Symphony holds inaugural variety show

They say variety is the spice of life and the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra is set to pour it on at its inaugural variety show.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the show will be at 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 18, at the Recital Hall in the Moss Performing Arts Center at Colorado Mesa University, 1231 N. 12th St.

A smorgasbord of acts and musical numbers will be presented by symphony staff, musicians, board members and special guests. The audience will be treated to “varied musical acts including jazz, bluegrass, folk, dance and even some comedy,” according to a news release.

Staff members Kirk Gustafson, Kelly Anderson, Jeremy Herigstad and Alycia Vince will open the evening with a musical-comedy number a la “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” Other acts will feature violinist Sandra Rivera, violinist Allison Kitto with her husband Charles and father Al Whitener, harpist Elise Helmke with trumpeter Scott Betts and his wife Alice, board member and banjo player Chris Unfug and many others, the release said.

The evening also will feature a few selections from local folk group King’N Trio.

All seating is general admission and tickets cost $25. Proceeds will support the symphony and its various educational and concert offerings throughout the year.

Tickets can be purchased at, by calling 243-6787 or at the symphony office, 414 Main St. Tickets also will be available at the door beginning at 5:30 p.m.


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