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2017/18 Season - 16-Concert Custom Design Package

Boettcher Concert Hall : Fri 9/15/17 7:30PM - Sun 5/27/18 1:00PM

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Opening Weekend: Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 Friday, September 15, 2017 7:30PM - Sunday, September 17, 2017 1:00PM   ·   More Info »
Opening Weekend: Beethoven's Symphony No. 5

Brett Mitchell, conductor
Mason Bates, electronica

KEVIN PUTS Millenium Canons
MASON BATES The B-Sides: Five Pieces for Orchestra
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Beethoven’s Fifth for Brett Mitchell’s First! Hear Beethoven’s monumental Symphony No. 5 — a cornerstone of the Classical canon — in all its forceful grandeur at Music Director Brett Mitchell’s inaugural Classics concert. Kevin Puts’ Millennium Canons, a celebratory and optimistic composition written to usher in the new millennium, befits a premiere weekend. Versatile composer Mason Bates joins the Symphony as electronic soloist in The B-Sides: Five Pieces for Orchestra, a symphonic-electronica piece blending jazzy, city-pulse allure with exotic sounds that will sweep you away to another world. From the classical to the new-and-now, these composers come together beautifully in a program of the familiar and soon-to-be favorite.



Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue Friday, September 22, 2017 7:30PM - Sunday, September 24, 2017 1:00PM   ·   More Info »
Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue

Brett Mitchell, conductor
Kevin Cole, piano

MISSY MAZZOLI These Worlds in Us
GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Leonard Bernstein once likened Gershwin and Tchaikovsky as among the world’s most “inspired melodists,” and Tchaikovsky’s bold, booming Symphony No. 5 drives this riveting program, conducted by Music Director Brett Mitchell. Kevin Cole, famed for his interpretations of Gershwin, will deliver a peerless rendition of the composer’s intoxicating Rhapsody in Blue, which was inspired by the “steely rhythms [and] rattle-ty bang” of a New York train. Composer and fellow New Yorker Missy Mazzoli, hailed as “Brooklyn’s post-millennial Mozart” (Time Out New York), offers a dreamscape that is as approachable as it is transcendent in These Worlds in Us.



Queen of Jazz: A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald Saturday, September 30, 2017 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Queen of Jazz: A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald

Christopher Dragon, conductor
Capathia Jenkins, vocalist
Aisha de Haas, vocalist
Harolyn Blackwell, vocalist

A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald honors “The First Lady of Song” on what would have been her 100th birthday in 2017. This program will feature many of her chart-topping hits from the Great American Songbook, including “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),” “How High the Moon,” “I Got Rhythm,” “Summertime,” “A Tisket, A-Tasket,” “Satin Doll,” “Blue Skies,” “Bewitched,” and many more. Several songs will be performed with the original Nelson Riddle and Billy May orchestrations, along with others newly created by Tony Award®-nominated arranger Larry Blank. This program stars three amazing singers: Capathia Jenkins, Aisha de Haas, and Metropolitan Opera diva Harolyn Blackwell.



Purple Rain: The Music of Prince Saturday, October 7, 2017 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Purple Rain: The Music of Prince

Revolutionary musician Prince Rogers Nelson, better known as Prince, was a musician who redefined the boundaries of music genres. A master of pop, funk, R&B, folk-rock, hip-hop, jazz, soul, new wave, and psychedelic, Prince created music that resonated with the world. Your Colorado Symphony is joined by a live band in a symphonic tribute to the cultural icon, performing “Raspberry Beret,” “Purple Rain,” “When Doves Cry,” “Little Red Corvette,” “Kiss,” and more. 2016 was a year that claimed dozens of influential artists who gave us the music that defined an era. Help us celebrate the life and legacy of one of the greats.



Mozart’s Requiem Friday, October 13, 2017 7:30PM - Sunday, October 15, 2017 1:00PM   ·   More Info »
Mozart’s Requiem

Jun Märkl, conductor
Yulia Van Doren, soprano
Abigail Nims, mezzo
Derek Chester, tenor
Andrew Garland, baritone
Colorado Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe, director

R. STRAUSS Death and Transfiguration, Op. 24
MOZART Requiem, K. 626

After leading a lauded performance of our 2014 All-Beethoven program, Jun Märkl returns to Boettcher Concert Hall to conduct the internationally praised Colorado Symphony Chorus in Mozart’s immortal Requiem. Ironically, Mozart died before finishing his Requiem, and supposedly wrote instructions for completion on since-lost “little scraps of paper.” However mythical the conclusion of this masterpiece may be, its dramatic and captivating spirit endures. Strauss’ Death and Transfiguration — a tone poem depicting the death of an artist — complements the immortal Requiem in a program that proves the longevity of brilliance.



