Summer symphony eases jangled nerves

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In the wake of the Waldo Canyon Fire, many people are returning to some semblance of everyday life. Or even — as was the case for those fortunate enough to fill Armstrong Quad last night for a performance by the Colorado Springs Philharmonic — something better than everyday life.

There, on a perfect summer's evening, music director Josep Caballé Domenech led the orchestra through a "Summer Symphony" program that ranged from Richard Wagner to John Williams.

Add in an intermission performance by Mango fan Django — with former Philharmonic intern David Siegel "conducting" and playing violin — and what more could you ask for?

If you missed it, you can still get your Gypsy jazz fix by catching Mango fan Django at 5 p.m., Saturday (Bastille Day!) at La Baguette French Bakery-Cafe (4440 N. Chestnut St.).

Classical fans will have to be a bit more patient: The Philharmonic's next season begins in September.

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