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The Colorado Symphony's Family Friendly Fourth of July

Christopher Dragon, conductor
Capathia Jenkins, vocals

Celebrate the stars and stripes of the good ol' U.S. of A with your Colorado Symphony this Independence Day! It's the return of the Family Friendly Fourth of July with even more surprises and star-studded talent. This family-friendly program features your favorite contemporary scores and the best fireworks the Front Range has to offer! Celebrate America with the Armed Forces Salute, Stars and Stripes Forever, the Overture of 1812, God Bless America and a slew of your favorite hits from stage and screen.

Star Spangled Banner
Liberty Fanfare
Satchmo
"Raiders March" from Raiders of the Lost Ark
"Nimbus 2000" from Harry Potter
"I Will Survive"
"I Will Always Love You"
Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
Fanfare for the Common Man
Selections from Music Man
America the Beautiful
God Bless America
Armed Forces Salute
1812 Overture
Ride of the Valkyries
Stars and Stripes Forever

Mon 7/4/16 7:30PM Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre The Colorado Symphony's Family Friendly Fourth of July


Arvada Center 40th Anniversary Celebration

This 40th celebration concert features memorable songs from the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities 40 year musical theatre repertoire spanning from their first musical production, Anything Goes in 1976 to the beautiful presentation of Death Takes a Holiday. Accompanied by the Colorado Symphony, actorsfrom the past and future will join forces to present a concert reminding of us previous productions and showing us a glimpse into the future. This performance is ticketed by The Arvada Center.

Sat 7/9/16 7:30PM Arvada Center Arvada Center 40th Anniversary Celebration


The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses - Master Quest - SOLD OUT!

Amy Andersson, conductor
Denver Pro Chorale, Taylor Martin, director

The triforce has been completed with the highly-anticipated, global concert tour of “The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses - Master Quest.” The acclaimed concert will visit Boettcher Concert Hall to perform with your Colorado Symphony on July 14, 2016 and will regale fans with a truly unique experience from one of the most beloved game franchises ever. Audiences can expect to experience awesome new inclusions from “Tri Force Heroes” the most recently released The Legend of Zelda game. Never before performed scores accompanied by new gameplay imagery, will appear for the first time ever in “Master Quest,” though fans will still be treated to the show’s now-classic repertoire from seasons past.

Those new to Symphony of the Goddesses will also have the opportunity to experience the beautifully orchestrated four-movement symphonic work from last season, which chronicles fan-favorite moments from the franchise's rich and storied history, carefully and expertly timed with a gorgeous, larger than life video presentation.

Journey back to the land of Hyrule with Master Quest, the next chapter in the acclaimed world tour, The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses. Master Quest is a never-before seen or heard multimedia concert experience that celebrates the beloved 29-year-old The Legend of Zelda franchise. It’s not to be missed!

This performance is SOLD OUT. Please call the Box Office at 303.623.7876 for more information.

Thu 7/14/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses - Master Quest - SOLD OUT!


Season Preview
2016/17 Summer Season
Season Preview

Brett Mitchell, conductor

Can’t wait for the next season to begin? You don’t have to at this special preview of select works on the 2016/17 season lineup! We’ll take you through a few of the works that will define the next year for your Colorado Symphony and show you why our motto for the season is “We are entertainment!”

R. STRAUSS Introduction from Also sprach Zarathustra
J. STRAUSS "On the Beautiful Blue Danube"
WILLIAMS Raiders March from Raiders of the Lost Ark
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV “The Kalendar Prince” from Scheherazade
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7
    IV. Allegro con brio
BERNSTEIN Overture from Candide
BRAHMS Symphony No. 1
    III. Un poco allegretto e grazioso
STRAVINSKY “Russian Dance” from Pétrouchka (1947)
ANDERSON "Fiddle-Faddle"
PROKOFIEV Excerpt from Peter and the Wolf
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4
    IV. Finale: Allegro con fuoco

Admission is free, but tickets are required for admission. Tickets will be available July 2 through July 16, in person, at the Boettcher Concert Hall Box Office. All seating is general admission and a ticket does not guarantee a seat.

Sat 7/16/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Season Preview


Summer Serenades
2016/17 Summer Season
Summer Serenades

Christopher Dragon, conductor

This concert spectacular takes you through the works of Mozart and more, focusing on the composers’ great serenades. Originating in the Baroque era as performance works dedicated to someone’s honor, we’re excited to show you some of the best serenades composed through the decades. These pieces are a perfect pairing for a beautiful Colorado summer’s eve, so don’t forget to bring your special someone to make it a great date-night out on the town!

MOZART Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
DVORÁK Serenade for Winds, Op. 44
BRAHMS Serenade No. 1, Op.11, D major

Seating for this performance will be General Admission with a limited number of seats available on stage!

