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Video Games Live™ with your Colorado Symphony

Emmanuel Fratianni, conductor

Video Games Live™ joins forces with the Colorado Symphony and chorus to bring you immersive concert event featuring music from the most popular video games of all time, live at Red Rocks.Created by Tommy Tallarico, Video Games Live™ showcases your Colorado Symphony performing along with exclusive synchronized video footage and music arrangements to create an explosive one-of-a-kind entertainment experience. Special events surround the show, including a pre-show experience where guests can enjoy interactive events.

Expect the energy and excitement of a rock concert mixed with the power and emotion of your Colorado Symphony Orchestra combined together by the technology, interactivity, stunning visuals and fun that only video games can provide, all at Colorado's outdoor landmark entertainment venue, Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

Limited VIP Experience ticket information will become available soon!

Wed 8/5/15 7:30PM Red Rocks Amphitheatre Video Games Live™ with your Colorado Symphony



Mostly Mozart: The Common Man
2015/16 Summer Season
Mostly Mozart: The Common Man

Six world-class vocalists show what makes Mozart operas great - from the pathos to the humor to the humanity. Many surprises are in store - maybe even a staged mini-opera! This concert has everything - even, believe it or not, music from “The Shawshank Redemption.” Experience your Symphony and guest vocalists as they perform works that show why Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was considered a visionary and why he retains his popularity to this day!

Sat 7/11/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mostly Mozart: The Common Man


The Music of Harry Potter
2015/16 Summer Season
The Music of Harry Potter

Back by popular demand, your Colorado Symphony takes you on a trip to Hogwarts and beyond for a special performance of music inspired from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Featuring the music of John Williams and more, this is a concert event for every witch, wizard and muggle.

Join us early to get your picture taken with a character from the world of Harry Potter! Characters are portrayed by our friends in the cast of the Tales from Avistrum series.

Sat 7/18/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall The Music of Harry Potter


DeVotchKa with Special Guest Kishi Bashi and the Colorado Symphony

DeVotchKa with the Colorado Symphony
Special guest Kishi Bashi with the Colorado Symphony

DeVotchKa returns to Red Rocks with trademark lush orchestrations combined with the rich symphonic sounds of the Colorado Symphony in an evening of majestic sound and illuminating theatrical surprises. A one-night-only event, this live concert experience presents breath-taking tapestry of sights and sounds under the stars at the famous Red Rocks Amphitheater. The evening also features innovative and critically acclaimed violinist and singer, Kishi Bashi also performing with your Colorado Symphony. Your favorite musicians will be on stunning display at the world's premiere outdoor amphitheater making this Colorado summer evening an annual tradition one you won't soon forget.

To purchase Price Level 1 accessible seats please contact the Box Office at 303.623.7876. Red Rocks concerts are performed RAIN or SHINE.

Thu 7/23/15 7:30PM Red Rocks Amphitheatre DeVotchKa with Special Guest Kishi Bashi and the Colorado Symphony


Family Day at the Symphony: Inspired by Nature

The natural world is full of music! From the songs of birds and crickets to the crash of thunder and ocean waves, nature provides a soundtrack for the plants, animals and people who share Planet Earth. Nature inspired history’s greatest composers who sought to capture the beauty of the world through music. This program will also include fun activities for kids at Boettcher Concert Hall.

Sun 7/26/15 2:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Family Day at the Symphony: Inspired by Nature


Video Games Live™ Ultimate Gamer V.I.P. Experience!

Limited Ultimate Gamer V.I.P. Experience Package* includes early admission to the venue and a behind-the-scenes look with Video Games Live™ creator and video game legend Tommy Tallarico. V.I.P. ticketholders receive front-of-the-line access to the post-show meet-and-greet with performers and special guests along with a V.I.P. package of exclusive merchandise.

*The Ultimate Gamer V.I.P. Experience Package DOES NOT include a ticket to the show. You MUST have a ticket to the show to attend the V.I.P. Experience. You may purchase any seat separately from the V.I.P. Package by visiting the performance page here.

Wed 8/5/15 6:30PM General Admission Video Games Live™ Ultimate Gamer V.I.P. Experience!


Video Games Live™ with your Colorado Symphony

Emmanuel Fratianni, conductor

This August join your Colorado Symphony for an evening of explosive entertainment! Video Games Live™ joins forces with the Colorado Symphony and chorus to bring you an immersive concert event featuring music from the most popular video games of all time, live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

Created by Tommy Tallarico, Video Games Live™ showcases your Colorado Symphony performing along with exclusive synchronized video footage and music arrangements to create an explosive one-of-a-kind entertainment experience. Special events surround the show, including a pre-show experience where guests can enjoy interactive events.

