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

Andres Lopera, conductor
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.


2016 Beethoven & Brews
2015/16 Fundraising Events
2016 Beethoven & Brews

Enjoy an exclusive beer tasting paired with light hors d’oeuvres and the sounds of a Colorado Symphony small ensemble performed in a casual setting. Beethoven and Brews features an ensemble performance and four 4 oz. samples of beer from your favorite local breweries. Additional beverages are also available for purchase.

This Beethoven and Brews is SOLD OUT! Please check back for future events!

On Tuesday, February 9th the Colorado Symphony is partnering with Call to Arms Brewing Company. This exciting beer event is one you will not want to miss with sounds from Colorado Symphony musicians, beer and light bites!

Tue 2/9/16 6:30PM Beethoven and Brews Beethoven and Brews with Call to Arms Brewing Company - SOLD OUT!


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

Andres Lopera, conductor
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.

Don't forget to arrive early for the prelude at 6:30 pm hosted by Phillip Stevens with special guests Michael Thornton and the CU Horn Choir. Preludes are insightful discussions that take place before each Masterworks performance and are included with your concert ticket. For more information about the different types of preludes, CLICK HERE.

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


Argonaut Wine Tasting Events
2016/17 Fundraising Events
Argonaut Wine Tasting Events

Argonaut Wine & Liquor is excited to present exciting and exclusive monthly wine tastings every 4th Tuesday with proceeds going to support your Colorado Symphony! Each event features a different region, topic, and of course, wine!  Join fellow enthusiasts for wine and generous appetizers and support the Colorado Symphony! 

This month's event: Vive la France Wine, Cognac along with Cider

France has long been an important wine producing country. The principal wine regions of France are Alsace, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, the Loire region, and the Rhone. Each offers a unique style of wine, for varying tastes.

Please call Argonaut Wine & Liquor directly at 303.831.7788 to make reservations, or visit their website here.

Tue 2/23/16 5:30PM Park Hill Golf Club Argonaut Wine Tasting - Vive la France Wine, Cognac along with Cider


The Colorado Symphony at the Newman Center

The Newman Center for the Performing Arts strives to provide high quality performing arts experiences for faculty, students, performers and the Colorado community.They are dedicated to showcasing cultural diversity, stretching the imagination, and stimulating dialogue.

Please see below for upcoming opportunities to see your Colorado Symphony at the Newman Center!

Thu 2/25/16 7:30PM Newman Center The Colorado Symphony at the Newman Center - Learning to Hear Color


Igudesman & Joo: BIG Nightmare Music

Andrew Litton, conductor
Aleksey Igudesman, violin
Richard Hyung-ki Joo, piano

Nearly 40 million YouTube hits have turned the inspired lunacy of musicians Igudesman & Joo into an Internet and international sensation.

Imagine the anarchy of South Park and the Marx Brothers mashed up with the musical virtuosity of pianist Lang Lang and violinist Nigel Kennedy. If Trey Parker and Matt Stone played the violin and piano, if Penn and Teller performed music instead of magic and if Seth Macfarlane had a twin, they would be the brilliantly outrageous Igudesman & Joo. That doesn’t come close to describing the duo gifted with astonishing musical and comic talents who use pop culture, comedy, music and slapstick to shred the classics for fun.

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


Avalanche Night for the Symphony
2015/16 Fundraising Events
Avalanche Night for the Symphony

Chill out with your Colorado Symphony at an Avalanche game!

Colorado Avalanche vs. Florida Panthers
Thursday, March 3, 2016 • 7:00 PM at the Pepsi Center

Support your Colorado Symphony by attending an Avalanche game! A portion of the ticket proceeds for the evening come back to the symphony.

To order tickets, go to www.avstix.com/symphony.

Thu 3/3/16 7:00PM Pepsi Center Avalanche Night for the Symphony


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

Hans Graf, conductor
Maureen Thomas, actor
Nadya Hill, soprano
Rebecca Robinson, mezzo
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.

Don't forget to arrive early for the prelude at 6:30 pm hosted by local music historian, Betsy Schwarm. Preludes are insightful discussions that take place before each Masterworks performance and are included with your concert ticket. For more information about the different types of preludes, CLICK HERE.

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

Christopher Dragon, conductor
Wonderbound

TCHAIKOVSKY excerpts from Sleeping Beauty
TCHAIKOVSKY excerpts from Swan Lake
TCHAIKOVSKY Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48

The Colorado Symphony is excited to welcome Wonderbound to Boettcher Concert Hall for this one-of-a-kind performance that features choreography by Garrett Ammon to Tchaikovsky’s scores Serenade for Strings and selections from Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty. 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>

Andres Lopera, conductor

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

Christopher Dragon, conductor
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
ROTA Love Theme 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.

Don't forget to arrive early for the prelude at 6:30 pm (12:00 Sunday) hosted by Catherine Beeson. Preludes are insightful discussions that take place before each Masterworks performance and are included with your concert ticket. For more information about the different types of preludes, CLICK HERE.

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.

Don't forget to arrive early for the prelude at 6:30 pm hosted by Phillip Stevens. Preludes are insightful discussions that take place before each Masterworks performance and are included with your concert ticket. For more information about the different types of preludes, CLICK HERE.

