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An Evening with Béla Fleck

This unique performance will be a preview of events to come the following day at the sold-out Telluride Bluegrass Festival, including Béla Fleck’s Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra, The Impostor.

Please note this performance is at the Montrose Pavilion Events Center in Montrose, CO, 81401.

Thu 6/19/14 7:00PM Montrose Pavilion Center Auditorium An Evening with Béla Fleck and the Colorado Symphony presented by St. Anthony Hospital



Mozart, Beethoven & Brahms
2013/14 Masterworks Series
Mozart, Beethoven & Brahms

Michael Stern, conductor
Sara Jakubiak, soprano

BEETHOVEN Leonore Overture No. 3
MOZART Opera and Concert Arias
BRAHMS Symphony No. 2

With the upcoming birth of his second child, James Gaffigan is unable to conduct this weekend. These concerts, highlighted by selected iconic Mozart Opera and Concert Arias,will be conducted by Michael Stern, music director of the Kansas City Symphony. Accompanying this vocal tour-de-force are the exquisite musicality of Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3 and Brahms Symphony No. 2. This program promises to awe even the most discerning symphony and opera fan.

Fri 4/25/14 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mozart, Beethoven & Brahms sponsored by FirstBank
Sat 4/26/14 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mozart, Beethoven & Brahms
Sun 4/27/14 2:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mozart, Beethoven & Brahms


Litton Conducts Mahler
2013/14 Masterworks Series
Litton Conducts Mahler

Andrew Litton, conductor
Vadim Gluzman, violin

KORNGOLD Violin Concerto in D major
MAHLER Symphony No. 7

Elaborate, lush and lyrical, Korngold’s Violin Concerto is famous for its neo-Romantic loveliness as well as its history. Marking the German composer’s return to the concert hall after more than a decade of film scoring, it bears notable influence from his Oscar-winning work in cinema. Symphony No. 7 by Mahler adds the finishing touch to this evocative and powerful evening.

Fri 5/2/14 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Litton Conducts Mahler sponsored by FirstBank
Sat 5/3/14 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Litton Conducts Mahler
Sun 5/4/14 2:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Litton Conducts Mahler


Beethoven and Brews
2013/14 Fundraising Events
Beethoven and Brews

Experience your symphony in a brand new way… with great beer! Enjoy an exclusive beer tasting paired with light hors d’oeuvres and the sounds of a Colorado Symphony chamber ensemble performing Beethoven in a casual setting. Each evening will feature two 20-minute ensemble performances and staff from local breweries will be on hand to pour each guest four 6 oz. samples of beer. After enjoying numerous distinct brews and savoring the cuisine, grab a glass of your favorite brew from the cash bar.

New Pricing!

$65 V.I.P. Level
- Commemorative Beethoven and Brews beer glass
- Four 6 oz. samples + 1 complimentary pint at cash bar
- Hors d’oeuvres

$40 Standard Level
- Four 6 oz. samples
- Hors d’oeuvres

Online sales will stop at 5:30 pm the day of the event. Tickets will be available at the door beginning at 6:00 pm.

Fri 5/9/14 7:30PM Magnolia Hotel Ballroom Beethoven and Brews with Denver Beer Co.


Symphony at the Movies: Disney's <i>Fantasia</i> presented by Arrow Electronics

Scott O’Neil, resident conductor

Join us for a thrilling performance of Disney’s groundbreaking marriage of symphonic music and animation, Fantasia. Magnificent repertoire from the original 1940 version and Fantasia 2000, including The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and The Nutcracker Suite, will be performed while Disney’s stunning footage is shown on the big screen. Experience iconic moments and childhood favorites as you never have before!

Presentation licensed by Disney Concert Library ©Disney

Sat 5/10/14 2:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Symphony at the Movies: Disney's Fantasia presented by Arrow Electronics
Sat 5/10/14 6:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Symphony at the Movies: Disney's Fantasia presented by Arrow Electronics


Joshua Bell
2013/14 Spotlight Series
Joshua Bell

Scott O’Neil, resident conductor
Joshua Bell, violin

BERNSTEIN Candide: Overture
BERNSTEIN On the Waterfront
SIBELIUS Violin Concerto in D major, op. 47

Joshua Bell enchants audiences with his breathtaking virtuosity, tone of sheer beauty and charismatic stage presence. His restless curiosity, passion, universal appeal and multi-faceted musical interests have earned him the rare title of “classical music superstar.”

