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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.

The Colorado Symphony partners with Colorado Public Radio to live stream some performances throughout the season. The November 1st performance will be streamed starting at 7:30pm. Click here to visit CPR.org to listen!

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
Elizabeth Futral, soprano
Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano
Isaiah Bell, tenor
Kyle Ketelsen, 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


An Evening of Copland
2014/15 Masterworks Series
An Evening of Copland

Andrew Litton, conductor

COPLAND Billy the Kid
COPLAND El Salón México
COPLAND Rodeo
COPLAND An Outdoor Overture

Join Music Director Andrew Litton and your Colorado Symphony for a special one-night-only event. This all-Copland program will feature An Outdoor Overture, Billy the Kid, and more! It will be an evening not to be missed.

Fri 11/28/14 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall An Evening of Copland


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.

The Colorado Symphony partners with Colorado Public Radio to live stream some performances throughout the season. The December 5th performance will be streamed starting at 7:30pm. Click here to visit CPR.org to listen!

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 featuring the International Touring Organ

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 featuring the International Touring Organ


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


Vivaldi: <i>The Four Seasons</i>
2014/15 Masterworks Series
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

Yumi Hwang-Williams, violin

VIVALDI The Four Seasons

Join the Colorado Symphony for an exciting evening featuring Vivaldi's most famous work, The Four Seasons, led by concertmaster Yumi Hwang-Williams.

Wed 1/21/15 7:30PM Central Presbyterian Church Vivaldi: The Four Seasons


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.

The Colorado Symphony partners with Colorado Public Radio to live stream some performances throughout the season. The February 28th performance will be streamed starting at 7:30pm. Click here to visit CPR.org to listen!

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.

The Colorado Symphony partners with Colorado Public Radio to live stream some performances throughout the season. The March 13th performance will be streamed starting at 7:30pm. Click here to visit CPR.org to listen!

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.

Fri 4/10/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Natasha Paremski Plays Brahms
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
Sun 4/19/15 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Symphonic Firsts and Yumi Hwang-Williams


Mahler Symphony No. 5
2014/15 Masterworks Series
Mahler 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 Symphony No. 5
Fri 5/1/15 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mahler Symphony No. 5
Sun 5/3/15 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mahler 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 WOOTENThe Bass Whisperer - Concerto for Electric Bass and Orchestra

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.

The Colorado Symphony partners with Colorado Public Radio to live stream some performances throughout the season. The May 22nd performance will be streamed starting at 7:30pm. Click here to visit CPR.org to listen!

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