‘Tis the season for symphony music

The Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra invites you to celebrate the season with an evening of beautiful music and other seasonal fare.

Joining the symphony for “‘Tis the Season” are world-renowned opera tenor Mark Thomsen, young Utah Opera stars Amy and Shea Owens and combined area high school choirs. The concert will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Grand Junction High School auditorium, 1400 N. Fifth St.

Choirs from Central, Fruita Monument and Grand Junction high schools will perform Gustav Holst’s “Christmas Day” with the full orchestra.

“This medley of beloved Christmas carols, featuring ‘Good Christian Men Rejoice,’ ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,’ ‘Come Ye Lofty, Come Ye Lowly’ and ‘The First Noel,’ is sure to be the highlight of the evening, not only for the audience but also for the high school choir members who have been rehearsing for months,” a symphony news release said.

Other works to be performed are Eugene Ormandy’s transcription of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme.” Samuel Barber’s “Die Natali” and Johann Strauss’ “Tales from the Vienna Woods.”

The Owenses — Shea is a baritone and Amy, a soprano — will perform the duet from Camille Saint-Saens’ “Christmas Oratorio” with harpist Elise Helmke and pianist Andrea Arese-Elias.

Amy Owens and an orchestra of only cellos will perform the fifth movement of Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos’ “Bachianas brasileiras.”

Duke Ellington’s jazzy interpretation of “The Nutcracker Suite,” will be followed by vocalist Thomsen and the full orchestra on the joyful and inventive “The Twelve Gifts of Christmas,” written by Jeff Tyzik.

Tickets cost $17.50, $25 or $30 for adults and $5 for students with a valid ID.

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


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