Fri 7/22/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Summer Serenades


Chris Botti & Joshua Bell with The Colorado Symphony

Maxim Eshkenazy, conductor

It’s a double billing of out-of-this stratosphere musicianship as two renowned Grammy® winners, jazz trumpeter Chris Botti and violinist Joshua Bell, join forces on tour including a special stop at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Botti and Bell, both leaders in their respective fields of jazz and classical, share much in common. In addition to performances at the White House and on the Grammy® Awards telecasts, both artists are Grammy® winners, have topped the Billboard Charts, and have sold countless records. Join us for an unforgettable evening with these two superstars!

Sun 7/24/16 7:30PM Red Rocks Amphitheatre Chris Botti & Joshua Bell with The Colorado Symphony


Mozart Under Moonlight
2016/17 Summer Season
Mozart Under Moonlight

The Colorado Symphony presents “Mozart Under Moonlight” for one-night-only. Jayce Ogren, to conduct the Colorado Symphony after a wildly popular winter presentation of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition leads the orchestra on a glorious evening celebrating the most revered composer of all time. 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. This performance is ticketed by The Arvada Center.

Fri 7/29/16 7:30PM Arvada Center Mozart Under Moonlight


Brass Luminescence - A Celebration of Light

This evening at Castle Rock’s brand new outdoor amphitheatere in Philip S. Miller Park, your Colorado Symphony Brass and Percussion brings a you a concert of thunderous sound! Featuring a fanfare of composers Kevin Kaska, Gabrieli Canzon, and others, with the evening taking a mellow turn featuring Ewazen’s A Western Fanfare, Shostakovich’s Jazz Suite No. 1, and film music by John Williams, Bjork, Alan Silvestri, and Danny Elfman. This performance is ticketed by the town of Castle Rock.

Sat 7/30/16 7:30PM General Admission Brass Luminescence - A Celebration of Light


Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration featuring Warren Haynes with The Colorado Symphony

This ground-breaking orchestral program - curated by the Garcia Family - features Garcia’s original compositions, as well as classic interpretations of his timeless standards that were hallmarks of Garcia and the Grateful Dead’s shows. Collaborating with a full symphony orchestra, renowned vocalist/guitarist Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule, The Dead) lends his soul-soaked, introspective blend of rock, blues, R&B and jazz to Garcia’s masterworks.

This performance is ticketed by AXS.

Mon 8/1/16 7:30PM Red Rocks Amphitheatre Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration featuring Warren Haynes with The Colorado Symphony


Light Up with Styx and the Colorado Symphony

For over two decades Styx has performed thousands of concerts across the world for fans inspired by hits like “Come Sail Away”, “Miss America”, and “Blue Collar Man”. This collaboration will blend the hard-driving music of Styx with the orchestral depth of symphony for a memorable concert like no other this season.

This performance is ticketed by AXS.

Mon 8/29/16 7:30PM Red Rocks Amphitheatre Light Up with Styx and the Colorado Symphony


Smokey Robinson with the Colorado Symphony

Motown icon and Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame legend, Smokey Robinson brings his impeccable charisma and singer/songwriter talent to Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre with your Colorado Symphony this Labor Day weekend! September 3, prepare for a one-of-a-kind evening highlighting Robinson’s career, spanning more than four decades. With more than 4,000 songs to his credit including: “The Tracks of My Tears,” “I Second that Emotion,” and “You Really Got a Hold on Me”, this concert will be a surefire thriller full of showstopping music.

This performance is ticketed by AXS.

Sat 9/3/16 7:30PM Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre Smokey Robinson with the Colorado Symphony


John Denver: A Rocky Mountain High Concert Celebration with the Colorado Symphony

Andres Lopera, conductor

The musical legend John Denver is honored in a special concert celebration with your Colorado Symphony this fall. See and hear two-time Grammy® Award-winning singer/songwriter and Poet Laureate of Colorado John Denver on video performing in a concert spectacular featuring archival video footage of Denver performing classic songs backed by live performances from former members of his band with full symphony orchestra. This concert is an innovative musical treat and unforgettable tribute. Hear John Denver’s voice, see vintage John Denver video performances, hear stories of John Denver told by old friends. Concerts will include hit songs spanning his career and honor Denver’s memory and music.

Sat 9/10/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall John Denver: A Rocky Mountain High Concert Celebration with the Colorado Symphony


Opening Weekend: Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 Conducted by Andrew Litton

Andrew Litton, conductor
Jon Kimura Parker, piano

BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 83
STRAUSS Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30

Andrew Litton conducts the inaugural Masterworks concert of the 2016/17 season! These performances mark the triumphant return to Boettcher Concert Hall of pianist Jon Kimura Parker who has been friends with Maestro Litton since their days at the Juilliard School. Litton takes the audience through a pair of big and bold works, starting with Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2. This notable concerto is a perfect match for the skills of Parker, who has played for Queen Elizabeth as well as with a who's who of rockers and jazzers. Next on the program is Strauss' Also sprach Zarathustra, perhaps best known for its use of the opening measures in Stanley Kubrick's sci-fi masterpiece, 2001: A Space Odyssey. Strauss' mighty tone poem takes listeners on a musical journey both poignant and philosophical.

