53rd Season Opening - Longmont Symphony Orchestra

Everyone at the Longmont Symphony Orchestra is busy preparing for the opening night of our 53rd season "Music is Life." When I was considering possible repertoire choices for our season opener, I knew that I wanted to provide our audience with a life-affirming musical experience. I could think of no better purely symphonic work than Saint-Saëns' epic Symphony No. 3 "with organ" to fill that bill. For me, Saint-Saëns' Third Symphony is a piece that has everything: drama, angst, poetic lyricism, and while there are detours — and such is life — it ultimately brings us to triumph. I am very excited to be sharing this work with the Longmont audience as it is one that I hold dear to my heart.

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Jonathan Eifert
On the Importance of Community Engagement

Orchestras are a symbol for a community. We represent several different voices, some soft and others loud. We learn to listen intently to one another and find that, when we do, our collective harmony is enhanced. This harmony touches everyone that hears it. Indeed, orchestral performances create the space for people of all backgrounds from the community to come together and rise above the lines that are so often used to divide us.

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Jonathan Eifert
“Belonging Revolution” Walk

I went on my first Belonging Revolution walk this weekend. What is the Belonging Revolution, you ask? For four years, the City of Longmont’s Police Chief, Mike Butler, and his friend and community activist, Dan Benavidez, have been walking the streets of the City of Longmont, introducing themselves to everyone they meet and expressing to each person that they are a valued member in the fabric of the community. Chief Butler wants everyone in Longmont to feel like they are a part of the community, because he believes everyone can bring something to the table. He says that “belonging” in a community involves two dimensions — that a person feels they belong and the community belongs to them.

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Jonathan Eifert
On Engagement, World-Class Performances & Community Partnerships

Music is the greatest expression of the human spirit; it can inspire greatness, transform a community, and change lives. As someone who is passionate about the well-being of people, I view my appointment as the new Music Director/Conductor of the Longmont Symphony Orchestra as an opportunity to use live symphonic music to serve the Longmont community.

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Jonathan Eifert
On Unity through Music

As I write this, political leaders are calling for unity and civility in these divisive times. I can think of no better way to heed their call than sharing with you the intention behind our November concert program.

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Jonathan Eifert
Kicking Off the 2018-19 Season – Musical Journeys

I am thrilled that the Longmont Symphony’s 2018-19 season is beginning soon! We have so many exciting programs, soloists, projects, collaborations, and great music in store for you. As I begin my second season with the LSO, I am excited to be exploring one of my greatest passions, the intersection of music and healing, with our audience. In early December, the LSO is collaborating with the Boulder Ballet on a sensory-friendly Nutcracker performance for families with children of different abilities. We are proud to be meeting the needs of this segment of our community.

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Jonathan Eifert
On Inspiring Young Audience Members

As the Longmont Symphony prepares for its annual Family Concert on January 19, I find myself looking forward to this performance in a very different way than most of our other performances.  While the music is as beautiful as any of our other concerts, the musical selections and guest artists have all been chosen to engage, entertain, and inspire our young audience members to fall in love with live symphonic music.

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Jonathan Eifert