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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


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


<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**


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


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


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 minor, 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


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 Artistic Advisor 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


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


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

Marcelo Lehninger, conductor
Vadim Gluzman, violin

TCHAIKOVSKY Marche Slave, Op. 31
PROKOFIEV Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63
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


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!!


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


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