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Symphony in the Valley plays familiar classics

Marice Doll
Special to the Post Independent

As part of its 10th anniversary season, Symphony in the Valley’s winter concert will feature “Familiar Classics.”

The concerts are set for 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, at Glenwood Springs High School auditorium.

“It’s based on music you’ve heard before, but don’t necessarily recognize,” said Wendy Larson, the symphony’s conductor and artistic director. “The music might have been heard at a wedding or on a television show, but you didn’t know the name and certainly didn’t know it was a classic. We thought the theme of Familiar Classics was appropriate for an anniversary year.”



Pieces for the “Familiar Classics” include Amilcare Ponchielli’s “Dance of the Hours” popularized in Allen Sherman’s spoof, “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah;” Aram Khatchaturian’s “Sabre Dance” from the Don Ameche Show; Alexander Borodin’s “Polovtsian Dancers,” made popular by the song “Stranger in Paradise” and featured in the stage play and movie, “Kismet.”

Three Colorado conductors will lead the symphony in other familiar classics. John Bokram of Aspen, the symphony’s associate conductor, will conduct Felix Mendelssohn’s “Recessional from the Wedding March,” heard in “Midsummer Nights Dream,” and Charles Gounod’s “Funeral March for a Marionette,” used in the introduction to the “Alfred Hitchcock Show.”



Kelly Thompson of Rifle, symphony president, will conduct Edward Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance,” popularly known as the “Graduation March.”

Kirk Jones of Carbondale, the symphony’s tuba player and head of the Kirk Jones Brass, will lead the orchestra in Gioacchino Rossini’s “William Tell Overture,” better known as the theme from the television series, “The Lone Ranger.”

Karen Tafejian of Carbondale, keyboard player, will perform Amadeus Mozart’s variations of “Twinkle, Twinkle” (Little Star) on the piano.

Tickets, sold at the door, are $10 for adults and $5 for youth aged 3 to 18. Symphony in the Valley is a 65-member, nonprofit volunteer community orchestra.


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