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


Petite Musique: <i>Peter Rabbit</i>
2015/16 Petite Musique
Petite Musique: Peter Rabbit

This specially designed program introduces the instruments of the orchestra to very young children in venues throughout the metro area. Our 16 piece orchestra and narrator perform an interactive program which incorporates story-telling, and singing and movement with music. This year’s program, Peter Rabbit, will delight young children, teachers, and parents.

CURRICULAR CONNECTION: Music, Language Arts
COST: $5.00 per student/adult (Financial assistance is available)
TIMES: Two performances each day at 10:00 am and 11:30 am for approx. 45 minutes

Tue 4/5/16 10:00AM The Aurora Fox Arts Center Petite Musique: Peter Rabbit
Tue 4/5/16 11:30AM The Aurora Fox Arts Center Petite Musique: Peter Rabbit
Tue 4/12/16 10:00AM Daniels Hall, Swallow Hill Petite Musique: Peter Rabbit
Tue 4/12/16 11:30AM Daniels Hall, Swallow Hill Petite Musique: Peter Rabbit
Tue 4/19/16 10:00AM Colorado Mountaineering Club Petite Musique: Peter Rabbit
Tue 4/19/16 11:30AM Colorado Mountaineering Club Petite Musique: Peter Rabbit
Tue 4/26/16 10:00AM Mizel Arts & Culture Center Petite Musique: Peter Rabbit
Tue 4/26/16 11:30AM Mizel Arts & Culture Center Petite Musique: Peter Rabbit


Symphony Night Out with the Nuggets
2015/16 Fundraising Events
Symphony Night Out with the Nuggets

Symphony Night Out with the Denver Nuggets!

Denver Nuggets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 • 7:00 PM at the Pepsi Center

Support your Colorado Symphony by attending a Nuggets game! A portion of the ticket proceeds for the evening come back to the symphony.

To order tickets, go to www.nuggetstix.com/cosymphony2016.

Tue 4/5/16 7:00PM Pepsi Center Symphony Night Out with the Nuggets


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

Andres Lopera, conductor
Devin DeSantis, vocalist
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


The Magical Music of Harry Potter

Christopher Dragon, conductor

Young Witches and Wizards rejoice! Your Colorado Symphony returns to take you on a trip through the magic of music for a special performance inspired by 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.

HARRY POTTER, characters, names and related indicia are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR.

Sun 4/10/16 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall The Magical Music of Harry Potter


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.

Don't forget to arrive early for the prelude at 6:30 pm (12:00 Sunday) hosted by local music historian, Betsy Schwarm. Preludes are insightful discussions that take place before each Masterworks performance and are included with your concert ticket. For more information about the different types of preludes, CLICK HERE.

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


80's Mix Tape with the Colorado Symphony

Andres Lopera, conductor

Big hair, big attitude and big music! One word describes the 80's and it's totally AWESOME! Your Colorado Symphony celebrates the epic era with a tribute to the tunes that defined a generation. Whether you were the prom queen or the band geek this concert spectacular will take you back to when soundtracks meant something. Hop the new wave to the box office today to get tickets before they're gone!

Thu 4/21/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall 80's Mix Tape with the Colorado Symphony


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.

Don't forget to arrive early for the prelude at 6:30 pm (12:00 Sunday) hosted by Catherine Beeson. Preludes are insightful discussions that take place before each Masterworks performance and are included with your concert ticket. For more information about the different types of preludes, CLICK HERE.

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

Christopher Dragon, conductor

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.

Photo credit: Jim Mimna.

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


Christopher Dragon's Classical Top 40

Christopher Dragon, conductor

ROSSINI William Tell Overture
BARBER Adagio for Strings
BIZET "Les Toreadors" from Carmen Suite No. 1
RAVEL Bolero
WAGNER Ride of the Valkyries
TCHAIKOVSKY "Waltz of the Flowers" from The Nutcracker
DVORÁK Symphony No. 9
    II. Largo
MOZART Eine Klene Nachtmusik
    I. Allegro
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5
    I. Allegro con brio

Back by popular demand, this concert evening will feature Associate Conductor Christopher Dragon guiding you through his selection of top classical pieces including Bizet's Carmen, Ravel's Bolero, Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker, and more! If its your first time, or your fortieth, this program is sure to entertain and inform, directed with the inexplicable wit of our very own Aussie Associate.

Sat 5/7/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Christopher Dragon's Classical Top 40


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.

Don't forget to arrive early for the prelude at 6:30 pm hosted by Phillip Stevens. Preludes are insightful discussions that take place before each Masterworks performance and are included with your concert ticket. For more information about the different types of preludes, CLICK HERE.

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.

Don't forget to arrive early for the prelude at 6:30 pm (12:00 Sunday) hosted by local music historian, Betsy Schwarm. Preludes are insightful discussions that take place before each Masterworks performance and are included with your concert ticket. For more information about the different types of preludes, CLICK HERE.

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


The Flaming Lips with the Colorado Symphony

AEG Live is excited to announce THE FLAMING LIPS performing The Soft Bulletin with the Colorado Symphony and conductor André de Ridder, live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre Thursday, May 26, 2016.

This performance is ticketed by AXS.

