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El Latir de México: 205th Anniversary of the Independence of Mexico

Andres Lopera, conductor
Jeff Nevin, arranger/trumpet

The Consulate General of Mexico in Denver, the Mexican Cultural Center and the Colorado Symphony are thrilled to present El Latir de México, a free community concert that commemorates Mexico’s Independence, on Tuesday, September 15, 7:00 p.m., at Boettcher Concert Hall.

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

La entrada es gratuita, pero el cupo es limitado y se requieren boletos.

Tue 9/15/15 7:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall El Latir de México: 205th Anniversary of the Independence of Mexico


Opening Weekend: Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1

Andrew Litton, conductor
Alessio Bax, piano

SHOSTAKOVICH Festive Overture, Op. 96
TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47

Music Director Andrew Litton conducts the Colorado Symphony through an all-Russian slate to start the season with a bang. The weekend also brings Italian-born pianist Alessio Bax to Denver for the first time since the 2010-11 season, with a technique that's a perfect match for Tchaikovsky's bold Piano Concerto No. 1. Shostakovich's triumphant Symphony No. 5 in D minor provides an apt finish that is a work of high art.

Fri 9/18/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Opening Weekend: Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1
Sat 9/19/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Opening Weekend: Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1
Sun 9/20/15 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Opening Weekend: Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1


The Music Man in Concert
2015/16 Pops Series
The Music Man in Concert

Christopher Dragon, conductor
Gabriel Preisser, Harold Hill
Sarah Lawrence, Marian Paroo
Colorado Symphony Chorus, Mary Louise Burke, associate director
Semi-staged production

The Colorado Symphony's self-produced take on the Meredith Willson classic brings River City, Iowa to Denver for two performances. The timeless story of slick con man Harold Hill wooing Marian the Librarian features such showstoppers as "Ya Got Trouble," "The Wells Fargo Wagon," and the signature "76 Trombones." Hear this classic score the way the composer intended it – with a full symphony orchestra accompanied by an amazing cast of local and national singers and actors.

Sat 9/26/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall The Music Man in Concert
Sun 9/27/15 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall The Music Man in Concert


Mozart Performed by Michael Thornton
2015/16 Masterworks Series
Mozart Performed by Michael Thornton

James Feddeck, conductor
Michael Thornton, horn

DVORÁK Carnival Overture, Op. 92
MOZART Horn Concerto No. 3
L. MOZART Sinfonia pastorella for Alphorn
BRAHMS Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Colorado Symphony Principal Horn Michael Thornton performs works by two Mozarts: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's well-known Horn Concerto No. 3, then trades his French horn for an eight-foot alphorn for Sinfonia pastorella by Leopold, Wolfgang's father. In his Colorado Symphony debut, former Cleveland Orchestra staff conductor James Feddeck opens with Dvorák's Carnival Overture and rounds out the program with Brahms' lush Symphony No. 4, the last symphonic work of his career.

The Friday, October 2nd, 2015 performance of Michael Thornton Performs Mozart is ALMOST SOLD OUT.

Fri 10/2/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mozart Performed by Michael Thornton
Sat 10/3/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mozart Performed by Michael Thornton


The Colorado Symphony at the Newman Center

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

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

Tue 10/6/15 7:30PM Newman Center The Colorado Symphony at the Newman Center - Inside the Score: Brahms' 4th Symphony
Thu 2/25/16 7:30PM Newman Center The Colorado Symphony at the Newman Center - Learning to Hear Color


Inside the Score: Symphony 101
2015/16 Inside The Score
Inside the Score: Symphony 101

Andres Lopera, conductor
Catherine Beeson, host

Assistant Principal Viola and Director of Education Catherine Beeson hosts an informative and educational evening that meshes musical performances with a behind-the-scenes peek into the symphony world. For this event, the focus is on debunking myths and explaining the orchestra to newbies and veteran Symphony-goers alike. It's the ultimate entry point into the Colorado Symphony experience.

