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DeVotchKa with the Colorado Symphony

DeVotchKa returns to Red Rocks with trademark lush orchestrations combined with the rich symphonic sounds of the Colorado Symphony in an evening of majestic sound and illuminating theatrical surprises. A one-night-only event, this live concert experience presents breath-taking tapestry of sights and sounds under the stars at the famous Red Rocks Amphitheater. Your favorite musicians will be on stunning display at the world's premiere outdoor amphitheater making this Colorado summer evening an annual tradition one you won't soon forget.

To purchase Price Level 1 accessible seats please contact the Box Office at 303.623.7876. Red Rocks concerts are performed RAIN or SHINE.

Thu 7/23/15 7:30PM Red Rocks Amphitheatre DeVotchKa with the Colorado Symphony



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.

This concert will be part of a new experience, Soundings Live, a pilot-test streaming service that offers live webcasts of select Masterworks performances. Click here for more info.

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.

This concert will be part of a new experience, Soundings Live, a pilot-test streaming service that offers live webcasts of select Masterworks performances. Click here for more info.

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


The Chieftains
Colorado Symphony Presents
The Chieftains

Six time Grammy® winners, The Chieftains are now recognized for bringing traditional Irish music to the world's attention. They have uncovered the wealth of traditional Irish music that has accumulated over the centuries, making the music their own with a style that is as exhilarating as it is definitive.

Colorado Symphony Presents concerts may not feature the Colorado Symphony Orchestra Members. These are presentation concerts only at Boettcher Concert Hall managed by the Colorado Symphony Association.

Sun 3/15/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall The Chieftains


Chick Corea & Herbie Hancock
Colorado Symphony Presents
Chick Corea & Herbie Hancock

In 1978, jazz titans Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea toured together, playing alone as an acoustic piano duo. (Which surprised the music world at the peak of the jazz-rock fusion era; both were alums of seminal Miles Davis bands.) Both of them released double albums drawn from those live tour performances: Hancock’s called An Evening with Herbie Hancock & Chick Corea: In Concert; Corea’s titled CoreaHancock. The two haven’t recorded together since, but they have reunited for acclaimed duo concert appearances.

Colorado Symphony Presents concerts may not feature the Colorado Symphony Orchestra Members. These are presentation concerts only at Boettcher Concert Hall managed by the Colorado Symphony Association.

Notice to all patrons,
The date for Colorado Symphony Presents Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock has changed to Tuesday March 17, 2015 at 7:30 pm. New tickets will be reissued to all patrons via U.S. mail in the coming weeks.

Tue 3/17/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Chick Corea & Herbie Hancock


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.

Fri 4/10/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Natasha Paremski Plays Brahms
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
Sun 4/19/15 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Symphonic Firsts and Yumi Hwang-Williams


Dweezil Zappa Guitar Masterclass - Dweezilla on the Road

For the price of a fuzz pedal, learn techniques from the son of Frank Zappa.

Dweezil Zappa's music camp Dweezilla has a motto "Learn And Destroy." It refers to destroying the boundaries that confine music creativity. At camp students are in total immersion for 4 days of music instruction. While on tour with Zappa Plays Zappa Dweezil will be previewing some of the guitar concepts he teaches at camp in a special event prior to each concert.

Tickets to Zappa Plays Zappa must be purchased separately to attend the performance. For more details, please click here.

Thu 4/23/15 2:30PM General Admission Dweezil Zappa Guitar Masterclass - Dweezilla on the Road


Zappa Plays Zappa
Colorado Symphony Presents
Zappa Plays Zappa

Growing up in the Zappa family home, Dweezil Zappa marveled at his father's virtuoso skills as a composer and guitarist. After his father's passing he was inspired to do something to honor his father. Feeling as though there was a generational gap and a fair amount of public confusion as to what his father's music really was, Dweezil set about creating an opportunity for music fans to make a new discovery. Not satisfied with the generic journalistic descriptions that had been applied over the years or the accidental default association of "novelty act" he earned by way of the casual radio exposure of songs like "Don't Eat The Yellow Snow" and "Valley Girl," Dweezil Zappa decided it was time for a change. He wanted to expose core fans as well as a potential new generation of fans to his father's compositions in a way that would give them a balanced perspective of the totality of Frank Zappa's work. If Zappa Plays Zappa was to become a conduit for a new generation of people discovering Frank Zappa's music then Dweezil wanted to do his best so that very little could be lost in translation.