Fri 9/16/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Opening Weekend: Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 Conducted by Andrew Litton
Sat 9/17/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Opening Weekend: Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 Conducted by Andrew Litton


The Second City Guide to the Symphony

Christopher Dragon, conductor
Second City
Jeffrey Biegel, piano
Program featuring PDQ BACH Concerto for Simply Grand Piano and Orchestra

Our comedy and classical fusion returns this fall with a special presentation featuring The Second City! “The Second City Guide to the Symphony” is a blend of original sketch comedy, new music and songs by Matthew Reid, and orchestral works by masters of classical music – including Mozart, Mahler, and Glinka. The show is a humorous celebration of the symphony orchestra, taking a satirical but loving look at the players, the repertoire, the composers, the personalities, and even the audience!

Sat 9/24/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall The Second City Guide to the Symphony


An Evening of Bernstein's Best
2016/17 Masterworks Series
An Evening of Bernstein's Best

Teddy Abrams, conductor
Morgan James, vocals

With a style that's at the intersection of opera, music theatre, and jazz; Broadway vocalist Morgan James follows her stunning turn with the Symphony in Denver on July 4, 2015, with a slate of showstoppers and ballads from the one and only Leonard Bernstein. James hand-picked the songs for these three concerts with guest conductor Teddy Abrams, music director for the Louisville Orchestra, and came up with a career-spanning set of numbers from Bernstein's best-known works -- West Side Story and On the Town among them -- alongside selections from less celebrated gems like Mass and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The shows promise a deep dive into the varied repertoire of one of the most illustrious American composers and songwriters of all time, paired with James' soaring voice.

Fri 9/30/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall An Evening of Bernstein's Best
Sat 10/1/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall An Evening of Bernstein's Best
Sun 10/2/16 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall An Evening of Bernstein's Best


Kellogg's Concerto World Premiere featuring Yumi Hwang-Williams

Edwin Outwater, conductor
Yumi Hwang-Williams, violin

BEETHOVEN Overture to King Stephen, Op. 117
DANIEL KELLOGG Rising Phoenix
DVORÁK Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88

Edwin Outwater conducts your Colorado Symphony through a varied program of works both old and new. Colorado symphony concertmaster and violinist Yumi Hwang-Williams performs the world premiere of Rising Phoenix by Daniel Kellogg of the University of Colorado at Boulder, one of Colorado's top contemporary composers. Outwater, the music director for the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony in metro Toronto, is making his Denver debut leading the season's biggest ensemble, a prerequisite for Janácek's boisterous Sinfonietta.

Fri 10/14/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Kellogg's Concerto World Premiere featuring Yumi Hwang-Williams
Sat 10/15/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Kellogg's Concerto World Premiere featuring Yumi Hwang-Williams


Inside Dvorák Symphony No. 9 "From The New World"

Christopher Dragon, conductor

Join Associate Conductor, Christopher Dragon as he leads this informative discussion behind 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.

Sun 10/16/16 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Inside Dvorák Symphony No. 9 "From The New World"


<i>La Bohème</i> Conducted by Andrew Litton **Semi-Staged Production**

Andrew Litton, conductor
Colorado Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe, director
Colorado Children’s Chorale, Deborah DeSantis, artistic director

PUCCINI La Bohème

Andrew Litton conducts the Symphony in a staging of a beloved Puccini opera, La Bohème, 120 years after its premiere in Turin, Italy. The heartbreaking story of impassioned, young bohemians in a reimagined contemporary Paris – also adapted into the Broadway smash, Rent. La Bohème tells the timeless tale of love found and lost between Rodolfo and Mimi as they enjoy their youth in the lively Latin Quarter. The Colorado Symphony Chorus and the Colorado Children’s Chorale add another layer to the complexity of this classic story. This concert event follows Andrew Litton’s and the Orchestra’s smashing production of Tosca which was presented during the 2014/15 season.

Fri 10/21/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall La Bohème Conducted by Andrew Litton **Semi-Staged Production**
Sat 10/22/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall La Bohème Conducted by Andrew Litton **Semi-Staged Production**
Sun 10/23/16 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall La Bohème Conducted by Andrew Litton **Semi-Staged Production**


Movie at the Symphony: <i>Raiders of the Lost Ark</i>

Christopher Dragon, conductor

Special 35th Anniversary Celebration

The film that gave the world one of its greatest movie heroes, Indiana Jones, is back and better than ever before! Relive the magic on the silver screen with the original great adventure… Raiders of the Lost Ark… with John Williams’ epic score performed live to picture by your very own Colorado Symphony!

-Concert performance includes FULL SCREENING OF THE LIVE ACTION FEATURE FILM!-

Raiders of the Lost Ark licensed by Lucasfilm Ltd and Paramount Pictures. Motion Picture, Artwork, Photos © 1981 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved

Fri 10/28/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Movie at the Symphony: Raiders of the Lost Ark


Halloween Spooktacular!
2016/17 Family Series
Halloween Spooktacular!

