Latest News – March 18

Alpine Orchestra: “Suites & Treats” Performance

The Alpine Orchestra  will kick off their spring 2017 Concert Series at the Lake County High School Auditorium in Leadville, on April 7, at 7:30 p.m.

The alpine Orchestra’s Spring Concert Series will kick off in Leadville on April 7. Photo; Alpine Orchestra.

This season’s performance promises the audience “Suites & Treats.” Conductor by Beth Steele will take listeners on a journey back in time with some popular classical favorites. Attendees can expect everything from The Barber of Seville, by Rossini, to Peer Gynt Suite, by Grieg to The Grand March from Wagner’s Tannhauser! And of course what classicall list would be complete without the Shepherd’s Hymn from Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony and Mendelssohn’s Nocturne from a Midsummer Night’s Dream.

 If you miss the opening show of the Alpine Orchestra’s Spring Concert in Leadville you can catch them down valley:

  • Saturday, Apr. 8 * 7:30 p.m. at Salida Steamplant.
  • Sunday, Apr. 9 * 3 p.m. at Clearview Community Church in Buena Vista.

According to their website, The Alpine Orchestra began as an idea for allowing local musicians to play together. The group was born May 14, 1991 when some interested people met and made a plan for the acquisition of music,  rehearsal space and set a time for rehearsing.  Fifteen people attended the first rehearsal that June of 1991; they were in donated space with borrowed music and equipment but the orchestra was launched. The Alpine Orchestra’s first concerts followed that August and the group has been preparing and performing 3 concerts a year since.  The Alpine Orchestra incorporated as a non-profit organization in December, 1991.

From those first humble beginnings, the Orchestra has grown into a “family” of 40+ members, all residents of Lake and Chaffee Counties, and ranging in age from 14 to 85.

The Alpine Orchestra performed to a good crowd at Annunciation Church in Leadville in 2015. This year it will be at the high school. Photo: Leadville Today.

Their members include people from a variety of professions, with all levels of education and musical experience. The orchestra has been led by six different conductors, acquiring valuable knowledge, skills and experience from each of them. Through generous donations from ever-growing audiences and from members themselves, the group now has several pieces of equipment, and is building a moderate library of musical compositions.

As it moves forward into its third decade, the Alpine Orchestra continues to strive for excellence in fulfilling its purpose of sharing the enjoyment of music with the community, and expanding opportunities for talented young musicians.

The Alpine Orchestra is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization. All concerts are free and family friendly. Donations are graciously accepted to help defray expenses: The Alpine Orchestra, P.O. Box 4305, Buena Vista, CO 81211. Or connect online at the Alpine Orchestra Facebook Page or

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