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2018 Beethoven and Brews
2017/18 Fundraising Events
2018 Beethoven and 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.

Tue 10/24/17 6:30PM Beethoven and Brews Beethoven and Brews with Ratio Beerworks - **SOLD OUT!**
Wed 12/13/17 6:30PM Beethoven and Brews Beethoven and Brews with Epic Brewing Company
Wed 1/24/18 6:30PM Beethoven and Brews Beethoven and Brews with Diebolt Brewing Co.
Wed 5/30/18 6:30PM Beethoven and Brews Beethoven and Brews with Left Hand Brewing Co.


Disney in Concert: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas™

Christopher Dragon, conductor

See one of Tim Burton’s most celebrated films like never before! The full-feature film The Nightmare Before Christmas will be projected on the big screen with dialogue, singing, and effects accompanied by Danny Elfman’s darkly charming score played live by your Colorado Symphony.

Families are welcome and costumes are encouraged. After all, this is Halloween!

A limited number of full-view tickets remain for this performance. There are also a number of obstructed view seats available. Please call the box office at 303.623.7876 for more information and to purchase.

Presentation licensed by Disney Music Publishing and Buena Vista Concerts, a division of ABC Inc. © All rights reserved.

Note: Flex Passes and Student Memberships may not be used on this performance.

Thu 10/26/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Disney in Concert: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas™
Fri 10/27/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Disney in Concert: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas™


Halloween Spooktacular!
2017/18 Family
Halloween Spooktacular!

Jason Seber, conductor

It’s a spooktacular event for all boys and ghouls! This family-favorite concert features music from Harry Potter™ films and more! Costumes are encouraged — the best of the bunch will be invited to show off their creations on stage for the whole crowd! It’s a ghastly-good time for every little monster and their mummy.

JOHN WILLIAMS Superman March
DANNY ELFMAN Music from Spider-Man
Arr. Wasson
JOHN WILLIAMS “Harry’s Wondrous World” from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
JOHN WILLIAMS “Rey’s Theme” from Star Wars: The Force Awakens
JOHN WILLIAMS “Imperial March” from Star Wars
ALAN SILVESTRI Captain America March from Captain America (The First Avenger)
Orch. Ross
ROSSINI Final Section of Overture to William Tell
WAGNER Ride of the Valkyries
JOHN WILLIAMS Olympic Fanfare and Theme
COPLAND Fanfare for the Common Man
MICHAEL GIACCHINO Incredits from The Incredibles
Orch. Chambers

Sat 10/28/17 2:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Halloween Spooktacular!


Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony No. 41

Markus Stenz, conductor
Karen Gomyo, violin

WAGNER Siegfried Idyll
SIBELIUS Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47
MOZART Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551, "Jupiter"

This convivial concert brims with music as a celebration of life. Mozart’s final Symphony No. 41 — also known as “Jupiter” — is jubilant and vibrantly atmospheric, and was deemed by Woody Allen as something that makes “life worth living.” Wagner drew upon birdsong and sunrise to honor the birth of his son and namesake of the bucolic Siegfried Idyll, which is followed by violinist Karen Gomyo glorifying Sibelius’ decadent and gleaming Violin Concerto in D minor.

Fri 11/3/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony No. 41
Sat 11/4/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony No. 41
Sun 11/5/17 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony No. 41


LISTEN/HEAR 101 – Decoding Classical & Baroque, Broken Down

Andres Lopera, conductor
Christopher Dragon, host
Yi Zhao, violin
Catherine Beeson, viola

BACH Brandenberg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048
MOZART Sinfonia concertante, K. 364
HAYDN Symphony No. 104 in D major, “London”

Associate Conductor Christopher Dragon will guide you through the music of Bach, Mozart, and Haydn — three greats of the Baroque and Classical periods. Great for music lovers or all kinds, bring a friend or two to introduce them to the magic of the orchestra! Featuring Colorado Symphony Assistant Concertmaster Yi Zhao and Assistant Principal Viola Catherine Beeson.

→ We’re pleased to introduce LISTEN/HEAR, casual sessions of live performance threaded with thoughtful talk-throughs to help you understand and truly hear symphonic music. This new series of four concerts throughout the season will take you on a journey through the evolution of symphonic music from its modest beginnings to the powerhouse ensemble you see it as today! If you were a fan of Inside the Score, this is a must-see!