Expect the energy and excitement of a rock concert mixed with the power and emotion of your Colorado Symphony Orchestra combined together by the technology, interactivity, stunning visuals and fun that only video games can provide, all at Colorado's outdoor landmark entertainment venue, Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

Video Games Live™ with the Colorado Symphony will be conducted by Principle Video Games Live™ Conductor Emmanuel Fratianni, with special guest conductors Russell Brower, Blizzard Entertainment audio director and composer; Austin Wintory, a Colorado native debuting the world premiere of the latest installment of The Banner Saga franchise; and Christopher Tin, a two-time Grammy®-winning composer.

Special guest performers include multitalented vocalist and soloist for flute and piano Laura Intravia; Peter McConnell, a video game composer and musician best known through his work at LucasArts; Clint Bajakian, a video game composer and guitarist; and Tallarico, also a guitarist as well as the concert’s host and the Video Games Live™ creator.

The evening includes world premieres of new compositions for Grim Fandango and the Broken Age, with original composer Peter McConnell; Chrono Trigger & Chrono Cross piano tribute; and The Banner Saga 2 with original composer Austin Wintory. The Colorado Symphony will record works for The Banner Saga 2 this fall.

Click here for a seating chart and more information about your visit to Red Rocks.

Ultimate Gamer V.I.P. Experience Package Information

Wed 8/5/15 7:30PM Red Rocks Amphitheatre Video Games Live™ with your Colorado Symphony


Audience Choice!
2015/16 Summer Season
Audience Choice!

Join the Colorado Symphony for a special concert event where the audience picks the program! Don’t miss your chance to pick your favorite pieces from a selection of the most popular and well-known symphonic favorites performed live in Boettcher Concert Hall. Details on the voting process will be communicated to patrons via email and social media, for a truly interactive live experience.

Sat 8/8/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Audience Choice!


Rodgers & Hammerstein Celebration
2015/16 Summer Season
Rodgers & Hammerstein Celebration

Christiane Noll, vocals
William Michals, vocals
Doug LaBrecque, vocals

A celebration of the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein, this evening not only celebrates the collaboration of these two geniuses, but also includes songs of Hammerstein’s collaboration with Jerome Kern (Showboat) as well as Rodgers’ collaborations with Lorenz Hart. This wonderful evening includes show-stopping Broadway tunes such as Climb Every Mountain, Oklahoma, Some Enchanted Evening, All The Things You Are, and many others!

Sat 8/15/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Rodgers & Hammerstein Celebration


Opening Weekend: Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1

Andrew Litton, conductor
Alessio Bax, piano

SHOSTAKOVICH Festive Overture, Op. 96
TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47

Music Director Andrew Litton conducts the Colorado Symphony through an all-Russian slate to start the season with a bang. The weekend also brings Italian-born pianist Alessio Bax to Denver for the first time since the 2010-11 season, with a technique that's a perfect match for Tchaikovsky's bold Piano Concerto No. 1. Shostakovich's triumphant Symphony No. 5 in D minor provides an apt finish that is a work of high art.

Fri 9/18/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Opening Weekend: Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1
Sat 9/19/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Opening Weekend: Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1
Sun 9/20/15 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Opening Weekend: Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1


The Music Man in Concert
2015/16 Pops Series
The Music Man in Concert

Colorado Symphony Chorus, Mary Louise Burke, associate director

The Colorado Symphony's self-produced take on the Meredith Willson classic brings River City, Iowa to Denver for two performances. The timeless story of slick con man Harold Hill wooing Marian the Librarian features such showstoppers as "Ya Got Trouble," "The Wells Fargo Wagon," and the signature "76 Trombones." Hear this classic score the way the composer intended it – with a full symphony orchestra accompanied by an amazing cast of local and national singers and actors.

Sat 9/26/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall The Music Man in Concert
Sun 9/27/15 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall The Music Man in Concert


Mozart Performed by Michael Thornton
2015/16 Masterworks Series
Mozart Performed by Michael Thornton

James Feddeck, conductor
Michael Thornton, horn

DVORÁK Carnival Overture, Op. 92
MOZART Horn Concerto No. 3
L. MOZART Sinfonia pastorella for Alphorn
BRAHMS Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Colorado Symphony Principal Horn Michael Thornton performs works by two Mozarts: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's well-known Horn Concerto No. 3, then trades his French horn for an eight-foot alphorn for Sinfonia pastorella by Leopold, Wolfgang's father. In his Colorado Symphony debut, former Cleveland Orchestra staff conductor James Feddeck opens with Dvorák's Carnival Overture and rounds out the program with Brahms' lush Symphony No. 4, the last symphonic work of his career.

The Friday, October 2nd, 2015 performance of Michael Thornton Performs Mozart is SOLD OUT.