Stravinsky’s The Firebird Friday, October 20, 2017 7:30PM - Sunday, October 22, 2017 1:00PM   ·   More Info »
Stravinsky’s The Firebird

Andrew Litton, conductor
Justin Bartels, trumpet

STRAVINSKY Symphony in Three Movements
JOHN WILLIAMS Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra
STRAVINSKY Suite from The Firebird (1945 revision)

Igor Stravinsky and John Williams are two composers who deftly use symphonic music as dramatic tellings of audacious adventures. Stravinsky is featured twice, notably with the avant-garde and iconic Firebird, which modernized the telling of symphonic love stories with the folkloric saga of love-struck Russian Prince Ivan.

Principal Trumpet Justin Bartels debuts the Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra by John Williams, who is best known for his riveting film scores in Harry Potter™, Star Wars™, Indiana Jones™, and other hit film series.



Disney in Concert: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas™ Thursday, October 26, 2017 7:30PM - Friday, October 27, 2017 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Disney in Concert: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas™

Christopher Dragon, conductor

See one of Tim Burton’s most celebrated films like never before! The full-feature film The Nightmare Before Christmas will be projected on the big screen with dialogue, singing, and effects accompanied by Danny Elfman’s darkly charming score played live by your Colorado Symphony.

Families are welcome and costumes are encouraged. After all, this is Halloween!

Presentation licensed by Disney Music Publishing and Buena Vista Concerts, a division of ABC Inc. © All rights reserved.



Halloween Spooktacular! Saturday, October 28, 2017 2:30PM   ·   More Info »
Halloween Spooktacular!

Jason Seber, conductor

It’s a spooktacular event for all boys and ghouls! This family-favorite concert features music from Harry Potter™ films and more! Costumes are encouraged — the best of the bunch will be invited to show off their creations on stage for the whole crowd! It’s a ghastly-good time for every little monster and their mummy.



Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony No. 41 Friday, November 3, 2017 7:30PM - Sunday, November 5, 2017 1:00PM   ·   More Info »
Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony No. 41

Markus Stenz, conductor
Karen Gomyo, violin

WAGNER Siegfried Idyll
SIBELIUS Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47
MOZART Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551, "Jupiter"

This convivial concert brims with music as a celebration of life. Mozart’s final Symphony No. 41 — also known as “Jupiter” — is jubilant and vibrantly atmospheric, and was deemed by Woody Allen as something that makes “life worth living.” Wagner drew upon birdsong and sunrise to honor the birth of his son and namesake of the bucolic Siegfried Idyll, which is followed by violinist Karen Gomyo glorifying Sibelius’ decadent and gleaming Violin Concerto in D minor.



LISTEN/HEAR 101 – Decoding Classical & Baroque, Broken Down Thursday, November 9, 2017 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
LISTEN/HEAR 101 – Decoding Classical & Baroque, Broken Down

Andres Lopera, conductor
Christopher Dragon, host
Yi Zhao, violin
Catherine Beeson, viola

BACH Brandenberg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048
MOZART Sinfonia cocnertante, K. 364
HAYDN Symphony No. 104 in D major, “London”

Associate Conductor Christopher Dragon will guide you through the music of Bach, Mozart, and Haydn — three greats of the Baroque and Classical periods. Great for music lovers or all kinds, bring a friend or two to introduce them to the magic of the orchestra! Featuring Colorado Symphony Assistant Concertmaster Yi Zhao and Assistant Principal Viola Catherine Beeson.

→ We’re pleased to introduce LISTEN/HEAR, casual sessions of live performance threaded with thoughtful talk-throughs to help you understand and truly hear symphonic music. This new series of four concerts throughout the season will take you on a journey through the evolution of symphonic music from its modest beginnings to the powerhouse ensemble you see it as today! If you were a fan of Inside the Score, this is a must-see!