Thu 11/9/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall LISTEN/HEAR 101 – Decoding Classical & Baroque, Broken Down


Ravel's Bolero & Edgar Meyer Colorado Premiere

Christopher Dragon, conductor
Edgar Meyer, bass/composer

TURINA Danzas fantásticas, Op. 22
EDGAR MEYER New work to be announced
BOTTESINI Concerto for Double Bass No. 2 in B minor
RAVEL Boléro

Written for orchestra with a title to be announced, the highlighted piece for the evening marks world-renowned bassist Edgar Meyer’s Colorado premiere of his first orchestral composition. Meyer is also the featured soloist on Bottesini’s Concerto for Double Bass No. 2. Spanish born Turina’s Danzas fantásticas adds a lively flair to open the evening, while audience favorite, Ravel’s Boléro, concludes the affair to leave you simply spellbound.

Sat 11/11/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Ravel's Bolero & Edgar Meyer Colorado Premiere


Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with Natasha Paremski

Andrew Litton, conductor
Natasha Paremski, piano

LIADOV The Enchanted Lake, Op. 62
RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30
PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major, Op. 100

Natasha Paremski graces the stage once more to artfully present Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3. This piece is as elegant as it is foreboding: it’s considered one of the most technically challenging classical piano concertos, and is approached by even the most accomplished pianists with trepidation. Prokofiev’s delightful Symphony No. 5 is a cheerful cap to a night of dazzling Russian virtuosity, interpreted and conducted by famed Colorado Symphony Principal Guest Conductor Andrew Litton.

Fri 11/17/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with Natasha Paremski
Sat 11/18/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with Natasha Paremski
Sun 11/19/17 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with Natasha Paremski


Faith - A Tribute to the Music of George Michael

Christopher Dragon, conductor

Join your Colorado Symphony as we debut a national premiere of an all-new tribute to the late, great George Michael.

Few artists have made as deep an impact on a defining moment in music culture as George Michael. Hailed as "almost certainly the most under-appreciated pop star of MTV's first decade." (Billboard), your Colorado Symphony explores some of the greatest hits of this one-of-a-kind artist's catalog, including "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go," "Careless Whisper," "Faith," "I’m Your Man," and more.

Sat 11/25/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Faith - A Tribute to the Music of George Michael


Drums of the World
2017/18 Family
Drums of the World

Marimba, bongos, bass drums, woodblocks, log drums, boo-bams, Chinese cymbals, metal trash cans, darabukkas, talking drums, plastic pipe, acoustic guitar, toy trumpet, table spoons, Burma gongs, water can, crow call, tambourine, gankogui, and sleigh bells! These are just some of the percussion instruments that the virtuoso percussionists of the Colorado Symphony will be using in this dynamic concert that is fun for the entire family.

Sun 11/26/17 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Drums of the World


All Beethoven Conducted by Brett Mitchell

Brett Mitchell, conductor
Jeffrey Kahane, piano

BEETHOVEN Leonore Overture No. 3, Op.72a
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major. Op. 60

Jeffrey Kahane, former Music Director of the Colorado Symphony, returns to join Music Director Brett Mitchell onstage in this season’s rendition of our annual All-Beethoven weekend. Kahane, who is lauded for his exquisite piano work and legacy of leadership at the Colorado Symphony, will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, a musician favorite. Leonore and Symphony No. 4 boast of Beethoven’s range as a composer, from his dark and brooding moods through his playful ornamentation and triumphant bravado. The symphony will shine at the hands of Mitchell and Kahane!

Fri 12/1/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall All Beethoven Conducted by Brett Mitchell
Sat 12/2/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall All Beethoven Conducted by Brett Mitchell
Sun 12/3/17 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall All Beethoven Conducted by Brett Mitchell


Handel's Messiah
2017/18 Holiday
Handel's Messiah

Brett Mitchell, conductor
Layla Claire, soprano
Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo
John Tessier, tenor
Timothy Jones, baritone
Colorado Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe, director

HANDEL Messiah

Experience the full majesty of Handel’s masterpiece — one of the most revered oratorios of all time — when Brett Mitchell leads the Colorado Symphony and Chorus to exalt Messiah to new heights.

