Guest saxophonist to join symphony orchestra

The dramatic and tragic story of young lovers Romeo and Juliet will be the theme of the next Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra concert featuring guest James Houlik on saxophone.

“Romeo & Juliet” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, in the Grand Junction High School auditorium, 1400 N. Fifth St.

Houlik is recognized as one of the leading performers of the saxophone worldwide, according to the concert notes at

“From the East Room of the White House for President Clinton, to solo appearances with orchestras in London, Prague, Istanbul, Berlin, Chicago, Phoenix, and New York, to recitals in the music capitals of the world, James Houlik has redefined the tenor saxophone,” the notes said.

Audiences will hear Stravinsky’s “Suite No. 2”; Peck’s “The Upward Stream,” which written for Houlik and performed and recorded by the London Symphony; and Prokofiev’s “Romeo & Juliet Suite No. 2,” which touches on the emotions of love, happy times and the sorrow at a death.

Tickets cost $15, $20 or $25 for adults and $5 for students with ID. Tickets can be purchased online or at the symphony office in the Alpine Bank Building, 225 N. Fifth St., Suite 120.

Call 243-6787 or go to for information.


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