Fri 10/2/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mozart Performed by Michael Thornton
Sat 10/3/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mozart Performed by Michael Thornton


Inside the Score: Symphony 101
2015/16 Inside The Score
Inside the Score: Symphony 101

Catherine Beeson, host

Assistant Principal Viola and Director of Education Catherine Beeson hosts an informative and educational evening that meshes musical performances with a behind-the-scenes peek into the symphony world. For this event, the focus is on debunking myths and explaining the orchestra to newbies and veteran Symphony-goers alike. It's the ultimate entry point into the Colorado Symphony experience.

Fri 10/9/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Inside the Score: Symphony 101


Jake Shimabukuro in Concert
2015/16 Pops Series
Jake Shimabukuro in Concert

Jake Shimabukuro, ukelele

The Hawaiian-born ukelele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro has long been a household name in his native state and Japan, but he exploded into the musical mainstream in 2006 with an assist from a viral YouTube video of him playing The Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" that has been seen by more than 13 million people. Shimabukuro's performance will include the Colorado debut of Byron Yasui's Concerto No. 1 for Ukelele.

Sat 10/10/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Jake Shimabukuro in Concert


Elgar "Enigma Variations"
2015/16 Masterworks Series
Elgar "Enigma Variations"

Courtney Lewis, conductor
Courtney Hershey Bress, harp

HAYDN Symphony No. 60 in C major, “Il distratto”
DEBUSSY Dances Sacred and Profane
RAVEL Introduction and Allegro
ELGAR Variations on an Original Theme, Op.36, “Enigma Variations”

This dazzling program showcases Colorado Symphony Principal Harp Courtney Hershey Bress in virtuosic masterpieces from Debussy and Ravel. New York Philharmonic staff conductor Courtney Lewis leads this program culminating in Sir Edward Elgar's Variations on an Original Theme. Popularly known as "Enigma Variations", the piece consists of twenty-four variations that each depict one of Elgar's family members or friends in a musical cryptogram that draws inspiration from lost loves, barking bulldogs, and his toughest critics.

Fri 10/16/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Elgar "Enigma Variations"
Sat 10/17/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Elgar "Enigma Variations"


Strauss Conducted by Andrew Litton
2015/16 Masterworks Series
Strauss Conducted by Andrew Litton

Andrew Litton, conductor
Silver Ainomäe, cello

STRAUSS Don Quixote
STRAUSS Don Juan
STRAUSS Suite from Der Rosenkavalier

Principal Cello Silver Ainomäe opens this all-Strauss program with Don Quixote, for a concert experience that captures the breadth of the composer's remarkable oeuvre. The modernist Don Juan cemented Strauss' international reputation, and his comic yet bittersweet Der Rosenkavalier (The Rose-Bearer) remains a staple for opera companies worldwide. For Don Quixote, Ainomäe's cello plays the titular role of the windmill-battling man of La Mancha, while the viola captures the part of his comic squire, Sancho Panza.

Fri 10/23/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Strauss Conducted by Andrew Litton
Sat 10/24/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Strauss Conducted by Andrew Litton


Symphony at the Movies: <i>Psycho</i>
2015/16 Pops Series
Symphony at the Movies: Psycho

For Halloween weekend, the Colorado Symphony performs the soundtrack to Psycho, the film that moved the horror genre from gothic to contemporary. Alfred Hitchcock's groundbreaking thriller continues to resonate with audiences for its jarring music as much as its haunting images and stunning twists. Composed by Academy Award® winner Bernard Herrmann (whose career spanned from Orson Welles' Citizen Kane to Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver), this score is one of the most memorable – and frightening – in Hollywood history. The complete film will be shown on large suspended screens for the full Symphony at the Movies experience.

Fri 10/30/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Symphony at the Movies: Psycho


Halloween Spooktacular
2015/16 Family Series
Halloween Spooktacular

A family tradition of the not-too-scary sort, this concert features musical fun for the whole family. Everyone is encouraged to dress up for the Halloween festivities, and the Colorado Symphony musicians will trade-in their tuxes and tails for their own zany costumes. Don't forget to arrive early for the Halloween pre-concert activities in the lobby!

Sat 10/31/15 2:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Halloween Spooktacular


Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 3
2015/16 Masterworks Series
Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 3

Andrew Litton, conductor
Denis Kozhukhin, piano

KABALEVSKY Overture to Colas Breugnon, Op. 24
PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16
RACHMANINOFF Symphony No. 3 in a minor, Op. 44

Colorado Symphony Music Director Andrew Litton conducts the orchestra through a program of Russian compositions that veer from soaring to subtle. After the overture to Dmitry Kabalevsky's opera, Colas Breugnon, pianist sensation Denis Kozhukhin tackles Sergei Prokofiev's formidable Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, a piece that rattled audiences with its modernist intensity over a century ago. The orchestra finishes with Sergei Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 3, an inventive piece that juxtaposes delicate beauty with towering grandeur.

