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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. 36

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

Old meets new with this orchestral triathalon of Austrian-influenced pieces—lead by world-renowned conductor Kevin John Edusei—shedding light on the development of Austrian cultural identity through music.

We begin the program with Johann Strauss, whose waltzes are as patriotic to Austrians as John Philip Sousa is to Americans. On the Beautiful Blue Danube is arguably the most famous, not to mention a perfect example of the natural beauty to be celebrating on Earth Day. In contrast, narrator and vocalist Gabriel Preisser will lead you through H.K. Gruber's Frankenstein!!—a contemporary, dark comedy touching all areas of culture from Viennese cabaret and classical music to folk and pop. Concluding the program is Austrian-born composer Arnold Schoenberg's orchestral arrangement of Brahms' moving and expressive Piano Quartet—a timeless piece written and arranged over 75 years apart.

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