Festival brings talented student musicians to GJ

Some of the most talented high school musicians in Colorado and Utah are coming to Grand Junction for The Best of the West Music Festival.

There will be three public concerts and two days of workshops during the festival, which will go Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 1–3, at Colorado Mesa University.

The first concert, part of the university’s Guest Artist Series, will feature the Brooklyn-based Project Trio at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, in the Recital Hall of the university’s Moss Performing Arts Center, 1231 N. 12th St. Project Trio — Greg Pattillo on flute, Eric Stephenson on cello and Peter Seymour on bass — blends classical music with a high octane mix of jazz, hip-hop and rock, according to a news release.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students.

Then, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, in the arts center’s Robinson Theatre the university’s Wind Symphony will perform the world premiere of “The Caledonian Forest” by Kimberly Archer.

The piece is a tone poem based on Archer’s summer travels to Scotland. It attempts to paint a picture in sound of an ancient forest. Project Trio also will perform with the Wind Symphony with an eclectic mix of selections, the release said.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students.

The final concert, set for 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, in Robinson Theatre, will feature a performance with a world premiere with two bands made up of participants in the Best of the West Festival. Admission to this concert is free.

Call 248-1604 for festival information.

— Compiled by Tammy Gemaehlich


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