Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra’s Jeremy Herigstad a community asset
WHAT: Red, White, and Blues 2, Western Colorado Jazz Orchestra
WHEN: 7 p.m., Saturday, July 5
WHERE: Grande River Vineyards, 787 Elberta Ave., Palisade
COST: $15 in advanced, $20 at door
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With an educational background in history and graphic design, Jeremy Herigstad never thought he’d work for a symphony.
When he noticed an open assistant position with Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, however, he immediately applied. Herigstad, now age 31, eventually took over marketing, as well as graphic design since starting with the group five years ago.
“He’s been a great asset,” Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra executive director Kelly Anderson said. “He’s multifaceted, not only with marketing but with development and patron services. He’s involved with all aspects, from education to concerts.”
Herigstad is also focused on encouraging symphony involvement from Grand Valley’s younger generations through 5K races, business partnerships and education programs. Its newest program — Symphony Story Time at Mesa County Libraries — incorporates elements of music with storytelling.
“I don’t have a musical background,” Herigstad added. “It’s been a learning experience, especially with classic music, not growing up with it.”
Grand Junction is familiar territory however. Family members live here and he frequently visited from his home state, Minnesota, before moving to the valley seven years ago.
Herigstad lives with his wife of six years, Camille, and their 2-year-daughter Hallie.
“I love it here,” he said. “I don’t miss the cold.”
PLANS FOR AVALON THEATRE
Although downtown’s Avalon Theatre is set to re-open in September after significant facility upgrades, a second phase of renovations is still needed to accommodate the full Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra. Herigstad, Anderson, and other key players hope for additional support and funding down the road to expand Avalon Theatre’s stage and orchestra pit.
Currently, most Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra productions occur at Grand Junction High School.
Don’t miss this: Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra will host the Avalon Theatre’s grand opening, featuring a performance by Lynn Harrell, on Sept. 20.
“We have never had someone of his caliber here before,” Herigstad said.
For more information about Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, visit http://www.gjsymphony.org.
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