Charles Latshaw

Conductor

Review: John Williams Concert with the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra

Posted By on January 11, 2017 in News about Charles | 0 comments

From the Grand Junction Sentinel, January 9, 2017

Those who ventured out to recent GJSO pops performance were well rewarded

You know the saying “not fit for man or beast?” Despite the weather, the hundreds who ventured out last Saturday evening were well rewarded with an enjoyable night of music at the Avalon Theatre’s sold-out performance by the Grand Junction Pops Orchestra honoring composer John William’s: Maestro of the Movies.

GJSO’s amazing new conductor, Charles Latshaw took us down memory lane with soundtracks by John Williams from Superman, The Cowboys and E.T. We shed tears listening to the violin’s soulful sound to Schindler’s List, and were spirited off to adventure with the night’s finale, a rousing offering of the Star Wars Suite. And that was just a sampling of the evening’s performances.

Real live Clone Troopers stood at attention keeping a keen eye on the audience. During intermission, the audience participated in voting for the “Best Costumed Character” as members of the orchestra were dressed not in ties or tails but as Superman, Princess Leia, Indiana Jones, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and, taking first place, a Jawas.

For those who’ve never attended a GJSO performance or any symphony performance you’re missing out on one of life’s pleasures. Grand Junction is very fortunate to have some of the most talented musicians this side of the Mississippi. Forget the daunting drive to Denver or Salt Lake City for culture, you have it right here in the Grand Valley with our amazing Symphony Orchestra.

Charles Latshaw, GJSO’s new Maestro and Music Director has brought to our valley energy to burn, he conducts with so much gusto it’s difficult for him to contain himself on the podium; then can become overwhelmed with emotions beautiful music brings to the soul.

Forget stuffy, uptight, overdressed, boring, or “it’s not my style.” Everyone can enjoy GJSO’s music because it brings out all styles. There is no dress code; you’ll see jeans and tennis shoes to high heels and ties.

If you attend just one performance of GJSO playing the classics or pops, you’ll be hooked for life.

JUDITH CHAPIN