Ravel’s Boléro & Colorado Premiere Saturday, November 11, 2017 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Ravel’s Boléro & Colorado Premiere

Christopher Dragon, conductor
Edgar Meyer, bass/composer

TURINA Danzas fantásticas, Op. 22
EDGAR MEYER New work to be announced
BOTTESINI Concerto for Double Bass No. 2 in B minor
RAVEL Boléro

Written for orchestra with a title to be announced, the highlighted piece for the evening marks world-renowned bassist Edgar Meyer’s Colorado premiere of his first orchestral composition. Meyer is also the featured soloist on Bottesini’s Concerto for Double Bass No. 2. Spanish born Turina’s Danzas fantásticas adds a lively flair to open the evening, while audience favorite, Ravel’s Boléro, concludes the affair to leave you simply spellbound.



Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with Natasha Paremski Friday, November 17, 2017 7:30PM - Sunday, November 19, 2017 1:00PM   ·   More Info »
Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with Natasha Paremski

Andrew Litton, conductor
Natasha Paremski, piano

LIADOV The Enchanted Lake, Op. 62
RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30
PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major, Op. 100

Natasha Paremski graces the stage once more to artfully present Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3. This piece is as elegant as it is foreboding: it’s considered one of the most technically challenging classical piano concertos, and is approached by even the most accomplished pianists with trepidation. Prokofiev’s delightful Symphony No. 5 is a cheerful cap to a night of dazzling Russian virtuosity, interpreted and conducted by famed Colorado Symphony Principal Guest Conductor Andrew Litton.



Drums of the World Sunday, November 26, 2017 1:00PM   ·   More Info »
Drums of the World

Marimba, bongos, bass drums, woodblocks, log drums, boo-bams, Chinese cymbals, metal trash cans, darabukkas, talking drums, plastic pipe, acoustic guitar, toy trumpet, table spoons, Burma gongs, water can, crow call, tambourine, gankogui, and sleigh bells! These are just some of the percussion instruments that the virtuoso percussionists of the Colorado Symphony will be using in this dynamic concert that is fun for the entire family.



All Beethoven Conducted by Brett Mitchell Friday, December 1, 2017 7:30PM - Sunday, December 3, 2017 1:00PM   ·   More Info »
All Beethoven Conducted by Brett Mitchell

Brett Mitchell, conductor
Jeffrey Kahane, piano

BEETHOVEN Leonore Overture No. 3, Op.72a
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major. Op. 60

Jeffrey Kahane, former Music Director of the Colorado Symphony, returns to join Music Director Brett Mitchell onstage in this season’s rendition of our annual All-Beethoven weekend. Kahane, who is lauded for his exquisite piano work and legacy of leadership at the Colorado Symphony, will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, a musician favorite. Leonore and Symphony No. 4 boast of Beethoven’s range as a composer, from his dark and brooding moods through his playful ornamentation and triumphant bravado. The symphony will shine at the hands of Mitchell and Kahane!



Handel's Messiah Friday, December 8, 2017 7:30PM - Saturday, December 9, 2017 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Handel's Messiah

Brett Mitchell, conductor
Colorado Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe, director
Layla Claire, soprano
Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo
John Tessier, tenor
Timothy Jones, baritone

HANDEL Messiah

Experience the full majesty of Handel’s masterpiece — one of the most revered oratorios of all time — when Brett Mitchell leads the Colorado Symphony and Chorus to exalt Messiah to new heights.



A Colorado Christmas Friday, December 15, 2017 7:30PM - Sunday, December 17, 2017 1:00PM   ·   More Info »
A Colorado Christmas

Christopher Dragon, conductor
Colorado Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe, director
Colorado Children’s Chorale, Deborah DeSantis, artistic director

The warm sounds of the holidays fill Boettcher Concert Hall with your favorite songs this December. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, narrated live from stage, will put a smile on your face and set a festive tone for this treasured holiday program, and you won’t want to miss other favorite works like “Sleigh Ride,” “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” from The Nutcracker, and more! This family-friendly evening features traditional Christmas carols, highlights from our popular production of Too Hot to Handel with a chance to sing along to a few of your favorite “Frozen” winter tunes. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to see who’s naughty and who’s nice in preparation for the big night!