Andres Lopera, conductor

A family tradition of the not-too-scary-sort, this concert features music from some of your favorite children's films, as well as a few surprises! Be sure to dress up for the Halloween festivities and witness the zany costumes the Colorado Symphony musicians create. Some of our young concertgoers will be invited on stage to show their costumes as well!

Sat 10/29/16 2:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Halloween Spooktacular!


Britten Performed by Augustin Hadelich
2016/17 Masterworks Series
Britten Performed by Augustin Hadelich

Courtney Lewis, conductor
Augustin Hadelich, violin

BARBER Symphony No. 1, Op. 9
BRITTEN Violin Concerto, Op. 15
BARBER Adagio for Strings
ELGAR In the South, Op. 50

For the follow-up to his 2015 debut with the Colorado Symphony, guest conductor Courtney Lewis leads the Symphony and Grammy Award®-winning Augustin Hadelich, through a program of 20th century works that crosses the Atlantic at the midway point. The two works by American composer Samuel Barber – Adagio for Strings and Symphony No. 1, or Symphony in One Movement – are high points of his early career, and the former is known for its emotive effect on audiences. We also hop the pond for a pair of works with British origins: Benjamin Britten’s Violin Concerto and Edward Elgar’s In the South.

Fri 11/4/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Britten Performed by Augustin Hadelich
Sat 11/5/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Britten Performed by Augustin Hadelich


Ben Folds: Master Work with the Colorado Symphony

Christopher Dragon, conductor
Ben Folds, piano

BEN FOLDS Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
Full program repertoire to be announced

Fresh off a wildly popular evening with the Colorado Symphony at Red Rocks in the summer of 2015, Ben Folds returns to the home of your Colorado Symphony to perform his concerto for piano and orchestra."

Don’t just take our word for it! "Folds sang the praises of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, putting together a speech in the middle of his performance to remind the audience of the importance of a good orchestra. “There are two kinds of cities in the world – one that has a symphony orchestra, and the other that is crap”... - Westword, Summer 2015 Review of Ben Folds and Ingrid Michaelson with the Colorado Symphony

Fri 11/11/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Ben Folds: Master Work with the Colorado Symphony
Sat 11/12/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Ben Folds: Master Work with the Colorado Symphony


Shostakovich Performed by Silver Ainomäe
2016/17 Masterworks Series
Shostakovich Performed by Silver Ainomäe

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Silver Ainomäe, cello

SHOSTAKOVICH Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, Op. 107
BARTÓK Concerto for Orchestra

With the dynamic presence of Canadian conductor and Denver perennial favorite Peter Oundjian at the helm, soloist and Colorado Symphony Principal Cellist Silver Ainomäe offers a tour de force that is Dmitri Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 1. The powerhouse piece offers Ainomäe a perfect platform for big and brash virtuosic strokes. The concerts conclude with Béla Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra, the five-movement piece known as the Hungarian composer's most accessible -- and most popular work. The shimmering, delicate opening clashes with the fiery finale, making for a truly awe-inspiring performance.

Fri 11/18/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Shostakovich Performed by Silver Ainomäe
Sat 11/19/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Shostakovich Performed by Silver Ainomäe
Sun 11/20/16 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Shostakovich Performed by Silver Ainomäe


Elephant Revival with the Colorado Symphony

2016 is proving to be a dream year for the Nederland quintet, Elephant Revival. The ensemble headlined their first show at Red Rocks earlier this spring and are now proud to announce their first performance at Boettcher Concert Hall with the Colorado Symphony on Saturday, November 26th.

The music of Elephant Revival is that of connection and the message of their new album, Petals, is not how life is about loss, but rather how much life there is in loss, how much potency, how much love. But this is not an album about despair or darkness; it’s a thanksgiving and a prayer for what endures and returns.

Sat 11/26/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Elephant Revival with the Colorado Symphony


Drums of the World
2016/17 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!

Sun 11/27/16 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Drums of the World


All Beethoven featuring Symphony No. 7
2016/17 Masterworks Series
All Beethoven featuring Symphony No. 7

David Danzmayr, conductor
Stephen Hough, piano

BEETHOVEN Overture to Coriolan, Op. 62
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 37
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

This season’s annual weekend of all-Beethoven programs highlights works of the world’s most revered and recognized composer: Ludwig van Beethoven. For the 2016 installment, it’s the Coriolan Overture followed by Piano Concerto No. 3 and Symphony No. 7. The opener tackles the 1807 composition that opened Heinrich Joseph von Collin’s tragedy Coriolan. Shakespeare also mined this fertile story of a Roman rebel. Piano Concerto No. 3 showcases soloist Stephen Hough, the world-renowned British pianist, conducted by David Danzmayr. Symphony No. 7 is a fitting finale for the evening.

