design and the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra.  It may be by foot or sleigh or even reindeer, but Five By Design brings the sights and sounds of Christmas wonderfully to life through songs both familiar and new to the ear.

Five By Design’s signature harmonies have withstood the test of time in a career that stands out on America’s musical landscape, spanning more than twenty-five years.  This nationally-acclaimed vocal ensemble has been the choice of symphony orchestras and performing art centers delighting hundreds of thousands.

But Five By Design’s creative talents go far beyond their vocal prowess. As the creative talent behind Radio Days, Club Swing, Stay Tuned and Cool and Swingin’, their productions showcase the group’s penchant for storytelling and the comedic. Whether backed by symphony orchestra or studio big band, Five By Design embraces the unforgettable melodies, lush harmonies, and swinging rhythms that evoke the names of Miller, Mancini and Mercer.

The Minnesota-based Five By Design includes Lorie Carpenter-Niska, Catherine Scott, Kurt Niska, Michael Swedberg, and Terrence Niska. The group’s familial ties include brothers Terrence and Kurt Niska and the husband-wife duo of Kurt and Lorie Niska and childhood collaborator, Michael Swedberg. The creative team is supported by in-house artist representatives Alton Accola & Midge Swedberg. Their technical team includes Sound Engineer Phil Henrickson who has worked with the ensemble since 1987.

All your favorite Holiday classics are planned including Let It Snow, Winter Wonderland, Christmas Time is Here, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Here Comes Santa Claus, Jingle Bells plus many more!

Great seats are still available and can be purchased online at, by calling 970-243-6787, or by visiting the Grand Junction Symphony office at 414 Main Street. Tickets are also available from the Monumental Events Box Office at the Avalon Theatre, Monday-Saturday, Noon-8pm.

Tickets are $25-$45 for adults and $10 for students.

A Grand Valley Christmas is sponsored by Mountain West Dermatology Aesthetics and Family Health West – The Office of Dr. Michael Neste.

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