Thu 5/26/16 7:30PM Red Rocks Amphitheatre The Flaming Lips with the Colorado Symphony


Let's Dance: Celebration of David Bowie featuring Jeans 'n Classics with The Colorado Symphony

Features Jeans n' Classics artists:
Jean Meilleur, lead vocals
Kathryn Rose, vocals
Andrea Koziol, vocals
Aaron Macdonald, saxophone

David Bowie was a legendary musician and artist ?with a career that defined not only an era, but gave birth to an entire new genre of sound. This chameleon of charisma's passing is a devastating blow to the entertainment world, but like any great artist he will live on in his groundbreaking, genre-blending work. Bowie understood the power of collaboration and raised the practice to a fine art. This concert collaboration brings the best of Bowie's expansive catalog including favorites like "Space Oddity," "Changes," "China Girl," and more, live on stage to honor over five decades of pushing boundaries of music, fashion, and culture.

For almost 20 years Jeans n' Classics has been combining world class rock musicians with symphony orchestras. While most definitely not a tribute act, Jeans 'n Classics faithfully interprets the music of legendary rock and pop albums and artists, with their own special and signature flair.

"I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring." -- David Bowie

Sat 5/28/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Let's Dance: Celebration of David Bowie featuring Jeans 'n Classics with The Colorado Symphony


Denver Made - Summer Porch Party at Leopold Bros. Distillery

After a SOLD OUT event last year, join us again at Leopold Brother's Distillery to celebrate summer! Our Summer Porch Party is filled with inspired cocktails, light bites and a musical performance by Colorado Symphony ensemble. Both ticket levels include two Specialty Leopold Bros. cocktails and small tasting samples of the Leopold Bros. portfolio which entails over twenty spirits. Make sure to get your tickets early!

Fri 6/10/16 6:00PM Leopold Bros. Distillery Denver Made - Summer Porch Party at Leopold Bros. Distillery


Chris Botti & Joshua Bell with The Colorado Symphony

It’s a double billing of out-of-this stratosphere musicianship as two renowned Grammy winners, jazz trumpeter Chris Botti and violinist Joshua Bell, join forces on tour including a special stop at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Botti and Bell, both leaders in their respective fields of jazz and classical, share much in common. In addition to performances at the White House and on the Grammy Awards telecasts, both artists are Grammy winners, have topped the Billboard Charts, and have sold countless records. Join us for an unforgettable evening with these two superstars!

PRE-SALE Thursday 2/4/16 - USE CODE: SYMPHONY. This performance is ticketed by AXS.

Sun 7/24/16 7:30PM Red Rocks Amphitheatre Chris Botti & Joshua Bell with The Colorado Symphony


Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration featuring Warren Haynes with The Colorado Symphony

This ground-breaking orchestral program - curated by the Garcia Family - features Garcia’s original compositions, as well as classic interpretations of his timeless standards that were hallmarks of Garcia and the Grateful Dead’s shows. Collaborating with a full symphony orchestra, renowned vocalist/guitarist Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule, The Dead) lends his soul-soaked, introspective blend of rock, blues, R&B and jazz to Garcia’s masterworks.

This performance is ticketed by AXS.

Mon 8/1/16 7:30PM Red Rocks Amphitheatre Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration featuring Warren Haynes with The Colorado Symphony


John Denver: A Rocky Mountain High Concert Celebration with the Colorado Symphony

The musical legend John Denver is honored in a special concert celebration with your Colorado Symphony this fall. See and hear two-time Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and Poet Laureate of Colorado John Denver on video performing in a concert spectacular featuring archival video footage of Denver performing classic songs backed by live performances from former members of his band with full symphony orchestra. This concert is an innovative musical treat and unforgettable tribute. Hear John Denver’s voice, see vintage John Denver video performances, hear stories of John Denver told by old friends. Concerts will include hit songs spanning his career and honor Denver’s memory and music.

With over 33 million records sold and seven Billboard Top Ten albums, Denver released 23 studio albums over his lifetime. Best known for the beloved songs “Leaving On a Jet Plane,” “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” “Sunshine On My Shoulders,” “Annie’s Song,” and “Rocky Mountain High,” which is the co-state song of Colorado, his catalog continues to sell thousands of units per week. Among his numerous awards and recognition, Denver was instrumental in championing environmental and humanitarian causes. His popularity and continuing influence on popular culture more than a decade after his untimely death in 1997 is remarkable.

Sat 9/10/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall John Denver: A Rocky Mountain High Concert Celebration with the Colorado Symphony


Opening Weekend: Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 Conducted by Andrew Litton

Andrew Litton, conductor
Jon Kimura Parker, piano

BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 83
STRAUSS Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30

These performances mark soloist Jon Kimura Parker's triumphant return to Denver as Music Director Andrew Litton conducts the inaugural Masterworks concert of the 2016-17 season. Friends since their days at Juilliard, Litton takes the audience through a pair of big and bold works, starting with Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2, featuring Parker. The notably major concerto is a perfect match for the skills of Parker, who's played for Queen Elizabeth and also worked with a who's who of rockers and jazzers. Perhaps best known for its appearance on Stanley Kubrick's sci-fi masterpiece, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra takes listeners on a musical journey both poignant and philosophical following the inimitable fanfare.

Fri 9/16/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Opening Weekend: Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 Conducted by Andrew Litton
Sat 9/17/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Opening Weekend: Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 Conducted by Andrew Litton


The Second City Guide to the Symphony

Second City
Jeffrey Biegel, piano
Program featuring the premiere of PDQ BACH’s "Concerto for VERY Grand Piano"

Our comedy and classical fusion returns this fall with a special presentation featuring The Second City! “The Second City Guide to the Symphony” is a blend of original sketch comedy, new music and songs by Matthew Reid, and orchestral works by masters of classical music – including Mozart, Mahler, and Glinka. The show is a humorous celebration of the symphony orchestra, taking a satirical but loving look at the players, the repertoire, the composers, the personalities, and even the audience!