Holiday Brass Returns to Boettcher Concert Hall Wednesday, December 20, 2017 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Holiday Brass Returns to Boettcher Concert Hall

Colorado Symphony Brass

Holiday Brass returns to Boettcher Concert Hall this holiday season! Witness the brilliance and power of the Colorado Symphony Brass in a resounding program of seasonal favorites. Whether it comes from the vitality of the Renaissance, the glory of the Baroque, or the nostalgic jubilation in the music of Hollywood’s most popular Christmas movies, you are sure to start your Holiday season off right by joining the Colorado Symphony Brass in an exciting program you’ll never forget.



Too Hot To Handel Friday, December 22, 2017 7:30PM - Saturday, December 23, 2017 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Too Hot To Handel

Christopher Dragon, conductor
Cynthia Renee Saffron, soprano
Vaneese Thomas, mezzo
Lawrence Clayton, tenor
Colorado Symphony Chorus, Mary Louise Burke, associate director

This exuberant jazz, gospel, and R&B-infused concert brilliantly reinvents Handel’s Messiah and returns by popular demand for the 2017 Holiday season! Featuring audience-favorite guest soloists and members of the Colorado Symphony Chorus, this exhilarating night of music will have you rejoicing in the aisles.



A Night In Vienna Sunday, December 31, 2017 6:30PM   ·   More Info »
A Night In Vienna

Brett Mitchell, conductor

Start your New Year’s celebration in style with the Colorado Symphony’s annual presentation of A Night in Vienna, a rousing selection of polkas, waltzes, and marches conducted by Music Director Brett Mitchell. The festive performance is a time-honored tradition and fantastic sendoff to 2017 — and the early start time ensures that you won’t miss the thrill of the 16th Street Mall fireworks!



A Tribute to Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Saturday, January 13, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
A Tribute to Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops

Christopher Dragon, conductor
John Sipher, trombone
Julie Duncan Thornton, piccolo

The Colorado Symphony celebrates the tradition of the Boston Pops with its exciting and accessible mix of light classics and popular hits made famous by the incomparable Arthur Fiedler! This festive tribute features Colorado Symphony Principal Trombone John Sipher and Piccolo Julie Duncan Thornton performing works that will showcase the virtuosity of our great Colorado Symphony musicians!



Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons Friday, January 19, 2018 7:30PM - Sunday, January 21, 2018 1:00PM   ·   More Info »
Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons

Brett Mitchell, conductor
Angelo Xiang Yu, violin

VIVALDI The Four Seasons for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 8
BERLIOZ Roman Carnival Overture
RESPIGHI The Pines of Rome

Take a tour of the Italian countryside with Vivaldi’s perennial The Four Seasons and Respighi’s The Pines of Rome, a “surround sound” frolic that takes the audience to breathtaking heights. These narrative pieces paint a fanciful portrait of Italy’s light and land, with one-to-watch violinist Angelo Xiang Yu debuting in Denver to carry you through the Seasons as featured soloist. Glimpse into the lively tradition of Roman Carnival, as told by Berlioz.



Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé Friday, February 2, 2018 7:30PM - Sunday, February 4, 2018 1:00PM   ·   More Info »
Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé

Brett Mitchell, conductor
Jessica Rivera, soprano
Colorado Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe, director

DEBUSSY Syrinx
DEBUSSY Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
ESA-PEKKA SALONEN Five Images After Sappho
RAVEL Daphnis et Chloé (complete ballet)

Music Director Brett Mitchell leads a night of le charme romantique just in time for Valentine’s Day! French masters divine beautiful music from Greek myths as the Colorado Symphony Chorus revels in Ravel’s romantic, virtuosic ballet Daphnis et Chloé, while Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun tells the risqué tale of a thwarted, woodland tryst. Soprano Jessica Rivera, deemed “rapturous” by the LA Times, lends her exquisite voice to Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Five Images After Sappho, inspired by the ancient Greek poet’s enigmatic and incomplete writings. Be still, our coeurs.



John Williams: An American Journey Friday, February 9, 2018 7:30PM - Saturday, February 10, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
John Williams: An American Journey

Brett Mitchell, conductor
Justin Bartels, trumpet
Yumi Hwang-Williams, violin
Jason Shafer, clarinet

The illustrious career of composer John Williams has taken us to a galaxy far, far away and captured our imagination beyond measure. Celebrate his birthday week with us as we take you on a journey through compositions you may find familiar and others that will be brand new to your ears.

