The Community Concerts of the Grand Valley (CCGV) is a nonprofit, volunteer-run organization dedicated to presenting some of the finest national and international performing artists to Grand Junction at an affordable ticket price!
In recent years, performers have included the Boston Brass, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, the Kingston Trio, Michael Martin Murphey, Simply Sinatra, the New York Theatre Ballet, Folklorico Ballet, the New Shanghai Circus, and the Church Basement Ladies. Our latest season’s artists can be viewed here.
The CCGV’s season ticket memberships can be purchased by visiting the Avalon Theatre Box Office, calling 970-263-5757, or by purchasing tickets via mail-in form.
All shows are held at the Avalon Theatre, 645 Main Street in Grand Junction, CO at 7:30 p.m. (except for an occasional matinee). Doors open 45 minutes before curtain.
A Brief History of the Community Concerts of the Grand Valley
Originating in 1944 as the Mesa County Community Concert Association with the Columbia Concert Series, we were started by a dedicated volunteer group of about 25 local music lovers. Every year since then, we have presented four to six concerts that feature talented artists of national and international fame. Included in our list of celebrated guests have been Mantovani, the Gershwin Orchestra, the Robert Joffrey Ballet, Vienna Choir Boys, Itzhak Perlman, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the New Christy Minstrels, the Kingston Trio, Peter Nero, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Riders in the Sky, the Royal Air Force Band, and the New York Theatre Ballet.
Initially, our office was headquartered in the Tom Clark Music Store on Main Street. Season ticket prices (for four concerts) were $6.00 per adult and $3.50 per student. Concert board members personally met the guest musicians in Grand Junction at the Grand Central Train Station and provided the hospitality for their visit—often in private homes! The first concerts were held at Houston Hall at Mesa College, and later, at the Mesa College Auditorium. In 1953, we were thrilled to move our venue to the large auditorium at the then-new Grand Junction High School. Seating more than over 1500 people, this auditorium was a community-sponsored and voter-approved facility designated for civic and community and school district activities.
We have a Board of Directors, which consists of up to twenty-two musically interested volunteers who meet to establish policy and procedure for the organization, to conduct its ongoing business, and to evaluate and select the artists for the upcoming season. We have more than forty-five volunteer workers who actively solicit season ticket memberships and earn free tickets with large sales. In many years, we continue the tradition of having sold-out seasons. If you are interested in becoming a season ticket member of the Community Concerts of the Grand Valley and/or volunteering your services, please contact us at www.CommunityConcertsGrandValley.org or phone us at 970-243-1979. or use the contact form.