1874 opera ‘Carmen’ concludes GJ Symphony season

The dramatic music of George Bizet’s “Carmen” will conclude the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra’s 36th season.

Bizet’s 1874 opera, which is a “classic story of love, jealousy, betrayal and death,” will be presented at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 12, in the Grand Junction High School auditorium, 1400 N. Fifth St., according to a news release from the symphony.

Guests mezzo-soprano Buffy Baggott, tenor Mark Thomsen and baritone Kelly Anderson, who happens to be the symphony’s executive director, will sing the story of the captivating gypsy Carmen, the Spanish soldier who loves her and the bullfighter who wins her heart.

Local singers who will perform in secondary roles in “Carmen” are soprano Dara Fulber, mezzo-soprano Kathleen Ruhleder and baritone Christopher Arroyo. The Grand Valley Children’s Choir along with the Grand Junction Symphony Chorus, which is comprised by members of the Western Colorado Chorale, the Schumann Singers and the Colorado Mesa University Chamber Choir, will be part of the performance

Tickets range in cost from $17.50–$30 for adults and $5 for students with a valid ID.

Tickets can be purchased at gjsymphony.org, by calling 243-6787, or at the symphony office, 414 Main St.


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