Williams composed the soundtracks to some of the world’s most treasured films and is also well-known as a prolific composer for music beyond the borders of the silver screen. This evening showcases the profound effect these scores have on our listening experience. Concertmaster Yumi Hwang-Williams performs the “Three Pieces” from Schindler’s List, and additional soloists on the program include the Colorado Symphony’s own Principal Clarinet Jason Shafer performing “Viktor’s Tale” from The Terminal and Principal Trumpet Justin Bartels performing the Theme from J.F.K.



Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring Friday, February 16, 2018 7:30PM - Sunday, February 18, 2018 1:00PM   ·   More Info »
Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring

Brett Mitchell, conductor
Kirill Gerstein, piano

RACHMANONIFF Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
STRAVINSKY The Rite of Spring

Stravinsky’s primal The Rite of Spring is renowned for inciting a riot at its 1913 Paris debut. The causes are still debated — was it the eccentric asymmetry of the music or Nijinsky’s shocking choreography? — and the escalation often exaggerated (objects may have been thrown at the musicians, and a bald man’s head was allegedly drummed upon). Nonetheless, this can’t-miss master work radically changed twentieth-century composition. Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, performed by Kirill Gerstein, completes a program of distinctly Russian flair conducted by Music Director Brett Mitchell.



LISTEN/HEAR 102 — Anything But Innocent: The Hard-Core Romantics Thursday, February 22, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
LISTEN/HEAR 102 — Anything But Innocent: The Hard-Core Romantics

Christopher Dragon, conductor
Austin Fisher, cello

BEETHOVEN Overture to Egmont, Op. 84
MUSSORGSKY A Night on Bald Mountain
DVORÁK Silent Woods
WAGNER Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde
TCHAIKOVSKY No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74, “Pathétique:” III. Allegro molto vivace

Associate Conductor Christopher Dragon and Assistant Principal Cello Austin Fisher undress the overpowering sounds of Beethoven, Wagner, and more masters of the mesmerizing Romantic period.

→ We’re pleased to introduce LISTEN/HEAR, casual sessions of live performance threaded with thoughtful talk-throughs to help you understand and truly hear symphonic music. This new series of four concerts throughout the season will take you on a journey through the evolution of symphonic music from its modest beginnings to the powerhouse ensemble you see it as today! If you were a fan of Inside the Score, this is a must-see!



Red Carpet Rewind: Celebration of the Music of the Academy Awards Saturday, February 24, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Red Carpet Rewind: Celebration of the Music of the Academy Awards

Christopher Dragon, conductor
Claude Sim, violin
Devin DeSantis, vocalist

Lights, Camera, ACTION! The sounds from the silver screen fill the concert hall in this special evening centered around the celebration of the greatest works of film. We honor the scores that were nominated or won Academy Awards® in this red carpet affair that features our very own Colorado Symphony Associate Concertmaster Claude Sim performing The Red Violin: Chaconne for Violin and Orchestra. Devin DeSantis also returns to perform, assuring that by the end of the evening, you’ll be seeing stars.



Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with Olga Kern Friday, March 2, 2018 7:30PM - Sunday, March 4, 2018 1:00PM   ·   More Info »
Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with Olga Kern

Brett Mitchell, conductor
Olga Kern, piano

KILAR Orawa
LUTOSLAWSKI Concerto for Orchestra
TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat major, Op. 23

Denver favorite Olga Kern, whose extraordinary talent and star power has captivated critics around the world, returns to Boettcher Concert Hall for an incomparable performance of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Brett Mitchell leads the Colorado Symphony through works by two Polish composers who could very nearly steal the stage from the Russian great. Lutoslawski’s capricious Concerto for Orchestra illuminates every section of the Symphony, creating an orchestra of soloists. Its big sound and contrasting moods are set off by the driving energy of Kilar’s Orawa, which creates lush layers using strings.



Video Games Live™ Returns! Friday, March 9, 2018 7:30PM - Saturday, March 10, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Video Games Live™ Returns!

Video Games Live™ joins forces with the Colorado Symphony and Chorus to bring you an immersive concert featuring music from the most popular video games of all time, promising an evening of explosive entertainment! Created by Tommy Tallarico, Video Games Live™ showcases your Colorado Symphony performing along with exclusive synchronized video footage and music arrangements to create a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience. Special events surround the show, including pre-concert interactive experiences for guests!



