Symphonic Salida Concert Season Starts

Symphonic Salida’s Colorado Symphony concert season will kick off Thursday with what organizers are calling a “blockbuster”: a string quartet performance headlined by harpist Courtney Bress and cellist Judith Galecki.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Salida SteamPlant, with doors opening at 7 p.m.

Advance tickets cost $18 and may be purchased at SymphonicSalida.org, the SteamPlant box office and Heart of the Rockies Chamber of Commerce. Tickets at the door will be $20 for adults, $10 for students.

Joined by Colorado Symphony artists Allegra Wermuth and Dorian Kincaid on violin and Phillip Stevens on viola, the musicians will present a variety of music by both classical and contemporary composers.

According to a press release, the evening’s program is expected to feature “Prelude for the Harp” by Ellis Schuman; “Chanson d’Amour” by Gabriel Faure; “Danses Sacrée et Profane” by Claude Debussy; “String Quartet” by Maurice Ravel; and “Baroque Flamenco” by Deborah Henson-Conant.

Grammy-nominated recording artist Courtney Bress has been principal harpist with the Colorado Symphony since 2001. She has performed with symphony orchestras around the world, including Singapore, Chicago, Baltimore and others.

She was selected to perform for the American Harp Society and the World Harp Congress and has toured throughout America playing concerts as principal harp with the U.S. Army Field Band of Washington, D.C.

Cellist Judith Galecki began playing violin at age 4 and switched to the cello at 7. Prior to joining the Colorado Symphony, she was principal cello of Switzerland’s Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra. She has performed with the orchestras of Detroit, Toronto, and Windsor, Ontario, and at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, Grand Teton and Steamboat Springs Music Festivals and the Verbier Festival.

For the fourth year in a row, Salida will be the only community outside Denver to host performances by the Colorado Symphony, the release stated.

The concerts are organized by the local Symphonic Salida Steering Committee and presented by KHEN Community Radio. For more information, visit SymphonicSalida.org.