The Longmont Symphony Orchestra makes its “big comeback” on Saturday
The Longmont Symphony Orchestra will kick off its 2022-2023 concert season Saturday night at the Vance Brand Civic Auditorium, 600 E. Mountain View Ave.
While the orchestra held in-person concerts last year, the rise of the omicron variant made planning difficult and led to shortened shows.
“The hardest thing lately has been, how do we get the orchestra from the pandemic to where we are today?” Elliot Moore, music director and conductor of the Longmont Symphony Orchestra, said Friday. “I think every person in the orchestra has some sort of story and a feeling behind what happened during the pandemic and how we were able to… get to this performance.”
Billed as “The Great Return,” Saturday’s show begins at 7:30 p.m. and also includes a pre-concert talk with Moore beginning at 6:30 p.m.
“The main thing I’m going to discuss is the music we’ll be playing that night,” Moore said. “What I find is that when people have a little background and a little context, they hear the music in a different way.”
Saturday’s season-opening show will feature Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man,” George Walker’s “Lyric For Strings,” John Hennecken’s “Symphony for the Great Return,” and John Hennecken’s “Cello Concerto.” ‘Antonin Dvorak.
Tickets are $29 for adults, $26 for seniors/military and $6 for students and can be purchased online at longmontsymphony.org or in person the day of the show.
“I don’t think there’s still an orchestra out there before the pandemic, but the good news is ours is on the rise,” said Laurie Brook, acting executive director of the Longmont Symphony Orchestra.
Founded in 1966, the Longmont Symphony Orchestra gives 17 performances each year, including six at the Vance Brand Civic Auditorium.
“It’s a fun thing to have an opening night,” Brook said. “It’s an exciting time to start this season.”