Concert goers to get bonus


Symphony Food Drive

The Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra continues to collect nonperishable food items for the Orchestras Feeding America program.

Food items can be donated at the symphony’s office through April 6 or brought to the Children’s Concert on Saturday, March 27, or the “Stravinsky: The Firebird” concert on Thursday, April 1.

Food items also can be dropped off at Grand Junction area City Market stores from April 1–6.

All the collected items will be donated to Western Slope Food Bank of the Rockies.

The Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming performances come with a bonus.

The audience will hear the symphony perform an original melody composed by Fruita’s Abigail Heaton, 14, who won the Crystal Baton competition aimed at encouraging middle-school students to compose.

Heaton’s “His Return” will be played at the symphony’s annual Children’s Concert at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 27, and the “Stravinsky: The Firebird” concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 1. Both concerts are at Grand Junction High School.

The Children’s Concert also will feature Sergei Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf,” which introduces children to the instruments played in the symphony.

For the performance, the symphony will be joined by the Grand Valley Children’s Choir and Mesa State College dancers along with the symphony.

Tickets are $5 for children 12 and younger and $15 for adults.

The “Stravinsky: The Firebird” concert will have encore performances of the music and dance featured at the Children’s Concert, with the addition of “The Firebird.”

Guest performers for the concert will be Amy Earnest and Lance Hardin, the artistic directors of the Avant-Garde School of Dance in Centennial.

Tickets for adults for “The Firebird” range in price from $15 to $25, and student tickets are $5.

— Compiled by Melinda Mawdsley


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