Fri 10/9/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Inside the Score: Symphony 101


Jake Shimabukuro in Concert
2015/16 Pops Series
Jake Shimabukuro in Concert

Christopher Dragon, conductor
Jake Shimabukuro, ukelele

The Hawaiian-born ukelele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro has long been a household name in his native state and Japan, but he exploded into the musical mainstream in 2006 with an assist from a viral YouTube video of him playing The Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" that has been seen by more than 13 million people. Shimabukuro's performance will include the Colorado debut of Byron Yasui's Concerto No. 1 for Ukelele.

Sat 10/10/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Jake Shimabukuro in Concert


Elgar "Enigma Variations"
2015/16 Masterworks Series
Elgar "Enigma Variations"

Courtney Lewis, conductor
Courtney Hershey Bress, harp

HAYDN Symphony No. 60 in C major, “Il distratto”
DEBUSSY Dances Sacred and Profane
RAVEL Introduction and Allegro
ELGAR Variations on an Original Theme, Op.36, “Enigma Variations”

This dazzling program showcases Colorado Symphony Principal Harp Courtney Hershey Bress in virtuosic masterpieces from Debussy and Ravel. New York Philharmonic staff conductor Courtney Lewis leads this program culminating in Sir Edward Elgar's Variations on an Original Theme. Popularly known as "Enigma Variations", the piece consists of twenty-four variations that each depict one of Elgar's family members or friends in a musical cryptogram that draws inspiration from lost loves, barking bulldogs, and his toughest critics.

Fri 10/16/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Elgar "Enigma Variations"
Sat 10/17/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Elgar "Enigma Variations"


Strauss Conducted by Andrew Litton
2015/16 Masterworks Series
Strauss Conducted by Andrew Litton

Andrew Litton, conductor
Silver Ainomäe, cello

STRAUSS Don Quixote
STRAUSS Don Juan
STRAUSS Suite from Der Rosenkavalier

Principal Cello Silver Ainomäe opens this all-Strauss program with Don Quixote, for a concert experience that captures the breadth of the composer's remarkable oeuvre. The modernist Don Juan cemented Strauss' international reputation, and his comic yet bittersweet Der Rosenkavalier (The Rose-Bearer) remains a staple for opera companies worldwide. For Don Quixote, Ainomäe's cello plays the titular role of the windmill-battling man of La Mancha, while the viola captures the part of his comic squire, Sancho Panza.

Fri 10/23/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Strauss Conducted by Andrew Litton
Sat 10/24/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Strauss Conducted by Andrew Litton


Symphony at the Movies: <i>Psycho</i>
2015/16 Pops Series
Symphony at the Movies: Psycho

Andres Lopera, conductor

For Halloween weekend, the Colorado Symphony performs the soundtrack to Psycho, the film that moved the horror genre from gothic to contemporary. Alfred Hitchcock's groundbreaking thriller continues to resonate with audiences for its jarring music as much as its haunting images and stunning twists. Composed by Academy Award® winner Bernard Herrmann (whose career spanned from Orson Welles' Citizen Kane to Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver), this score is one of the most memorable – and frightening – in Hollywood history. The complete film will be shown on large suspended screens for the full Symphony at the Movies experience.

Fri 10/30/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Symphony at the Movies: Psycho


Halloween Spooktacular
2015/16 Family Series
Halloween Spooktacular

Christopher Dragon, conductor

A family tradition of the not-too-scary sort, this concert features musical fun for the whole family. Everyone is encouraged to dress up for the Halloween festivities, and the Colorado Symphony musicians will trade-in their tuxes and tails for their own zany costumes. Don't forget to arrive early for the Halloween pre-concert activities in the lobby!

Sat 10/31/15 2:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Halloween Spooktacular


Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 3
2015/16 Masterworks Series
Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 3

Andrew Litton, conductor
Denis Kozhukhin, piano

KABALEVSKY Overture to Colas Breugnon, Op. 24
PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16
RACHMANINOFF Symphony No. 3 in a minor, Op. 44

Colorado Symphony Music Director Andrew Litton conducts the orchestra through a program of Russian compositions that veer from soaring to subtle. After the overture to Dmitry Kabalevsky's opera, Colas Breugnon, pianist sensation Denis Kozhukhin tackles Sergei Prokofiev's formidable Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, a piece that rattled audiences with its modernist intensity over a century ago. The orchestra finishes with Sergei Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 3, an inventive piece that juxtaposes delicate beauty with towering grandeur.