Fri 12/2/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall All Beethoven featuring Symphony No. 7
Sat 12/3/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall All Beethoven featuring Symphony No. 7
Sun 12/4/16 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall All Beethoven featuring Symphony No. 7


A Colorado Christmas
2016/17 Holiday Series
A Colorado Christmas

Christopher Dragon, conductor
Colorado Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe, director
Colorado Children's Chorale, Deborah DeSantis, artistic director

The warm sounds of the holidays fill Boettcher Concert Hall in this annual Christmas spectacular. Return for an evening full of new surprises as 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. This family friendly evening features new sing-along surprises!

Fri 12/9/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Colorado Christmas
Sat 12/10/16 2:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Colorado Christmas
Sat 12/10/16 6:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Colorado Christmas
Sun 12/11/16 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Colorado Christmas


Handel's <i>Messiah</i>
2016/17 Holiday Series
Handel's Messiah

Nicholas Kraemer, conductor
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. Nicholas Kraemer returns to Denver leading the orchestra and chorus in this the soul-stirring holiday classic

Fri 12/16/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Handel's Messiah
Sat 12/17/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Handel's Messiah
Sun 12/18/16 4:00PM 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 fifth annual Holiday Brass with 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 12/16/16 7:30PM Montview Presbyterian Church Holiday Brass at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church
Sun 12/18/16 5:00PM Montview Presbyterian Church Holiday Brass at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church


Celtic Woman Home for Christmas: The Symphony Tour

Celebrate this holiday season with the celestial voices of multi-platinum Irish singing sensation Celtic Woman as they return for another spectacular evening with your Colorado Symphony. Featuring music from the all-female music ensemble's extensive repertoire featuring holiday favorites "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and "Silent Night". Celtic Woman will promise an enchanting and festive evening filled with mesmerizing music, performance and holiday cheer.


www.celticwoman.com
Tue 12/20/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Celtic Woman Home for Christmas: The Symphony Tour


Frosty & Frozen
2016/17 Holiday Series
Frosty & Frozen

Andres Lopera, conductor

The weather outside may be frightful, but the fun in the concert hall is just plain delightful! This festive feature concert celebrates the magic of the season with lively a sing along to your favorite winter tunes “Frosty the Snowman,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and more! Don’t forget to don your ‘sleigh’ apparel and dress up as your favorite winter character for a special reprise of “Let it Go” from Disney’s Frozen. Celebrate what makes this time of year so special, and a bit frosty, too!

Wed 12/21/16 6:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Frosty & Frozen


A Night in Vienna
2016/17 Holiday Series
A Night in Vienna

The wildly popular annual tradition featuring your Colorado Symphony waltzing with you into the New Year returns! Start your celebration in style with the Colorado Symphony's presentation of A Night in Vienna, a rousing selection of polkas, waltzes, and marches. The festive evening is the perfect sendoff to 2016 – and the early start time ensures that you won't miss the thrill of the 16th Street Mall fireworks! Don't miss out on this fantastic event! Tickets sell fast!

Sat 12/31/16 6:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Night in Vienna


A Night of Pops: Tribute to Leroy Anderson

Christopher Dragon, conductor

Leroy Anderson is considered distinguished among composers for his expressive Pops orchestrations with audience favorites like Sleigh Ride, Blue Tango, The Typewriter, The Syncopated Clock, Bugler’s Holiday and Fiddle Faddle. Join us for an evening of superb musical works that capture the imagination with memorable, bright melodies and impeccably crafted scores.

Sat 1/14/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Night of Pops: Tribute to Leroy Anderson


Symphonic Firsts Conducted by Mark Wigglesworth

Mark Wigglesworth, conductor

MOZART Symphony No. 1 in E-flat major, K. 16
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 1 in D major, D. 82
BRAHMS Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 68

Renowned conductor Mark Wigglesworth takes the Colorado Symphony on a music history journey that veers around Europe with three first efforts from emerging masters. The program commences with Mozart’s Symphony No. 1 – which Wolfgang Amadeus wrote when he was all of eight years old. Franz Schubert’s first symphony was written when he was 16, and is marked by soaring trumpets and a pronounced maturity. In contrast, Johannes Brahms said he spent 21 years writing his Symphony No. 1, which he finished in 1876 when he was 43. Hear all three masterpieces in this concert weekend dedicated to “the firsts."

Fri 1/20/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Symphonic Firsts Conducted by Mark Wigglesworth
Sat 1/21/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Symphonic Firsts Conducted by Mark Wigglesworth


Inside Symphonic Beginnings
2016/17 Inside The Score
Inside Symphonic Beginnings

Christopher Dragon, conductor

Join Associate Conductor Christopher Dragon as he leads the orchestra in this informative discussion behind Symphonic Firsts and their impact not only on the composers but also on the listening world. This is an abbreviated, educational presentation of the Fri/Sat masterworks program: Symphonic Firsts conducted by Mark Wigglesworth.

