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All concerts begin at 7:30 pm in the magnificent sanctuary of Trinity Episcopal Church, 3800 W. 20th St., Greeley, Colorado.

Admission:
Adults – $10
Youth Age 18 and Under – Free
College age – $5

Tickets available at the door.

 

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Concerto Contest

 

Two outstanding young Colorado musicians were named 2021 winners of the Greeley Chamber Orchestra's annual Concerto Contest. Top prize went to pianist Bethany Parker, a junior at Frederick High School. Runner-up is Luke Tsuchiya, double bass, a senior at Boulder High School.
The Greeley Chamber Orchestra (GCO) found a way to continue one of the community's long-running traditions this year despite cancellation of its entire concert season due to the COVID pandemic. Members of the Orchestra worked together to offer young people in northern Colorado the opportunity to compete virtually in the orchestra's annual concerto contest and while the winner was not able to perform with the orchestra in a live concert, the orchestra did distribute cash prizes to both the First and Second Place winners and arranged for the professional video taping of both performers with the video being added to the GCO's website and YouTube Channel. Additional contestants recognized with Honorable Mention were Megan Atkinson, Violin, Windsor, and Alyson Toews, Flute, Greeley.
Links to the videos are on the Greeley Chamber Orchestra website – www.greeleychamberorchestra.org. Both winners perform the competition pieces they played for the GCO contest. Bethany performs the opening movement of Piano Concerto No. 2 by Camille Saint-Saëns, and Luke plays the first movement of Serge Koussevitzky's Double Bass Concerto, Op. 3.

Bethany

Click for videos of their performances. YouTube

The Walter and Virginia Charles Concerto Contest
The Greeley Chamber Orchestra organized the Walter and Virginia Charles Concerto Contest in 1982 for high school musicians from northern Colorado (Boulder, Larimer, Morgan, and Weld counties) to promote and publicly recognize outstanding musicianship in our youth. The late Virginia Charles made a generous donation to the orchestra in honor of her late husband, Walter Charles. The concerto contest, created with Virginia's approval, was named after Walter at her request. All cash prizes given to the winners of the contest have come from Mrs. Charles' original and subsequent gifts. Virginia Charles passed away in 1986 and the name of the contest was changed at that time to honor both of these patrons of youth and music.
Walter Charles was the founder and conductor of the Colorado Philharmonic, now known as the National Repertory Orchestra. Virginia, a musician herself, was also instrumental in the success of that orchestra as well as assisting Walter in managing "Music Magic," a varied and dynamic program designed to expose young people to music. Together, Virginia and Walter fostered and promoted the musical careers of countless young people and this concerto contest continues that legacy.
The contest was held virtually this year on February 6, 2021.

 

 

Bethany Parker
Luke
Luke Tsuchiya
Photography courtesy of Stan Kerns, Contemporary Studios