Fri 12/8/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Handel's Messiah
Sat 12/9/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Handel's Messiah


Yo-Yo Ma with the Colorado Symphony

Brett Mitchell, conductor
Yo-Yo Ma, cello

JOHN WILLIAMS Sound the Bells!
COPLAND Appalachian Spring, Ballet for Orchestra
DVORÁK Concerto in B minor for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 104

Multi-Grammy® Award-winning cellist Yo-Yo Ma returns to perform with your Colorado Symphony this holiday season. Yo-Yo Ma’s multifaceted career is a testament to his continual search for new ways to communicate with audiences, and to his personal desire for artistic growth and renewal. Whether performing new or familiar works from the cello repertoire, coming together with colleagues for chamber music, or exploring cultures and musical forms outside the Western classical tradition, Mr. Ma strives to find connections that stimulate the imagination.

Note: Flex Passes and Student Memberships may not be used on this performance.

Sun 12/10/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Yo-Yo Ma with the Colorado Symphony


A Colorado Christmas
2017/18 Holiday
A Colorado Christmas

Christopher Dragon, conductor
Colorado Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe, director
Colorado Children’s Chorale, Deborah DeSantis, artistic director

The warm sounds of the holidays fill Boettcher Concert Hall with your favorite songs this December. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, narrated live from stage, will put a smile on your face and set a festive tone for this treasured holiday program, and you won’t want to miss other favorite works like “Sleigh Ride,” “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” from The Nutcracker, and more! This family-friendly evening features traditional Christmas carols, highlights from our popular production of Too Hot to Handel with a chance to sing along to a few of your favorite “Frozen” winter tunes. 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 12/15/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Colorado Christmas
Sat 12/16/17 2:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Colorado Christmas
Sat 12/16/17 6:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Colorado Christmas
Sun 12/17/17 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Colorado Christmas


Holiday Brass Returns to Boettcher Concert Hall

Brian Buerkle, conductor
Colorado Symphony Brass

Holiday Brass returns to Boettcher Concert Hall this holiday season! Witness the brilliance and power of the Colorado Symphony Brass in a resounding program of seasonal favorites. Whether it comes from the vitality of the Renaissance, the glory of the Baroque, or the nostalgic jubilation in the music of Hollywood’s most popular Christmas movies, you are sure to start your Holiday season off right by joining the Colorado Symphony Brass in an exciting program you’ll never forget.

Wed 12/20/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Holiday Brass Returns to Boettcher Concert Hall


Too Hot To Handel
2017/18 Holiday
Too Hot To Handel

Christopher Dragon, conductor
Cynthia Renee Saffron, soprano
Vaneese Thomas, mezzo
Lawrence Clayton, tenor
Colorado Symphony Chorus, Mary Louise Burke, associate director

This exuberant jazz, gospel, and R&B-infused concert brilliantly reinvents Handel’s Messiah and returns by popular demand for the 2017 Holiday season! Featuring audience-favorite guest soloists and members of the Colorado Symphony Chorus, this exhilarating night of music will have you rejoicing in the aisles.

Fri 12/22/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Too Hot To Handel
Sat 12/23/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Too Hot To Handel


A Night In Vienna
2017/18 Holiday
A Night In Vienna

Brett Mitchell, conductor
Claude Sim, violin

TCHAIKOVSKY Waltz from The Sleeping Beauty
J. STRAUSS Jr. Tales from the Vienna Woods
COPLAND “Saturday Night Waltz” from Rodeo
BERNSTEIN Three Dance Variations from Fancy Free
~~Intermission~~
R. STRAUSS First Waltz Sequence from Der Rosenkavalier
J. STRAUSS Jr. Voices of Spring
J. STRAUSS Jr. Pizzicato Polka
J. STRAUSS Jr. Tritsch-Tratsch Polka
STRAVINSKY Circus Polka: For a Young Elephant
SAINT-SAËNS Havanaise for Violin and Orchestra
J. STRAUSS Jr. On the Beautiful Blue Danube

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 conducted by Music Director Brett Mitchell. The festive performance is a time-honored tradition and fantastic sendoff to 2017 — and the early start time ensures that you won’t miss the thrill of the 16th Street Mall fireworks!

Sun 12/31/17 6:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Night In Vienna


Movie at the Symphony: <i>Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban</i>™ in Concert

Colorado Symphony Chorus, Mary Louise Burke, associate director

The Harry Potter™ film series is one of those once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. This concert will feature your Colorado Symphony performing every note from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a giant screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams' unforgettable score live.

