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An Evening with Béla Fleck

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

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

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



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

Michael Stern, conductor
Sara Jakubiak, soprano

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

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

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


Litton Conducts Mahler
2013/14 Masterworks Series
Litton Conducts Mahler

Andrew Litton, conductor
Vadim Gluzman, violin

KORNGOLD Violin Concerto in D major
MAHLER Symphony No. 7

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


Shaham Plays Brahms
2014/15 Masterworks Series
Shaham Plays Brahms

Andrew Litton, conductor
Gil Shaham, violin

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

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

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


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

James Judd, conductor
Olga Kern, piano

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

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

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


Colorado Symphony Chorus 30th Anniversary Gala

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

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

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


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

Marin Alsop, conductor
Karina Canellakis, guest conductor

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

Andrew Litton, conductor
Silver Ainomäe, cello

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

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

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


All Beethoven
2014/15 Masterworks Series
All Beethoven

Jun Märkl, conductor
Jeffrey Kahane, piano

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

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

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


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

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

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


Going Baroque: Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5

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

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

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

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


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

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

PUCCINI Tosca

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

Andrew Litton, conductor
Anne Akiko Meyers, violin

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

Douglas Boyd, conductor
Natasha Paremski, piano

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

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

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


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

Cristian Macelaru, conductor
Yumi Hwang-Williams, violin

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

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

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


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

Andrew Litton, conductor
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin

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

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

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


Victor Wooten’s Concerto for Electric Bass

Scott O’Neil, conductor
Victor Wooten, electric bass

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

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

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


Bronfman Plays Beethoven
2014/15 Masterworks Series
Bronfman Plays Beethoven

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

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

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

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