Black History Month Concert Sunday with Ron Miles, February 19, 2017 – 3:00 p.m.

Miles-concert,-Black-History-MonthRon Miles, Trumperter, Joins JSO for Special Concert Celebrating Black History Month


GOLDEN – The Jefferson Symphony Orchestra (JSO) will celebrate Black History Month this February 19, 2017 with a special concert featuring Denver’s most prominent jazz musician Ron Miles, trumpeter. Miles, who is equally adept at performing classical works as he is at jazz, will perform Grace Mary Williams’ beautiful Trumpet Concerto. This lively program will also include the blues-inspired Afro-American Symphony by William Grant Still and the jazz-infused Suite from The River by Duke Ellington.

Guest Artist: Ron Miles, Trumpet

Miles who is a trumpeter, cornet player, arranger and composer has become an international icon in the world of jazz. His playing style features a unique singing quality and his exceptional talent is accompanied by a humble and generous spirit. He is an active performer and has collaborated with guitarist Bill Frisell, drummer Brian Blade, bandleader Mercer Ellington, drummer Ginger Baker, clarinetist Don Bryon and pianist Jason Moran to name a few. His recording career includes releases with Gramavision, Prolific and Capri. In addition, he is the Director of Jazz Studies at Metropolitan State University in Denver.

Miles will perform the Trumpet Concerto by Grace Mary Williams who is recognized as one of the greatest female composers of the 20th century. The Welsh composer wrote two symphonies, several symphonic suites, symphonic poems, concertos for piano, violin, trumpet, oboe, large scale choral works, chamber and solo instrumental pieces during her lifetime (1906-1977).

The program will also include two landmark compositions by prominent African-American composers. The first is the Suite from The River by Duke Ellington. This jazzy piece features seven sections extracted from the complete ballet, The River, which premiered in 1971 by Alvin Alley’s dance company. It was Ellington’s first symphonic score written for dance. Audiences will likely recognize familiar melodies such as The River Giggling Rapids.

A symphonic celebration of Black History Month would not be complete without a performance of the Afro-American Symphony by William Grant Still. The Afro-American Symphony, written in 1930, was the first symphony written by an African American and performed by a major orchestra in America. It is an easy listen with its blues-inspired melodic lines and harmonic colorings.

Tickets for the February 19, 2017 concert can be purchased by visiting, calling the JSO office at (303) 278-4237 or at the door on the day of the performance. Individual ticket prices are: Adult $25, Senior (62+) $20, Student (11-21yrs old) $10, Child (10yrs old and under) $5.

The Jefferson Symphony Orchestra (JSO) is currently celebrating its 64th anniversary concert season. What began as a small chamber ensemble in 1953 has grown to one of the most well regarded community symphonic orchestras in Colorado comprised of over 75 members from across the Front Range area. Under the leadership of Maestro William Morse, Music Director and Principal Conductor, the orchestra continues to bring innovative musical programming to the community.

At Colorado School of Mines Green Center,
924 16th Street, Golden, CO 80401
William Grant Still               Afro-American Symphony
Duke Ellington                     Suite from The River
Grace Mary Williams            Trumpet Concerto

The Jefferson Symphony is a nonprofit organization supported by grants from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) and Colorado Creative Industries as well as other organizations. Additional funding is provided by corporate and individual donations and ticket purchases. The JSO presents a classical concert season, recital series, the International Young Artists Competition, which will be held at Colorado Christian University on January 7, 2017, and a free summer concert in Golden’s Parfet Park.

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