60th season of Jeffco orchestra sure to please


For music lovers, an abundance of musical performances is scheduled for the fall-winter season.

For classical music lovers, this will mark the 60th year for the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra (JSO).

A glimpse of what to expect and news on season-ticket sales will be released soon.

Right now the orchestra is planning a special lineup of favorites, including a performance of “Carmina Burana” under the baton of musical director and principle conductor William Morse and including the voices of the Evergreen Choral and selected soloists.

I’m told the presentation of interesting programs — like the one listed above — is getting more expensive each year. The average fee to acquire the rights to play selections of music desired is $4,000.

Add to that rentals, office maintenance, rental fees on instruments.

And you can add on this year’s expense for the purchase of individual hearing-protection equipment for orchestra members, which will boost the need for contributions to a new high.

Remember, the JSO has nonprofit status, and contributions made to benefit the orchestra are tax deductible in accordance with IRS regulations.

If you plan to enjoy the forthcoming concerts and would like to contribute, do so by making a monetary contribution or by purchasing season tickets at a discounted rate.

To do so, call 303-278-4237 or go online to www.jeffersonsymphony.org.

Donation checks can be mailed to Jefferson Symphony Orchestra, P.O. Box 546, Golden, CO 80402-0546.

In addition to the JSO, we also have the Colorado Symphony Orchestra (CSO) to enjoy.

Recent news tells us the CSO now has an artistic adviser named Andrew Liton.

Liton will also conduct the orchestra for several concerts including Verdi’s “Requiem” in March and Mahler’s “Symphony No. 6” in April.

You may request that a brochure be mailed to you as soon as the programs are decided upon by calling.

In the meantime, catch some beautiful classical music on NPR 88.1 FM or some interesting new music on Open Air 1340 AM It’s very relaxing on these hot summer days.

Rock ‘n’ roll in a big way

It’s advertised as “Denver’s Biggest Music Fest” and it well may be, with more than 300 performances in four days.

It’s called UMS (Underground Music Showcase), and it will be July 18-22, at various venues in Denver’s Historic Baker District, where several blocks along South Broadway are designated for the event.

When the UMS was held last year, more than 11,000 music lovers attended.

This is almost unbelievable, but definitely amazing that the festival’s attendance would increase from the hundreds to the thousands in 11 years.

This year the audiences will undoubtedly increase even more, as the showcase celebrates its 12th birthday.

In the past these performers included Devotchka, Isaac Slade of The Fray, 16 Horsepower, The Flobots and Nathaniel Rateliff.

This year’s festival will include nationally known bands, singers and personalities.

Who wouldn’t be attracted to attend 25 different venues in Denver hosting 300 skilled bands and artists?

Popular local bands will also be appearing.

Admittance is by wristband and badges. To purchase these and also obtain more information, go online to theums.com.

It’s good to know that ticket revenues will go directly to the artists, thanks to numerous organizations that have given their support to this tremendous undertaking. Be sure to enjoy.

Thunder in the foothills

Yes, it’s that time of year again for all fans of NHRA drag racing to get ready for the big one, the 33rd annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals from July 20-22 at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison.

This is the first race of the mid-summer “Western Swing” in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. Drivers in four categories — Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle — start to earn points leading to 2012 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series World Championships.

If you haven’t been to one of these, it really is an experience.

The roar and power of these machines is something to behold, and the anticipation of seeing them scream down the track in excess of 300 mph in less than five second is heart pounding.

There are several ticket packages, including VIP bundles, and three ways to get them. You can go online to www.bandimere.com, call either 303-697-6001 or 800-664-UWIN, or get tickets in person at the Bandimere Speedway Box Office, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Ladies and gentlemen ... start your engines.


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