Symphony highlights Slavic music



The Grand Junction Symphony will host “Belle Epoque: An Evening of Beautiful Songs” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at Two Rivers Winery and Chateau, 2087 Broadway.

The performance also is being presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at The Blue Sage Center for the Arts in Paonia.

“The Belle Époque (‘Beautiful Era’) was a period in French History around the time of the Industrial Revolution characterized by optimism, peace and new technologies,” according to concert notes. The performance by soprano Camille Zamora, mezzo Abigail Fischer and pianist Susan Ellinger will feature pieces by Fauré, Berlioz, Bizet, Ravel and Massenet, along with cabaret songs and opera duet selections.

Tickets to the Two Rivers Winery concert cost $25. Go to or call 243-6787 for information.

Master pianist Joshua Sawicki will join the Grand Junction Symphony in its “Classics: Slavic Symphony” concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Grand Junction High School, 1400 N. Fifth St.

An assemblage of works by Slavic composers will be featured including pieces by Dmitry Kabalevsky and Igor Stravinsky, Leoš Janácek’s “Sinfonietta” with 12 trumpets and Sergei Prokofiev’s “Third Piano Concerto.”

Sawicki, born in New Britain, Conn., to a family of Polish, French and Native American descent, is the winner of the Grand Junction Symphony’s 2012–13 Young Artist Competition. He began piano lessons at the age of 4, and graduated in 2006 from Farmington High School, according to his bio at

Along with his first place award at the Symphony’s Young Artist Competition, Sawicki has a prolific list of accomplishments, awards and wins, including a first place in the 2012 USF Tampa Symphony Orchestra concerto competition, first place in the 2012 Stephen P. Brown concerto competition and first prize for the best performance of the commissioned competition piece (“Starlight” by David Liptak) in the 14th Chautauqua International Piano Competition, according to the site.

Tickets to the symphony concert range in cost from $17.50–$30 for adults and $5 for students.

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


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