Fri 11/6/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 3
Sat 11/7/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 3
Sun 11/8/15 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 3


Symphony at the Movies: <i>Back to the Future</i>

Power up your DeLorean, recharge your flux capacitor, and get ready to celebrate the 30th anniversary of an unforgettable movie classic: Back to the Future, starring Michael J. Fox, the 1.21-gigawatt blockbuster that topped the 1985 box office. Fans old and new will experience the thrill of the film like never before: on a big screen with the full orchestra performing Alan Silvestri’s dazzling musical score live—and you don’t even need a time machine to get to 2015!

Sat 11/14/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Symphony at the Movies: Back to the Future


Berlioz <i>Symphonie fantastique</i>
2015/16 Masterworks Series
Berlioz Symphonie fantastique

Andrew Litton, conductor
Philippe Quint, violin
Colorado Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe, director

STRAVINSKY Symphony of Psalms
STRAVINSKY Violin Concerto in D major
BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

Hector Berlioz's early Romantic tour de force, Symphonie fantastique, headlines the evening, telling the bizarre story of an artist in five movements: His love for a young woman sweeps from joy to jealousy into an opium-fueled dream of a witches' sabbath. The program begins with a pair of inimitable Stravinsky pieces that effortlessly mesh menace and beauty: The Colorado Symphony Chorus sings with the orchestra on his Symphony of Psalms, then violinist Philippe Quint performs Violin Concerto in D major on a 1708 Stradivarius.

Fri 11/20/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Berlioz Symphonie fantastique
Sat 11/21/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Berlioz Symphonie fantastique


The Music of James Bond with Hilary Kole

Hilary Kole, vocalist

Vocalist Hilary Kole plays Bond girl as the Colorado Symphony performs the iconic music of James Bond. Monty Norman's "James Bond Theme" started it all in 1962's Dr. No, the first Bond film in 1962, and the sleek, sexy melody continues to seduce in the 24th Bond film, Spectre. Colorado Symphony musicians will perform several works from the films, including Academy Award®-nominated songs such as "Live and Let Die" and "For Your Eyes Only."

Sat 11/28/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall The Music of James Bond with Hilary Kole


Drums of the World
2015/16 Family Series
Drums of the World

Colorado Symphony Percussionists

This popular annual family concert takes attendees on a musical trip around the globe. Drums of the World features your very own Colorado Symphony percussionists playing rhythmic instruments new and old – it'll be everything but the kitchen sink! Don't forget to arrive early for pre-concert activities in the lobby!

Sun 11/29/15 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Drums of the World


All Beethoven featuring Symphony No. 3
2015/16 Masterworks Series
All Beethoven featuring Symphony No. 3

Rossen Milanov, conductor
Andrew Staupe, piano

BEETHOVEN The Creatures of Prometheus Overture, Op. 43
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55, "Eroica"

The annual winter tribute to Ludwig van Beethoven opens with the little-played overture to the 1801 ballet, The Creatures of Prometheus. Beethoven's Classical roots are at the heart of his Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major performed by pianist Andrew Staupe, who cemented his status as one of the country's top young pianists with a critically acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut in 2012. Beethoven's famed Symphony No. 3, most commonly known as "Eroica," was groundbreaking for its musical range when it premiered in the early 19th century. Audience-favorite Rossen Milanov returns to conduct this exciting program.

Fri 12/4/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall All Beethoven featuring Symphony No. 3
Sat 12/5/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall All Beethoven featuring Symphony No. 3
Sun 12/6/15 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall All Beethoven featuring Symphony No. 3


A Colorado Christmas
2015/16 Holiday Series
A Colorado Christmas

Colorado Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe, director
Colorado Children's Chorale, Deborah DeSantis, director

The warm sounds of the holidays fill Boettcher Concert Hall in this annual Christmas spectacular. This season's celebration focuses on the music and magic of the season, showcasing the Colorado Symphony's annual collaboration with the Colorado Children's Chorale and the Colorado Symphony Chorus. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to see who's naughty and who's nice in preparation for the big night.

Fri 12/11/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Colorado Christmas
Sat 12/12/15 2:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Colorado Christmas
Sat 12/12/15 6:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Colorado Christmas
Sun 12/13/15 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Colorado Christmas


Handel's <i>Messiah</i>
2015/16 Holiday Series
Handel's Messiah

Duain Wolfe, conductor
Mary Wilson, soprano
Corrie Stallings, mezzo
Derek Chester, tenor
Andrew Garland, bass
Colorado Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe, director

Experience the full majesty of Handel’s masterpiece – one of the most revered oratorios of all time – when the Colorado Symphony and Chorus exalt Messiah skyward to soaring new heights. Colorado Symphony Chorus Director Duain Wolfe takes the podium to lead this soul-stirring holiday classic.

