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2016/17 Beethoven and Brews
2016/17 Fundraising Events
2016/17 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.

Thu 5/11/17 6:30PM Beethoven and Brews Beethoven and Brews with Left Hand Brewing Company


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

Brent Havens, conductor
James Delisco, vocals

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

Andres Lopera, conductor

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. Featuring music from Beauty and the Beast and other wondrous 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


Petite Musique: <i>Buckaroo Jamboree</i>
2016/17 Petite Musique
Petite Musique: Buckaroo Jamboree

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, Buckaroo Jamboree, will delight young children, teachers, and parents. 

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS Music, Language Arts
COST $5 per child/adult
TIMES Two performances daily: 10am and 11:30am (45 minutes)

If you are purchasing tickets for a group of 20 or more, please fill out the reservation form here.

Reservation Form

All concert attendees require a ticket regardless of age

Tue 4/4/17 10:00AM Hampden Hall Petite Musique: Buckaroo Jamboree
Tue 4/4/17 11:30AM Hampden Hall Petite Musique: Buckaroo Jamboree
Tue 4/18/17 10:00AM Colorado Mountaineering Club Petite Musique: Buckaroo Jamboree
Tue 4/18/17 11:30AM Colorado Mountaineering Club Petite Musique: Buckaroo Jamboree
Tue 4/25/17 10:00AM The Aurora Fox Arts Center Petite Musique: Buckaroo Jamboree
Tue 4/25/17 11:30AM The Aurora Fox Arts Center Petite Musique: Buckaroo Jamboree
Tue 5/9/17 10:00AM Daniels Hall, Swallow Hill Petite Musique: Buckaroo Jamboree
Tue 5/9/17 11:30AM Daniels Hall, Swallow Hill Petite Musique: Buckaroo Jamboree


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

Brett Mitchell, conductor
Jason Shafer, clarinet

DUKAS La Péri, Poème dansé
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 a Baghdad festival. This fantastic performance is led by Music Director Designate Brett Mitchell, who takes the podium for this weekend of well-known works.

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


On the Beautiful Blue Danube
2016/17 Masterworks Series
On the Beautiful Blue Danube

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

Old meets new with this orchestral triathalon of Austrian-influenced pieces—lead by world-renowned conductor Kevin John Edusei—shedding light on the development of Austrian cultural identity through music.

We begin the program with Johann Strauss, whose waltzes are as patriotic to Austrians as John Philip Sousa is to Americans. On the Beautiful Blue Danube is arguably the most famous, not to mention a perfect example of the natural beauty to be celebrating on Earth Day. In contrast, narrator and vocalist Gabriel Preisser will lead you through H.K. Gruber's Frankenstein!!—a contemporary, dark comedy touching all areas of culture from Viennese cabaret and classical music to folk and pop. Concluding the program is Austrian-born composer Arnold Schoenberg's orchestral arrangement of Brahms' moving and expressive Piano Quartet—a timeless piece written and arranged over 75 years apart.

Fri 4/21/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall On the Beautiful Blue Danube
Sat 4/22/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall On the Beautiful Blue Danube


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

Christopher Dragon, conductor

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


The Colorado Symphony Ball
2016/17 Fundraising Events
The Colorado Symphony Ball

The Colorado Symphony will reprise their annual, smash-hit Ball this April 29 at the historic Fillmore Auditorium in Denver! Join us for a night of "Rock and Roll Royalty" with performances by the Colorado Symphony and local rockers Tracksuit Wedding.

The event features live performances by the Colorado Symphony and Tracksuit Wedding with real-time voting fundraising to determine the winner. Join us in your best for a celebration of Rock and Roll Royalty!!

