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A Symphonic Tribute to Comic Con v3.0

Christopher Dragon, conductor
Austin Wintory, special guest

BAM! POW! CRASH! Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the concert hall, your Colorado Symphony returns with the third annual edition of A Symphonic Tribute To Comic Con upgraded to v3.0! Our celebration of all things Pop Culture will beam up some favorites, like the themes to "Doctor Who" and How to Train Your Dragon. You'll sense a disturbance in the Force as we debut music from Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Hometown hero, Austin Wintory, returns once again to present excerpts from Assassin's Creed Syndicate and "The Gold Standard", a tribute to composer Jerry Goldsmith. With no other show that can contain it, we'll also have Christopher Tin's Epic Orchestral cover of Taylor Swift's 'Bad Blood'.

Sneak peek treat! Listen for a John Williams' classic from Raiders of the Lost Ark before we screen the film in next year's 16-17 season!

Fun for all ages with cosplay and costumes encouraged! As always, arrive early for some extra fun with our friends Denver Comic Con, Umbrella Corp. Denver, and the Dark Side's finest from 501st Legion Mountain Garrison! Girls of Geek 12 are returning with a podcast and live-tweet of the performance.

Travel through the Commonwealth Wasteland, over the rooftops of Gotham City, and the deserts of Jakku to Boettcher Concert Hall for a one-of-a-kind experience. Make it so!

Photo credit: Jim Mimna.

Fri 5/6/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Symphonic Tribute to Comic Con v3.0


Christopher Dragon's Classical Top 40

Christopher Dragon, conductor

ROSSINI William Tell Overture
BARBER Adagio for Strings
BIZET "Les Toreadors" from Carmen Suite No. 1
WAGNER Ride of the Valkyries
TCHAIKOVSKY "Waltz of the Flowers" from The Nutcracker
DVORÁK Symphony No. 9
    II. Largo
MOZART Eine Klene Nachtmusik
    I. Allegro
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5
    I. Allegro con brio

Back by popular demand, this concert evening will feature Associate Conductor Christopher Dragon guiding you through his selection of top classical pieces including Bizet's Carmen, Dvorak's Symphony No. 9, Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker, and more! If it's your first time, or your fortieth, this program is sure to entertain and inform, directed with the inexplicable wit of our very own Aussie Associate.

Sat 5/7/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Christopher Dragon's Classical Top 40


Let's Dance: Celebration of David Bowie featuring Jeans 'n Classics with The Colorado Symphony

Christopher Dragon, conductor
Features Jeans n' Classics artists:
Jean Meilleur, lead vocals
Kathryn Rose, vocals
Andrea Koziol, vocals
Aaron Macdonald, saxophone

David Bowie was a legendary musician and artist with a career that defined not only an era, but gave birth to an entire new genre of sound. This chameleon of charisma's passing is a devastating blow to the entertainment world, but like any great artist he will live on in his groundbreaking, genre-blending work. Bowie understood the power of collaboration and raised the practice to a fine art. This concert collaboration brings the best of Bowie's expansive catalog including favorites like "Space Oddity," "Changes," "China Girl," and more, live on stage to honor over five decades of pushing boundaries of music, fashion, and culture.

For almost 20 years Jeans n' Classics has been combining world class rock musicians with symphony orchestras. While most definitely not a tribute act, Jeans 'n Classics faithfully interprets the music of legendary rock and pop albums and artists, with their own special and signature flair.

"I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring." -- David Bowie

Set list announced!
"Rebel Rebel", "Let's Dance", "Modern Love", "Blue Jean", "Starman", "China Girl", "Ashes to Ashes", "Five Years", "All the Young Dudes", "Space Oddity, "Golden Years", "Sorrow", "Young Americans", "Life on Mars", "Panic in Detroit", "Fame", "Changes"

Sat 5/28/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Let's Dance: Celebration of David Bowie featuring Jeans 'n Classics with The Colorado Symphony


The Second City Guide to the Symphony

Christopher Dragon, conductor
Second City
Jeffrey Biegel, piano
Program featuring the premiere of PDQ BACH’s "Concerto for VERY Grand Piano"

Our comedy and classical fusion returns this fall with a special presentation featuring The Second City! “The Second City Guide to the Symphony” is a blend of original sketch comedy, new music and songs by Matthew Reid, and orchestral works by masters of classical music – including Mozart, Mahler, and Glinka. The show is a humorous celebration of the symphony orchestra, taking a satirical but loving look at the players, the repertoire, the composers, the personalities, and even the audience!

