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On Wednesday, I attended my first Symphony in the Valley rehearsal as a player.

I’ve been to a couple of rehearsals as a journalist, watching (and listening) to the process I’ve come to know so well from my own decade of playing the saxophone. But the dynamics changed this week when I was no longer a friendly outsider, but a member of the group.

It felt nice.

I’m playing sax for the symphony’s big band and Symphony Swing concerts, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. It’s been a few years since I’ve had the opportunity to play in a group because of other priorities in college, and I’ve missed it.

The music is, of course, fantastic. I’ve always loved playing jazz, ever since I was an 11-year-old playing in the first-ever sixth-grade jazz band in my school district.

But maybe even better than the music is being among “my people” again.

You know that feeling: when you’ve found a hobby, or even a profession, that really defines you as a person and that tends to draw in like-minded folks. I’ve definitely come to consider journalists “my people,” but musicians made up my original friend group where I really felt like I’d found my place in life.

Even after one evening of music making, I feel like I’m a part of a team again. We’ve all got different pieces of the puzzle to perfect individually, but we’ve also got a common goal we’re working toward together.

I love writing about art and entertainment because these are the things that bring joy to my life. But I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to share some music with the community rather than just stories about it.

Friday

Theatre Aspen’s Winter Teen Conservatory is bringing “Shrek the Musical” to the Wheeler Opera House at 7 p.m. This TONY Award-winning stage adaptation of a silver screen favorite among kids and adults alike is sure to be a hoot. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at aspenshowtix.com.

Saturday

The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities is making its Deck the Walls Holiday Show at The Launchpad a little more interesting. While the show will be open for shopping from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., a special Champagne Shopping event will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Shoppers will be able to browse the selection of handmade and local arts and crafts while sipping champagne. As an added bonus, parents will be able to drop off their kids at the Third Street Center for crafts and activities from 2 to 4 p.m. so they can shop and sip worry-free.

Sunday

The Mountain Madrigal Singers will perform their “Christmas Peace” concert at 7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church. This all-volunteer group has been singing holiday songs in the valley for more than three decades. The concert is free, but donations are encouraged. The last chance to see the Singers is at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 19.

Jessica Cabe is ready to swing in the new year. She can be reached at jcabe@postindependent.com.


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