On Sunday, December 20, join us for the return of the Messiah Sing-Along! After over a decade, here is your chance to sing-along with the renowned Colorado Symphony Chorus for Handel’s glorious masterpiece and truly be a part of the holiday spirit. Come one, come all and join the orchestra and chorus for this specially priced Sunday concert, $25 for adults and $15 for children.

Fri 12/18/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Handel's Messiah
Sat 12/19/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Handel's Messiah
Sun 12/20/15 1:00PM General Admission Handel's Messiah Sing-Along


Holiday Brass at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church

Brian Buerkle, conductor
Colorado Symphony Brass and Percussion

The Colorado Symphony presents its fourth annual Holiday Brass with two performances at the beautiful Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church, led by guest conductor Brian Buerkle. Come celebrate the brilliance and power of the Colorado Symphony Brass in a resounding program of seasonal favorites, featuring traditional carols, classical favorites, jazz transcriptions, and music from beloved holiday movies and TV specials. Make your holiday season bright by joining the Colorado Symphony Brass in an unforgettable program that hits all of the right Yuletide notes.

Fri 12/18/15 7:30PM Montview Presbyterian Church Holiday Brass at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church
Sun 12/20/15 5:00PM Montview Presbyterian Church Holiday Brass at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church


Symphony at the Movies: <i>Home Alone</i>
2015/16 Holiday Series
Symphony at the Movies: Home Alone

Colorado Symphony Chorus, Mary Louise Burke, associate director

A holiday classic, Home Alone features renowned composer John Williams' charming and delightful score performed live as the film is screened on large suspended screens. Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin McCallister, an eight-year-old boy who's accidentally left behind when his family leaves for Christmas vacation, and who must defend his home against two bungling thieves (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern). Hilarious and heartwarming, Home Alone is holiday fun for the entire family.

Tue 12/22/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Symphony at the Movies: Home Alone


A Weekend of <i>Star Wars</i>
2015/16 Pops Series
A Weekend of Star Wars

Join us for a performance of epic music celebrating a galaxy far, far away. The Colorado Symphony presents a concert filled with music from the world of Star Wars and classical favorites spanning the parsecs between Denver and Dagobah. Whether your loyalties lie with the Imperial Forces or the Rebel Troops, you're sure to hear your favorite themes and discover a few more. And remember: May the Force be with you.

Sat 12/26/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Weekend of Star Wars
Sun 12/27/15 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Weekend of Star Wars


A Night in Vienna
2015/16 Holiday Series
A Night in Vienna

Start your New Year's celebration in style with the Colorado Symphony's annual presentation of A Night in Vienna, a rousing selection of polkas, waltzes, and marches. The festive performance is the perfect sendoff to 2015 – and the early start time ensures that you won't miss the thrill of the 16th Street Mall fireworks!

Thu 12/31/15 6:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Night in Vienna


All Gershwin featuring New York City Ballet
2015/16 Masterworks Series
All Gershwin featuring New York City Ballet

Andrew Litton, conductor
Members of New York City Ballet

GERSHWIN Overture to Crazy for You
GERSHWIN Day Full of Song
GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue
GERSHWIN Who Cares?

This must-see concert features the Colorado Symphony performing the works of American master George Gershwin, accompanied by a quartet of dancers from the famed New York City Ballet on the sultry finale, Who Cares?. The orchestra and Litton will also perform the jazz-band version of Rhapsody in Blue as well as other highlights from Gershwin's career that bridged the gaps between classical, jazz, and popular music. Andrew Litton, Music Director of both the Colorado Symphony and recently appointed Music Director of the New York City Ballet, conducts this program with gusto.

Sun 1/10/16 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall All Gershwin featuring New York City Ballet


Pixar in Concert
2015/16 Pops Series
Pixar in Concert

From the Toy Story trilogy to The Incredibles and UP, Pixar has forever changed filmmaking while giving us some of the most beloved characters in cinematic history. Now, Pixar is coming to you like you've never heard or seen it before: in concert with our own Colorado Symphony. Expect an evening of music that spans the animation studio's long string of hits that never fail to entertain the whole family.