Sun 5/11/14 2:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Joshua Bell


Beethoven's Triple Concerto and a Duo of Opera Stars at Newman Center

Andrew Litton, conductor
Janice Chandler-Eteme, soprano
Gordon Hawkines, baritone

Andrew Litton conducts and plays the piano in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, with Concertmaster Yumi Hwang-Williams and Principal Cellist Silver Ainomäe. Two opera stars round out the program with excerpts from Verdi’s Il trovatore.

Click here for more information, or to purchase tickets from the Newman Center Presents website or call 303.871.4154.

Wed 5/14/14 7:30PM Newman Center Beethoven's Triple Concerto and a Duo of Opera Stars at Newman Center


<i>Porgy and Bess</i> Suite
2013/14 Masterworks Series
Porgy and Bess Suite

Andrew Litton, conductor/piano
Yumi Hwang-Williams, violin
Silver Ainomäe, cello
Colorado Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe, director
Janice Chandler Eteme, soprano (Bess)
Karen Slack, soprano (Serena)
Howard Haskin, tenor (Sportin’ Life)
Gordon Hawkins, baritone (Porgy)

BEETHOVEN Concerto in C major for Piano, Violin, and Cello, “Triple Concerto”
GERSHWIN/LITTON Suite from Porgy and Bess

Take a trip to Catfish Row, home to the cast of characters who populate Gershwin’s beloved folk opera, Porgy and Bess. Andrew Litton will conduct his own edition of this American classic, which is as famous for its historical significance as for songs including “Summertime,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” and “I Loves You Porgy.” With world-class vocalists and the Colorado Symphony Chorus, this production will make you rise up singing.

Fri 5/16/14 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Porgy and Bess Suite sponsored by FirstBank
Sat 5/17/14 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Porgy and Bess Suite
Sun 5/18/14 2:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Porgy and Bess Suite


A Night at Woodstock
2013/14 Pops
A Night at Woodstock

Scott Terrell, conductor
Jeans ‘n Classics, musical guest

Experience or perhaps relive this amazing event in rock history, featuring the music of Crosby, Stills & Nash, The Who, Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker, Santana, Jimi Hendrix, The Band, Jefferson Airplane ... and many more! This concert spotlights the versatility of the Colorado Symphony and features top vocalists and instrumentalists.

Fri 5/23/14 7:30PM Paramount Theatre A Night at Woodstock


An All American Celebration with Sandi Patty presented by Arrow Electronics

Scott Terrell, conductor
Sandi Patty, vocals

Strike up the band! Memorial Day weekend kicks-off with a concert commemorating our great nation. Join five-time GRAMMY® award winning singing sensation, Sandi Patty, for a lively musical celebration of America. Come experience the music that has made Sandi Patty a fixture at patriotic celebrations.

Sat 5/24/14 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall An All American Celebration with Sandi Patty presented by Arrow Electronics


Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live presented by Nationwide Insurance

Scott O’Neil, resident conductor

Recognized around the country as America’s favorite zookeeper, Jungle Jack has made countless television appearances including his own shows Into the Wild and Animal Adventures. This is your chance to see his furry friends live on stage, accompanied by music inspired by the wild kingdom. In its first season, Into the Wild won an Emmy for Outstanding Children’s Series. Audiences give Jack rave reviews – everyone from the youngest child to the oldest adult is entertained and inspired.

Sun 5/25/14 2:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live presented by Nationwide Insurance


From Stravinsky to Vai
2013/14 Inside The Score
From Stravinsky to Vai

Scott O’Neil, resident conductor
Steve Vai, guitar/composer

Join us for an adventurous evening with iconic rock guitarist and classical composer Steve Vai when we blow apart the boundaries between various styles and explore music in its many forms and surprising combinations. This is a great program for rock and classic-lovers alike.

Fri 5/30/14 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall From Stravinsky to Vai


A Weekend of Star Wars presented by St. Anthony Hospital

Scott O’Neil, conductor

Join us for a performance of epic music celebrating a galaxy far, far away. The Colorado Symphony presents a concert filled with music from the world of Star Wars and classical favorites spanning the Milky Way. Whether your loyalties lie with the Imperial Forces or the Rebel Troops you will hear your favorite themes and maybe discover a few more!

Sat 5/31/14 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Weekend of Star Wars presented by St. Anthony Hospital
Sun 6/1/14 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Weekend of Star Wars presented by St. Anthony Hospital


An Evening with Béla Fleck and the Colorado Symphony presented by St. Anthony Hospital

This unique performance will be a preview of events to come the following day at the sold-out Telluride Bluegrass Festival, including Béla Fleck’s Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra, The Impostor.

Please note this performance is at the Montrose Pavilion Events Center in Montrose, CO, 81401.

