May 1, 2017
The Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra (GJSO) is excited to announce its 2017-2018 season of program offerings. Music Director Charles Latshaw has programmed an eclectic mix of beloved symphonies, virtuosic concertos, the return of Tchaikovsky’s Holiday ballet The Nutcracker, works by living composers, and even some Motown and Broadway hits!
The official kick-off to the concert season is the Evening Under The Stars free concert in Sherwood Park which will be held Saturday, August 26th with the subscription season beginning late September 2017.
Orchestral selections include:
- Symphony No. 3 (Rhenish) by Robert Schumann
- Suite from The Firebird by Igor Stravinsky
- Hary Janos Suite by Zoltan Kodaly
- Symphony No. 5 by Dmitri Shostakovich
- Mozartiana by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Guest Artists include:
- Former Canadian Brass horn player Jeff Nelsen performing Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 4 and his wife mezzo-soprano Nina Yoshida Nelsen performing Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer among others.
- Violinist Andrew Sords performing Sibelius’ Violin Concerto
- Pianist Spencer Myer performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2
- The Grand Junction Symphony Chorus performing Vaughn Williams’ Serenade to Music
- GJSO Young Artist winner tenor Christian Mark Gibbs performs Vaughn Williams’ On Wenlock Edge among other selections.
Our extremely popular Symphonic Pops concerts include:
- Great American Songbook: The Music of Berlin, Ellington, Mercer, Gershwin, Rodgers & Hammerstein featuring two Broadway singers.
- Mostly Motown featuring singer Laurice Lanier.
The Nutcracker makes its much-anticipated return this December with three performances on December 9th & 10th in the Grand Junction High School Auditorium. This fully-staged Holiday ballet with live orchestra will feature dancers from local dance companies, the CMU Dance Department, and two world-class principal dancers in the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her cavalier.
The GJSO Chamber Concert Series at Two Rivers Winery & Chateau returns for its 5th Season with a series of concerts featuring mostly musicians of the GJSO.
- Former concertmaster Carlos Elias and his wife pianist Andrea Elias return to Grand Junction in September with GJSO co-principal cellist Kristen Yun to perform at Monument Presbyterian Church.
- GJSO principal trombonist Sean Flanigan and his wife pianist Gisela Flanigan perform in November.
- The CMU faculty wind quintet, Mesa Winds, which is mostly comprised of GJSO principal woodwinds, performs in February 2018.
- Houston based Apollo Chamber Players return to Grand Junction for two peformances in March 2018 which will also feature GJSO principal harpist Elise Anderson and classical guitarist Javier de los Santos.
Current season ticket holders can begin renewing their subscription packages now and must do so by June 2nd to guarantee their same seats. Those interested in joining the GJSO as a new season ticket holder may do so beginning July 5th. New season ticket holders to the Classics & Complete Series save 35% off single ticket prices for the first year and are guaranteed the same seat for each performance they attend. Season ticket packages start as low as $75 per person for 6 concerts for the first year or $110 for 8 concerts.
For a complete listing of concerts, click here.