Quick Picks: Contra dancing; symphony’s ‘West Side Story’ concert; U.S. Navy Band Commodores

U.S. Navy Band Commodores jazz ensemble

Saturday, Oct. 29

Contra at 100

Local contra dancers will celebrate a milestone with a potluck, jam session and dancing, of course.

Since November 1999, contra dancers have gathered each month to dance. Begun in Palisade and now kicking up their heels at Grand Junction DanceSport, 421 Colorado Ave., the group will have its 100th dance from 7:30–10:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29.

A workshop for new dancers will be at 7 p.m., and before than, at 4:30 p.m., will be the potluck and jam session. Take a dish to share and an instrument to play.

For the dance, Celtic band Fifth Reel will play along with guest fiddler Sue Sternberg. The dances will be called by Ron Young.

Bring a partner or find one at the dance. Beginners are always welcome.

Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for students and $4 for ages 10–17.

Saturday and Sunday, 
Oct. 29–30

Shakespeare inspired

Soprano Zulimar López-Hernández and tenor Andrew Maughan will take on the roles of Maria and Tony from “West Side Story” for the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra’s concerts also titled “West Side Story.”

The soloists, each with an accolade-filled vocal biography, will perform in the concerts set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at the Avalon Theatre, 645 Main St.

Tickets for adults range from $20 to $40 and cost $5 for students.

The program for the concert is filled with music inspired by William Shakespeare.

Along with “Suite No. 1,” with favorite selections from Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story” — the musical is set in 1950s-New York City with a significant nod to “Romeo and Juliet” — the symphony will perform Felix Mendelssohn’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture,” Giovanni Rota’s “Love Theme” from “Romeo & Juliet,” Frederick Delius’ “The Walk to the Paradise Garden” from “A Village Romeo and Juliet” and John Corigliano’s “Gazebo Dances.”

Tickets are available at the symphony’s office, 414 Main St., at gjso.org and by calling 243-6787.


Wednesday, Nov. 2

Navy jazz

The U.S. Navy Band Commodores will fill Grand Junction High School’s auditorium with big band jazz beginning at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2.

The performance is free to attend. Grand Junction High School is located at 1400 N. Fifth St.

The Commodores jazz ensemble has been performing for more than 40 years, appearing on TV, at jazz festivals and touring abroad, according to a news release from the Navy.


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