Fri 11/6/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 3
Sat 11/7/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 3
Sun 11/8/15 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 3


Symphony at the Movies: <i>Back to the Future</i>

Christopher Dragon, conductor

Power up your DeLorean, recharge your flux capacitor, and get ready to celebrate the 30th anniversary of an unforgettable movie classic: Back to the Future, starring Michael J. Fox, the 1.21-gigawatt blockbuster that topped the 1985 box office. Fans old and new will experience the thrill of the film like never before: on a big screen with the full orchestra performing Alan Silvestri’s dazzling musical score live—and you don’t even need a time machine to get to 2015!

Sat 11/14/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Symphony at the Movies: Back to the Future


Berlioz <i>Symphonie fantastique</i>
2015/16 Masterworks Series
Berlioz Symphonie fantastique

Andrew Litton, conductor
Philippe Quint, violin
Colorado Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe, director

STRAVINSKY Symphony of Psalms
STRAVINSKY Violin Concerto in D major
BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

Hector Berlioz's early Romantic tour de force, Symphonie fantastique, headlines the evening, telling the bizarre story of an artist in five movements: His love for a young woman sweeps from joy to jealousy into an opium-fueled dream of a witches' sabbath. The program begins with a pair of inimitable Stravinsky pieces that effortlessly mesh menace and beauty: The Colorado Symphony Chorus sings with the orchestra on his Symphony of Psalms, then violinist Philippe Quint performs Violin Concerto in D major on a 1708 Stradivarius.

Fri 11/20/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Berlioz Symphonie fantastique
Sat 11/21/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Berlioz Symphonie fantastique


The Music of James Bond with Hilary Kole

Andres Lopera, conductor
Hilary Kole, vocalist

Vocalist Hilary Kole plays Bond girl as the Colorado Symphony performs the iconic music of James Bond. Monty Norman's "James Bond Theme" started it all in 1962's Dr. No, the first Bond film in 1962, and the sleek, sexy melody continues to seduce in the 24th Bond film, Spectre. Colorado Symphony musicians will perform several works from the films, including Academy Award®-nominated songs such as "Live and Let Die" and "For Your Eyes Only."

Sat 11/28/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall The Music of James Bond with Hilary Kole


Drums of the World
2015/16 Family Series
Drums of the World

Colorado Symphony Percussionists

This popular annual family concert takes attendees on a musical trip around the globe. Drums of the World features your very own Colorado Symphony percussionists playing rhythmic instruments new and old – it'll be everything but the kitchen sink! Don't forget to arrive early for pre-concert activities in the lobby!

Sun 11/29/15 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Drums of the World


All Beethoven featuring Symphony No. 3
2015/16 Masterworks Series
All Beethoven featuring Symphony No. 3

Rossen Milanov, conductor
Andrew Staupe, piano

BEETHOVEN The Creatures of Prometheus Overture, Op. 43
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55, "Eroica"

The annual winter tribute to Ludwig van Beethoven opens with the little-played overture to the 1801 ballet, The Creatures of Prometheus. Beethoven's Classical roots are at the heart of his Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major performed by pianist Andrew Staupe, who cemented his status as one of the country's top young pianists with a critically acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut in 2012. Beethoven's famed Symphony No. 3, most commonly known as "Eroica," was groundbreaking for its musical range when it premiered in the early 19th century. Audience-favorite Rossen Milanov returns to conduct this exciting program.

Fri 12/4/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall All Beethoven featuring Symphony No. 3
Sat 12/5/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall All Beethoven featuring Symphony No. 3
Sun 12/6/15 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall All Beethoven featuring Symphony No. 3


A Colorado Christmas
2015/16 Holiday Series
A Colorado Christmas

Andres Lopera, conductor
Colorado Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe, director
Colorado Children's Chorale, Deborah DeSantis, director

The warm sounds of the holidays fill Boettcher Concert Hall in this annual Christmas spectacular. This season's celebration focuses on the music and magic of the season, showcasing the Colorado Symphony's annual collaboration with the Colorado Children's Chorale and the Colorado Symphony Chorus. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to see who's naughty and who's nice in preparation for the big night.