Fri 1/15/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Pixar in Concert
Sat 1/16/16 2:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Pixar in Concert


One Singular Sensation: A Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch

Jodi Benson, Donna McKechnie and Doug LaBrecque, vocals
Colorado Symphony Chorus, Mary Louise Burke, associate director

Former Principal Pops Conductor of the Colorado Symphony, the late, great Marvin Hamlisch is an entertainment legend. He's one of a dozen people to win an Emmy®, a Grammy®, an Oscar®, and a Tony®, plus he won a Pulitzer and a pair of Golden Globes® to boot. He won three Oscars in 1974 – two for the score for The Way We Were and the third for his adaptation of Scott Joplin for The Sting. Featuring the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, this concert spans Hamlisch's remarkable career, from his work on Woody Allen films to A Chorus Line to the score for Ordinary People.

Sat 1/23/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall One Singular Sensation: A Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch


Mussorgsky <i>Pictures at an Exhibition</i>
2015/16 Masterworks Series
Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition

Jayce Ogren, conductor
Claude Sim, violin

SIBELIUS Romance for Strings
SIBELIUS Finlandia
SIBELIUS Valse Triste
KHACHATURIAN Violin Concerto
MUSSORGSKY/ RAVEL Pictures at an Exhibition

Pictures at an Exhibition, Mussorgsky's rich, intense, and very Russian masterpiece is a perfect match for the talents of conductor Jayce Ogren, who has been hailed by audiences everywhere in terms of both geography and genre: conducting West Side Story in London, My Fair Lady in Paris, and Rufus Wainright with the Toronto Symphony. Similarly versatile, Colorado Symphony Associate Concertmaster Claude Sim performs Aram Khachaturian's Violin Concerto which showcases Sim's boundless energy and flawless technique.

Fri 1/29/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition
Sat 1/30/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition


Inside The Score: Holst <i>The Planets</i>
2015/16 Inside The Score
Inside The Score: Holst The Planets

This edition of Inside the Score takes us from Mercury to Neptune with an in depth look at Gustav Holst's The Planets. Holst's suite features seven movements, each dedicated to a different planet in the solar system capturing the distinct and unique character of each.

Fri 2/5/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Inside The Score: Holst The Planets


Side-by-Side with DYAO: 100 Year Celebration of the U.S. National Parks

Denver Young Artists Orchestra

The annual Colorado Symphony and Denver Young Artists Orchestra (DYAO) side-by-side celebrates 100 years of the U. S. National Parks Service with an exciting program highlighting the beauty of our great land. The DYAO will join the CSO on stage for Symphony No. 1: Formations by local composer and educator Jeffrey Nytch.

Sat 2/6/16 2:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Side-by-Side with DYAO: 100 Year Celebration of the U.S. National Parks


Sierra Boggess in Concert
2015/16 Pops Series
Sierra Boggess in Concert

Sierra Boggess, vocalist
Colorado Children's Chorale, Deborah DeSantis, artistic director

Denver native and Colorado Children's Chorale alumnus Sierra Boggess is best known for her Broadway debut originating the role of Ariel in the 2007 The Little Mermaid. Boggess has also been a Broadway mainstay for the last decade performing in Les Misérables, Phantom of the Opera, Ever After, and other musicals. It's easy to hear why: Her enchanting, soaring vocals hit all of the right notes. For this Valentine's Day weekend concert, Boggess will sing a number of the tunes that made her a superstar, accompanied by the orchestra and Colorado Children's Chorale.

Sat 2/13/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Sierra Boggess in Concert
Sun 2/14/16 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Sierra Boggess in Concert


Mahler Symphony No. 2 “<i>Resurrection</i>”
2015/16 Masterworks Series
Mahler Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection

Andrew Litton, conductor
Sarah Fox, soprano
Kelley O'Connor, mezzo
Colorado Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe, director

MAHLER Symphony No. 2 in C minor, "Resurrection"

The Colorado Symphony performs Gustav Mahler's remarkable Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection," a five-movement symphony that takes listeners on a dark, solemn, and sublime journey that meditates on the themes of life, death, and rebirth. Mahler's Symphony No. 2 is the largest symphony ever made in terms of forces, length, and harmonic boldness yet is his most popular and successful work.

Fri 2/19/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mahler Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection
Sat 2/20/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mahler Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection


Igudesman & Joo: BIG Nightmare Music

Aleksey Igudesman, violin
Richard Hyung-ki Joo, piano

When Igudesman & Joo perform with a symphony orchestra musical nightmares take on epic proportions! On top of a few priceless adaptions from Igudesman & Joo's duo-show "A Little Nightmare Music", Mozart Bond, Alla Molto Turca and Practice Time, "BIG Nightmare Music" boasts uproarious sketches tailor-made for a symphony orchestra. Don't miss this exciting program "BIG Nightmare Music" where comedy meets music.

