Music: Grand Junction Symphony

June 13 - CMU ballroom • June 27 - Grande River Vineyards July 16 - Mesa County Fair • Aug. 15 - CMU campus quad Aug. 23 - Stocker Stadium

It’s going to be a busy summer for the Grand Junction Symphony and it would like to invite the public to come out and support and enjoy its efforts.

The fourth annual Rocker Ball, featuring Rockestra, the only rock and roll orchestra west of the Missouri River, will happen June 13 at Colorado Mesa University. The theme this year is “Back to the Future,” featuring classic rock of the 1980s, with a few 50s tunes thrown in from the movie. Expect some big hair, glam metal and a few doo-wops thrown in for good measure. The CMU ballroom will be decorated to look like the prom featured in the movie, too.

The Rocker Ball is a fundraiser for the symphony, and as always, funds will be split between the symphony and the music department at the college.

The Western Colorado Jazz Orchestra, a complementary group within the symphony, will play at Grande River Vineyards on June 27 as a fundraiser for the symphony. The jazz orchestra is a 20-piece ensemble that plays a lot of standards and the type of music that that’s been known to cause spontaneous dancing. Most of the members of the jazz orchestra are also symphony members.

Because it takes its membership in the community seriously, the symphony took over the annual Fourth of July parade in downtown Grand Junction this year when the Downtown Development Authority relinquished its duties as parade master.

“We wanted to give back and make it happen,” said Jeremy Herigstad, marketing director for the symphony. “We do a lot of events, and we realized this is something we could step up and do. We want to try and make it the best parade we can.”

Because it’s the first year the symphony has sponsored and run the downtown parade, it’s not introducing anything major this year, although it is trying to encourage more floats to enter the parade and organize a huge marching band.

“We would like to combine all the marching bands from the high school and CMU and try to make it happen,” Herigstad said.

The annual parade will start at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 4.

Rockestra was invited to play during the Mesa County Fair with ZZ3, a ZZ Top tribute band from South Dakota. The show will be on the Celebration Stage during the fair, and is free with admission to the fair.

On Aug. 15, Rockestra will be offering its free annual outdoor concert in the quad on the CMU campus. The concert coincides with welcome week for the university and organizers hope both parents and students will come and enjoy the music.

The symphony’s annual Evening Under the Stars, a free concert that’s been a summertime tradition for more than 20 years, is undergoing a few changes this year. Yes, the free concert is still at Lincoln Park, but this year it will be held in collaboration with the Grand Junction Rockies baseball game. The ball game starts at 4 p.m. and the concert, which will be in the football stadium, will start at 7 p.m.

“We hope that people will go to the baseball game and then walk over to the concert,” Herigstad said.

In the past, the symphony tried to have its summer concert at the park on a weekend when the ball club was out of town so they wouldn’t compete with each other, but when Grand Junction Rockies baseball general manager Tim Ray suggested they hold a joint event, the symphony was happy to agree.

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