Sat 9/24/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall The Second City Guide to the Symphony


An Evening of Bernstein's Best
2016/17 Masterworks Series
An Evening of Bernstein's Best

Teddy Abrams, conductor
Morgan James, vocals

With a style that's at the intersection of opera, music theatre, and jazz; Broadway vocalist Morgan James follows her stunning turn with the Symphony in Denver on July 4, 2015, with a slate of showstoppers and ballads from the one and only Leonard Bernstein. James hand-picked the songs for these three concerts with guest conductor Teddy Abrams, music director for the Louisville Orchestra, and came up with a career-spanning set of numbers from Bernstein's best-known works -- West Side Story and On the Town among them -- alongside selections from less celebrated gems like Mass and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The shows promise a deep dive into the varied repertoire of one of the most illustrious American composers and songwriters of all time, paired with James' soaring voice.

Fri 9/30/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall An Evening of Bernstein's Best
Sat 10/1/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall An Evening of Bernstein's Best
Sun 10/2/16 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall An Evening of Bernstein's Best


Kellogg's Concerto World Premiere featuring Yumi Hwang-Williams

Edwin Outwater, conductor
Yumi Hwang-Williams, violin

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36
DANIEL KELLOGG Rising Phoenix
JANÁCEK Sinfonietta

Edwin Outwater conducts your Colorado Symphony through a varied program of works both old and new. Colorado symphony concertmaster and violinist Yumi Hwang-Williams performs the world premiere of Rising Phoenix by Daniel Kellogg of the University of Colorado at Boulder, one of Colorado's top contemporary composers. Outwater, the music director for the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony in metro Toronto, is making his Denver debut leading the season's biggest ensemble, a prerequisite for Janácek's boisterous Sinfonietta.

Fri 10/14/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Kellogg's Concerto World Premiere featuring Yumi Hwang-Williams
Sat 10/15/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Kellogg's Concerto World Premiere featuring Yumi Hwang-Williams


Inside Dvorák Symphony No. 9 "From The New World"

Christopher Dragon, conductor

Join Associate Conductor, Christopher Dragon as he leads this informative discussion behind 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.

Sun 10/16/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Inside Dvorák Symphony No. 9 "From The New World"


<i>La Bohème</i> Conducted by Andrew Litton **Semi-Staged Production**

Andrew Litton, conductor
Colorado Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe, director
Colorado Children’s Chorale, Deborah DeSantis, artistic director

PUCCINI La Bohème

Andrew Litton conducts the Symphony in a staging of a beloved Puccini opera, La Bohème, 120 years after its premiere in Turin, Italy. The heartbreaking story of impassioned, young bohemians in a reimagined contemporary Paris – also adapted into the Broadway smash, Rent. La Bohème tells the timeless tale of love found and lost between Rodolfo and Mimi as they enjoy their youth in the lively Latin Quarter. Both the Colorado Symphony Chorus and the Colorado Children's Chorale add another layer to the complexity of this classic story. This concert event follows the coattails of the smashing hit Puccini’s Tosca, featured in the 14/15 Colorado Symphony Season.

Fri 10/21/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall La Bohème Conducted by Andrew Litton **Semi-Staged Production**
Sat 10/22/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall La Bohème Conducted by Andrew Litton **Semi-Staged Production**
Sun 10/23/16 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall La Bohème Conducted by Andrew Litton **Semi-Staged Production**


Movie at the Symphony: <i>Raiders of the Lost Ark</i>

Christopher Dragon, conductor

Special 35th Anniversary Celebration

The film that gave the world one of its greatest movie heroes, Indiana Jones, is back and better than ever before! Relive the magic on the silver screen with the original great adventure… Raiders of the Lost Ark… with John Williams’ epic score performed live to picture by your very own Colorado Symphony!

-Concert performance includes FULL SCREENING OF THE LIVE ACTION FEATURE FILM!-

Raiders of the Lost Ark licensed by Lucasfilm Ltd and Paramount Pictures. Motion Picture, Artwork, Photos © 1981 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved

Fri 10/28/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Movie at the Symphony: Raiders of the Lost Ark


Halloween Spooktacular
2016/17 Family Series
Halloween Spooktacular

A family tradition of the not-too-scary-sort, this concert features music from some of your favorite children's films as well as a few surprises! Be sure to dress up for the Halloween festivities and witness the zany costumes the Colorado Symphony musicians create. Some of our young concertgoers will be invited on stage to show off their costumes as well!

Sat 10/29/16 2:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Halloween Spooktacular


Britten Performed by Augustin Hadelich
2016/17 Masterworks Series
Britten Performed by Augustin Hadelich

Courtney Lewis, conductor
Augustin Hadelich, violin

BARBER Symphony No. 1, Op. 9
BRITTEN Violin Concerto, Op. 15
BARBER Adagio for Strings
ELGAR In the South, Op. 50

For the follow-up to his 2015 debut with the Colorado Symphony, guest conductor Courtney Lewis leads the Symphony and Augustin Hadelich, one of the top young violinists, through a program of 20th century works that crosses the Atlantic at the midway point. The first two works by American composer Samuel Barber -- Adagio for Strings and Symphony No. 1, or Symphony in One Movement -- are high points of his early career, and the former is known for its emotive effect on audiences. (Writer Alexander Morin says it "rarely leaves a dry eye.") The second part of the presentation hops the pond to a pair of works with British origins: Benjamin Britten's Violin Concerto and Edward Elgar's In the South, written during a winter holiday in Italy.