Sat 2/27/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Igudesman & Joo: BIG Nightmare Music


Shakespeare Festival: <i>A Midsummer Night's Dream</i>

Hans Graf, conductor
Maureen Thomas, actor
Colorado Children's Chorale, Deborah DeSantis, artistic director

TCHAIKOVSKY The Tempest, Fantasy-Overture, Op. 18
MENDELSSOHN A Midsummer Night's Dream

Commemorating 400 years since the Bard’s passing, the Colorado Symphony’s inaugural Shakespeare Festival weekend celebrates Felix Mendelssohn’s charming and delightful A Midsummer Night’s Dream (which includes the unmistakable "Wedding March") as Maureen Thomas performs passages from the fantastic classic in a one-woman tour-de-force. Conductor Hans Graf leads the orchestra and the Colorado Children’s Chorale in an evening of Shakespeare that effortlessly melds drama and music and promises to ignite your imagination.

Fri 3/4/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Shakespeare Festival: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Sat 3/5/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Shakespeare Festival: A Midsummer Night's Dream


Inside the Score: Shakespeare Festival - Colorado Symphony Chorus

Duain Wolfe, conductor
Colorado Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe, director

The Bard of Avon inspired some of the world’s greatest music for the stage and concert hall. Duain Wolfe leads the Colorado Symphony and Chorus in a musical exploration of Shakespeare’s most captivating lines and characters as portrayed in the music of Vaughan Williams, Verdi, Berlioz, and other composers who were caught up in the power of his “music of the spheres.”

Fri 3/11/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Inside the Score: Shakespeare Festival - Colorado Symphony Chorus


An Evening with Wonderbound
2015/16 Pops Series
An Evening with Wonderbound

Wonderbound

The Colorado Symphony is excited to welcome Wonderbound to Boettcher Concert Hall for this one-of-a-kind performance. This program will feature excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s masterpieces, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake, with original choreography from Wonderbound’s own Garrett Ammon. This latest collaboration between two of Denver’s most avant garde and innovative ensembles showcases the diversity of symphonic music and modern dance.

Sat 3/12/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall An Evening with Wonderbound


<i>Carnival of the Animals</i> and <i>The Story of Babar</i>

SAINT-SAËNS Carnival of the Animals
POULENC The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant

This performance deftly introduces little ones to the joys of the orchestra with Carnival of the Animals, one of the best-known pieces by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns, with each movement depicting a different animal from the royal lion to the graceful swan. In The Story of Babar, Jean de Brunhoff’s popular children’s story of one little elephant’s epic rise from rags to riches is eloquently set to music by Francis Poulenc, truly a fantastic family experience for all ages.

Sun 3/13/16 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Carnival of the Animals and The Story of Babar


Shakespeare Festival: <i>Romeo and Juliet</i>
2015/16 Masterworks Series
Shakespeare Festival: Romeo and Juliet

Colorado Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe, director

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Serenade to Music
BERNSTEIN Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
Romeo & Juliet in Words & Music
TCHAIKOVSKY excerpts from Romeo and Juliet
PROKOFIEV excerpts from Romeo and Juliet
BERLIOZ excerpts from Romeo and Juliet

The definitive ode to star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet caps the Colorado Symphony’s Shakespeare Festival with a wide-ranging expedition into the music inspired by the timeless drama. The concert covers not only the interpretations of masters like Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, and Berlioz, but the definitively American translation of the play in Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story. A quartet of actors perform scenes that dramatically stitch together the beauty of Shakespeare’s words with that of the music inspired by them.

Fri 3/18/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Shakespeare Festival: Romeo and Juliet
Sat 3/19/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Shakespeare Festival: Romeo and Juliet
Sun 3/20/16 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Shakespeare Festival: Romeo and Juliet


Béla Fleck: Return of the Banjo
2015/16 Masterworks Series
Béla Fleck: Return of the Banjo

José Luis Gomez, conductor
Béla Fleck, banjo

JOHN ADAMS The Chairman Dances
VILLA-LOBOS Chôros No. 6
BÉLA FLECK Banjo Concerto

The genre-defying king of the banjo, Béla Fleck has been nominated in more categories than any other artist in Grammy® history, and has taken home thirteen of the awards to date. For these performances, acclaimed conductor Jose Luis Gomez leads Fleck in the regional premier of his second Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra, a piece co-commissioned by the Colorado Symphony.

Fri 4/1/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Béla Fleck: Return of the Banjo
Sat 4/2/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Béla Fleck: Return of the Banjo


Inside the Score: An Evening of Chamber Music

Chamber music originated with small-scale orchestras designed to fit in an intimate palace chamber, but its evolution into its contemporary forms would shock the monarchy right out of its bejeweled boots. This evening provides an introduction to and examination of chamber music with both performance and discussion showcasing the musicians of the Colorado Symphony in a new light.

