Symphony to open season with salute to national monument

With the world premiere of piece of music and more than 500 photographs, the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra will open its 34th season by commemorating Colorado National Monument’s 100th anniversary.

The concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, in the Grand Junction High School auditorium, 1400 N. Fifth St.

“Monument to Color and Light” written by Eric Ewazen will be played as monument photos taken by local photographers, including Daily Sentinel photographers, are shown.

Along with the new piece, the symphony will perform “Ceremonial Fanfare,” “A Lincoln Portrait” and “Billy the Kid Suite” all by Aaron Copland and “Trombone Concerto” by Henri Tomasi and highlighting Sean Flanigan, the symphony’s principal trombonist and assistant music professor at Colorado Mesa University.

A photochoreographic display by artist James Westwater will accompany the program’s last three pieces.

Much of the Saturday evening concert’s program also will be performed at the symphony’s two Children’s Concerts.

The first of those concerts will be Friday, Sept. 23, and hundreds of elementary school students from around the area are expected to attend, according to a symphony news release.

The second Children’s Concert will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, in the Grand Junction High School auditorium. It is expected to be 45 minutes long.

Tickets to the Saturday Children’s Concert are $10 for adults and $5 for children age 12 and younger.

Tickets to the Saturday evening concert are $25, $20 and $15 or $5 for students.

Tickets for all concerts may be purchased at, by calling 243-6787 or at the symphony’s office in the Alpine Bank Building, 225 N. Fifth St.


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