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™, it is Harry, Ron and Hermione’s third year at Hogwarts, and they meet escaped prisoner Sirius Black and learn to handle a half-horse/half-eagle Hippogriff, repel shape-shifting Boggarts and master the art of Divination. Harry withstands soul-sucking Dementors, outsmarts a dangerous werewolf and deals with the truth about Sirius and his relationship to Harry and his parents.

The bewitching and incredible music composed by John Williams for these films became instant classics, conjuring swelling and soaring motifs as we continued the adventure of Harry Potter™ on his journeys and adventures through Hogwarts and 4 Privet Drive.

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

For more information on the Harry Potter™ Film Concert Series, please visit www.harrypotterinconcert.com.

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. J.K. ROWLING`S WIZARDING WORLD™ J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s16)

Note: Flex Passes and Student Memberships may not be used on these performances. Student and/or Child tickets will not be available.

Fri 1/5/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Movie at the Symphony: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ in Concert
Sat 1/6/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Movie at the Symphony: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ in Concert
Sun 1/7/18 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Movie at the Symphony: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ in Concert


A Tribute to Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops

Christopher Dragon, conductor
John Sipher, trombone
Julie Duncan Thornton, piccolo

MOZART Overture to The Magic Flute
MASCAGNI Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana
SMETANA Three Dances from The Bartered Bride
~~Intermission~~
GARY SCHOCKER Piccolo Italiano
     Orch. Dianna Link
TOMASI Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra
~~Intermission~~
GERSHWIN Strike up the Band
PORTER Begin the Beguine
     Arr. Campbell-Watson
JOHN WILLIAMS Theme from Jurassic Park
ANDERSON Syncopated Clock
JOHN WILLIAMS Main Title from Star Wars
SOUSA Stars And Stripes Forever

The Colorado Symphony celebrates the tradition of the Boston Pops with its exciting and accessible mix of light classics and popular hits made famous by the incomparable Arthur Fiedler! This festive tribute features Colorado Symphony Principal Trombone John Sipher and Piccolo Julie Duncan Thornton performing works that will showcase the virtuosity of our great Colorado Symphony musicians!

Sat 1/13/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Tribute to Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops


Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons
2017/18 Classics
Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons

Brett Mitchell, conductor
Angelo Xiang Yu, violin

VIVALDI The Four Seasons for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 8
BERLIOZ Roman Carnival Overture
RESPIGHI The Pines of Rome

Take a tour of the Italian countryside with Vivaldi’s perennial The Four Seasons and Respighi’s The Pines of Rome, a “surround sound” frolic that takes the audience to breathtaking heights. These narrative pieces paint a fanciful portrait of Italy’s light and land, with one-to-watch violinist Angelo Xiang Yu debuting in Denver to carry you through the Seasons as featured soloist. Glimpse into the lively tradition of Roman Carnival, as told by Berlioz.

Fri 1/19/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons
Sat 1/20/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons
Sun 1/21/18 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons


Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé
2017/18 Classics
Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé

Brett Mitchell, conductor
Jessica Rivera, soprano
Colorado Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe, director

DEBUSSY Syrinx
DEBUSSY Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
ESA-PEKKA SALONEN Five Images After Sappho
RAVEL Daphnis et Chloé (complete ballet)

Music Director Brett Mitchell leads a night of le charme romantique just in time for Valentine’s Day! French masters divine beautiful music from Greek myths as the Colorado Symphony Chorus revels in Ravel’s romantic, virtuosic ballet Daphnis et Chloé, while Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun tells the risqué tale of a thwarted, woodland tryst. Soprano Jessica Rivera, deemed “rapturous” by the LA Times, lends her exquisite voice to Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Five Images After Sappho, inspired by the ancient Greek poet’s enigmatic and incomplete writings. Be still, our coeurs.

Fri 2/2/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé
Sat 2/3/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé
Sun 2/4/18 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé


John Williams: An American Journey

Brett Mitchell, conductor
Justin Bartels, trumpet
Yumi Hwang-Williams, violin
Jason Shafer, clarinet

The illustrious career of composer John Williams has taken us to a galaxy far, far away and captured our imagination beyond measure. Celebrate his birthday week with us as we take you on a journey through compositions you may find familiar and others that will be brand new to your ears.