Fri 12/11/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Colorado Christmas
Sat 12/12/15 2:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Colorado Christmas
Sat 12/12/15 6:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Colorado Christmas
Sun 12/13/15 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Colorado Christmas


Jackie Evancho Sings Holiday Hits & More
2015/16 Spotlight Series
Jackie Evancho Sings Holiday Hits & More

Christopher Dragon, conductor
Jackie Evancho, vocalist

At just 10 years old, Jackie Evancho first appeared on “America’s Got Talent” in 2010 singing soprano pieces that won her second place overall in the contest. From there, she started performing around the world. Now at 15 years old, Evancho is preparing to release her third standalone album called “Awakening” on September 23 coinciding with an international tour.

For her performance with the Colorado Symphony on December 15, Evancho will perform some of the most memorable classics of the season as well as other unique pieces sure to make for a festive concert. Evancho has a gained acclaim for her holiday concerts, including participating in the lighting of the National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C. in 2012, where she sang in-front of President Obama.

Tue 12/15/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Jackie Evancho Sings Holiday Hits & More


Handel's <i>Messiah</i>
2015/16 Holiday Series
Handel's Messiah

Duain Wolfe, conductor
Mary Wilson, soprano
Corrie Stallings, mezzo
Derek Chester, tenor
Andrew Garland, bass
Colorado Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe, director

Experience the full majesty of Handel’s masterpiece – one of the most revered oratorios of all time – when the Colorado Symphony and Chorus exalt Messiah skyward to soaring new heights. Colorado Symphony Chorus Director Duain Wolfe takes the podium to lead this soul-stirring holiday classic.

On Sunday, December 20, join us for the return of the Messiah Sing-Along! After over a decade, here is your chance to sing-along with the renowned Colorado Symphony Chorus for Handel’s glorious masterpiece and truly be a part of the holiday spirit. Come one, come all and join the orchestra and chorus for this specially priced Sunday concert, $25 for adults and $10 for children.

Fri 12/18/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Handel's Messiah
Sat 12/19/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Handel's Messiah
Sun 12/20/15 1:00PM General Admission Handel's Messiah Sing-Along


Holiday Brass at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church

Brian Buerkle, conductor
Colorado Symphony Brass and Percussion

The Colorado Symphony presents its fourth annual Holiday Brass with two performances at the beautiful Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church, led by guest conductor Brian Buerkle. Come celebrate the brilliance and power of the Colorado Symphony Brass in a resounding program of seasonal favorites, featuring traditional carols, classical favorites, jazz transcriptions, and music from beloved holiday movies and TV specials. Make your holiday season bright by joining the Colorado Symphony Brass in an unforgettable program that hits all of the right Yuletide notes.

Fri 12/18/15 7:30PM Montview Presbyterian Church Holiday Brass at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church
Sun 12/20/15 5:00PM Montview Presbyterian Church Holiday Brass at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church


Symphony at the Movies: <i>Home Alone</i>
2015/16 Holiday Series
Symphony at the Movies: Home Alone

Andres Lopera, conductor
Colorado Symphony Chorus, Mary Louise Burke, associate director

A holiday classic, Home Alone features renowned composer John Williams' charming and delightful score performed live as the film is screened on large suspended screens. Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin McCallister, an eight-year-old boy who's accidentally left behind when his family leaves for Christmas vacation, and who must defend his home against two bungling thieves (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern). Hilarious and heartwarming, Home Alone is holiday fun for the entire family.

Tue 12/22/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Symphony at the Movies: Home Alone


A Weekend of <i>Star Wars</i>
2015/16 Pops Series
A Weekend of Star Wars

Christopher Dragon, 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 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. And remember: May the Force be with you.