Fri 11/4/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Britten Performed by Augustin Hadelich
Sat 11/5/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Britten Performed by Augustin Hadelich


Ben Folds: Master Work with the Colorado Symphony

Christopher Dragon, conductor
Ben Folds, piano

BEN FOLDS Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
? Full program repertoire to be announced

Fresh off a wildly popular evening at Red Rocks in the summer of 2015, Ben Folds returns with the Colorado Symphony to perform an evening of Symphonic music that Westword described as "UNFORGETTABLE".

Don’t just take our word for it! "Folds sang the praises of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, putting together a speech in the middle of his performance to remind the audience of the importance of a good orchestra. “There are two kinds of cities in the world – one that has a symphony orchestra, and the other that is crap,”... - Westword, Summer 2015 Review of Ben Folds and Ingrid Michaelson with the Colorado Symphony

Fri 11/11/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Ben Folds: Master Work with the Colorado Symphony
Sat 11/12/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Ben Folds: Master Work with the Colorado Symphony


Shostakovich Performed by Silver Ainomäe
2016/17 Masterworks Series
Shostakovich Performed by Silver Ainomäe

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Silver Ainomäe, cello

SHOSTAKOVICH Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, Op. 107
BARTÓK Concerto for Orchestra

With the dynamic presence of Canadian conductor and Denver perennial favorite Peter Oundjian at the helm, soloist and Colorado Symphony Principal Cellist Silver Ainomäe offers a tour de force that is Dmitri Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 1. The powerhouse piece offers Ainomäe a perfect platform for big and brash virtuosic strokes. The concerts conclude with Béla Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra, the five-movement piece known as the Hungarian composer's most accessible -- and most popular -- work. It was also his last, premiering in 1943, which makes it one of the youngest pieces to enter the standard repertoire. The shimmering, often delicate opening clashes with the fiery finale, with references to Shostakovich's work as an inside joke.

Fri 11/18/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Shostakovich Performed by Silver Ainomäe
Sat 11/19/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Shostakovich Performed by Silver Ainomäe
Sun 11/20/16 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Shostakovich Performed by Silver Ainomäe


Drums of the World
2016/17 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 11/27/16 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Drums of the World


All Beethoven featuring Symphony No. 7
2016/17 Masterworks Series
All Beethoven featuring Symphony No. 7

David Danzmayr, conductor
Stephen Hough, piano

BEETHOVEN Overture to Coriolan, Op. 62
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 37
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

This season’s annual weekend of all-Beethoven performances highlights works of the world's most revered and recognized composers; Ludwig von Beethoven. For the 2016 installments, it's the Coriolan Overture followed by Piano Concerto No. 3 and Symphony No. 7. The opener tackles the 1807 composition that opened Heinrich Joseph von Collin's tragedy Coriolan. Shakespeare also mined this fertile story of a Roman rebel. Piano Concerto No. 3 showcases soloist Stephen Hough, world-renowned British pianist, conducted by David Danzmayr, the music director of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra and the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra. Symphony No. 7 is a fitting finale. Composer and writer Antony Hopkins says it "gives us a feeling of true spontaneity; the notes seem to fly off the page as we are borne along on a floodtide of inspired invention. Beethoven himself spoke of it fondly as 'one of my best works.' Who are we to dispute his judgment?"

Fri 12/2/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall All Beethoven featuring Symphony No. 7
Sat 12/3/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall All Beethoven featuring Symphony No. 7
Sun 12/4/16 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall All Beethoven featuring Symphony No. 7


A Colorado Christmas
2016/17 Holiday Series
A Colorado Christmas

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

The warm sounds of the holidays fill Boettcher Concert Hall in this annual Christmas spectacular. Return for an evening full of new surprises as 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 12/9/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Colorado Christmas
Sat 12/10/16 2:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Colorado Christmas
Sat 12/10/16 6:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Colorado Christmas
Sun 12/11/16 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Colorado Christmas


Handel's <i>Messiah</i>
2016/17 Holiday Series
Handel's Messiah

Nicholas Kraemer, conductor
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.

Fri 12/16/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Handel's Messiah
Sat 12/17/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Handel's Messiah
Sun 12/18/16 1:00PM General Admission Handel's Messiah Sing-Along


Celtic Woman Home for Christmas: The Symphony Tour

Celebrate this holiday season with the celestial voices of multi-platinum Irish singing sensation Celtic Woman as they return for another spectacular evening with your Colorado Symphony. Featuring music from the all-female music ensemble's extensive repertoire featuring holiday favorites "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and "Silent Night". Celtic Woman will promise an enchanting and festive evening filled with mesmerizing music, performance and holiday cheer.


www.celticwoman.com
Tue 12/20/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Celtic Woman Home for Christmas: The Symphony Tour


Frosty & Frozen
2016/17 Holiday Series
Frosty & Frozen

The weather outside may be frightful, but the fun in the concert hall is just plain delightful! This festive feature concert celebrates the magic of the season with lively sing alongs to your favorite winter tunes "Frosty the Snowman," "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," and more! Don't forget to don your 'sleigh' apparel and dress up as your favorite winter character for a special reprise of "Let it Go" from Disney's Frozen.