Williams composed the soundtracks to some of the world’s most treasured films and is also well-known as a prolific composer for music beyond the borders of the silver screen. This evening showcases the profound effect these scores have on our listening experience. Concertmaster Yumi Hwang-Williams performs the “Three Pieces” from Schindler’s List, and additional soloists on the program include the Colorado Symphony’s own Principal Clarinet Jason Shafer performing “Viktor’s Tale” from The Terminal and Principal Trumpet Justin Bartels performing the Theme from J.F.K.

Fri 2/9/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall John Williams: An American Journey
Sat 2/10/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall John Williams: An American Journey


Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring

Brett Mitchell, conductor
Kirill Gerstein, piano

RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
STRAVINSKY The Rite of Spring

Stravinsky’s primal The Rite of Spring is renowned for inciting a riot at its 1913 Paris debut. The causes are still debated — was it the eccentric asymmetry of the music or Nijinsky’s shocking choreography? — and the escalation often exaggerated (objects may have been thrown at the musicians, and a bald man’s head was allegedly drummed upon). Nonetheless, this can’t-miss master work radically changed twentieth-century composition. Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, performed by Kirill Gerstein, completes a program of distinctly Russian flair conducted by Music Director Brett Mitchell.

Fri 2/16/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring
Sat 2/17/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring
Sun 2/18/18 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring


LISTEN/HEAR 102 — Anything But Innocent: The Hard-Core Romantics

Christopher Dragon, conductor
Austin Fisher, cello

BEETHOVEN Overture to Egmont, Op. 84
MUSSORGSKY A Night on Bald Mountain
DVORÁK Silent Woods
WAGNER Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde
TCHAIKOVSKY No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74, “Pathétique:” III. Allegro molto vivace

Associate Conductor Christopher Dragon and Assistant Principal Cello Austin Fisher undress the overpowering sounds of Beethoven, Wagner, and more masters of the mesmerizing Romantic period.

→ We’re pleased to introduce LISTEN/HEAR, casual sessions of live performance threaded with thoughtful talk-throughs to help you understand and truly hear symphonic music. This new series of four concerts throughout the season will take you on a journey through the evolution of symphonic music from its modest beginnings to the powerhouse ensemble you see it as today! If you were a fan of Inside the Score, this is a must-see!

Thu 2/22/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall LISTEN/HEAR 102 — Anything But Innocent: The Hard-Core Romantics


Red Carpet Rewind: Celebration of the Music of the Academy Awards

Christopher Dragon, conductor
Devin DeSantis, vocalist
Claude Sim, violin

Lights, Camera, ACTION! The sounds from the silver screen fill the concert hall in this special evening centered around the celebration of the greatest works of film. We honor the scores that were nominated or won Academy Awards® in this red carpet affair that features our very own Colorado Symphony Associate Concertmaster Claude Sim performing The Red Violin: Chaconne for Violin and Orchestra. Devin DeSantis also returns to perform, assuring that by the end of the evening, you’ll be seeing stars.

Sat 2/24/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Red Carpet Rewind: Celebration of the Music of the Academy Awards


Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with Olga Kern

Brett Mitchell, conductor
Olga Kern, piano

KILAR Orawa
LUTOSLAWSKI Concerto for Orchestra
TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat major, Op. 23

Denver favorite Olga Kern, whose extraordinary talent and star power has captivated critics around the world, returns to Boettcher Concert Hall for an incomparable performance of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Brett Mitchell leads the Colorado Symphony through works by two Polish composers who could very nearly steal the stage from the Russian great. Lutoslawski’s capricious Concerto for Orchestra illuminates every section of the Symphony, creating an orchestra of soloists. Its big sound and contrasting moods are set off by the driving energy of Kilar’s Orawa, which creates lush layers using strings.

Fri 3/2/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with Olga Kern
Sat 3/3/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with Olga Kern
Sun 3/4/18 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with Olga Kern


Video Games Live™ Returns!

Colorado Symphony Chorus, Mary Louise Burke, associate director

Video Games Live™ joins forces with the Colorado Symphony and Chorus to bring you an immersive concert featuring music from the most popular video games of all time, promising an evening of explosive entertainment! Created by Tommy Tallarico, Video Games Live™ showcases your Colorado Symphony performing along with exclusive synchronized video footage and music arrangements to create a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience. Special events surround the show, including pre-concert interactive experiences for guests!