Fri 4/8/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Inside the Score: An Evening of Chamber Music


A Symphonic Tribute to Mel Brooks
2015/16 Pops Series
A Symphonic Tribute to Mel Brooks

Colorado Symphony Chorus, Mary Louise Burke, associate director

Mel Brooks needs no introduction. The comedy icon has left an indelible imprint on both film and stage, often with an assist from his longtime musical collaborator, composer John Morris. This symphonic tribute to Brooks brings performances from Morris’ scores of films including Blazing Saddles as well as more recent music from the Broadway adaptations of The Producers and Young Frankenstein.

Sat 4/9/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Symphonic Tribute to Mel Brooks


Jeffrey & Gabriel Kahane
2015/16 Masterworks Series
Jeffrey & Gabriel Kahane

Jeffrey Kahane, conductor/ piano
Gabriel Kahane, vocals/ guitar

BERNSTEIN Fancy Free
KAHANE Crane Palimpsest
GERSHWIN Concerto In F

Father Jeffrey and son Gabriel team up for an evening that crosses boundaries and defies conventions. Jeffrey Kahane, former Colorado Symphony Music Director, leads the orchestra in Leonard Bernstein’s Fancy Free before joining with his son, Brooklyn-based composer and musician Gabriel Kahane, in Kahane’s Crane Palimpsest. The program finishes as Jeffery Kahane takes to the piano for Gershwin’s ragtime-tinged Concerto in F, ensuring an enchanting evening for all.

Fri 4/15/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Jeffrey & Gabriel Kahane
Sat 4/16/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Jeffrey & Gabriel Kahane
Sun 4/17/16 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Jeffrey & Gabriel Kahane


Copland Conducted by Andrew Litton
2015/16 Masterworks Series
Copland Conducted by Andrew Litton

Andrew Litton, conductor
Kirill Gerstein, piano

DANIELPOUR Celestial Night
RACHMANINOFF Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43
COPLAND Symphony No. 3

Colorado Symphony Music Director Andrew Litton leads this wonderfully diverse springtime program, featuring Kirill Gerstein, the only pianist to win the Gilmore Artist Award and the Gilmore Young Artist Award, performing Sergei Rachmaninoff’s iconic Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. For the finale, Litton conducts the orchestra in Symphony No. 3, Aaron Copland’s last symphony and the origin of his instantly recognizable,Fanfare for the Common Man. Intended as a patriotic statement, the entire work pulses with Americana.

Fri 4/29/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Copland Conducted by Andrew Litton
Sat 4/30/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Copland Conducted by Andrew Litton
Sun 5/1/16 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Copland Conducted by Andrew Litton


A Symphonic Tribute to Comic Con v3.0

BAM! POW! CRASH! Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the concert hall, your Colorado Symphony returns with the third annual edition of A Symphonic Tribute To Comic Con rebooted to v3.0! This concert features your favorite scores from superhero-tinged movies, television, and video games. Whether you’re a Wolverine diehard or a fan of The Flash, costumes and cosplay are heartily encouraged.

Fri 5/6/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Symphonic Tribute to Comic Con v3.0


Dvorák Symphony No. 9 "From the New World"
2015/16 Masterworks Series
Dvorák Symphony No. 9 "From the New World"

Andre de Ridder, conductor
Yumi Hwang-Williams, violin

BRYCE DESSNER Résponse Lutoslawski
BARTÓK Violin Concerto No. 2
DVORÁK Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 "From the New World"

Conducted by the versatile Andre de Ridder, Colorado Symphony Concertmaster Yumi Hwang- Williams performs Béla Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 2 before the orchestra takes on Dvorák’s Symphony No. 9. Popularly known as the “New World Symphony”, the work was influenced by the rhythms of Native American music, African-American spirituals, and the wide-open spaces Dvorák encountered on a trip to Iowa in the early 1890s.

Fri 5/13/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Dvorák Symphony No. 9 "From the New World"
Sat 5/14/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Dvorák Symphony No. 9 "From the New World"


<i>Carmina burana</i>
2015/16 Masterworks Series
Carmina burana

Andrew Litton, conductor
Audrey Luna, soprano
Andrew Skoog, tenor
Matthew Worth, baritone
Colorado Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe, director

COPLAND Appalachian Spring
ORFF Carmina burana

Colorado Symphony Music Director Andrew Litton leads the final concerts of the 2015/16 season, featuring Carl Orff’s powerhouse Carmina burana, a symphonic exploration of love, lust, and the perils of earthly pleasures. Threaded together by powerful rhythms and unforgettable (and notably challenging) vocal parts, the 25 distinct movements course from euphoria to suffering and back again, a perfect close to the season.

Fri 5/20/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Carmina burana
Sat 5/21/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Carmina burana
Sun 5/22/16 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Carmina burana