Thu 6/19/14 7:00PM Montrose Pavilion Center Aud. An Evening with Béla Fleck and the Colorado Symphony presented by St. Anthony Hospital


Denver Union Station Great Hall Gala
2014/15 Fundraising Events
Denver Union Station Great Hall Gala

The business partners who redeveloped the historic Denver Union Station building are hosting a grand opening gala to celebrate the rebirth of this landmark building with the goal of raising $1,000,000 for Colorado nonprofits. Tickets to the Great Hall Gala are not for sale— the only way secure a ticket is to make a donation to a select beneficiary nonprofit partner. Your Colorado Symphony is honored to be a nonprofit partner. 100% of the funds raised from the tickets and packages sold will go straight to helping the Colorado Symphony in its education and outreach initiatives.

With general inquiries, please call Jackson Stevens at 303.308.2475 or email: jstevens@coloradosymphony.org. Once Union Station is open, it will be open 24 hours per day, and private events of this magnitude will not be seen again. Tickets for the Opening Celebration Gala are $1,000 per person and an add-on hotel package (based on double occupancy) is an additional $3,000. To purchase tickets feel free to contact Shari Myers, Colorado Symphony Concierge, at 303.534.0755 or e-mail: smyers@coloradosymphony.org.

Fri 7/11/14 6:00PM Union Station Denver Union Station Great Hall Gala


DeVotchKa, Gregory Alan Isakov and Elephant Revival with the Colorado Symphony

DeVotchKa's lush orchestrations will combine with the rich symphonic sounds of Colorado Symphony's world-class musicians in an evening of awe-inspiring music and illuminating theatrical surprises. The Colorado Symphony also welcomes to Red Rocks Amphitheatre a set from Gregory Alan Isakov. Fans of Gregory will appreciate the opportunity to once again enjoy the lush arrangements provided by the Colorado Symphony. Gregory’s debut Symphony performance November 2013 was a sold-out show. Elephant Revival is a soulful, seductive quiver of songwriters and multi-instrumentalists that reign from points all across America. This Nederland, Colorado quintet are, needless to say, quite a sound to be experienced. Elephant Revival will be the opener for Gregory Alan Isakov with the Colorado Symphony and headliner, DeVotchka with the Colorado Symphony. This one-night-only event presents a breath-taking tapestry of sights and sounds under the stars at the famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Your favorite musicians will be on stunning display on a Colorado summer evening you don't want to miss.

Thu 7/17/14 7:30PM Red Rocks Amphitheatre DeVotchKa, Gregory Alan Isakov and Elephant Revival with the Colorado Symphony


Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9
2014/15 Masterworks Series
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9

Andrew Litton, conductor
Jeffrey Biegel, piano
Rachel Nicholls, soprano
Kelley O’Connor, mezzo-soprano
Russell Thomas, tenor
Kevin Deas, bass-baritone
Colorado Symphony Chorus; Duain Wolfe, director

BEETHOVEN Choral Fantasy for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra, Op. 80
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, “Choral”

Kick off a season at the symphony with Beethoven’s most recognized and beloved works. This program features a star-studded cast of vocalists, Music Director Andrew Litton, and the Colorado Symphony Chorus in their 30th anniversary season. Don’t miss this tremendous opener, setting the precedent for a season of masterful, significant, and beautiful music.

Thu 9/18/14 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9
Fri 9/19/14 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9


Animaniacs LIVE presented by Arrow Electronics

Scott O’Neil, conductor

Animaniacs, a mix of old-fashioned wit, slapstick, pop culture and music, fueled the animation renaissance of the late 1990s, with iconic voices, characters, an original score for every cartoon and an Emmy® Award-winning theme song.

Fri 9/26/14 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Animaniacs LIVE presented by Arrow Electronics


Everything’s Coming Up Broadway! presented by Arrow Electronics

Scott O’Neil, conductor
Susan Egan, Doug LaBrecque and Debbie Gravitte, vocalists
Denver Gay Men’s Chorus
Denver Women’s Chorus

The Rocky Mountain Arts Association in collaboration with the Denver Gay Men’s Chorus and the Denver Women’s Chorus will join forces with the incomparable musicians of the Colorado Symphony to bring an evening of Broadway magic, drama and humor from some of the greatest showstoppers of the American Musical Theater. Come hear over 200 voices and excite and entertain, bringing the best of Broadway to the opening of the Colorado Symphony Pops Series.

Sat 9/27/14 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Everything’s Coming Up Broadway! presented by Arrow Electronics


Shaham Plays Brahms
2014/15 Masterworks Series
Shaham Plays Brahms

Andrew Litton, conductor
Gil Shaham, violin

CINDY MCTEE Timepiece
BRAHMS Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

The Colorado Symphony welcomes Gil Shaham to the opening of the Masterworks subscription. One of today’s greatest violinists takes the stage with one of the greatest solo works for violin, Brahms’ Violin Concerto. We close this masterful program with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, known for its sweeping melodies and considered the height of romanticism.