Fri 3/9/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Video Games Live™ Returns!
Sat 3/10/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Video Games Live™ Returns!


Carnival of the Animals
2017/18 Family
Carnival of the Animals

Christopher Dragon, conductor

MANCINI “The Pink Panther”
BRITTEN The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34
MANCINI Baby Elephant Walk
SAINT-SAËNS Carnival of the Animals

This performance 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. Truly a fantastic family experience for all ages!

Sun 3/11/18 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Carnival of the Animals


Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto No. 5

Andrew Litton, conductor
Zhang Zuo, piano

BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 58, "Emperor"
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 11 in G major, Op. 103, "The Year 1905"

Roll over Beethoven: the Colorado Symphony has corralled electrifying pianist Zhang Zuo (“Zee Zee”) to perform the composer’s vigorous and demanding Piano Concerto No. 5. Zee Zee, dubbed “full of enthusiasm and glamour, radiating the vigor of youth” by Chinese Gramophone, is just the firebrand to live up to the wiles of the majestic “Emperor” concerto. Principal Guest Conductor Andrew Litton will lead the orchestra in Shostakovich’s massive, volatile Symphony No. 11 — a powerful piece full of moody contrasts — for a night of explosive and energizing masterworks.

Fri 3/16/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto No. 5
Sat 3/17/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto No. 5
Sun 3/18/18 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto No. 5


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

Andres Lopera, conductor
Jim Horn, horns
Jim Salestrom, guitar
Chris Nole, piano
Alan Deremo, bass
Nate Barnes, drums

The musical legend John Denver is honored in a special concert with your Colorado Symphony, returning by popular demand! See and hear two-time Grammy® Award-winning singer/songwriter John Denver performing classic songs in archival video footage, backed by live performances from his former bandmates and full symphony orchestra. This concert is an innovative multi-media treat and unforgettable tribute. Hear John Denver sing hit songs spanning his career, see vintage John Denver video performances, and hear stories of John Denver told by old friends.

Fri 3/23/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall John Denver: A Rocky Mountain High Concert Celebration with the Colorado Symphony


Petite Musique: <i>The Ugly Duckling</i>
2017/18 Petite Musique
Petite Musique: The Ugly Duckling

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 storytelling, singing, and movement with music. This year’s program, The Ugly Duckling, will delight young children, teachers, and parents. 

This is for use by small groups attending Petite Musique!

Please make a reservation on our website for a group of 20 or more.

RESERVATION FORM

Please note: The 4/3/18 - 10:00am performance of Petite Musique at Colorado Mountain Club is at capacity.

Tue 4/3/18 10:00AM Colorado Mountaineering Club Petite Musique: The Ugly Duckling at Colorado Mountain Club
Tue 4/3/18 11:30AM Colorado Mountaineering Club Petite Musique: The Ugly Duckling at Colorado Mountain Club
Mon 4/9/18 10:00AM Daniels Hall, Swallow Hill Petite Musique: The Ugly Duckling at Swallow Hill Music
Mon 4/9/18 11:30AM Daniels Hall, Swallow Hill Petite Musique: The Ugly Duckling at Swallow Hill Music
Tue 4/17/18 10:00AM Townhall Arts Center Petite Musique: The Ugly Duckling at Town Hall Arts Center
Tue 4/17/18 11:30AM Townhall Arts Center Petite Musique: The Ugly Duckling at Town Hall Arts Center
Fri 4/27/18 10:00AM Hampden Hall Petite Musique: The Ugly Duckling at Hampden Hall
Fri 4/27/18 11:30AM Hampden Hall Petite Musique: The Ugly Duckling at Hampden Hall


Copland’s Rodeo Conducted by Andrew Litton

Andrew Litton, conductor
Alban Gerhardt, cello

COPLAND Rodeo: Ballet in One Act
BARBER Cello Concerto, Op. 22
BRAHMS Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

Andrew Litton concludes his tenure as Principal Guest Conductor with the Colorado Symphony in a program worthy of his prolific and esteemed career. Maestro Litton revisits Copland’s rollicking piece of Americana Rodeo: Ballet in One Act, which Litton recorded and released with the Symphony and was named one of Colorado’s best classical albums of 2016. Masterful cellist Alban Gerhardt joins Litton onstage for a rare performance of Barber’s exceptionally challenging Cello Concerto, while Brahms’ rustic, energetic Symphony No. 2 — the Symphony that put him on the map — is the crown jewel of this concert. Bravo, Maestro Litton!

