Celebrating 40 years with Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT/KKCO) -- Founded in 1978 as the Grand Junction musical arts association, the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra is celebrating four decades of musical achievement by highlighting the talents of local soloists at every concert this season.

Mozart's “Great G Minor Symphony No. 40" was the appropriate centerpiece for Sunday afternoon’s program. One of many this year that celebrates the group’s 40th anniversary.

Another part of the celebration: the spotlight on local talent. Like Colorado Mesa University oboe lecturer Dr. Bill Aikens. Aikens took on a Strauss concerto on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. He says community orchestras helped inspire him to pick up his reeded instrument in the first place.

“I’d grown up watching my mother’s orchestra/community group orchestra on violin." Aikens said, "I grew up hearing the sounds of the wind instruments."

He also believes, nothing can beat a live performance.

"It's really great to be able to have, especially in a place like Grand Junction that is relatively isolated geographically, to have this caliber of group and musicians to get to work with and play 'rep' like this with is huge," Aikens said.

In March the orchestra will take the stage at the Avalon Theater with a program titled "Beethoven's Triple." Three local artists will take center stage to perform the triple concerto for violin, cello and piano.