Sat 12/26/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Weekend of Star Wars
Sun 12/27/15 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Weekend of Star Wars


A Night in Vienna
2015/16 Holiday Series
A Night in Vienna

Christopher Dragon, 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. The festive performance is the perfect sendoff to 2015 – and the early start time ensures that you won't miss the thrill of the 16th Street Mall fireworks!

Thu 12/31/15 6:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Night in Vienna


All Gershwin featuring New York City Ballet
2015/16 Masterworks Series
All Gershwin featuring New York City Ballet

Andrew Litton, conductor
Members of New York City Ballet

GERSHWIN Overture to Crazy for You
GERSHWIN Day Full of Song
GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue
GERSHWIN Who Cares?

This must-see concert features the Colorado Symphony performing the works of American master George Gershwin, accompanied by a quartet of dancers from the famed New York City Ballet on the sultry finale, Who Cares?. The orchestra and Litton will also perform the jazz-band version of Rhapsody in Blue as well as other highlights from Gershwin's career that bridged the gaps between classical, jazz, and popular music. Andrew Litton, Music Director of both the Colorado Symphony and recently appointed Music Director of the New York City Ballet, conducts this program with gusto.

Sun 1/10/16 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall All Gershwin featuring New York City Ballet


Pixar in Concert
2015/16 Pops Series
Pixar in Concert

Christopher Dragon, conductor

From the Toy Story trilogy to The Incredibles and UP, Pixar has forever changed filmmaking while giving us some of the most beloved characters in cinematic history. Now, Pixar is coming to you like you've never heard or seen it before: in concert with our own Colorado Symphony. This visually stunning, high-definition, multi-media evening features montages of memorable clips from thirteen feature Pixar films, including Cars, WALL•E, Ratatouille, A Bug’s Life, Finding Nemo, and more! Expect an evening of music that spans the animation studio's long string of hits that never fail to entertain the whole family.

Arrive forty-five minutes early for pre-concert family-fun activities in Gallery 2!

Presentation made under license from Buena Vista Concerts, a division of ABC Inc. © All rights reserved.

Fri 1/15/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Pixar in Concert
Sat 1/16/16 2:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Pixar in Concert


One Singular Sensation: A Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch

Christopher Dragon, conductor
Jodi Benson, Donna McKechnie and Doug LaBrecque, vocals
Colorado Symphony Chorus, Mary Louise Burke, associate director

Former Principal Pops Conductor of the Colorado Symphony, the late, great Marvin Hamlisch is an entertainment legend. He's one of a dozen people to win an Emmy®, a Grammy®, an Oscar®, and a Tony®, plus he won a Pulitzer and a pair of Golden Globes® to boot. He won three Oscars in 1974 – two for the score for The Way We Were and the third for his adaptation of Scott Joplin for The Sting. Featuring the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, this concert spans Hamlisch's remarkable career, from his work on Woody Allen films to A Chorus Line to the score for Ordinary People.

Sat 1/23/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall One Singular Sensation: A Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch


Mussorgsky <i>Pictures at an Exhibition</i>
2015/16 Masterworks Series
Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition

Jayce Ogren, conductor
Claude Sim, violin

SIBELIUS Romance for Strings
SIBELIUS Finlandia
SIBELIUS Valse Triste
KHACHATURIAN Violin Concerto
MUSSORGSKY/ RAVEL Pictures at an Exhibition

Pictures at an Exhibition, Mussorgsky's rich, intense, and very Russian masterpiece is a perfect match for the talents of conductor Jayce Ogren, who has been hailed by audiences everywhere in terms of both geography and genre: conducting West Side Story in London, My Fair Lady in Paris, and Rufus Wainright with the Toronto Symphony. Similarly versatile, Colorado Symphony Associate Concertmaster Claude Sim performs Aram Khachaturian's Violin Concerto which showcases Sim's boundless energy and flawless technique.

Fri 1/29/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition
Sat 1/30/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition


Inside The Score: Holst <i>The Planets</i>
2015/16 Inside The Score
Inside The Score: Holst The Planets

Christopher Dragon, conductor
Colorado Symphony Chorus, Mary Louise Burke, associate director

This edition of Inside the Score takes us from Mercury to Neptune with an in depth look at Gustav Holst's The Planets. Holst's suite features seven movements, each dedicated to a different planet in the solar system capturing the distinct and unique character of each.