Fri 10/3/14 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Shaham Plays Brahms
Sat 10/4/14 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Shaham Plays Brahms
Sun 10/5/14 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Shaham Plays Brahms


Olga Kern Plays Rachmaninoff
2014/15 Masterworks Series
Olga Kern Plays Rachmaninoff

James Judd, conductor
Olga Kern, piano

MAHLER “Blumine” movement from Symphony No. 1 in D major
HAYDN Symphony No. 103 in E-flat major, “Drumroll”
RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30

Don’t miss Colorado favorite Olga Kern as she performs Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3, one of the most monumental and well-known works for the piano. This programs opens with a rare performance of Mahler’s Blumine, a movement that was removed by Mahler from his Symphony No. 1 written in 1887. The movement was discovered in 1966 and performed for the first time in 1967.

Fri 10/10/14 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Olga Kern Plays Rachmaninoff
Sat 10/11/14 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Olga Kern Plays Rachmaninoff


Inside Beethoven’s 5th Symphony
2014/15 Inside The Score
Inside Beethoven’s 5th Symphony

One of the most-popular, best-known pieces in the music world, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 is a classic. Join the Colorado Symphony for a look into the world of Beethoven and examine his work, a performance of the iconic piece is the perfect fi nish to the evening.

Fri 10/17/14 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Inside Beethoven’s 5th Symphony


Colorado Symphony Chorus 30th Anniversary Gala

Duain Wolfe, conductor/director
Colorado Symphony Chorus
Nathan Berg, baritone

The Colorado Symphony Chorus celebrates thirty years of singing the great masters with the Colorado Symphony at a grand celebration concert October 18, conducted by Duain Wolfe. The glorious music of Vaughan Williams, Mendelssohn, Moussorgsky, and Mozart is complemented by excerpts from the Chorus’s signature pieces, Verdi’s monumental Requiem, and Orff’s dynamic Carmina Burana.

Sat 10/18/14 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Colorado Symphony Chorus 30th Anniversary Gala


Dancing and Romancing: The Golden Age of Hollywood presented by Arrow Electronics

Scott O’Neil, conductor

Broadway and Hollywood combine for a romantic and entertaining evening of song and dance with two veterans of the Broadway stage: Joan Hess and Kirby Ward. Inspired by the likes of Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Gene Kelly and Eleanor Powell, this evening will put a song in your heart and have you dancing in the aisles!

Sat 10/25/14 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Dancing and Romancing: The Golden Age of Hollywood presented by Arrow Electronics


Halloween Spooktacular!
2014/15 Family Series
Halloween Spooktacular!

A family tradition of the not-too-scary sort! Dress up for our Halloween festivities and witness the zany Colorado Symphony musicians in their Halloween best.

Sun 10/26/14 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Halloween Spooktacular!


Inside Mahler
2014/15 Inside The Score
Inside Mahler

Marin Alsop conductor

Learn the inside story of the great composer Gustav Mahler, and his first symphony. Colorado Symphony Conductor Laureate Marin Alsop leads this evening of music and discussion that’s sure to leave you inspired.

Fri 10/31/14 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Inside Mahler


Mahler's The Titan
2014/15 Masterworks Series
Mahler's The Titan

Marin Alsop, conductor
Karina Canellakis, guest conductor

JOHN ADAMS Short Ride in a Fast Machine
MOZART Symphony No. 39 in E-flat major, K. 543
MAHLER Symphony No. 1 in D major

This is the way the greats were intended to be played. Beginning with the iconic, minimalist style of modern master John Adams and the accessible classicism of Mozart, juxtaposed with Mahler’s gorgeous, complex, and Beethovian first Symphony. Marin Alsop and Taki Fellow Karina Canellakis skillfully and beautifully lead this phenomenal program.

Sat 11/1/14 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mahler's The Titan
Sun 11/2/14 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mahler's The Titan


Mozart’s Requiem with Pinchas Zukerman
2014/15 Masterworks Series
Mozart’s Requiem with Pinchas Zukerman

Pinchas Zukerman, conductor/ violin
Arianna Zukerman, soprano
Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano
Isaiah Bell, tenor
Kyle Ketelson, baritone
Colorado Symphony Chorus; Duain Wolfe, director

MOZART Adagio for Violin and Orchestra, K. 261
MOZART Rondo for Violin and Orchestra, K. 373
MOZART Exultate, jubilate, K. 165
MOZART Requiem, K. 626

Pinchas Zukerman joins the Colorado Symphony and Colorado Symphony Chorus as they perform Mozart’s final and greatest masterpiece. Opening the program, Pinchas Zukerman steps off the podium for Mozart’s Adagio and Rondo for Violin and Orchestra. Mozart’s Requiem, a centerpiece in the Academy Award winning film Amadeus, is one of the greatest pieces in the choral repertoire and you won’t want to miss it.