Celebrate what makes this time of year so special, and a bit frosty, too!

Wed 12/21/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Frosty & Frozen


A Night in Vienna
2016/17 Holiday Series
A Night in Vienna

The wildly popular annual tradition featuring your Colorado Symphony waltzing with you into the New Year returns! Start your celebration in style with the Colorado Symphony's presentation of A Night in Vienna, a rousing selection of polkas, waltzes, and marches. The festive evening is the perfect sendoff to 2016 – and the early start time ensures that you won't miss the thrill of the 16th Street Mall fireworks! Don't miss out on this fantastic event! Tickets sell fast!

Sat 12/31/16 6:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Night in Vienna


A Night of Pops: Tribute to Leroy Anderson

Leroy Anderson is considered distinguished among composers for his expressive Pops orchestrations with audience favorites like Sleigh Ride, Blue Tango, The Typewriter, The Syncopated Clock, Bugler’s Holiday and Fiddle Faddle. Join us for an evening of superb musical works that capture the imagination with memorable, bright melodies and impeccably crafted scores.

Sat 1/14/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Night of Pops: Tribute to Leroy Anderson


Symphonic Firsts Conducted by Mark Wigglesworth

Mark Wigglesworth, conductor

MOZART Symphony No. 1 in E-flat major, K. 16
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 1 in D major, D. 82
BRAHMS Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 68

Renowned conductor Mark Wigglesworth takes the Colorado Symphony on a music history journey that veers around Europe with three first efforts from emerging masters. The program commences with Mozart's Symphony No. 1 -- which Wolfgang Amadeus wrote when he was all of eight years old. Franz Schubert's first symphony was written when he was 16, marked by soaring trumpets and a pronounced maturity. In contrast, Johannes Brahms said he spent 21 years writing his Symphony No. 1, which he finished in 1876, when he was 43. The notorious perfectionist took 14 years to develop the structure then accelerated his writing velocity to the premiere, eight years later.

Fri 1/20/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Symphonic Firsts Conducted by Mark Wigglesworth
Sat 1/21/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Symphonic Firsts Conducted by Mark Wigglesworth


Inside Symphonic Firsts
2016/17 Inside The Score
Inside Symphonic Firsts

Christopher Dragon, conductor

Join Associate Conductor, Christopher Dragon as he leads this informative discussion behind Symphonic firsts and their impact not only on the composer but the listening world they were intended to impact.

Sun 1/22/17 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Inside Symphonic Firsts


Rachmaninoff Performed by Olga Kern
2016/17 Masterworks Series
Rachmaninoff Performed by Olga Kern

Andrew Litton, conductor
Olga Kern, piano

RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 1 in F-sharp minor, Op. 1
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 60, "Leningrad"

Colorado Symphony Music Director Andrew Litton conducts piano sensation Olga Kern, known as a master of Rachmaninoff. For her 2016 return to Denver, she takes on Piano Concerto No. 1, Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7 concludes the all-Russian program: The imposing piece is one of its composer's best-known works, a 75-minute orchestral commentary on the German siege of Leningrad in World War II. After the invasion theme of the first movement, the score moves into a requiem dirge, followed by an even more sorrowful phase -- "After the requiem comes an even more tragic episode," Shostakovich explained. "I do not know how to characterize that music" -- and a thunderous finale that's anything but joyous.

Fri 2/3/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Rachmaninoff Performed by Olga Kern
Sat 2/4/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Rachmaninoff Performed by Olga Kern


Byron Stripling What a Wonderful World: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong

Byron Stripling, trumpet/ vocals

Byron Stripling’s electrifying and heartfelt tribute to Louis Armstrong has become America’s most popular orchestral Pops program. With his engaging rapport, smooth vocals and virtuosic trumpet technique, Byron dazzles audiences across the globe. Musical hits from the Armstrong songbook include, “What a Wonderful World”, “Mack the Knife”, “Ain’t Misbehavin”, “Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans”, “Hello Dolly,” and “Basin Street Blues”. With his signature version of “When the Saints Go Marchin’ In” to close the show, Byron celebrates the spirit of the great Louis Armstrong and leaves ’em dancing in the aisles!

Sat 2/11/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Byron Stripling What a Wonderful World: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong


<i>Peter and the Wolf</i>
2016/17 Family Series
Peter and the Wolf

Denver Young Artists Orchestra

Family-favorite, Peter and the Wolf is Prokofiev’s fantastical tale in which Peter and a myriad of unruly animals are brought to life by the instruments of the orchestra to tell a tale in which good triumphs over evil. The Prokofiev classic is becomes an exciting musical experience with live narration and surprises of all sorts!

Sun 2/12/17 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Peter and the Wolf


deRidder Conducts
2016/17 Masterworks Series
deRidder Conducts

Andre deRidder, conductor
Nadia Sirota, viola

NICO MUHLY Viola Concerto
* Full program repertoire to be announced

For these midwinter concerts, Andre deRidder returns to Denver to show locals why he's considered one of the most creative conductors in the world. The program begins with viola soloist Nadia Sirota taking on a contemporary piece in American Nico Muhly's Viola Concerto, first performed in 2015 by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Mark Stryker of the Detroit Free Press liked what he heard, writing, "The music is spare, tactile and a little spacey, and seems to briefly open a window on the infinite. . . . By the end, you feel as if you've been on a journey, happy to have been along for the ride."