Sat 9/24/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall The Second City Guide to the Symphony


Movie at the Symphony: <i>Raiders of the Lost Ark</i>

Christopher Dragon, conductor

Special 35th Anniversary Celebration

The film that gave the world one of its greatest movie heroes, Indiana Jones, is back and better than ever before! Relive the magic on the silver screen with the original great adventure… Raiders of the Lost Ark… with John Williams’ epic score performed live to picture by your very own Colorado Symphony!

-Concert performance includes FULL SCREENING OF THE LIVE ACTION FEATURE FILM!-

Raiders of the Lost Ark licensed by Lucasfilm Ltd and Paramount Pictures. Motion Picture, Artwork, Photos © 1981 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved

Fri 10/28/16 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Movie at the Symphony: Raiders of the Lost Ark


A Night of Pops: Tribute to Leroy Anderson

Christopher Dragon, conductor

Leroy Anderson is considered distinguished among composers for his expressive Pops orchestrations with audience favorites like Sleigh Ride, Blue Tango, The Typewriter, The Syncopated Clock, Bugler’s Holiday and Fiddle Faddle. Join us for an evening of superb musical works that capture the imagination with memorable, bright melodies and impeccably crafted scores.

Sat 1/14/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Night of Pops: Tribute to Leroy Anderson


Byron Stripling What a Wonderful World: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong

Andres Lopera, conductor
Byron Stripling, trumpet/vocals

Byron Stripling’s electrifying and heartfelt tribute to Louis Armstrong has become America’s most popular orchestral Pops program. With his engaging rapport, smooth vocals and virtuosic trumpet technique, Byron dazzles audiences across the globe. Musical hits from the Armstrong songbook include, “What A Wonderful World,” “Mack the Knife,” “Ain’t Misbehavin,” “Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans,” “Hello Dolly,” and “Basin Street Blues.” With his signature version of “When The Saints Go Marchin’ In” to close the show, Byron celebrates the spirit of the great Louis Armstrong and leaves ’em dancing in the aisles!

Sat 2/11/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Byron Stripling What a Wonderful World: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong


Time for Three
2016/17 Pops Series
Time for Three

Christopher Dragon, conductor

TIME FOR THREE
Nikki Chooi, violin
Nick Kendall, violin
Ranaan Meyer, double bass

Time for Three is a group that happily and infectiously defies any traditional genre classification. With an uncommon mix of virtuosity and showmanship, the American trio performs music from Bach to Brahms and beyond, giving world premieres by Pulitzer Prize winners William Bolcom and Jennifer Higdon. This group also plays originals and their own arrangements of everything from bluegrass and folk tunes to ingenious mash-ups of hits by the Beatles, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake and more.

Sat 3/11/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Time for Three


The Music of Michael Jackson
2016/17 Pops Series
The Music of Michael Jackson

Brent Havens, conductor
James Delisco, vocals

From his early years with the Jackson 5 to his mega-hit album Thriller and beyond, Michael Jackson stormed the music industry with hit after hit. Windborne's "Music of Michael Jackson" takes you through each era of this storied performer from "ABC", "I'll Be There" and "Got to Be There" through "Beat It", "Thriller", "Rock With You", "The Way You Make Me Feel" and many, many more. Join conductor Brent Havens and your Colorado Symphony for an evening filled with fabulous music spanning 40 years of Michael Jackson's influential and celebrated career!

Sat 4/1/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall The Music of Michael Jackson


Dianne Reeves In Concert
2016/17 Pops Series
Dianne Reeves In Concert

Christopher Dragon, conductor
Dianne Reeves, vocals

Denver's own five-time Grammy® Award-winning Dianne Reeves returns to Boettcher Concert Hall! Her lush vocals, unparalleled improvisation and skilled lyric interpretations make Dianne Reeves a powerhouse of jazz. Niece of former Colorado Symphony bassist Charlie Burrell, this George Washington High School graduate returns to the stage at Boettcher for another unforgettable performance.

Sat 5/13/17 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Dianne Reeves In Concert