Fri 11/7/14 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mozart’s Requiem with Pinchas Zukerman
Sat 11/8/14 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mozart’s Requiem with Pinchas Zukerman
Sun 11/9/14 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mozart’s Requiem with Pinchas Zukerman


An Evening with Pinchas Zukerman
2014/15 Inside The Score
An Evening with Pinchas Zukerman

Scott O’Neil, conductor

An evening of violin with one of the greats, Pinchas Zukerman. Join conductor Scott O’Neil as he leads the orchestra through an evening of masterful, emotional music.

Fri 11/14/14 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall An Evening with Pinchas Zukerman


A Symphonic Tribute to Comic Con v2.0 presented by Arrow Electronics

Scott O’Neil, conductor

BAM! POW! CRASH! The Colorado Symphony’s Symphonic Tribute to Comic Con returns with an upgrade to v2.0. Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the concert hall. This performance will explore new works from your favorite movies, television shows, and video games. Whether you’re a hero or a villain, this concert is sure to bring out your inner geek.

Sat 11/15/14 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Symphonic Tribute to Comic Con v2.0 presented by Arrow Electronics


Silver Ainomäe Plays Dvorák
2014/15 Masterworks Series
Silver Ainomäe Plays Dvorák

Andrew Litton, conductor
Silver Ainomäe, cello

DVORÁK Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104
RACHMANINOFF Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27

Colorado Symphony Principal Cellist Silver Ainomäe makes his solo Masterworks debut with one of Dvorák’s most significant works, the Cello Concerto in B minor. Led by Colorado Symphony Music Director Andrew Litton, we close out the evening with Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2, one of his most recognizable works.

Fri 11/21/14 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Silver Ainomäe Plays Dvorák
Sat 11/22/14 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Silver Ainomäe Plays Dvorák
Sun 11/23/14 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Silver Ainomäe Plays Dvorák


Drums of the World
2014/15 Family Series
Drums of the World

Colorado Symphony Percussionists

Take a trip around the world with our world-class percussionists making beats with drums and exotic instruments that will surprise you.

Sun 11/30/14 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Drums of the World


All Beethoven
2014/15 Masterworks Series
All Beethoven

Jun Märkl, conductor
Jeffrey Kahane, piano

BEETHOVEN Overture to Fidelio, Op. 72
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73, “Emperor”
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Former Music Director Jeffrey Kahane returns with his limitless talent, performing Beethoven’s grandest piano concerto, the “Emperor.” This program finishes with Symphony No. 5 and the four notes that changed the world. Whether you’re a veteran of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony or know it from countless references in pop culture, film and television, there’s nothing like the power of Beethoven’s most famous work performed by your Colorado Symphony. Don’t miss this incredible program.

Fri 12/5/14 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall All Beethoven
Sat 12/6/14 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall All Beethoven
Sun 12/7/14 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall All Beethoven


Handel's <i>Messiah</i>
2014/15 Holiday Series
Handel's Messiah

Colorado Symphony Chorus; Duain Wolfe, director

HANDEL Messiah

The Colorado Symphony and Colorado Symphony Chorus take Handel’s masterpiece to new heights. One of the most revered oratorios of all time, Messiah is a musical holiday staple.

Sat 12/13/14 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Handel's Messiah
Sun 12/14/14 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Handel's Messiah


Holiday Brass at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church

Celebrate the brilliance and power of the Colorado Symphony Brass in a resounding program of seasonal favorites.

Sun 12/14/14 5:00PM Montview Presbyterian Church Holiday Brass at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church


A Colorado Christmas
2014/15 Holiday Series
A Colorado Christmas

Colorado Symphony Chorus; Duain Wolfe, director
Colorado Children’s Chorale; Debbie DeSantis, director

The warm sounds of the holidays fill the hall during this annual Christmas spectacular featuring the Colorado Children’s Chorale.

Fri 12/19/14 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Colorado Christmas
Sat 12/20/14 2:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Colorado Christmas
Sat 12/20/14 6:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Colorado Christmas
Sun 12/21/14 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Colorado Christmas


Too Hot to Handel
2014/15 Holiday Series
Too Hot to Handel

Leslie Stifelman, conductor
Too Hot to Handel Chorus; Mary Louise Burke, associate director

Don’t miss this jazz, gospel and R&B-infused remix of Handel’s Messiah, now in its 17th season at Boettcher Concert Hall. This fun and funky performance features the Too Hot To Handel Chorus and world-class soloists.

