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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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