Enhance your experience by attending the Dweezil Zappa Guitar Masterclass - Dweezilla on the Road prior to the performance. For more details, please click here.

Colorado Symphony Presents concerts may not feature the Colorado Symphony Orchestra Members. These are presentation concerts only at Boettcher Concert Hall managed by the Colorado Symphony Association.

Thu 4/23/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Zappa Plays Zappa


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


The Colorado Symphony Ball 2015 - "From Bach... to Rock! BATTLE OF THE BANDS"

Last year's From Bach... to Rock! The Battle of the Bands was bigger and better than 2013. For 2015 we're going EPIC! Once again we take over the Fillmore Auditorium in a memorable evening featuring the Colorado Symphony in an encore performance with the DaVita Blues All Stars, and new musical guests Tracksuit Wedding. The evening will include a cocktail hour, silent auction, live auction, dinner, concert, dancing, after-dinner party, and the presentation of the esteemed Margaret Phipps Award. The Colorado Symphony Ball 2015 is chaired by Debbie & Jim Shpall and Honorary Event Co-Chairs Governor John Hickenlooper, Mayor Michael B. Hancock and First Lady Mary Louise Lee.

For more information, be sure to visit the The Colorado Symphony Ball information page.
Questions? Please contact Christina Carlson, Vice President of Development, at 303.308.2495 or ccarlson@coloradosymphony.org.

Sat 4/25/15 6:00PM Fillmore Auditorium The Colorado Symphony Ball 2015 - "From Bach... to Rock! BATTLE OF THE BANDS"


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

This concert will be part of a new experience, Soundings Live, a pilot-test streaming service that offers live webcasts of select Masterworks performances. Click here for more info.

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


Victor Wooten - Concerto for Electric Bass
2014/15 Masterworks Series
Victor Wooten - 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 The Bass Whisperer - Concerto for Electric Bass and Orchestra

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 "The Bass Whisperer - Concerto for Electric Bass and Orchestra", co-written with renowned composer Conni Ellisor. The piece is 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 - Concerto for Electric Bass
Sun 5/10/15 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Victor Wooten - Concerto for Electric Bass


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

Joseph Swensen, 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.

This concert will be part of a new experience, Soundings Live, a pilot-test streaming service that offers live webcasts of select Masterworks performances. Click here for more info.

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


Turn Over the Keys
Colorado Symphony Presents
Turn Over the Keys

In this innovative program, the Colorado Symphony turns over the keys to Boettcher to artists from Denver’s thriving local music scene to create a varied and original program of new music. Local musicians and bands (to be announced) will have access to the world-class talent of the Colorado Symphony to create original arrangements, culminating in a truly unique concert.

Colorado Symphony Presents concerts may not feature the Colorado Symphony Orchestra Members. These are presentation concerts only at Boettcher Concert Hall managed by the Colorado Symphony Association.

Thu 5/28/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Turn Over the Keys


A Weekend of <i>Star Wars</i>
2014/15 Pops Series
A Weekend of Star Wars

Your Colorado Symphony presents an epic weekend of music celebrating a galaxy far, far away. Returning by popular demand this concert weekend is filled with music from the world of Star Wars and classical favorites spanning the Milky Way. Diving deeper than ever before into the Star Wars musical repertoire, prepare for a weekend that'll take you on the greatest adventure this side of the Mos Eisley Cantina! Whether your loyalties lie with the Imperial Forces or the Rebel Troops you'll love this annual tradition sharing in the love of cosplay and the music that defined a culture.

Fri 5/29/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Weekend of Star Wars
Sat 5/30/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Weekend of Star Wars


DeVotchKa with the Colorado Symphony
2015/16 Summer Season
DeVotchKa with the Colorado Symphony

DeVotchKa returns to Red Rocks with trademark lush orchestrations combined with the rich symphonic sounds of the Colorado Symphony in an evening of majestic sound and illuminating theatrical surprises. A one-night-only event, this live concert experience presents breath-taking tapestry of sights and sounds under the stars at the famous Red Rocks Amphitheater. Your favorite musicians will be on stunning display at the world's premiere outdoor amphitheater making this Colorado summer evening an annual tradition one you won't soon forget.

To purchase Price Level 1 accessible seats please contact the Box Office at 303.623.7876. Red Rocks concerts are performed RAIN or SHINE.

Thu 7/23/15 7:30PM Red Rocks Amphitheatre DeVotchKa with the Colorado Symphony