This Sunday offers an opportunity to forego football on TV and enjoy live music by Golden's celebrated Jefferson Symphony Orchestra.

For almost 60 seasons, these volunteer performers have practiced long hours to produce a professional quality musical experience for audiences in Jefferson County. Most have regular jobs and are motivated by love and appreciation of great music and the opportunity to share it with the community. The JSO also supports young musicians with its "Young Artist Competition" by recognizing and rewarding contestants both local and from around the world. So it's no surprise that last year the nonprofit was named Westword's Best Community Symphony of 2011.

This Sunday's offering, at 3 p.m. at the Green Center at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, is a traditional holiday concert -- the "Christmas Eve Suite" by Rimsky-Korsakov (pictured above), arias and a duet from Puccini's La Boheme,and other seasonal favorites. Special guests are soprano Judy Shay Burns and tenor Brian Stinar. For more information or tickets, go online or call 303-278-4237.

For a preview of Sunday's concert, you can listen to recorded versions of the pieces from DPL's collection:

The Spirit of Russia Orchestral Suites, Overtures, Piano Concerto, Violin Fantasy

Puccini Arias

Christmas - Mannheim Steamroller

Can't make it? Check out the JSO's upcoming schedule.

Shameless plug: The Denver Public Library's own Rose Ann Taht is a violinist with the JSO - read about her nontraditional musical journey to stardom here.

Written by Lisa on December 8, 2011


Karen Pring on December 9, 2011


Thanks for getting the word out about the JSO! It's a wonderful group of dedicated musicians who have a passion for classical music and enjoy putting together great performances.

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