Sat 4/29/17 6:30PM Fillmore Auditorium The Colorado Symphony Ball


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 masterful musical interpretation of the Last Supper and the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, 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


MAYhem presented by the Colorado Symphony and Wonderbound

Wonderbound
Chimney Choir
Ian Cooke Band
Jesse Manley and His Band
Tom Hagerman

Denver contemporary ballet company Wonderbound returns for a third time to perform with your Colorado Symphony and special guests for an evening that will captivate and inspire. This eclectic program will feature orchestral works performed with the Colorado Symphony alongside Chimney Choir, Ian Cooke Band, Jesse Manley and His Band, and Tom Hagerman; each with a unique style, sound, and symphonic approach. As part of the evening, Wonderbound Dance Artists will perform excerpts from Artistic Director Garrett Ammon's productions, Boomtown, Gone West, Snow and Rock Ballets throughout the evening.

Fri 5/12/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall MAYhem presented by the Colorado Symphony and Wonderbound


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

Christopher Dragon, conductor
Dianne Reeves, vocals

Denver's own five-time Grammy® Award-winning Dianne Reeves returns to Boettcher Concert Hall! Her lush vocals, unparalleled improvisation and skilled lyric interpretations make Dianne Reeves a powerhouse of jazz. Niece of former Colorado Symphony bassist Charlie Burrell, this George Washington High School graduate returns to the stage at Boettcher for another unforgettable performance.

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

Andrew Litton takes the audience on a musical journey with Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 3. The 99-minute, six-movement masterpiece is a rare treat at Boettcher Concert Hall. Mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, a vocalist with an international reputation, is a local favorite. DeYoung's credentials are impeccable: the 2003 recording of Mahler's Symphony No. 3 with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony won Michelle a Grammy Award® for Best Classical Album. This one is sure to be the biggest (and best) performance you will see all spring!

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 2:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mahler Symphony No. 3 Conducted by Andrew Litton


Denver Made - Summer Porch Party at Leopold Bros. Distillery

Summer Porch Party is back! We're partnering up with Leopold Bros. Distillery for an evening filled with inspired cocktails, light bites, and a musical performance by a Colorado Symphony small ensemble. In addition to enjoying specialty Leopold Bros. cocktails, all attendees receive tasting samples of the Leopold Bros. portfolio (including over twenty spirits) and light hors d’oeuvres!

Thu 5/25/17 6:30PM Leopold Bros. Distillery Denver Made - Summer Porch Party at Leopold Bros. Distillery


The Music of Star Wars
2016/17 Geek Series
The Music of Star Wars

Christopher Dragon, conductor

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

Sat 5/27/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall The Music of Star Wars
Sun 5/28/17 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall The Music of Star Wars


The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses

Fall in Love. Again. The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses will perform with your Colorado Symphony on June 30 and July 1, 2017, bringing an updated orchestral adventure to the Boettcher Concert Hall. The show will feature some big surprises, including an all new movement from Skyward Sword, an updated overture, and the return of a classic that might just make some wishes come true!

Celebrating 30 years of stirring virtual adventure and memorable soundtracks with live orchestral renditions directly approved by franchise producer Eiji Aonuma, The Symphony of the Goddesses is now in its fourth season. The two-hour concert comes to life with a 66-piece orchestra, 24-person choir, and a reimagined score that draws from recent and requested Zelda games, including A Link Between Worlds, Twilight Princess, and the remake of Majora’s Mask, while still paying homage to such classics as Ocarina of Time and A Link to the Past. The concert’s five-movement symphony regales ears with Nintendo composer Koji Kondo’s original music, recalling moments of Link conquering dungeons, running through forests, and struggling to decide what color tunic to wear. Throughout the evening, a video collage syncs up with the adventurous tunes to spotlight exciting moments from the venerable franchise.

Fri 6/30/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses
Sat 7/1/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses


Movie at the Symphony: La La Land in Concert

Written and directed by Damien Chazelle, LA LA LAND tells the story of Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams. This performance features your Colorado Symphony performing the score live with the full screening of the film.

