‘Mahler & Mozart’ takes stage this weekend at Avalon Theatre

Jeff Nelsen and Nina Yoshida Nelsen will perform with Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23–24.

Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra will open its 2017–18 season with “Mahler & Mozart” featuring husband and wife musicians Jeff Nelsen and Nina Yoshida Nelsen.

During the concert, the horn player and the mezzo-soprano will perform as soloists as well as together in a piece for horn, voice and piano.

“Mahler & Mozart” will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, at Avalon Theatre, 645 Main St.

On the program is Mozart’s “Horn Concerto No. 4 in E-Flat major, K. 495” featuring Jeff Nelsen, Mahler’s “Songs of a Wayfarer” featuring Nina Yoshida Nelsen and Ryan O’Connell’s 
“Remembering the Future” featuring both Nelsens.

The symphony takes the starring role in Linda Robbins Coleman’s overture “In Good King Charles’s Golden Days” and Zoltan Zodály’s “Háry János Suite,” according to a news release from the symphony.

Jeff Nelsen is a former member of the Canadian Brass, with which he spent eight years. He has toured and performed with a number of orchestras on six continents and “has thrilled audiences and mentored students for over 20 years,” the release said.

He is professor of horn at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and founder of Fearless Performance LLC.

Nina Yoshida Nelsen has performed across the United States and abroad, including several performances — New York City and Sarasota operas, Opera Santa Barbara and London’s Royal Albert Hall — as Suzuki in “Madama Butterfly.”

The San Francisco Classical Voice described her as a “rich-voiced, expressive mezzo-soprano.”

All seating for these concerts is reserved and tickets cost $20–$40 for adults, $5 for students.

Tickets can be purchased at gjso.org, by calling 243-6787, at the symphony office at 414 Main St., or at the Avalon Theatre one hour prior to each performance.


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