Sat 12/27/14 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Too Hot to Handel
Sun 12/28/14 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Too Hot to Handel


A Night in Vienna
2014/15 Holiday Series
A Night in Vienna

This annual musical tradition sends audiences off to their New Year’s celebration in style, with the most well-known, festive and heartwarming classical waltzes and marches ever written.

Wed 12/31/14 6:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Night in Vienna


Cameron Carpenter in Concert
2014/15 Masterworks Series
Cameron Carpenter in Concert

Organist Cameron Carpenter, the extravagantly talented smasher of cultural and classical music taboos, stops in Denver on his international tour, launching March 2014. This masterful evening will include Cameron Carpenter and the Colorado Symphony performing Poulenc’s Concerto for Organ in G minor and Barber’s Toccatta Festiva, in addition to a fi rst half of works for solo organ. Come experience his one of a kind touring organ with its emotional magnitude, its sonic range and its coloristic drama.

Sat 1/10/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Cameron Carpenter in Concert


Going Baroque: Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5

Mark Wigglesworth, conductor
Simone Dinnerstein, piano
Yumi Hwang-Williams, violin
Brook Ferguson, flute

BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050
BRUCKNER Symphony No. 4 in E-flat major, “Romantic”

Making her Colorado Symphony debut, Simone Dinnerstein has been celebrated for her mastery of the Baroque style most notably her interpretations of J.S. Bach’s music. Mark Wigglesworth leads a dynamic performance of Bruckner’s emotionally compelling Symphony No. 4.

Fri 1/16/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Going Baroque: Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5
Sat 1/17/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Going Baroque: Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5


Gilbert & Sullivan: H.M.S. Pinafore presented by Arrow Electronics

Colorado Symphony Chorus; Duain Wolfe, director
New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players

Otherwise know as The Lass who Loved a Sailor, Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic opera opened in 1878 and was the one of the longest-running musical theater pieces. Get ready to laugh out loud!

Sat 1/24/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Gilbert & Sullivan: H.M.S. Pinafore presented by Arrow Electronics
Sun 1/25/15 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Gilbert & Sullivan: H.M.S. Pinafore presented by Arrow Electronics


Cirque Musica presented by Arrow Electronics

Cirque Musica takes audiences on a musical journey to a land of dazzling beauty, mystery and suspense. The show blends the grace and thrills of the world’s greatest circus performers with stunning symphonic music from classical, pops and popular repertoire.

Fri 1/30/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Cirque Musica presented by Arrow Electronics
Sat 1/31/15 2:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Cirque Musica presented by Arrow Electronics


Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton presented by Arrow Electronics

This brand new symphonic event features Danny Elfman’s famous film scores brought to life on stage by the orchestra, enhanced by visuals of Tim Burton’s original film sketches, drawings and story boards on the big screen.

Fri 2/6/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton presented by Arrow Electronics
Sat 2/7/15 2:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton presented by Arrow Electronics


The Animated Orchestra
2014/15 Family Series
The Animated Orchestra

Wes Kenney, conductor
Denver Young Artists Orchestra

The Colorado Symphony and the Denver Young Artists Orchestra come to life in a program featuring composer Gregory Smith’s newest work, The Animated Orchestra. This exciting piece features a narrator and engages the audience in a playful cartoon storyline. This program will also highlight the extraordinary talent of the DYAO and will delight audiences of all ages.

Sun 2/8/15 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall The Animated Orchestra


Puccini's <i>Tosca</i>
2014/15 Masterworks Series
Puccini's Tosca

Andrew Litton, conductor
Takesha Meshe Kizart, Tosca
Carl Tanner, Cavaradossi
Stephen Powell, Scarpia
Gabriel Preisser, Angelotti & Jailer
Colorado Symphony Chorus; Duain Wolfe, director
Semi-staged production

PUCCINI Tosca

Music Director Andrew Litton returns to the podium for one of the best-known operas ever written. With a cast led by renowned soprano Takesha Meshe Kizart this performance is semi-staged with minimal set and props. You’ll enjoy an intimate, personal, mesmerizing production that puts the musicians of the Colorado Symphony and Colorado Symphony Chorus in the spotlight.

Fri 2/13/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Puccini's Tosca
Sat 2/14/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Puccini's Tosca
Sun 2/15/15 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Puccini's Tosca


The Art of the Dance: Tango
2014/15 Inside The Score
The Art of the Dance: Tango

Pablo Zeigler, piano

Pianist and composer Pablo Ziegler built his astounding reputation in the tango world as the pianist for Astor Piazzola. The rich culture and history of Tango will be brought to life by his trio and the Colorado Symphony. This concert will have you dancing in the aisles!