© 2017 Summit Entertainment, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Wed 7/12/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Movie at the Symphony: La La Land in Concert
Fri 7/14/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Movie at the Symphony: La La Land in Concert


Free Season Preview
2017/18 Summer
Free Season Preview

Brett Mitchell, conductor
Christopher Dragon, conductor
Andres Lopera, conductor

We can hardly contain our excitement to share the upcoming season with you! At this special preview, you'll hear select works from the 2017/18 Season lineup. Join Brett Mitchell in his first summer concert as Music Director as he takes you through a few of the works that will define the next year of music in Colorado. Associate Conductor Christopher Dragon and Assistant Conductor Andres Lopera will also be taking the stage to conduct previews of their own concerts.

Admission is free, but tickets are required for admission. Tickets will be available March 1 through July 22, in person, at the Boettcher Concert Hall Box Office. All seating is general admission and a ticket does not guarantee a seat.

Sat 7/22/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Free Season Preview


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

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 Chamber of Secrets™. 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.

Continuing J.K. Rowling’s delightful bestselling and unforgettable Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™, in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™, cars fly, trees fight back and a mysterious house-elf comes to warn Harry Potter at the start of his second year at Hogwarts. Adventure and danger await when writing on the wall announces: The Chamber of Secrets™ has been opened.

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)

Sat 7/29/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Movie at the Symphony: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in Concert
Sun 7/30/17 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Movie at the Symphony: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in Concert


Renée Fleming with the Colorado Symphony

Brett Mitchell, conductor
Renée Fleming

Your Colorado Symphony is proud to present Renée Fleming for a one-night-only performance with the orchestra. One of the most beloved and celebrated musical ambassadors of our time, soprano Renée Fleming will captivate you with her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry, and compelling stage presence. Known as “the people’s diva” and winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo, she continues to grace the world’s greatest opera stages and concert halls. At a White House ceremony in 2013, the President awarded her the National Medal of Arts, America's highest honor for an individual artist. In recent years, Renée has hosted a wide variety of television and radio broadcasts, including the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series for movie theaters and television, and Live From Lincoln Center on PBS. She brought her voice to a vast new audience in 2014, as the first classical artist to sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl.

Join your Colorado Symphony and soprano Renée Fleming as we celebrate the appointment of Brett Mitchell as the new Music Director for your Colorado Symphony!

Sat 9/9/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Renée Fleming with the Colorado Symphony


Opening Weekend: Beethoven's Symphony No. 5

Brett Mitchell, conductor
Mason Bates, electronica

KEVIN PUTS Millenium Canons
MASON BATES The B-Sides: Five Pieces for Orchestra
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Beethoven’s Fifth for Brett Mitchell’s First! Hear Beethoven’s monumental Symphony No. 5 — a cornerstone of the Classical canon — in all its forceful grandeur at Music Director Brett Mitchell’s inaugural Classics concert. Kevin Puts’ Millennium Canons, a celebratory and optimistic composition written to usher in the new millennium, befits a premiere weekend. Versatile composer Mason Bates joins the Symphony as electronic soloist in The B-Sides: Five Pieces for Orchestra, a symphonic-electronica piece blending jazzy, city-pulse allure with exotic sounds that will sweep you away to another world. From the classical to the new-and-now, these composers come together beautifully in a program of the familiar and soon-to-be favorite.

Fri 9/15/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Opening Weekend: Beethoven's Symphony No. 5
Sat 9/16/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Opening Weekend: Beethoven's Symphony No. 5
Sun 9/17/17 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Opening Weekend: Beethoven's Symphony No. 5


Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue

Brett Mitchell, conductor
Kevin Cole, piano

MISSY MAZZOLI These Worlds in Us
GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Leonard Bernstein once likened Gershwin and Tchaikovsky as among the world’s most “inspired melodists,” and Tchaikovsky’s bold, booming Symphony No. 5 drives this riveting program, conducted by Music Director Brett Mitchell. Kevin Cole, famed for his interpretations of Gershwin, will deliver a peerless rendition of the composer’s intoxicating Rhapsody in Blue, which was inspired by the “steely rhythms [and] rattle-ty bang” of a New York train. Composer and fellow New Yorker Missy Mazzoli, hailed as “Brooklyn’s post-millennial Mozart” (Time Out New York), offers a dreamscape that is as approachable as it is transcendent in These Worlds in Us.