Fri 2/5/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Inside The Score: Holst The Planets


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

Denver Young Artists Orchestra

The annual Colorado Symphony and Denver Young Artists Orchestra (DYAO) side-by-side celebrates 100 years of the U. S. National Parks Service with an exciting program highlighting the beauty of our great land. The DYAO will join the CSO on stage for Symphony No. 1: Formations by local composer and educator Jeffrey Nytch.

Sat 2/6/16 2:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Side-by-Side with DYAO: 100 Year Celebration of the U.S. National Parks


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

Andres Lopera, conductor
Sierra Boggess, vocalist
Colorado Children's Chorale, Deborah DeSantis, artistic director

Denver native and Colorado Children's Chorale alumnus Sierra Boggess is best known for her Broadway debut originating the role of Ariel in the 2007 The Little Mermaid. Boggess has also been a Broadway mainstay for the last decade performing in Les Misérables, Phantom of the Opera, Ever After, and other musicals. It's easy to hear why: Her enchanting, soaring vocals hit all of the right notes. For this Valentine's Day weekend concert, Boggess will sing a number of the tunes that made her a superstar, accompanied by the orchestra and Colorado Children's Chorale.

Sat 2/13/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Sierra Boggess in Concert
Sun 2/14/16 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Sierra Boggess in Concert


Mahler Symphony No. 2 “<i>Resurrection</i>”
2015/16 Masterworks Series
Mahler Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection

Andrew Litton, conductor
Sarah Fox, soprano
Kelley O'Connor, mezzo
Colorado Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe, director

MAHLER Symphony No. 2 in C minor, "Resurrection"

The Colorado Symphony performs Gustav Mahler's remarkable Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection," a five-movement symphony that takes listeners on a dark, solemn, and sublime journey that meditates on the themes of life, death, and rebirth. Mahler's Symphony No. 2 is the largest symphony ever made in terms of forces, length, and harmonic boldness yet is his most popular and successful work.

Fri 2/19/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mahler Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection
Sat 2/20/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mahler Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection


Igudesman & Joo: BIG Nightmare Music

Andres Lopera, conductor
Aleksey Igudesman, violin
Richard Hyung-ki Joo, piano

When Igudesman & Joo perform with a symphony orchestra musical nightmares take on epic proportions! On top of a few priceless adaptions from Igudesman & Joo's duo-show "A Little Nightmare Music", Mozart Bond, Alla Molto Turca and Practice Time, "BIG Nightmare Music" boasts uproarious sketches tailor-made for a symphony orchestra. Don't miss this exciting program "BIG Nightmare Music" where comedy meets music.

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


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

Hans Graf, conductor
Maureen Thomas, actor
Colorado Children's Chorale, Deborah DeSantis, artistic director

TCHAIKOVSKY The Tempest, Fantasy-Overture, Op. 18
MENDELSSOHN A Midsummer Night's Dream

Commemorating 400 years since the Bard’s passing, the Colorado Symphony’s inaugural Shakespeare Festival weekend celebrates Felix Mendelssohn’s charming and delightful A Midsummer Night’s Dream (which includes the unmistakable "Wedding March") as Maureen Thomas performs passages from the fantastic classic in a one-woman tour-de-force. Conductor Hans Graf leads the orchestra and the Colorado Children’s Chorale in an evening of Shakespeare that effortlessly melds drama and music and promises to ignite your imagination.

Fri 3/4/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Shakespeare Festival: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Sat 3/5/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Shakespeare Festival: A Midsummer Night's Dream


Inside the Score: Shakespeare Festival - Colorado Symphony Chorus

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

The Bard of Avon inspired some of the world’s greatest music for the stage and concert hall. Duain Wolfe leads the Colorado Symphony and Chorus in a musical exploration of Shakespeare’s most captivating lines and characters as portrayed in the music of Vaughan Williams, Verdi, Berlioz, and other composers who were caught up in the power of his “music of the spheres.”