Fri 2/20/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall The Art of the Dance: Tango


An Evening of Romance with Jim Brickman presented by Arrow Electronics

Scott O’Neil, conductor

Two-time Grammy® nominee and multi-platinum recording artist Jim Brickman is America’s piano sensation. Experience the romantic sounds of this hit-maker’s pop-style instrumentals and star-studded vocal collaborations.

Sat 2/21/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall An Evening of Romance with Jim Brickman presented by Arrow Electronics


The American Festival: Part I
2014/15 Masterworks Series
The American Festival: Part I

Andrew Litton, conductor
Bil Jackson, clarinet
William Wolfram, piano

KEVIN PUTS Two Mountain Scenes
KEVIN PUTS Clarinet Concerto
BERNSTEIN The Age of Anxiety, Symphony No. 2

Former principal clarinetist Bil Jackson kicks off The American Festival, showcasing masters who have created, perfected and expanded the American idiom in symphonic music. This program celebrates the work of living composer Kevin Puts and Bernstein’s iconic The Age of Anxiety, Symphony No. 2, titled after W.H. Auden’s poem of the same name.

Sat 2/28/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall The American Festival: Part I
Sun 3/1/15 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall The American Festival: Part I


Symphony at the Movies: West Side Story presented by Arrow Electronics

Scott O’Neil, conductor

Experience Leonard Bernstein’s musical masterpiece and electrifying score live, while the re-mastered film is shown in high definition with original vocals and dialogue.

Sat 3/7/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Symphony at the Movies: West Side Story presented by Arrow Electronics
Sun 3/8/15 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Symphony at the Movies: West Side Story presented by Arrow Electronics


The American Festival: Part II
2014/15 Masterworks Series
The American Festival: Part II

Andrew Litton, conductor
Anne Akiko Meyers, violin

GERSHWIN Cuban Overture, “Rhumba”
BARBER Violin Concerto, Op. 14
ALBERT RiverRun

Anne Akiko Meyers brilliantly performs Barber’s Violin Concerto, one of the most frequently performed concertos of the 20th century. Andrew Litton leads Stephen Albert’s RiverRun to close the performance with its lush, dramatic symphonic music.

Fri 3/13/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall The American Festival: Part II
Sat 3/14/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall The American Festival: Part II
Sun 3/15/15 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall The American Festival: Part II


SO Percussion
2014/15 Inside The Score
SO Percussion

Scott O’Neil, conductor

Since coming together at the Yale School of Music in 1999, So Percussion has been creating music that is at turns raucous and touching, barbarous and heartfelt. This concert will feature David Lang’s piece, man-made, written for So Percussion. Don’t miss this exciting evening devoted to the world of percussion!

Fri 3/20/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall SO Percussion
Sat 3/21/15 2:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall SO Percussion


Magic Circle Mime Company: Peter and the Wolf

The Prokofiev classic becomes an exciting theatrical and musical experience in this fifty-minute production. The narration is replaced by movement and the concert hall becomes the scene of action as the conductor’s assistant (Peter) tries to capture a vicious wolf that threatens orchestra and audience alike. With the help of the musicians, good triumphs over evil and the concert ends in victorious celebration.

Sun 3/22/15 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Magic Circle Mime Company: Peter and the Wolf


World Premiere: William Hill’s The Raven
2014/15 Masterworks Series
World Premiere: William Hill’s The Raven

David Lockington, conductor
Peter Cooper, oboe
Colorado Symphony Chorus; Duain Wolfe, director

ERIC EWAZEN Down a River of Time
STRAVINSKY Suite from The Firebird (1919)
WILLIAM HILL The Raven

The Suite from The Firebird is one of Stravinsky’s most popular work featuring lush musical colors. Don’t miss the world premiere of Colorado Symphony Principal Timpanist William Hill’s homage to Edgar Allan Poe’s, The Raven, featuring the Colorado Symphony Chorus.

Fri 3/27/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall World Premiere: William Hill’s The Raven
Sat 3/28/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall World Premiere: William Hill’s The Raven


Natasha Paremski Plays Brahms
2014/15 Masterworks Series
Natasha Paremski Plays Brahms

Douglas Boyd, conductor
Natasha Paremski, piano

WEBERN Fünf Sätze (Five Movements) for Orchestra, Op. 5
SCHOENBERG Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4
BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

An examination of the First and Second Viennese Schools of composition, this program brings back Natasha Paremski on the piano playing her personal and audience favorite, Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1. The evening opens with a unique strings-only first half, featuring Schoenberg’s Verklerte Nacht, often regarded as the most beautiful work of the abstract expressionist movement.

