April 11, 2017
After a one year hiatus, the Grand Junction Symphony Guild’s Crystal Baton Composition Competition is back and Redlands Middle School 8th Grader, Abigail Ligon, is this year’s winner.
The Ligon family now has a dynasty in the works. First, their daughter Melanie won the competition 2011 and now Abigail in 2017.
“Abigail (Abby) loves to read, play piano, dance, and spend time with family and friends. She has been taking piano lessons for six years and amazes us with her talents. She loves the outdoors, hiking, skiing, rafting, and enjoying nature.” said her mom, Heather Ligon.
Abby told her mother that her inspiration for “A Star’s Reflection” was a trip they took to Lake Powell about a year ago. She said, “I was able to sleep on the top deck of the houseboat and look at the stars. The shooting stars I saw across the night sky, reflecting in the waters of Lake Powell, were my inspiration for this melody.”
“Abby’s piece was our judges’ instant and unanimous favorite. It’s a lovely melody, and the chords she suggested with it are absolutely magical.” said Music Director Charles Latshaw.
The Crystal Baton Composition Competition is an educational program of the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra and is funded in-part by the Grand Junction Symphony Guild. Students in grades K-8 compose a melody line between 16-64 measures in length without any assistance and the winning melody is arranged, orchestrated, and performed by the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra. Over 30 melodies were submitted this year, making it the largest competition to date.
Abby will join Music Director Charles Latshaw and the GJSO on stage to hear her melody and be presented with a handmade crystal baton and a bound copy of the conductor’s score. Her piece will be performed at the final Grand Junction Symphony concerts of the 2016-17 Season, Eternal Light. Saturday, April 22nd at 7:30pm and Sunday, April 23rd at 3:00pm at the Avalon Theatre.