Fri 3/11/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Inside the Score: Shakespeare Festival - Colorado Symphony Chorus


An Evening with Wonderbound
2015/16 Pops Series
An Evening with Wonderbound

Christopher Dragon, conductor
Wonderbound

The Colorado Symphony is excited to welcome Wonderbound to Boettcher Concert Hall for this one-of-a-kind performance. This program will feature excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s masterpieces, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake, with original choreography from Wonderbound’s own Garrett Ammon. This latest collaboration between two of Denver’s most avant garde and innovative ensembles showcases the diversity of symphonic music and modern dance.

Sat 3/12/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall An Evening with Wonderbound


<i>Carnival of the Animals</i> and <i>The Story of Babar</i>

Andres Lopera, conductor

SAINT-SAËNS Carnival of the Animals
POULENC The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant

This performance deftly introduces little ones to the joys of the orchestra with Carnival of the Animals, one of the best-known pieces by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns, with each movement depicting a different animal from the royal lion to the graceful swan. In The Story of Babar, Jean de Brunhoff’s popular children’s story of one little elephant’s epic rise from rags to riches is eloquently set to music by Francis Poulenc, truly a fantastic family experience for all ages.

Sun 3/13/16 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Carnival of the Animals and The Story of Babar


Shakespeare Festival: <i>Romeo and Juliet</i>
2015/16 Masterworks Series
Shakespeare Festival: Romeo and Juliet

Christopher Dragon, conductor
Colorado Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe, director

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Serenade to Music
BERNSTEIN Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
Romeo & Juliet in Words & Music
TCHAIKOVSKY excerpts from Romeo and Juliet
PROKOFIEV excerpts from Romeo and Juliet
BERLIOZ excerpts from Romeo and Juliet

The definitive ode to star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet caps the Colorado Symphony’s Shakespeare Festival with a wide-ranging expedition into the music inspired by the timeless drama. The concert covers not only the interpretations of masters like Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, and Berlioz, but the definitively American translation of the play in Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story. A quartet of actors perform scenes that dramatically stitch together the beauty of Shakespeare’s words with that of the music inspired by them.

Fri 3/18/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Shakespeare Festival: Romeo and Juliet
Sat 3/19/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Shakespeare Festival: Romeo and Juliet
Sun 3/20/16 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Shakespeare Festival: Romeo and Juliet


Béla Fleck: Return of the Banjo
2015/16 Masterworks Series
Béla Fleck: Return of the Banjo

José Luis Gomez, conductor
Béla Fleck, banjo

JOHN ADAMS The Chairman Dances
VILLA-LOBOS Chôros No. 6
BÉLA FLECK Banjo Concerto

The genre-defying king of the banjo, Béla Fleck has been nominated in more categories than any other artist in Grammy® history, and has taken home thirteen of the awards to date. For these performances, acclaimed conductor Jose Luis Gomez leads Fleck in the regional premier of his second Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra, a piece co-commissioned by the Colorado Symphony.

Fri 4/1/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Béla Fleck: Return of the Banjo
Sat 4/2/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Béla Fleck: Return of the Banjo


Inside the Score: An Evening of Chamber Music

Chamber music originated with small-scale orchestras designed to fit in an intimate palace chamber, but its evolution into its contemporary forms would shock the monarchy right out of its bejeweled boots. This evening provides an introduction to and examination of chamber music with both performance and discussion showcasing the musicians of the Colorado Symphony in a new light.

Fri 4/8/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Inside the Score: An Evening of Chamber Music


A Symphonic Tribute to Mel Brooks
2015/16 Pops Series
A Symphonic Tribute to Mel Brooks

Andres Lopera, conductor
Colorado Symphony Chorus, Mary Louise Burke, associate director

Mel Brooks needs no introduction. The comedy icon has left an indelible imprint on both film and stage, often with an assist from his longtime musical collaborator, composer John Morris. This symphonic tribute to Brooks brings performances from Morris’ scores of films including Blazing Saddles as well as more recent music from the Broadway adaptations of The Producers and Young Frankenstein.

