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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.

Don't forget to arrive early for the prelude at 6:30 pm hosted by Phillip Stevens with special guests Michael Thornton and the CU Horn Choir. Preludes are insightful discussions that take place before each Masterworks performance and are included with your concert ticket. For more information about the different types of preludes, CLICK HERE.

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
Nadya Hill, soprano
Rebecca Robinson, mezzo
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.

Don't forget to arrive early for the prelude at 6:30 pm hosted by local music historian, Betsy Schwarm. Preludes are insightful discussions that take place before each Masterworks performance and are included with your concert ticket. For more information about the different types of preludes, CLICK HERE.

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
ROTA Love Theme 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.

Don't forget to arrive early for the prelude at 6:30 pm (12:00 Sunday) hosted by Catherine Beeson. Preludes are insightful discussions that take place before each Masterworks performance and are included with your concert ticket. For more information about the different types of preludes, CLICK HERE.

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.

Don't forget to arrive early for the prelude at 6:30 pm hosted by Phillip Stevens. Preludes are insightful discussions that take place before each Masterworks performance and are included with your concert ticket. For more information about the different types of preludes, CLICK HERE.

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.

Don't forget to arrive early for the prelude at 6:30 pm (12:00 Sunday) hosted by local music historian, Betsy Schwarm. Preludes are insightful discussions that take place before each Masterworks performance and are included with your concert ticket. For more information about the different types of preludes, CLICK HERE.

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.

Don't forget to arrive early for the prelude at 6:30 pm (12:00 Sunday) hosted by Catherine Beeson. Preludes are insightful discussions that take place before each Masterworks performance and are included with your concert ticket. For more information about the different types of preludes, CLICK HERE.

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.

Don't forget to arrive early for the prelude at 6:30 pm hosted by Phillip Stevens. Preludes are insightful discussions that take place before each Masterworks performance and are included with your concert ticket. For more information about the different types of preludes, CLICK HERE.

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.

Don't forget to arrive early for the prelude at 6:30 pm (12:00 Sunday) hosted by local music historian, Betsy Schwarm. Preludes are insightful discussions that take place before each Masterworks performance and are included with your concert ticket. For more information about the different types of preludes, CLICK HERE.

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


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

These performances mark soloist Jon Kimura Parker's triumphant return to Denver as Music Director Andrew Litton conducts the inaugural Masterworks concert of the 2016-17 season. Friends since their days at Juilliard, Litton takes the audience through a pair of big and bold works, starting with Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2, featuring Parker. The notably major concerto is a perfect match for the skills of Parker, who's played for Queen Elizabeth and also worked with a who's who of rockers and jazzers. Perhaps best known for its appearance on Stanley Kubrick's sci-fi masterpiece, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra takes listeners on a musical journey both poignant and philosophical following the inimitable fanfare.

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 Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36
DANIEL KELLOGG Rising Phoenix
JANÁCEK Sinfonietta

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. Both the Colorado Symphony Chorus and the Colorado Children's Chorale add another layer to the complexity of this classic story. This concert event follows the coattails of the smashing hit Puccini’s Tosca, featured in the 14/15 Colorado Symphony 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 Augustin Hadelich, one of the top young violinists, through a program of 20th century works that crosses the Atlantic at the midway point. The first 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. (Writer Alexander Morin says it "rarely leaves a dry eye.") The second part of the presentation hops the pond to a pair of works with British origins: Benjamin Britten's Violin Concerto and Edward Elgar's In the South, written during a winter holiday in Italy.

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 at Red Rocks in the summer of 2015, Ben Folds returns with the Colorado Symphony to perform an evening of Symphonic music that Westword described as "UNFORGETTABLE".

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. It was also his last, premiering in 1943, which makes it one of the youngest pieces to enter the standard repertoire. The shimmering, often delicate opening clashes with the fiery finale, with references to Shostakovich's work as an inside joke.

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 performances highlights works of the world's most revered and recognized composers; Ludwig von Beethoven. For the 2016 installments, 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, world-renowned British pianist, conducted by David Danzmayr, the music director of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra and the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra. Symphony No. 7 is a fitting finale. Composer and writer Antony Hopkins says it "gives us a feeling of true spontaneity; the notes seem to fly off the page as we are borne along on a floodtide of inspired invention. Beethoven himself spoke of it fondly as 'one of my best works.' Who are we to dispute his judgment?"

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 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, 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. The notorious perfectionist took 14 years to develop the structure then accelerated his writing velocity to the premiere, eight years later.

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


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 2016 return to Denver, she takes on Piano Concerto No. 1, Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7 concludes the all-Russian program: The imposing piece is one of its 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


deRidder Conducts
2016/17 Masterworks Series
deRidder Conducts

Andre deRidder, conductor
Nadia Sirota, viola

NICO MUHLY Viola Concerto
* Full program repertoire to be announced

For these midwinter concerts, Andre deRidder 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 a contemporary piece in American Nico Muhly's Viola Concerto, first performed in 2015 by 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 deRidder Conducts
Sat 2/18/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall deRidder Conducts


Christopher Dragon and Jeffrey Kahane In Concert

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 levity, and the melodic masterwork that is Brahms' Symphony No. 3 follows.

Fri 3/3/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Christopher Dragon and Jeffrey Kahane In Concert
Sat 3/4/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Christopher Dragon and Jeffrey Kahane In Concert
Sun 3/5/17 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Christopher Dragon and Jeffrey Kahane In Concert


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


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 Baghdad festival. It was a career-defining highlight for Rimsky-Korsakov.

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. The program provides a contrasting lead-in to Frankenstein!! with Johann Strauss, Jr.'s instantly recognizable waltz, The Blue Danube, and ends with the lush Brahms-Schoenberg Piano Quartet.

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 musical interpretation of the Last Supper and the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, the masterpiece 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

These performances mark Andrew Litton's fond farewell as Music Director of the Colorado Symphony after three years at the helm. In this concert he takes patrons in Denver on a musical journey with Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 3. The 99-minute, six-movement masterpiece is far from a concert staple, largely because of the symphony's musical challenges and the large number of musicians required. Soloist Michelle DeYoung is a local favorite, a mezzo-soprano vocalist with an international reputation. DeYoung's credentials are impeccable: The 2003 recording of Symphony No.3 with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony won Michelle a GRAMMY® award for Best Classical Album.

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 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mahler Symphony No. 3 Conducted by Andrew Litton