Jefferson County Symphony
Alongside 3-year old Mark, who was learning to play Suzuki style, she used her background in piano and saxophone to study the violin traditionally. Nowadays, Rose Ann plays with the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra, performing pop, classical and holiday-themed selections, usually at the Green Center in Golden. Last fall I spent the best $20.00 of my life when I saw the Fall program which featured the orchestra, in costume, performing selections from "Phantom of the Opera" and a wonderful presentation of Lemony Snicket's comic narration "The Conductor is Dead."
For nearly 60 years, the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra has delivered professional quality performances with its nearly 100 dedicated musicians who rehearse long hours while raising families and going to work. One of the highlights of the 2011-12 concert schedule will be the Young Artists Competition, a one-day contest of international young musicians competing for cash. (Piano competitions are held in odd-numbered years; instrumental competitions take place in even-numbered years.)
So it's no surprise that Westword proclaimed the JSO the "Best Community Orchestra" in 2011, saying "... the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra has evolved into the toast of Golden, thriving in an era when even big-name orchestras are struggling to fill the seats."