Sat 4/9/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Symphonic Tribute to Mel Brooks


Jeffrey & Gabriel Kahane
2015/16 Masterworks Series
Jeffrey & Gabriel Kahane

Jeffrey Kahane, conductor/ piano
Gabriel Kahane, vocals/ guitar

BERNSTEIN Fancy Free
KAHANE Crane Palimpsest
GERSHWIN Concerto In F

Father Jeffrey and son Gabriel team up for an evening that crosses boundaries and defies conventions. Jeffrey Kahane, former Colorado Symphony Music Director, leads the orchestra in Leonard Bernstein’s Fancy Free before joining with his son, Brooklyn-based composer and musician Gabriel Kahane, in Kahane’s Crane Palimpsest. The program finishes as Jeffery Kahane takes to the piano for Gershwin’s ragtime-tinged Concerto in F, ensuring an enchanting evening for all.

Fri 4/15/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Jeffrey & Gabriel Kahane
Sat 4/16/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Jeffrey & Gabriel Kahane
Sun 4/17/16 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Jeffrey & Gabriel Kahane


Copland Conducted by Andrew Litton
2015/16 Masterworks Series
Copland Conducted by Andrew Litton

Andrew Litton, conductor
Kirill Gerstein, piano

DANIELPOUR Celestial Night
RACHMANINOFF Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43
COPLAND Symphony No. 3

Colorado Symphony Music Director Andrew Litton leads this wonderfully diverse springtime program, featuring Kirill Gerstein, the only pianist to win the Gilmore Artist Award and the Gilmore Young Artist Award, performing Sergei Rachmaninoff’s iconic Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. For the finale, Litton conducts the orchestra in Symphony No. 3, Aaron Copland’s last symphony and the origin of his instantly recognizable,Fanfare for the Common Man. Intended as a patriotic statement, the entire work pulses with Americana.

Fri 4/29/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Copland Conducted by Andrew Litton
Sat 4/30/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Copland Conducted by Andrew Litton
Sun 5/1/16 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Copland Conducted by Andrew Litton


A Symphonic Tribute to Comic Con v3.0

Christopher Dragon, conductor

BAM! POW! CRASH! Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the concert hall, your Colorado Symphony returns with the third annual edition of A Symphonic Tribute To Comic Con rebooted to v3.0! This concert features your favorite scores from superhero-tinged movies, television, and video games. Whether you’re a Wolverine diehard or a fan of The Flash, costumes and cosplay are heartily encouraged.

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


Dvorák Symphony No. 9 "From the New World"
2015/16 Masterworks Series
Dvorák Symphony No. 9 "From the New World"

Andre de Ridder, conductor
Yumi Hwang-Williams, violin

BRYCE DESSNER Résponse Lutoslawski
BARTÓK Violin Concerto No. 2
DVORÁK Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 "From the New World"

Conducted by the versatile Andre de Ridder, Colorado Symphony Concertmaster Yumi Hwang- Williams performs Béla Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 2 before the orchestra takes on Dvorák’s Symphony No. 9. Popularly known as the “New World Symphony”, the work was influenced by the rhythms of Native American music, African-American spirituals, and the wide-open spaces Dvorák encountered on a trip to Iowa in the early 1890s.

Fri 5/13/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Dvorák Symphony No. 9 "From the New World"
Sat 5/14/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Dvorák Symphony No. 9 "From the New World"


<i>Carmina burana</i>
2015/16 Masterworks Series
Carmina burana

Andrew Litton, conductor
Audrey Luna, soprano
Andrew Skoog, tenor
Matthew Worth, baritone
Colorado Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe, director

COPLAND Appalachian Spring
ORFF Carmina burana

Colorado Symphony Music Director Andrew Litton leads the final concerts of the 2015/16 season, featuring Carl Orff’s powerhouse Carmina burana, a symphonic exploration of love, lust, and the perils of earthly pleasures. Threaded together by powerful rhythms and unforgettable (and notably challenging) vocal parts, the 25 distinct movements course from euphoria to suffering and back again, a perfect close to the season.

Fri 5/20/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Carmina burana
Sat 5/21/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Carmina burana
Sun 5/22/16 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Carmina burana