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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

Brett Mitchell, conductor
Erin Wall, soprano
Susan Platts, mezzo
David Pomeroy, tenor
Kevin Deas, baritone
Colorado Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe, director

KEVIN PUTS Symphony No. 2
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, "Choral"

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, led by Music Director Designate Brett Mitchell, 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/conductor

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, recently appointed Music Director of the Grand Rapids Symphony, 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

Brett Mitchell, 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. This fantastic performance is led by Music Director Designate Brett Mitchell?, who takes the podium for this weekend of well-known works.

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


On the Beautiful Blue Danube
2016/17 Masterworks Series
On the Beautiful Blue Danube

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

This eclectic program begins with Austrian composer Johann Strauss II's well-known carnival waltz, On the Beautiful Blue Danube. Arguably the most famous waltz ever written, it's a fitting start to the evening which highlights HK Gruber’s indescribable 1978 work, Frankenstein!!; which includes musicians inflating and popping paper bags as Gabriel Preisser narrates and sings! The evening ends with the lush Brahms Piano Quartet, orchestrated by Arnold Schoenberg.

Fri 4/21/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall On the Beautiful Blue Danube
Sat 4/22/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall On the Beautiful Blue Danube


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