The Lone Tree Symphony Orchestra Commemorates 20 Seasons of Success

The sound of beauty is in the air. The Lone Tree Symphony Orchestra held its 20th season-opening celebration on Oct. 4 at the Lone Tree Arts Center with a performance of “Déjà vu!” A fitting concert for the inaugural occasion, it included works from Verdi, Grieg, Vaughan Williams, Strauss and Beethoven.

There are four more shows in the season. Special recognition for the gift of believing in the LTSO was given to original symphony members Jacinda Bouton, Peter Huffaker, Scott McDonald, Nancy Casper, Patty Kritz, Amy Prater and David Unkrich. All seven have been with the LTSO since the beginning in 2000. Former LTSO President and member John Nemcik was also memorialized. His passing in September 2019 left the organization heartbroken, with his impact and guidance leaving a lasting presence due to the changes he assisted in implementing.

The majority of this talented group of musicians are retirees, educators and people with jobs in addition to their symphony duties. The LTSO is supremely thankful for the donors and sponsors who have allowed the organization to develop into its 20th season.

To support the symphony, ask executive director Cindy Kessinger about the Symphomaniacs, Mini-Symphony To-Go and sponsoring music selections and programs. You can also support the LTSO through Amazon Smile and Colorado Gives Day. Contact Cindy at 303.909.6268 or

Natalie Hill is a prolific expert in the art of the violin. Natalie Hill has been a freelance musician in the Denver area for almost 40 years. She is a routine musician with the Evergreen Chamber Orchestra, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Ballet Orchestra, Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra, Mercury Ensemble String Quartet and the Voice of the Wood Chamber Players, in addition to festival work. This solid musician has played with YoYo Ma, Luciano Pavarotti, Led Zeppelin, Joshua Bell, Ray Charles, Chuck Berry, Josh Groban, Sarah McLachlan, John Denver, Tony Bennett and Earth, Wind and Fire amongst others.

Jacinda Bouton is the principal conductor. Since the beginning, Jacinda M. Bouton has served as principal conductor and music director of the Lone Tree Symphony since its inception in 2000. A cum laude graduate of Missouri State University with an emphasis in music education and certification in both instrumental and choral areas, she owns a full curriculum vitae. This includes a concurrent role as music director of the Denver Concert Band and acting as a conductor, adjudicator and clinician throughout the Rocky Mountain region. She has conducted more than 30 guest artist concerts with Colorado Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestra members, along with other soloists of national and international fame. Jacinda has also guest conducted the Denver Municipal Band and served as co-director of the Breckenridge Music Institute’s Summer Music Camp, director of the Denver Junior Police Band and director of instrumental music at George Washington High School in Denver.

A Very Cherry Christmas is Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. at 2:30 p.m.

Steve Lippia is March 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Tales of Passion is May 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Buy a CD at the Empower Tower during the intermission of A Very Cherry Christmas—cash and prizes are hidden throughout the cases!