Event Listings



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 samples of beer from your favorite local breweries. Additional beverages are also available for purchase.

Wed 1/24/18 6:30PM Beethoven and Brews Beethoven and Brews with Diebolt Brewing Co. - SOLD OUT
Wed 5/30/18 6:30PM Beethoven and Brews Beethoven and Brews with Left Hand Brewing Co.


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


Mozart Happy Hour
2017/18 Special
Mozart Happy Hour

Christopher Dragon, conductor
Christina Naughton, piano
Michelle Naughton, piano

MOZART Serenade No.11 in E-flat major, K.375
MOZART Concerto in E-flat major for 2 Pianos, K.365 [Piano Concerto No. 10]
MOZART Symphony No. 35 in D major, K.385, “Haffner”

This concert evening is the perfect way to start your weekend off right featuring drink specials from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. —curated by Centerplate. This is a perfect after-work soiree to start your weekend off right with an hour-long program that features the incredible Christina and Michelle Naughton; extraordinary talented pianists hailed by the San Francisco Examiner for their “stellar musicianship, technical mastery, and awe-inspiring artistry”.

Fri 1/26/18 6:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mozart Happy Hour


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

WILLIAMS Summon the Heros (1996 Summer Games in Atlanta)
WILLIAMS Theme from JFK
WILLIAMS "Viktor's Tale" from The Terminal
WILLIAMS Three Pieces from Schindler's List
WILLIAMS Soundings
WILLIAMS Olympic Fanfare and Theme (1984 Summer Games in L.A.)
WILLIAMS Selections from Star Wars
"Astroid Field"
"Luke and Leia"
"The Rebellion is Reborn"
WILLIAMS Happy Birthday Variations
WILLIAMS Selections from American Journey

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


OrchestrasSquared – Young Artists Orchestra and Colorado Symphony Side by Side

Brett Mitchell, conductor
Denver Young Artists Orchestra

SIBELIUS Finlandia
STRAUSS Death and Transfiguration
LISZT Les Preludes

Raising the bar for the rest of the country, the Denver Young Artists Orchestra is made up of the most talented young musicians from across Colorado. Come see the future of the symphony play with our masters, seated side-by-side across the stage.

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

Tue 2/20/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall OrchestrasSquared – Young Artists Orchestra and Colorado Symphony Side by Side


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. 73, "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


Star Wars: A New Hope – Live in Concert with the Colorado Symphony

Brett Mitchell, conductor

Luke Skywalker begins a journey that will change the galaxy, as he leaves his home planet, battles the evil Empire, and learns the ways of the Force.

These performances feature a screening of the complete film Star Wars: A New Hope, with Oscar-winning composer John Williams’s musical scores performed live to the films by the Colorado Symphony. The concerts will be led by the Colorado Symphony’s Music Director, Brett Mitchell.

-Concert performance includes FULL SCREENING OF THE FEATURE FILM!-
These performances will be presented at the 1stBank Center.
Ticketed by https://www.altitudetickets.com.

Presentation licensed by DISNEY CONCERTS in association with 20th Century Fox, Lucasfilm and Warner/Chappell Music. © 2017 & TM LUCASFILM LTD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Thu 3/22/18 7:00PM 1stBank Center Star Wars: A New Hope – Live in Concert with the Colorado Symphony
Sat 3/24/18 2:00PM 1stBank Center Star Wars: A New Hope – Live in Concert with the Colorado Symphony


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 following performances of Petite Musique are at capacity:
Tue 4/3/18 10:00AM
Mon 4/9/18 10:00AM
Tue 4/17/18 10:00AM

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


Wonderbound Presents: Madness, Rack, and Honey with the Colorado Symphony

Embark on a zany and quixotic escapade with Wonderbound and your Colorado Symphony. Dare to frolic through the machinations of desire, sensuality and rapture. Created for Smuin Contemporary American Ballet by Garrett Ammon, this irreverent work received glowing acclaim from San Francisco critics and audiences. The production will also boast a world premiere creation by Sarah Tallman and will feature the magnificent musicians of the Colorado Symphony.

Presented at two Denver metro area venues:
Performing Arts Complex at Pinnacle Charter School
Friday, April 27; 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 28; 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 29; 2:00 p.m.

PACE Center
Saturday, May 5; 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 6; 2:00 p.m.

Fri 4/27/18 7:30PM Performing Arts Complex at PCS Wonderbound Presents: Madness, Rack, and Honey with the Colorado Symphony
Sat 4/28/18 7:30PM Performing Arts Complex at PCS Wonderbound Presents: Madness, Rack, and Honey with the Colorado Symphony
Sun 4/29/18 2:00PM Performing Arts Complex at PCS Wonderbound Presents: Madness, Rack, and Honey with the Colorado Symphony
Sat 5/5/18 7:30PM PACE Center Wonderbound Presents: Madness, Rack, and Honey with the Colorado Symphony
Sun 5/6/18 2:00PM PACE Center Wonderbound Presents: Madness, Rack, and Honey with the Colorado Symphony


The Colorado Symphony Ball 2018
2017/18 Fundraising Events
The Colorado Symphony Ball 2018

We're celebrating the 25th Colorado Symphony Ball at Denver's historic Fillmore Auditorium. The event features live performances by the Colorado Symphony, The Merger, and featured soloist Natasha Paremski performing Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. Join us in your best for a celebration of RhapsodyRock!

Sat 4/28/18 6:00PM Fillmore Auditorium The Colorado Symphony Ball 2018


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


Denver Made: Summer Porch Party at Leopold Bros. Distillery

Summer Porch Party returns this June! 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 provided by Mezcla Maggie Catering!

Denver Made: Summer Porch Party is a fundraising event for the Colorado Symphony; therefore, a portion of your ticket is tax deductible. Plus, 10% of all bottle sales purchased that night will be donated back to the Colorado Symphony!

Must be 21+ to attend.

Fri 6/15/18 6:30PM Leopold Bros. Distillery Denver Made: Summer Porch Party at Leopold Bros. Distillery


Movie at the Symphony: <i>Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire</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 Goblet of Fire™. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a giant screen while hearing the orchestra perform the unforgettable score live.

-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. (s17)

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

Sat 7/21/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Movie at the Symphony: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ in Concert
Sun 7/22/18 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Movie at the Symphony: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ in Concert