Symphony in the Valley presents Western movie-themed concert |

Symphony in the Valley presents Western movie-themed concert

The Symphony Goes West this weekend with two concerts of Western movie music in Rifle and Carbondale.
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Who: Symphony in the Valley

What: The Symphony Goes West fall concert

When: 7 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday

Where: The New Ute Events Center on Saturday and Roaring Fork High School on Sunday

How much: $15 for adults, $10 for youth

You might recognize the music in Symphony in the Valley’s 2015-16 season. That’s because for each concert, the symphony will be playing tunes from your favorite movies, and this weekend’s fall concerts feature pieces from great American Westerns.

“Our theme for the year is the Symphony Goes to the Movies, and there are a lot of great Western movies with great music out there,” said Kelly Thompson, conductor and musical director of the symphony.

The program consists of the theme from “American President,” “Shenandoah,” “Hoe-Down” from “Rodeo,” “Ahokan Farewell” from PBS’s “The Civil War,” the theme to “Silverado,” “American Salute” and “Go West!” featuring music from “The Magnificent Seven,” “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” and “Hang ’Em High.”

Thompson said the theme to “Silverado” is his favorite piece.

“It’s a very flourishing piece,” he said. “There’s a lot of brass, and I’m a trumpet player, so I love a really brassy piece. It’s one of my few favorite Western movies, and the music from it is a lot of fun.”

Thompson said the symphony has been rehearsing weekly for seven weeks, nailing down the more challenging pieces, including the theme to “Silverado,” “American Salute” and “Hoe-Down.”

The Western theme is not only fun for the symphony, but it’s appropriate for the audience.

“There’s a lot of Americana and Western music that has a neat feel, and this part of the country gets that,” Thompson said. “There are a lot of cowboy types out here.”

The symphony will perform in Rifle on Saturday and in Carbondale on Sunday, changing it up from its usual Rifle and Glenwood Springs performances.

Thompson said there was a scheduling conflict with getting the Jeannie Miller Auditorium in Glenwood Springs High School, and there aren’t many more places in Glenwood that can accommodate a full symphony.

So for the first time in several years, Thompson said, the symphony is playing in Carbondale.

“We have played upvalley before, and we’ve had a lot of interest from Carbondale,” he said. “So I’m hoping we have a good crowd and people enjoy the show up there.”

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