Sat 4/11/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Natasha Paremski Plays Brahms
Sun 4/12/15 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Natasha Paremski Plays Brahms


Symphonic Firsts and Yumi Hwang-Williams
2014/15 Masterworks Series
Symphonic Firsts and Yumi Hwang-Williams

Cristian Macelaru, conductor
Yumi Hwang-Williams, violin

HAYDN Symphony No. 1 in D major
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10
BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

Cristian Macelaru, currently assistant conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, makes his Colorado Symphony debut. Concertmaster Yumi-Hwang Williams performs Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, one of the most important works of the violin concerto repertoire.

Fri 4/17/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Symphonic Firsts and Yumi Hwang-Williams
Sat 4/18/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Symphonic Firsts and Yumi Hwang-Williams


The New School of Composition
2014/15 Inside The Score
The New School of Composition

Scott O’Neil, conductor

Join us for an exploration of today’s fast-rising stars in the composition world. Come see an evening featuring Tracy Silverman performing Nico Muhly’s concerto for Electric Violin, Seeing is Believing, and other works by today’s most innovative composers. Discover what makes these composers unique, exciting and unforgettable.

Fri 4/24/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall The New School of Composition


Mahler’s Symphony No. 5
2014/15 Masterworks Series
Mahler’s Symphony No. 5

Andrew Litton, conductor
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin

SHOSTAKOVICH Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 99
MAHLER Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor

Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 is an intense, alluring work that is at times sublime and haunting. Music Director Andrew Litton is joined by Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, often regarded as the champion of this great work. The program closes with one of Mahler’s most popular symphonies creating an experience that is simultaneously powerful and emotional.

Thu 4/30/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mahler’s Symphony No. 5
Fri 5/1/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mahler’s Symphony No. 5
Sun 5/3/15 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mahler’s Symphony No. 5


Victor Wooten’s Concerto for Electric Bass

Scott O’Neil, conductor
Victor Wooten, electric bass

PAT METHENY/ O’NEIL First Circle
PAT METHENY/ O’NEIL Minuano
JOSEPH SCHWANTNER New Morning for the World
CONNI ELLISOR/VICTOR WOOTEN Concerto for Electric Bass

Five- time Grammy Award winner and long-time member of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones Victor Wooten joins the Colorado Symphony in a program you won’t want to miss. Wooten breaks new ground with his Concerto for Electric Bass, only being premiered by a select group of orchestras. The evening will also showcase Scott O’Neil’s talent for orchestration in the first half of the program. The Colorado Symphony is also thrilled to collaborate with Wonderbound as they take the stage at Boettcher Concert Hall in this eclectic program.

Sat 5/9/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Victor Wooten’s Concerto for Electric Bass
Sun 5/10/15 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Victor Wooten’s Concerto for Electric Bass


The Art of the Baroque
2014/15 Inside The Score
The Art of the Baroque

Joseph Swenson, conductor/ violin

Internationally acclaimed musician Joseph Swenson conducts the orchestra from the violin as the Colorado Symphony presents Bach’s complete Brandenburg concerti, six instrumental works that defi ne the Baroque era. This program will feature many of the Colorado Symphony’s own musicians as they step into the spotlight for solo appearances.

Please note: This will be a two-part program with intermission).

Fri 5/15/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall The Art of the Baroque


Bobby McFerrin Sings and Conducts Gershwin presented by Arrow Electronics

The matchless vocal improviser with a breathtaking range hits Boettcher Concert Hall with his fresh interpretations of George and Ira Gershwin’s music.

Sat 5/16/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Bobby McFerrin Sings and Conducts Gershwin presented by Arrow Electronics


Bronfman Plays Beethoven
2014/15 Masterworks Series
Bronfman Plays Beethoven

Andrew Litton, conductor
Yefim Bronfman, piano
Alan Opie, baritone
Colorado Symphony Chorus; Duain Wolfe, director

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Overture to The Wasps
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58
WALTON Belshazzar’s Feast

The Colorado Symphony closes its season in a grand fashion with William Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast. The highlight of this final celebration of the Colorado Symphony Chorus’ 30th anniversary year, is one of the most passionate, dramatic, and chilling pieces written for Chorus and Orchestra. This powerful evening of music also features one of the greatest pianists, Yefim Bronfman, performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4.

Fri 5/22/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Bronfman Plays Beethoven
Sat 5/23/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Bronfman Plays Beethoven
Sun 5/24/15 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Bronfman Plays Beethoven