Entertainment briefs: Crystal Baton winner, local casting call, more

Symphony announces Baton winner

Royanna Crawford, an eighth grade student at West Middle School, is the winner of Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra’s fifth annual Crystal Baton Composition Competition.

The symphony put out a call last fall for students to write and submit a simple melody. The melodies were judged for originality, creativity and structure by the symphony’s Music Director Kirk Gustafson and other local musicians.

Crawford plays violin in the West Middle School orchestra that is directed by Cameron Law, who is the co-principal cellist for the symphony and teaches at Grand Junction High School.

Crawford’s orchestrated piece, titled “The Jaunty Cricket,” will be performed at 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 11, at Grand Junction High School auditorium during a concert for local elementary students. Crawford will be recognized at the concert and will receive a hand-blown crystal baton, engraved with her name.

Casting call for local teens, musicians


A casting call for Colorado teens and bands has been put out by Perilous Productions for a unique horror film.

Auditions for teens and local musicians and bands will be from 1–3 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at 2674 Capra Way.

Perilous Productions is working on My Teen Movie, an independent “film that will be produced, written, directed, acted and released all in the state of Colorado based off of teenager’s ideas and creativity,” according to a news release.

Information on roles, rules and guidelines for both actors and musicians can be found at myteenmovie.com.

At a future date, the top actor auditions and band/musician submissions will be uploaded to myteenmovie.com, where the public can pick its favorites, the news release said.

“This project is a Colorado Proud Project to promote the film industry in Colorado, the release said.

Tickets available for concert series


Tickets are now on sale for the Mesa County Concert Association’s 2014–15 season.

In celebration of its 70th year, the association is offering seven concerts featuring national and international artists for $50 for adults and $25 children and students. Ticket prices will increase to $60 for adults and $30 for children and students after June 15.

Concerts are at Grand Junction High School auditorium, 1400 N. Fifth St.

In the concert lineup are the Igor Hutman’s Moscow Jazz Orchestra, The Limeliters, Hudson Shad, Ben Gulley, Nashville Live!, Quartetto Gelato and The StepCrew.

Go to mesacountyconcertassociation.org for schedule details or call 243-1979 for information.

Lampwork classes at gallery


Lampwork classes with Lezlie Foster will be offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at The Blue Pig Gallery, 101 W. Third St., in Palisade.

Cost is $125. Tools, glass and individual torches are provided.

Participants must provide their own protective eye wear and should wear cotton clothing and nothing with baggy or oversized sleeves.

Call 464-4819 for information and to reserve a space.

Master dance class being offered


A master dance class in jazz and lyrical will be taught by John Kelley from 7–8:30 p.m. Friday, April 18, at Creative Avenues, 835 N. 26th St.

Kelley has danced and trained with many well-known teachers and choreographers from Los Angeles to Chicago such as Barry Lather, Gus Giardano, Greg Russell, Keith Clifton and Tony Copolla.

He has taught and choreographed for many studios and workshops over the years. He performed on snow in the open ceremony of the World Cup Ski Championships, was assistant choreographer for the 2000 Pro Bowl in Hawaii, taught at Colorado Mesa University and worked with various dance competitions.

Cost for the master class is $25 and registration is required by April 15. Register at CreativeAvenuesGJ.com.

Williams Brothers Band releases tracks


The Williams Brothers Band’s new album “Live at the Mesa Theater” can be downloaded at reverbnation.com/thewilliamsbrothersband?mfg_profile_popup=true. The first track, “Get Me Down,” is free on Friday, April 11, and a second track will be available Saturday and Sunday, April 12–13. This is the only opportunity to download songs from the local band for free.

The album soon will be on sale at iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and locally at Rhema Music & Clothing Co. in Fruita, and Triple Play Records and Hastings in Grand Junction.


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