Sun 1/22/17 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Inside Symphonic Beginnings


Beethoven Symphony No. 9
2016/17 Specials
Beethoven Symphony No. 9

Colorado Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe, director

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, "Choral"

You asked, we’re here to deliver. After a wildly successful opening weekend of the 14/15 season, you asked for it again; Beethoven’s most recognized and beloved work. This program features a star-studded cast of vocalists and the Colorado Symphony Chorus.

Fri 1/27/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Beethoven Symphony No. 9
Sat 1/28/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Beethoven Symphony No. 9


Rachmaninoff Performed by Olga Kern
2016/17 Masterworks Series
Rachmaninoff Performed by Olga Kern

Andrew Litton, conductor
Olga Kern, piano

RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 1 in F-sharp minor, Op. 1
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 60, "Leningrad"

Colorado Symphony Music Director Andrew Litton conducts piano sensation Olga Kern, known as a master of Rachmaninoff. For her 2017 return to Denver, she takes on Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 1, with Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7 concluding the all-Russian program. The imposing piece is one of the composer's best-known works, a 75-minute orchestral commentary on the German siege of Leningrad in World War II. After the invasion theme of the first movement, the score moves into a requiem dirge, followed by an even more sorrowful phase -- "After the requiem comes an even more tragic episode," Shostakovich explained. "I do not know how to characterize that music" -- and a thunderous finale that's anything but joyous.

Fri 2/3/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Rachmaninoff Performed by Olga Kern
Sat 2/4/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Rachmaninoff Performed by Olga Kern


Byron Stripling What a Wonderful World: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong

Andres Lopera, conductor
Byron Stripling, trumpet/vocals

Byron Stripling’s electrifying and heartfelt tribute to Louis Armstrong has become America’s most popular orchestral Pops program. With his engaging rapport, smooth vocals and virtuosic trumpet technique, Byron dazzles audiences across the globe. Musical hits from the Armstrong songbook include, “What A Wonderful World,” “Mack the Knife,” “Ain’t Misbehavin,” “Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans,” “Hello Dolly,” and “Basin Street Blues.” With his signature version of “When The Saints Go Marchin’ In” to close the show, Byron celebrates the spirit of the great Louis Armstrong and leaves ’em dancing in the aisles!

Sat 2/11/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Byron Stripling What a Wonderful World: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong


<i>Peter and the Wolf</i>
2016/17 Family Series
Peter and the Wolf

Christopher Dragon, conductor
Denver Young Artists Orchestra

BERNSTEIN Overture to Candide
ROSSINI Overture to William Tell
STRAVINSKY Russian Dance from Pétrouchka
POWELL How to Train Your Dragon Suite
WILLIAMS Hedwig's Theme from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
PROKOFIEV Peter and the Wolf, op. 67

Family-favorite Peter and the Wolf is Prokofiev's fantastical tale in which Peter and a myriad of unruly animals are brought to life by the instruments of the orchestra to tell a tale in which good triumphs over evil. The Prokofiev classic is an exciting musical experience with live narration and surprises of all sorts! This performance is a great way for your child, and for the child at heart to have a great introduction to the orchestra.

Sun 2/12/17 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Peter and the Wolf


Mozart & Stravinsky conducted by deRidder
2016/17 Masterworks Series
Mozart & Stravinsky conducted by deRidder

Andre deRidder, conductor
Nadia Sirota, viola

MOZART Symphony No. 34 in C major, K. 338
NICO MUHLY Viola Concerto
STRAVINSKY Pétrouchka

For these midwinter concerts, Andre de Ridder returns to Denver to show locals why he's considered one of the most creative conductors in the world. The program begins with viola soloist Nadia Sirota taking on American Nico Muhly's Viola Concerto, premiered in 2015 by Ms. Sirota and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Mark Stryker of the Detroit Free Press liked what he heard, writing, "The music is spare, tactile and a little spacey, and seems to briefly open a window on the infinite. . . . By the end, you feel as if you've been on a journey, happy to have been along for the ride."

Fri 2/17/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mozart & Stravinsky conducted by deRidder
Sat 2/18/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mozart & Stravinsky conducted by deRidder


Brahms Conducted by the Dragon
2016/17 Masterworks Series
Brahms Conducted by the Dragon

Christopher Dragon, conductor
Jeffrey Kahane, piano
Colorado Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe, director

BRAHMS Nänie for Chorus and Orchestra, Op. 82
SCHUMANN Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54
BRAHMS Symphony No. 3 F major, Op. 90

Join Christopher Dragon in his second season as Associate Conductor for the Colorado Symphony as he teams with pianist and former Colorado Symphony Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, who filled the post from 2005 to 2010. For his return to Denver, Kahane tackles the singular piano concerto of Robert Schumann. Leading off the program, the Brahms opener, Nanie -- that's German for funeral song -- is a meditation on mortality. After the dramatic start, Schumann's energetic and eclectic Piano Concerto provides some lightness, and the melodic masterwork that is Brahms' Symphony No. 3 follows.