Fri 2/17/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall deRidder Conducts
Sat 2/18/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall deRidder Conducts


Christopher Dragon and Jeffrey Kahane In Concert

Christopher Dragon, conductor
Jeffrey Kahane, piano
Colorado Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe, director

BRAHMS Nänie for Chorus and Orchestra, Op. 82
SCHUMANN Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54
BRAHMS Symphony No. 3 F major, Op. 90

Join Christopher Dragon, in his second season as Associate Conductor for the Colorado Symphony, as he teams with pianist and former Colorado Symphony Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, who filled the post from 2005 to 2010. For his return to Denver, Kahane tackles the singular piano concerto of Robert Schumann. Leading off the program, the Brahms opener, Nanie -- that's German for funeral song -- is a meditation on mortality. After the dramatic start, Schumann's energetic and eclectic Piano Concerto provides some levity, and the melodic masterwork that is Brahms' Symphony No. 3 follows.

Fri 3/3/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Christopher Dragon and Jeffrey Kahane In Concert
Sat 3/4/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Christopher Dragon and Jeffrey Kahane In Concert
Sun 3/5/17 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Christopher Dragon and Jeffrey Kahane In Concert


Time for Three
2016/17 Pops Series
Time for Three

TIME FOR THREE
Nikki Chooi, violin
Nick Kendall, violin
Ranaan Meyer, double bass

Time for Three is a group that defies any traditional genre classification, happily and infectiously. With an uncommon mix of virtuosity and showmanship, the American trio performs music from Bach to Brahms and beyond, giving world-premieres by Pulitzer Prize-winners William Bolcom and Jennifer Higdon as well as playing originals and their own arrangements of everything from bluegrass and folk tunes to ingenious mash-ups of hits by the Beatles, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake and more.

Sat 3/11/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Time for Three


Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4
2016/17 Masterworks Series
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4

Marcelo Lehninger, conductor
Vadim Gluzman, violin

TCHAIKOVSKY Marche Slave, Op. 31
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 3

Dubbed "formidable," "technically assured," and "emotional," Brazilian-born Marcelo Lehninger makes his debut as guest conductor of the Colorado Symphony with violin soloist Vadim Gluzman. Lehninger brings his diverse repertoire to the slate with Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky to begin and end the concert with Marche Slave and Symphony No. 4. In between is Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2, featuring Israeli-born Gluzman. The piece opens with hints of Russian folk music but swiftly transitions with Spanish flare and a nod to influences in the castanet-laden third movement. Marche Slave, or Serbo-Russian March, is an apt starter, a tone poem that was originally written to benefit injured Serbian veterans after the Serbo-Turkish War of 1876-78. The grand finale, Symphony No. 4, among Tchaikovsky's most popular works, is a meticulously structured meditation on fate in four movements.

Fri 3/17/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4
Sat 3/18/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4


Inside Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4
2016/17 Inside The Score
Inside Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4

Christopher Dragon, conductor

Associate Conductor, Christopher Dragon leads the final of our three Inside series of concerts focusing this informative discussion on the masterpiece: Symphony No. 4, by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Sun 3/19/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Inside Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4


A Symphonic Tribute to Comic Con: The Tetralogy

Colorado Symphony Chorus, Mary Louise Burke, associate director

Live long and prosper with your Colorado Symphony's concert phenomenon, A Symphonic Tribute to Comic Con: The Tetralogy! Forget what you think you know about this cosplay-encouraged night out; we're back with even more of your favorite scores! Expect the best superhero soundtracks from movies, television, and video games with special guests and laughter aplenty! If you're a Deadpool diehard or a diva of The Doctor, break out your costumes for this incredibly fun night out.

Fri 3/24/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Symphonic Tribute to Comic Con: The Tetralogy
Sat 3/25/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Symphonic Tribute to Comic Con: The Tetralogy


The Music of Michael Jackson
2016/17 Pops Series
The Music of Michael Jackson

Brent Havens, conductor

From his early years with the Jackson 5 to his mega-hit album Thriller and beyond, Michael Jackson stormed the music industry with hit after hit. Windborne's "Music of Michael Jackson" takes you through each era of this storied performer from "ABC", "I'll Be There" and "Got to Be There" through "Beat It", "Thriller", "Rock With You", "The Way You Make Me Feel" and many, many more. Join conductor Brent Havens and your Colorado Symphony for an evening filled with fabulous music spanning 40 years of Michael Jackson's influential and celebrated career!

Sat 4/1/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall The Music of Michael Jackson


A Symphonic Beauty and the Beast
2016/17 Family Series
A Symphonic Beauty and the Beast

Tale as old as time, this fairytale concert brings your family together for an afternoon of magical music that inspires our all-time favorite children's classics. Music featured from Beauty and the Beast and other fantstical ?legends that inspire your inner child, this is a must-not-miss program for your little prince, princess, or beast! Costumes encouraged and be sure to arrive early for family fun!

