Grand Junction Symphony reaches out to children

Posted on: June 18, 2010

In Friday’s (6/18) Grand Junction Free Press (Colorado), Jennifer Schultz writes, “A young girl runs away from the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra’s booth at JUCO’s nonprofit day with excitement in her eyes. Her mother, Bridget Carson, sees her daughter and is amazed. Her daughter Katie has had a baseball painted on her entire face. The symphony spent the afternoon at JUCO painting faces and talking to kids about baseball, music and a new upcoming event, ‘SymFUNy @ the Avalon.’ This is just one of the many things the symphony is doing to reach out to kids in the Grand Valley. From the new and exciting Instrument Petting Zoo to the legendary Children’s Concert, there is something for every kid when it comes to the symphony. … When 13 year old Abigail Heaton sat down at the piano and composed, ‘His Return’ she had no idea that four months later she would be standing in front of an audience of more than 1,000 people listening to the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra performing her piece. The Crystal Baton is a composition competition for students in sixth through eighth grades. Students submit original compositions of 16-64 measures in length. The winning melody is arranged, orchestrated and performed by the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra.”

Posted June 18, 2010