Fri 4/6/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Copland’s Rodeo Conducted by Andrew Litton
Sat 4/7/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Copland’s Rodeo Conducted by Andrew Litton
Sun 4/8/18 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Copland’s Rodeo Conducted by Andrew Litton


LISTEN/HEAR 103 — The American Voice

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

IVES/ arr. Schuman Variations on “America”
COPLAND Suite from The Tender Land
BERNSTEIN Chichester Psalms for Chorus and Orchestra
GERSHWIN An American in Paris

Music Director Brett Mitchell and the famed Colorado Symphony Chorus pay homage to definitive works of distinctly American composition and song.

→ We’re pleased to introduce LISTEN/HEAR, casual sessions of live performance threaded with thoughtful talk-throughs to help you understand and truly hear symphonic music. This new series of four concerts throughout the season will take you on a journey through the evolution of symphonic music from its modest beginnings to the powerhouse ensemble you see it as today! If you were a fan of Inside the Score, this is a must-see!

Thu 4/12/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall LISTEN/HEAR 103 — The American Voice


Béla Fleck: Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra No. 3

Brett Mitchell, conductor
Béla Fleck, banjo

BARTÓK Hungarian Pictures
WEBERN Im Sommerwind
JANÁCEK Taras Bulba
BÉLA FLECK Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra No. 3

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 fourteen of the awards to date. For these performances, Music Director Brett Mitchell leads Fleck in the regional premiere of his Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra No. 3. Take the latest recording by the Colorado Symphony (Béla Fleck with the Colorado Symphony: Juno Concerto) for a test run prior to this spectacular concert weekend.

Fri 4/13/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Béla Fleck: Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra No. 3
Sat 4/14/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Béla Fleck: Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra No. 3


Wagner: The Ring Without Words

Brett Mitchell, conductor

WAGNER arr. Maazel The Ring without Words

Richard Wagner’s The Ring of the Nibelung notoriously takes days to perform in its entirety. In this unique treatment created by conductor and composer Lorin Maazel, Music Director Brett Mitchell leads the orchestra through the fundamental sequences of Wagner’s Ring cycle in a once-in-a-lifetime performance. (Mitchell will describe the leitmotifs in a musical demonstration at the top of the concert, preceding a condensed performance without words.) This is an illuminating and rare performance of The Ring that will resonate with all audiences.

Fri 4/20/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Wagner: The Ring Without Words
Sat 4/21/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Wagner: The Ring Without Words
Sun 4/22/18 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Wagner: The Ring Without Words


Movie at the Symphony: Jurassic Park In Concert
2017/18 Movie at the Symphony
Movie at the Symphony: Jurassic Park In Concert

Brett Mitchell, conductor

One of the most thrilling science fiction adventures ever made, and featuring one of John Williams’ most iconic and beloved musical scores, Jurassic Park transformed the movie-going experience for an entire generation and became the highest-grossing film of all time in 1993, winning three Academy Awards®. Masterfully directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the best-selling novel by Michael Crichton, Jurassic Park transports us to a secluded island where scientists have succeeded in reviving the age of dinosaurs in a brand-new, immersive theme park, the likes of which has never been seen.

Experience this ground-breaking film as never before: with your Colorado Symphony performing Williams’ magnificent score.

Welcome… to Jurassic Park!

Jurassic Park Trademark & © Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved. Jurassic Park – Film with Orchestra produced by Film Concerts Live!, a joint venture of IMG Artists, LLC and The Gorfaine/ Schwartz Agency, Inc.

Thu 5/3/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Movie at the Symphony: Jurassic Park In Concert
Fri 5/4/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Movie at the Symphony: Jurassic Park In Concert


Pirates of the Symphony Seas!
<br>Buntport Theater and the Colorado Symphony

Christopher Dragon, conductor

Quirky, fun, and joyfully off-center, this program curated by local thespians of the Buntport Theater will take you on an adventure to an island of swashbuckling delight! Journey across the high seas to encounter dastardly foes, fantastical friends, and a symphony of treasure sure to please every pint-sized pipsqueak and their parrot. Ships ahoy, mateys!