Sun 4/2/17 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Symphonic Beauty and the Beast


Mozart Performed by Jason Shafer
2016/17 Masterworks Series
Mozart Performed by Jason Shafer

Jaime Martin, conductor
Jason Shafer, clarinet

DUKAS La Peri. Poeme
MOZART Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade, Op. 35

Principal Clarinetist Jason Shafer makes his debut as soloist performing Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's beloved Clarinet Concerto. This work provides a showcase for the talents of Shafer, who joined the Symphony at the beginning of the 2013-14 season. One of Mozart's last works, it highlights the interplay between the orchestra and the clarinet soloist. The program concludes with Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's inimitable Scheherazade. The 1888 work is a musical adaptation of "A Thousand and One Nights" (also known as The Arabian Nights), and the Middle Eastern influence is clear as it interprets the tales of Sinbad, the prince and princess, and Baghdad festival. It was a career-defining highlight for Rimsky-Korsakov.

Fri 4/7/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mozart Performed by Jason Shafer
Sat 4/8/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mozart Performed by Jason Shafer
Sun 4/9/17 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mozart Performed by Jason Shafer


H.K. Gruber's <i>Frankenstein!!</i>
2016/17 Masterworks Series
H.K. Gruber's Frankenstein!!

Kevin John Edusei, conductor
Gabriel Preisser, narrator

J. STRAUSS On the Beautiful Blue Danube, Op. 314
H.K. GRUBER Frankenstein!!
BRAHMS Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25

A wonderfully eclectic and offbeat program built around Heinz Karl Gruber's indescribable 1978 work, Frankenstein!! which includes musicians inflating and popping paper bags as Gabriel Preisser narrates. Gruber pulls out all of the stops, and Preisser's baritone -- which anchored the Symphony's 2014-15 production of The Music Man -- likewise underpins this contemporary work laced with dark humor and unpredictability. The program provides a contrasting lead-in to Frankenstein!! with Johann Strauss, Jr.'s instantly recognizable waltz, The Blue Danube, and ends with the lush Brahms-Schoenberg Piano Quartet.

Fri 4/21/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall H.K. Gruber's Frankenstein!!
Sat 4/22/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall H.K. Gruber's Frankenstein!!


Movie at the Symphony: <i>E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial</i>

Director Steven Spielberg’s heartwarming masterpiece is one of the brightest stars in motion picture history. Filled with unparalleled magic and imagination, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial follows the moving story of a lost little alien who befriends a 10-year-old boy named Elliott. Experience all the mystery and fun of their unforgettable adventure in the beloved movie that captivated audiences around the world, complete with John Williams’ Academy Award®-winning score performed live by your Colorado Symphony in sync to the film projected live on screen!

-Concert performance includes FULL SCREENING OF THE LIVE ACTION FEATURE FILM!-

©A.M.P.A.S.®
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a trademark and copyright of Universal Studios. Licensed by Universal Studios Licensing LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Thu 4/27/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Movie at the Symphony: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial


Bach <i>St. Matthew Passion</i>
2016/17 Masterworks Series
Bach St. Matthew Passion

Cristian Macelaru, conductor
Nicholas Phan, Evangelist
Hadleigh Adams, Jesus
Colorado Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe, director
Colorado Children's Chorale, Deborah DeSantis, artistic director

J.S. BACH St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244

Johann Sebastian Bach's St. Matthew Passion, first performed on Good Friday 1727, is widely considered one of the crowning artistic achievements of Western civilization. Bach's musical interpretation of the Last Supper and the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, the masterpiece puts chapters 26 and 27 of the Gospel of Matthew to music and spans 131 minutes. The Symphony's production is unusual in that it is a full staging of the work with the Colorado Symphony Chorus. Featured tenor Nicholas Phan takes on the part of the Evangelist and baritone Hadleigh Adams performs the role of Jesus. Don't miss these performances: They are truly some of the most profound events of this season -- or any other

Fri 5/5/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Bach St. Matthew Passion
Sun 5/7/17 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Bach St. Matthew Passion


Dianne Reeves In Concert
2016/17 Pops Series
Dianne Reeves In Concert

Dianne Reeves, vocals

The lush vocals, unparalleled improvisation and skilled lyric interpretations of Dianne Reeves make her a powerhouse of jazz and she has multiple GRAMMY® awards to prove it. Enjoy an evening of jazz as the legendary singer and University of Colorado graduate returns to Denver for a program featuring world premiere charts created just for us.

Sat 5/13/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Dianne Reeves In Concert


Mahler Symphony No. 3 Conducted by Andrew Litton

Andrew Litton, conductor
Michelle deYoung, mezzo
Colorado Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe, director
Colorado Children's Chorale, Deborah DeSantis, artistic director

MAHLER Symphony No. 3 in D minor

These performances mark Andrew Litton's fond farewell as Music Director of the Colorado Symphony after three years at the helm. In this concert he takes patrons in Denver on a musical journey with Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 3. The 99-minute, six-movement masterpiece is far from a concert staple, largely because of the symphony's musical challenges and the large number of musicians required. Soloist Michelle DeYoung is a local favorite, a mezzo-soprano vocalist with an international reputation. DeYoung's credentials are impeccable: The 2003 recording of Symphony No.3 with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony won Michelle a GRAMMY® award for Best Classical Album.

Fri 5/19/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mahler Symphony No. 3 Conducted by Andrew Litton
Sat 5/20/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mahler Symphony No. 3 Conducted by Andrew Litton
Sun 5/21/17 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mahler Symphony No. 3 Conducted by Andrew Litton