Fri 3/3/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Brahms Conducted by the Dragon
Sat 3/4/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Brahms Conducted by the Dragon
Sun 3/5/17 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Brahms Conducted by the Dragon


Pokémon Symphonic Evolutions
2016/17 Geek Series
Pokémon Symphonic Evolutions

Brought to life by a full orchestra performing all new arrangements and carefully timed visuals from recent and classic Pokémon video games. Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions has become the must-see video game concert of the year, giving fans and newcomers of all ages a chance to experience the evolution of the Pokémon franchise like never before.

“Young or old, your Poké journey begins and it’s glorious…Go experience this once in a lifetime event.” – iDigital Times

“Diehard fans will relish in seeing their beloved childhood memories played out in front of them.” –Game Music Online

“It’s something purely magical that you just need to experience firsthand.” – Hardcore Gamer

Don't miss this amazing opportunity to meet-up with friends to catch, battle, and trade Pokémon from your favorite games including:

Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue
Pokémon Yellow
Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver
Pokémon Crystal
Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire
Pokémon Emerald
Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl
Pokémon Platinum
Pokémon Black and Pokémon White
Pokémon X and Pokémon Y

*$1 of each ticket goes to supporting arts education programs.

©2016 Pokémon. ©1995–2016 Nintendo/Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK inc. TM, ®, and character names are trademarks of Nintendo

Thu 3/9/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Pokémon Symphonic Evolutions


Time for Three
2016/17 Pops Series
Time for Three

Christopher Dragon, conductor

TIME FOR THREE
Nikki Chooi, violin
Nick Kendall, violin
Ranaan Meyer, double bass

Time for Three is a group that happily and infectiously defies any traditional genre classification. With an uncommon mix of virtuosity and showmanship, the American trio performs music from Bach to Brahms and beyond, giving world premieres by Pulitzer Prize winners William Bolcom and Jennifer Higdon. This group also plays originals and their own arrangements of everything from bluegrass and folk tunes to ingenious mash-ups of hits by the Beatles, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake and more.

Sat 3/11/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Time for Three


Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4
2016/17 Masterworks Series
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4

Marcelo Lehninger, conductor
Vadim Gluzman, violin

TCHAIKOVSKY Marche Slave, Op. 31
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 3

Dubbed "formidable," "technically assured," and "emotional," Brazilian-born Marcelo Lehninger makes his debut as guest conductor of the Colorado Symphony with violin soloist Vadim Gluzman. Lehninger brings his diverse repertoire to the slate with Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky to begin and end the concert with Marche Slave and Symphony No. 4. In between is Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2, featuring Israeli-born Gluzman. The piece opens with hints of Russian folk music but swiftly transitions with Spanish flare and a nod to influences in the castanet-laden third movement. Marche Slave, or Serbo-Russian March, is an apt starter, a tone poem that was originally written to benefit injured Serbian veterans after the Serbo-Turkish War of 1876-78. The grand finale, Symphony No. 4, among Tchaikovsky's most popular works, is a meticulously structured meditation on fate in four movements.

Fri 3/17/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4
Sat 3/18/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4


Inside Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4
2016/17 Inside The Score
Inside Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4

Christopher Dragon, conductor

Associate Conductor Christopher Dragon leads the orchestra in the final of three Inside series of concerts focusing this informative discussion on Symphony No. 4, a masterpiece by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. This is an abbreviated, educational presentation of the Fri/Sat Masterworks program: Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 conducted by Marcelo Lehninger.

Sun 3/19/17 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Inside Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4


A Symphonic Tribute to Comic Con: The Tetralogy

Christopher Dragon, conductor
Colorado Symphony Chorus, Taylor Martin, assistant director

Live long and prosper with your Colorado Symphony's concert phenomenon, Symphonic Tribute to Comic Con: The Tetralogy! Forget what you think you know about this cosplay-encouraged night out; we're back with even more of your favorite scores! Expect the best superhero soundtracks from movies, television, and video games with special guests and laughter aplenty! If you're a Deadpool diehard or a diva of The Doctor, break out your costumes for this incredibly fun night out.

Fri 3/24/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Symphonic Tribute to Comic Con: The Tetralogy
Sat 3/25/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Symphonic Tribute to Comic Con: The Tetralogy


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

Brent Havens, conductor
James Delisco, vocals

From his early years with the Jackson 5 to his mega-hit album Thriller and beyond, Michael Jackson stormed the music industry with hit after hit. Windborne's "Music of Michael Jackson" takes you through each era of this storied performer from "ABC", "I'll Be There" and "Got to Be There" through "Beat It", "Thriller", "Rock With You", "The Way You Make Me Feel" and many, many more. Join conductor Brent Havens and your Colorado Symphony for an evening filled with fabulous music spanning 40 years of Michael Jackson's influential and celebrated career!