Fri 9/22/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue
Sat 9/23/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue
Sun 9/24/17 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue


Queen of Jazz: A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald

Christopher Dragon, conductor
Capathia Jenkins, vocalist
Aisha de Haas, vocalist
Harolyn Blackwell, vocalist

A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald honors “The First Lady of Song” on what would have been her 100th birthday in 2017. This program will feature many of her chart-topping hits from the Great American Songbook, including “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),” “How High the Moon,” “I Got Rhythm,” “Summertime,” “A Tisket, A-Tasket,” “Satin Doll,” “Blue Skies,” “Bewitched,” and many more. Several songs will be performed with the original Nelson Riddle and Billy May orchestrations, along with others newly created by Tony Award®-nominated arranger Larry Blank. This program stars three amazing singers: Capathia Jenkins, Aisha de Haas, and Metropolitan Opera diva Harolyn Blackwell.

Sat 9/30/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Queen of Jazz: A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald


Purple Rain: The Music of Prince

Revolutionary musician Prince Rogers Nelson, better known as Prince, was a musician who redefined the boundaries of music genres. A master of pop, funk, R&B, folk-rock, hip-hop, jazz, soul, new wave, and psychedelic, Prince created music that resonated with the world. Your Colorado Symphony is joined by a live band in a symphonic tribute to the cultural icon, performing “Raspberry Beret,” “Purple Rain,” “When Doves Cry,” “Little Red Corvette,” “Kiss,” and more. 2016 was a year that claimed dozens of influential artists who gave us the music that defined an era. Help us celebrate the life and legacy of one of the greats.

Sat 10/7/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Purple Rain: The Music of Prince


Mozart’s Requiem
2017/18 Classics
Mozart’s Requiem

Jun Märkl, conductor
Yulia Van Doren, soprano
Abigal Nims, mezzo
Derek Chester, tenor
Andrew Garland, baritone
Colorado Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe, director

R. STRAUSS Death and Transfiguration, Op. 24
MOZART Requiem, K. 626

After leading a lauded performance of our 2014 All-Beethoven program, Jun Märkl returns to Boettcher Concert Hall to conduct the internationally praised Colorado Symphony Chorus in Mozart’s immortal Requiem. Ironically, Mozart died before finishing his Requiem, and supposedly wrote instructions for completion on since-lost “little scraps of paper.” However mythical the conclusion of this masterpiece may be, its dramatic and captivating spirit endures. Strauss’ Death and Transfiguration — a tone poem depicting the death of an artist — complements the immortal Requiem in a program that proves the longevity of brilliance.

Fri 10/13/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mozart’s Requiem
Sat 10/14/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mozart’s Requiem
Sun 10/15/17 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mozart’s Requiem


Stravinsky’s The Firebird
2017/18 Classics
Stravinsky’s The Firebird

Andrew Litton, conductor
Justin Bartels, trumpet

STRAVINSKY Symphony in Three Movements
JOHN WILLIAMS Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra
STRAVINSKY Suite from The Firebird (1945 revision)

Igor Stravinsky and John Williams are two composers who deftly use symphonic music as dramatic tellings of audacious adventures. Stravinsky is featured twice, notably with the avant-garde and iconic Firebird, which modernized the telling of symphonic love stories with the folkloric saga of love-struck Russian Prince Ivan.

Principal Trumpet Justin Bartels debuts the Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra by John Williams, who is best known for his riveting film scores in Harry Potter™, Star Wars™, Indiana Jones™, and other hit film series.

Fri 10/20/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Stravinsky’s The Firebird
Sat 10/21/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Stravinsky’s The Firebird
Sun 10/22/17 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Stravinsky’s The Firebird


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!

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

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!

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.

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 Conerto 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 cocnertante, 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 Boléro & 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 Boléro & 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


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
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

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.

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

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

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)

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


A Tribute to Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops

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

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

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

RACHMANONIFF 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
Claude Sim, violin
Devin DeSantis, vocalist

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!

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


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 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