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By Elisabeth Monaghan

We are approaching the final quarter of 2018, which means local performance venues have begun posting their 2018-2019 season of concerts and shows. Here’s a list of these must-see shows.

Jefferson Symphony Orchestra

For its 2018-2019 season, the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra has a lineup of five great performances. Each of the following will take place at Wheat Ridge United Methodist Church, 7530 W. 38th Ave., in Wheat Ridge.

Oct. 14, 4.p.m.: Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Fidelio” Overture, Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto and Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8, with guest artist Alexander Hersh on cello.

Dec. 2, 3 & 7 p.m. (two shows): Gioachino Rossini’s “Cinderella” Overture, selections from Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suites No. 1 and 2, and holiday classics featuring vocalists La Tanya Hall and Steven Taylor.

Feb. 10, 2019, 4 p.m.: Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Forza del Destino” Overture, Joachin Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjue” and Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 3, with guest artist Masakazu Ito on classical guitar.

March 31, 2019, 4 p.m.: Young Artists Concert, with selections from Sergei Prokofiev’s “Cinderella” Suites No.1, 2 and 3. The winner of the International Young Artists Competition will perform with the orchestra.

May 5, 2019, 4 p.m.: Cinco de Mayo Celebration! Featuring Aaron Copland’s “El Salon Mexico,” Silvestre Revueltas’ “Sensamaya” and Jose Pablo Moncayo’s “Huapango,” with guest vocalist Cristine Barbosa.

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Golden Community Chorus

The Golden Community Chorus’s Fall 2018 concert will take place at the Wheat Ridge United Methodist Church, 7530 W. 38th Ave., on Dec. 1 at 4 p.m. The choir will perform selections from Handel’s “Messiah.”

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The Alpine Chorale

The Alpine Chorale will perform “Joy of our Desiring” Christmas concert Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 4500 Wadsworth Blvd., in Wheat Ridge. Both performances start at 7:30 p.m.

Come spring, the Chorale presents “Ring Out, Ye Bells! A Celebration of Bells and Voices,” with guest artists The Rocky Mountain Ringers and the Alameda High School Mixed Choir, April 5 and 6, 2019, 7:30 p.m., at Wheat Ridge United Methodist Church, 7530 W. 38th Ave.

Additionally, the Chorale will perform “The Road Home” with special guest Dakota Blonde, May 31 and June 1, 2019, 7:30 p.m., at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 4500 Wadsworth Blvd.

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Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra

The Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra will perform at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd.:

  • The CJRO Goes Latin, Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m.
  • Christmas with CJRO (Lakewood Cultural Center, 480 S. Allison Parkway), Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.
  • Down with the Count, a Basie Bash, Jan. 19, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
  • Overjoyed, the Music of Stevie Wonder, March 16, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
  • A Tribute to Maynard Ferguson, May 11, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

The last time the CJRO played a Maynard Ferguson tribute, amateur trumpet players in the audience were encouraged to bring their instruments and join in on the final choruses of “Hey Jude” to close the show. It was a hoot! So, trumpeters, bring your horns. 

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Keyboard Conversations

The Arvada Center is also home to Keyboard Conversations with Jeffery Siegel, concerts infused with exposition. Before performing each composition in its totality, Siegel informally and briefly expounds on the piece, inviting the audience to experience the music in new ways. All concerts take place in the Arvada Center’s Main Stage Theatre, Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m.

  • “Music from Time of War - 1914-1918,” stirring works of Rachmaninoff, Debussy, Ravel and Prokofiev, Oct. 3.
  • “The Intimate Beethoven,” the “Theresa” Sonata (who was she?), and the “Farewell Sonata.” Who was leaving and why was Beethoven so deeply affected? Find out Jan. 9, 2019.
  • “Chopin in Paris,” magnificent masterpieces written during Chopin’s “Paris years”: The Grand Polonaise, Barcarolle, Nocturnes, and Mazurkas, March 6, 2019.
  • “Fascinatin’ Rhythms!” Ragtime music of Scott Joplin, jazzy works of Gershwin, Stravinsky’s humorous Polka (for Young Elephants!), and Chopin Waltzes, May 8, 2019.

Additionally, Siegel performs his Coffee Concerts, which are casual one-hour musicals featuring musical selections different from the evening series of Keyboard Conversations. Siegel will briefly discuss and then perform in their entirety engaging compositions captivating his audience with his pianistic virtuosity, Wednesdays, 11 a.m., also in the Main Stage Theatre.

  • “The Miracle of Mozart,” the beloved Sonatas K. 545 in C Major, K. 332 in F Major, and K. 457 in C Minor, Oct. 3.
  • “The Immortal Melodies of Franz Schubert,” The Trout, The Serenade, Ave Maria, and Impromptus, Jan. 9, 2019.
  • “Childhood Enchantment,” music for people of all ages – with young ears! Children’s Corner Suite of Debussy, Scenes from Childhood of Schumann, March 6, 2019.
  • “Bach to the Future,” Romantic music of Bach, Shostakovich and Liszt, May 8, 2019.

Subscribe now by calling the box office at 720-898-7200 or in person at the Arvada Center.

Front Range Youth SymphonyOrchestras

The Arvada Center also hosts the Front Range Youth Symphony Orchestras, bringing together talented young musicians from across the Front Range for unique study and training in orchestral repertoire. This season’s performances include: “Autumn Serenade,” Oct. 22; “Winter Interlude,” Feb. 4, 2019; and Spring Teacher Appreciation Concert, May 6, 2019. For times and additional details, visit


For its musicals, the Arvada Center brings in some of the nation’s up-and-coming professional actors. Two shows you won’t want to miss are “Mama Mia!” playing through Sept. 30, and “Elf – The Musical,” which runs from Nov. 20 through Dec. 23.

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