Sun 5/6/18 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Pirates of the Symphony Seas!
Buntport Theater and the Colorado Symphony


Mozart’s “Elvira Madigan” Piano Concerto No. 21

Ken-David Masur, conductor
Orion Weiss, piano
Susanna Phillips, soprano
Colorado Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe, director

MOZART Overture to The Marriage of Figaro, K. 492
MOZART Piano Overture No. 21 in C major, K. 467
FAURE Pavane, Op. 50
POULENC Gloria

Conductor Ken-David Masur opens this evening with Mozart’s sprightly Overture to The Marriage of Figaro, then leads pianist Orion Weiss and the Colorado Symphony in performing Mozart’s tranquil Piano Concerto No. 21, often called “Elvira Madigan” due to the use of its well-known Andante in the film of the same name. The concerto is well-matched with Fauré’s stately and soothing Pavane, while Poulenc’s reverent, spirited Gloria — featuring Susanna Phillips and the Colorado Symphony Chorus — concludes this blissful collection of symphonic music.

Fri 5/11/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mozart’s “Elvira Madigan” Piano Concerto No. 21
Sat 5/12/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mozart’s “Elvira Madigan” Piano Concerto No. 21
Sun 5/13/18 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mozart’s “Elvira Madigan” Piano Concerto No. 21


LISTEN/HEAR 104 — Musique Nouveau – The Current Voice

Edwin Outwater, conductor
Basil Vendryes, viola

VIVIAN FUNG Launch!
GABRIELA LENA FRANK “Mestizo Waltz” from Three Latin-American Dances for Orchestra
OWEN PALLETT Five Women
JESSIE MONTGOMERY Starburst for String Orchestra
ANDREW NORMAN Drip Blip Sparkle Spin Glint Glide Glow Float Flop Chop Pop Shatter Splash
MASON BATES Anthology of Fantastic Zoology

Special guest conductor Edwin Outwater conducts a program of four modern composers well worth a listen. Principal Violist Basil Vendryes tackles an incredible piece for viola and orchestra by Owen Pallett titled Five Women. The orchestra then navigates the beauty and mystique of five other feature works throughout the evening! Mason Bates’ spectacular Anthology of Fantastic Zoology is the centerpiece of the evening. This half-hour work involves no electricity — at least not the kind coming from an outlet on stage! But in this vivid setting, the psychedelic bestiary teems with strange creatures and wild sonic effects. It’s a must-see evening of the season!

→ We’re pleased to introduce LISTEN/HEAR, casual sessions of live performance threaded with thoughtful talk-throughs to help you understand and truly hear symphonic music. This new series of four concerts throughout the season will take you on a journey through the evolution of symphonic music from its modest beginnings to the powerhouse ensemble you see it as today! If you were a fan of Inside the Score, this is a must-see!

Thu 5/17/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall LISTEN/HEAR 104 — Musique Nouveau – The Current Voice


ROCK ON! with the Colorado Symphony
2017/18 Symphony Pops
ROCK ON! with the Colorado Symphony

Christopher Dragon, conductor
Rob Evan, vocalist
LaKisha Jones, vocalist
Chloe Lowery, vocalist

Join us for a journey back to the Rock and Pop hits of the 70’s and 80’s with three dynamic artists. Featured are legends like Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Queen, and many more. ROCK ON! is certain to be a hit with audiences of all ages.

Sat 5/19/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall ROCK ON! with the Colorado Symphony


Two Titans: Bernstein & Mahler

Brett Mitchell, conductor
Yumi Hwang-Williams, violin

BERNSTEIN Overture to Candide
BERNSTEIN Serenade (After Plato's Symposium)
MAHLER Symphony No. 1 in D major, "Titan"

Your Colorado Symphony marks the centennial of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with a program highlighting the maestro as both composer and conductor. Music Director Brett Mitchell leads the orchestra through Bernstein’s spirited Overture to Candide, then showcases Concertmaster Yumi Hwang-Williams’ artistry in Bernstein’s Serenade (After Plato’s Symposium), a violin concerto in all but name. Finally, to honor Bernstein’s lifelong study and reverence of Gustav Mahler, we will cap off our Classics season with the flourish it deserves: a performance of Mahler’s aptly named “Titan” Symphony — a gripping work of unceasing energy performed by the full orchestra.

Fri 5/25/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Two Titans: Bernstein & Mahler
Sat 5/26/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Two Titans: Bernstein & Mahler
Sun 5/27/18 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Two Titans: Bernstein & Mahler