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Jefferson Symphony
Winter Concert
"The Music of Spain"

Masakazu Ito
guest artist | guitar

Patrick Sutton
guest artist | guitar

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Colorado School of
Mines Green Center
Golden, Colorado

February 4
3:00 p.m.

1 hour and 30
minutes with

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Listen and Watch

Concert Program

Masakazu Ito on Spotify

Patrick Sutton on Spotify

Masakazu Ito plays
"Variations on Sakura"

Overture to Carmen

Danza ritual del fuego (“Ritual Fire Dance”)
from El amor brujo (“Love, the Magician”)

Concierto Madrigal for
two guitars and orchestra

Capriccio Espagnol, op. 34

What's interesting
about this concert...

  • The Overture to Carmen is infused with Spanish musical elements, the famous "Habanera" melody, and the "Toreador Song", which reflects the opera's setting in Spain.

  • Rodrigo often drew inspiration from his Mediterranean and Spanish surroundings. Concierto Madrigal is no exception, as it incorporates Spanish folk elements and rhythms with Renaissance music of the 16th century.

  • Though Russian, Rimsky-Korsakov's use of orchestration in Capriccio Espagnol creates a vivid portrayal of the Spanish soundscape and festive celebrations.

  • Danza ritual del fuego is frequently performed in concert halls around the world. Its engaging rhythm, evocative melodies, and dramatic contrasts make it a crowd-pleaser that leaves a lasting impact on audiences!

Featured Artists

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Dr. J. Arturo González 

Arturo González, JSO's fourth Music Director, has led the El Paso and Las Cruces Chamber Orchestra, the Ballet & Theatre of the Border, and Colorado Light Opera. For two seasons and three national tours, he had the tremendous honor of conducting the National Youth Orchestra of Mexico. In Colorado, Gonzalez also conducts the Flatirons Symphony Orchestra and has guest conducted several neighboring ensemble including the Boulder Opera, Longmont Symphony, Youth Orchestra of the Rockies, and Evergreen Chamber Orchestra.

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Masakazu Ito

Masakazu Ito is a critically acclaimed concert guitarist and leader of the Colorado School of Mines Philharmonic Orchestra as a music director and conductor since 2022. Following his professional solo debut in Tokyo 1987, Ito won top prizes in seven major international guitar competitions, including the Andres Segovia International Guitar Competition, the Tokyo International Guitar Competition. He has a number of recordings to his credit. In particular, London’s Classical Guitar magazine called his 1998 recording ¡España! Music from Spain “a recording of depth... most musically satisfying.”

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Patrick Sutton

Patrick Sutton is an award-winning guitarist, chamber musician and recording artist from Evergreen, Colorado. He was a featured artist at the 2016 Guitar Foundation of America Convention. His eclectic performing and teaching career has taken him to conflict zones, three coasts of Africa, both ends of Vietnam, border towns, major cities, as well as myriad music societies, universities, and concert halls in-between.

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Also of interest

Our venue — welcome to the Green Center in Golden


The Green Center on Colorado School of Mines campus houses a Grand Lobby, two lecture halls, and its newly renovated auditorium with an extravagant concert stage for concert productions 

As the largest auditorium in Jefferson County, the Green Center accommodates 1,400 patrons in upholstered retracting theater seats and offers a perfect acoustic experience for live music. 

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