Carnival of the Animals Sunday, March 11, 2018 1:00PM   ·   More Info »
Carnival of the Animals

Christopher Dragon, conductor

MANCINI “The Pink Panther”
BRITTEN The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34
MANCINI Baby Elephant Walk
SAINT-SAËNS Carnival of the Animals

This performance introduces little ones to the joys of the orchestra with Carnival of the Animals, one of the best-known pieces by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns, with each movement depicting a different animal from the royal lion to the graceful swan. Truly a fantastic family experience for all ages!



Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto No. 5 Friday, March 16, 2018 7:30PM - Sunday, March 18, 2018 1:00PM   ·   More Info »
Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto No. 5

Andrew Litton, conductor
Zhang Zuo, piano

BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 58, "Emperor"
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 11 in G major, Op. 103, "The Year 1905"

Roll over Beethoven: the Colorado Symphony has corralled electrifying pianist Zhang Zuo (“Zee Zee”) to perform the composer’s vigorous and demanding Piano Concerto No. 5. Zee Zee, dubbed “full of enthusiasm and glamour, radiating the vigor of youth” by Chinese Gramophone, is just the firebrand to live up to the wiles of the majestic “Emperor” concerto. Principal Guest Conductor Andrew Litton will lead the orchestra in Shostakovich’s massive, volatile Symphony No. 11 — a powerful piece full of moody contrasts — for a night of explosive and energizing masterworks.



John Denver: A Rocky Mountain High Concert Celebration with the Colorado Symphony Friday, March 23, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
John Denver: A Rocky Mountain High Concert Celebration with the Colorado Symphony

Andres Lopera, conductor
Jim Horn, horns
Jim Salestrom, guitar
Chris Nole, piano
Alan Deremo, bass
Nate Barnes, drums

The musical legend John Denver is honored in a special concert with your Colorado Symphony, returning by popular demand! See and hear two-time Grammy® Award-winning singer/songwriter John Denver performing classic songs in archival video footage, backed by live performances from his former bandmates and full symphony orchestra. This concert is an innovative multi-media treat and unforgettable tribute. Hear John Denver sing hit songs spanning his career, see vintage John Denver video performances, and hear stories of John Denver told by old friends.



Copland’s Rodeo Conducted by Andrew Litton Friday, April 6, 2018 7:30PM - Sunday, April 8, 2018 1:00PM   ·   More Info »
Copland’s Rodeo Conducted by Andrew Litton

Andrew Litton, conductor
Alban Gerhardt, cello

COPLAND Rodeo: Ballet in One Act
BARBER Cello Concerto, Op. 22
BRAHMS Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

Andrew Litton concludes his tenure as Principal Guest Conductor with the Colorado Symphony in a program worthy of his prolific and esteemed career. Maestro Litton revisits Copland’s rollicking piece of Americana Rodeo: Ballet in One Act, which Litton recorded and released with the Symphony and was named one of Colorado’s best classical albums of 2016. Masterful cellist Alban Gerhardt joins Litton onstage for a rare performance of Barber’s exceptionally challenging Cello Concerto, while Brahms’ rustic, energetic Symphony No. 2 — the Symphony that put him on the map — is the crown jewel of this concert. Bravo, Maestro Litton!



LISTEN/HEAR 103 — The American Voice Thursday, April 12, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
LISTEN/HEAR 103 — The American Voice

Brett Mitchell, conductor
Colorado Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe, director

IVES/ arr. Schuman Variations on “America”
COPLAND Suite from The Tender Land
BERNSTEIN Chichester Psalms for Chorus and Orchestra
GERSHWIN An American in Paris

Music Director Brett Mitchell and the famed Colorado Symphony Chorus pay homage to definitive works of distinctly American composition and song.

→ We’re pleased to introduce LISTEN/HEAR, casual sessions of live performance threaded with thoughtful talk-throughs to help you understand and truly hear symphonic music. This new series of four concerts throughout the season will take you on a journey through the evolution of symphonic music from its modest beginnings to the powerhouse ensemble you see it as today! If you were a fan of Inside the Score, this is a must-see!



