Fort Collins Symphony to Premiere VIBE! Concert

In keeping with its Season 69 “Sound Travels” theme, the Fort Collins Symphony (FCS) will present the world premiere of VIBE! by Los Angeles composer Greg Smith on Friday, January 18, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at Timberline Church. However, instead of traveling to the locales where various symphonic works were created, the audience will journey behind the scenes to see how sound itself travels.

This lighthearted and often funny musical exploration of the science of sound will be narrated by the composer and performed by the FCS under the direction of Maestro Wes Kenney. During the course of the 32-minute orchestral piece, Smith will guide the audience on a journey to discover how energy vibrates air molecules, forms the sound waves that travel to our ears, and is decoded by our brains. Using various FCS orchestra instruments, he will demonstrate how sound is created. Additional topics include the speed and behavior of sound in three mediums (gas, liquid, and solids), how echoes work, and the significance of having two ears. Recurring audience participation creates a collaborative and fun experience.

Gregory Smith is a prolific composer for Walt Disney theme parks, CBS, ABC, and ESPN. His family/educational symphonic works have enjoyed nearly 1,000 performances by more than 200 orchestras worldwide. He is known for his ability to disguise informational content with story, jokes, and audience participation. Most recently, Smith performed his “A Major-minor Mystery” for the FCS Youth Education Series (YES concerts) in 2017.

In addition to VIBE!, this family-friendly concert will feature Richard Strauss’ famous fanfare from Also Sprach Zarathustra, Morton Gould’s Windjammer Suite: The Ship, Igor Stravinsky’s Berceuse and Finale from his iconic ballet The Firebird, Eric Knight’s Three Musical Elements: Earth, Wind, Space, and a Beach Boys Medley.

As part of the Fort Collins Symphony’s annual YES concerts, Smith’s new work will be performed for over 4,300 4th and 5th grade Larimer County students on January 17, 2019.

VIBE! is open to the public and families are encouraged to attend. Tickets are $5 for youth and $10 for adults with a 25% discount for a family of four or more. Scholarships are available. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 970.482.4823.

The concert is sponsored by Dr. Peter Springberg with additional support from the City of Fort Collins Fort Fund, NoCo Artists, Flood and Peterson, FAN Foundation, Griffin Foundation, Carol Ann Hixon Fund for Advancing Innovation and Imagination of the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, Kaiser Permanente, the Elizabeth Hotel, Paul Wood Florists, and the Poudre School District.