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Scary good JSO music performance this month

John Akal
Posted 10/11/17

ow that October is here I can disclose a secret. It’s my absolute favorite month of the year. It used to just be because it’s the month that has both my birthday and Halloween so it was always fun growing up, but now it’s more because of the …

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Scary good JSO music performance this month

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Now that October is here I can disclose a secret. It’s my absolute favorite month of the year. It used to just be because it’s the month that has both my birthday and Halloween so it was always fun growing up, but now it’s more because of the crisp Fall air and the colors of the trees and the first snowfall of the season.

I just love fall. Ok, maybe my birthday coming isn’t as much of a thrill as it used to be. I’m getting closer and closer to being 60. I’m not quite there yet but maybe I should start planning some kind of big party for the year after next or something. I guess it’s an occasion to really celebrate. If time flies like it has for me recently, it will be here before I know it.

But Halloween, well that’s still kind of a big occasion in this household. We celebrate it all month long. My wife is an artist and she makes some special little light up skull things and haunted houses that she decorates and sells all month long. She also dresses up in costumes to go out to the venues she sells at. A different costume every night. The house looks like a back stage dressing room at some haunted theater or something, not to mention her workshop being filled with skulls, witches, ghosts and since I started playing with a band called Nightwolf, miniature werewolves have emerged in force. I guess this is what happens when you grow up with the Addams Family as roll models.

But October also marks the season openers for things other than sports. A lot of cultural organizations have their regular seasons scheduled from October through the spring.

One big opener here in Golden is that of the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra’s 65th season. Yes, they are even older than I am. They have four concerts planned for the 2017-18 season and they are kind of starting off by bringing out the big guns, so to speak.

The season opener is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 22, and it’s going to feature what is probably the best known classical piece ever written, Ludwig Van Beethoven’s 5th Symphony. That’s the one that goes da-da-da-daaaa, da-da-da-daaaa. It’s an absolute hoot to sing along with. He wrote the thing in 1804-08 and it’s kind of amazing to think that the news of his day was that Napoleon was making a mark for himself as well. It’s also incredible to think about how he was already going deaf when he wrote such a masterpiece.

The concert will also be featuring the Tragic Overture by another heavy weight composer, Johannes Brahms plus the Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar.

The concert is being held at the Green center on the Colorado School of Mines campus starting at 3 p.m., at 924 16th street here in Golden. It’s going to be conducted by Dr. William Morse.

Tickets run Adults $25, Senior $20, Students $10 and $5 for children. You can order them by going to their website at www.jeffsymphony.org. You can also order season tickets there and experience all five concerts they will be presenting this year.

Here’s a little preview of what’s coming up this season. In addition to the opening concert they have their winter Holiday concert set for Sunday, December 3 2017 at 3 p.m. also in the Green Center. This one will feature the Petrushka Suite by Igor Stravinsky as well as holiday classics with special guests, the Golden High School 24th Street Singers. They also have concerts planned for February 25, March 25th and May 6th of 2018 so mark those dates on your calendar. I’ll be updating them as they get closer.

Now, here’s an idea for combining the Jefferson Symphony and Halloween. Dress up as your favorite classical composer and show up at the concert like that. That’s just an idea out of my head, not the Jefferson Symphony’s but if you were looking at all the costumes in trunks around your house that I have around here, you’d probably think of the same thing. Hmmm, let’s see…That wig over there kind of looks like Beethoven in his crazy rock star years. Yeah, this is do-able!

John Akal is a well-known jazz artist/drummer and leader of the 20-piece Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra. He also is president of John Akal Imaging, professional commercial photography and multi-media production. He can be reached at jaimaging@aol.com

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