Italian influence focus of concert music

A little bit of Italy comes to western Colorado during Viva Italia! a classics concert presented by Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra.

Kristen Yeon-Ji Yun, the symphony co-principal cellist and Colorado Mesa University assistant professor of cello and bass, will perform with the symphony during the concert that will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at the Grand Junction High School auditorium, 1400 N. Fifth St.

Yeon-Ji Yun will perform Boccherini’s “Cello Concerto in B flat Major” in the Italian-inspired concert that also will feature Rossini’s “L’italiana in Algeri Overture.”

Yeon-Ji Yun’s biography on the faculty page of CMU’s website details her awards at numerous competitions around the world. Before coming to CMU, Yeon-Ji Yun taught at Indiana Wesleyan University and DePauw University among others.

Tickets to Viva Italia! cost $17.50–$30 for adults and $5 for students with ID. Tickets can be purchased at gjsymphony.org, by calling 243-6787 or at the symphony office, 414 Main St.

Prior to the concert, The Grand Junction Symphony Guild will host its second Wine and Tapas event. The fundraiser features Italian inspired wine and tapas and a presentation from Maestro Kirk Gustafson focusing on the night’s performance.

The Wine and Tapas event will be from 5:30–7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at First Congregational Church, 1425 N. Fifth St., across the street from Grand Junction High School. Tickets cost $25 per person. Call the Symphony office at 243-6787 for tickets and information.


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