Sat 4/1/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall The Music of Michael Jackson


A Symphonic Beauty and the Beast
2016/17 Family Series
A Symphonic Beauty and the Beast

Andres Lopera, conductor

Tale as old as time, this fairytale concert brings your family together for an afternoon of magical music that inspires our all-time favorite children's classics. Featuring music from Beauty and the Beast and other wondrous legends that inspire your inner child, this is a must-not-miss program for your little prince, princess, or beast! Costumes encouraged and be sure to arrive early for family fun!

Sun 4/2/17 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Symphonic Beauty and the Beast


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

Jaime Martin, conductor
Jason Shafer, clarinet

DUKAS La Péri, Poème dansé
MOZART Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade, Op. 35

Principal Clarinetist Jason Shafer makes his debut as soloist performing Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's beloved Clarinet Concerto. This work provides a showcase for the talents of Shafer, who joined the Symphony at the beginning of the 2013/14 season. One of Mozart's last works, it highlights the interplay between the orchestra and the clarinet soloist. The program concludes with Nikolai Rimsky Korsakov's inimitable Scheherazade. The 1888 work is a musical adaptation of "A Thousand and One Nights" (also known as The Arabian Nights), and the Middle Eastern influence is clear as it interprets the tales of Sinbad, the prince and princess, and a Baghdad festival.

Fri 4/7/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mozart Performed by Jason Shafer
Sat 4/8/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mozart Performed by Jason Shafer
Sun 4/9/17 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mozart Performed by Jason Shafer


H.K. Gruber's <i>Frankenstein!!</i>
2016/17 Masterworks Series
H.K. Gruber's Frankenstein!!

Kevin John Edusei, conductor
Gabriel Preisser, narrator

J. STRAUSS On the Beautiful Blue Danube, Op. 314
H.K. GRUBER Frankenstein!!
BRAHMS Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25

A wonderfully eclectic and offbeat program built around Heinz Karl Gruber's indescribable 1978 work, Frankenstein!! which includes musicians inflating and popping paper bags as Gabriel Preisser narrates. Gruber pulls out all of the stops, and Preisser's baritone -- which anchored the Symphony's 2014-15 production of The Music Man -- likewise underpins this contemporary work laced with dark humor and unpredictability. On the Beautiful Blue Danube provides a contrasting lead-in to Frankenstein!! with Johann Strauss, Jr.’s instantly recognizable waltz. The evening ends with the lush Brahms Piano Quartet, orchestrated by Arnold Schoenberg.

Fri 4/21/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall H.K. Gruber's Frankenstein!!
Sat 4/22/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall H.K. Gruber's Frankenstein!!


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

Christopher Dragon, conductor

Director Steven Spielberg’s heartwarming masterpiece is one of the brightest stars in motion picture history. Filled with unparalleled magic and imagination, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial follows the moving story of a lost little alien who befriends a 10-year-old boy named Elliott. Experience all the mystery and fun of their unforgettable adventure in the beloved movie that captivated audiences around the world, complete with John Williams’ Academy Award-winning score performed live by your Colorado Symphony in sync to the film projected live on screen!

Concert performance includes full screening of the live action feature film!

A.M.P.A.S.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a trademark and copyright of Universal Studios. Licensed by Universal Studios Licensing LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Thu 4/27/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Movie at the Symphony: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial


Bach <i>St. Matthew Passion</i>
2016/17 Masterworks Series
Bach St. Matthew Passion

Cristian Macelaru, conductor
Nicholas Phan, Evangelist
Hadleigh Adams, Jesus
Colorado Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe, director
Colorado Children's Chorale, Deborah DeSantis, artistic director

J.S. BACH St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244

Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, first performed on Good Friday 1727, is widely considered one of the crowning artistic achievements of Western Civilization. Bach’s masterful musical interpretation of the Last Supper and the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, puts chapters 26 and 27 of the Gospel of Matthew to music and spans 131 minutes. The Symphony’s production is unusual in that it is a full staging of the work with the Colorado Symphony Chorus. Featured tenor Nicholas Phan takes on the part of the Evangelist and baritone Hadleigh Adams performs the role of Jesus.
Don’t miss these performances: They are truly some of the most profound events of this season — or any other.

Fri 5/5/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Bach St. Matthew Passion
Sun 5/7/17 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Bach St. Matthew Passion


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

Christopher Dragon, conductor
Dianne Reeves, vocals

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

Sat 5/13/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Dianne Reeves In Concert


Mahler Symphony No. 3 Conducted by Andrew Litton

Andrew Litton, conductor
Michelle deYoung, mezzo
Colorado Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe, director
Colorado Children's Chorale, Deborah DeSantis, artistic director

MAHLER Symphony No. 3 in D minor

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

Fri 5/19/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mahler Symphony No. 3 Conducted by Andrew Litton
Sat 5/20/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mahler Symphony No. 3 Conducted by Andrew Litton
Sun 5/21/17 2:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mahler Symphony No. 3 Conducted by Andrew Litton