Béla Fleck: Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra No. 3 Friday, April 13, 2018 7:30PM - Saturday, April 14, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Béla Fleck: Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra No. 3

Brett Mitchell, conductor
Béla Fleck, banjo

BARTÓK Hungarian Pictures
WEBERN Im Sommerwind
JANÁCEK Taras Bulba
BÉLA FLECK Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra No. 3

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 fourteen of the awards to date. For these performances, Music Director Brett Mitchell leads Fleck in the regional premiere of his Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra No. 3. Take the latest recording by the Colorado Symphony (Béla Fleck with the Colorado Symphony: Juno Concerto) for a test run prior to this spectacular concert weekend.



Wagner: The Ring Without Words Friday, April 20, 2018 7:30PM - Sunday, April 22, 2018 1:00PM   ·   More Info »
Wagner: The Ring Without Words

Brett Mitchell, conductor

WAGNER arr. Maazel The Ring without Words

Richard Wagner’s The Ring of the Nibelung notoriously takes days to perform in its entirety. In this unique treatment created by conductor and composer Lorin Maazel, Music Director Brett Mitchell leads the orchestra through the fundamental sequences of Wagner’s Ring cycle in a once-in-a-lifetime performance. (Mitchell will describe the leitmotifs in a musical demonstration at the top of the concert, preceding a condensed performance without words.) This is an illuminating and rare performance of The Ring that will resonate with all audiences.



Movie at the Symphony: Jurassic Park In Concert Thursday, May 3, 2018 7:30PM - Friday, May 4, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Movie at the Symphony: Jurassic Park In Concert

Brett Mitchell, conductor

One of the most thrilling science fiction adventures ever made, and featuring one of John Williams’ most iconic and beloved musical scores, Jurassic Park transformed the movie-going experience for an entire generation and became the highest-grossing film of all time in 1993, winning three Academy Awards®. Masterfully directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the best-selling novel by Michael Crichton, Jurassic Park transports us to a secluded island where scientists have succeeded in reviving the age of dinosaurs in a brand-new, immersive theme park, the likes of which has never been seen.

Experience this ground-breaking film as never before: with your Colorado Symphony performing Williams’ magnificent score.

Welcome… to Jurassic Park!

Jurassic Park Trademark & © Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved. Jurassic Park – Film with Orchestra produced by Film Concerts Live!, a joint venture of IMG Artists, LLC and The Gorfaine/ Schwartz Agency, Inc.



Pirates of the Symphony Seas!
Buntport Theater and the Colorado Symphony Sunday, May 6, 2018 1:00PM   ·   More Info »
Pirates of the Symphony Seas!
<br>Buntport Theater and the Colorado Symphony

Christopher Dragon, conductor

Quirky, fun, and joyfully off-center, this program curated by local thespians of the Buntport Theater will take you on an adventure to an island of swashbuckling delight! Journey across the high seas to encounter dastardly foes, fantastical friends, and a symphony of treasure sure to please every pint-sized pipsqueak and their parrot. Ships ahoy, mateys!



Mozart’s “Elvira Madigan” Piano Concerto No. 21 Friday, May 11, 2018 7:30PM - Sunday, May 13, 2018 1:00PM   ·   More Info »
Mozart’s “Elvira Madigan” Piano Concerto No. 21

Ken-David Masur, conductor
Orion Weiss, piano
Susanna Phillips, soprano
Colorado Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe, director

MOZART Overture to The Marriage of Figaro, K. 492
MOZART Piano Overture No. 21 in C major, K. 467
FAURE Pavane, Op. 50
POULENC Gloria

Conductor Ken-David Masur opens this evening with Mozart’s sprightly Overture to The Marriage of Figaro, then leads pianist Orion Weiss and the Colorado Symphony in performing Mozart’s tranquil Piano Concerto No. 21, often called “Elvira Madigan” due to the use of its well-known Andante in the film of the same name. The concerto is well-matched with Fauré’s stately and soothing Pavane, while Poulenc’s reverent, spirited Gloria — featuring Susanna Phillips and the Colorado Symphony Chorus — concludes this blissful collection of symphonic music.



LISTEN/HEAR 104 — Musique Nouveau – The Current Voice Thursday, May 17, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
LISTEN/HEAR 104 — Musique Nouveau – The Current Voice

Edwin Outwater, conductor
Basil Vendryes, viola

VIVIAN FUNG Launch!
GABRIELA LENA FRANK “Mestizo Waltz” from Three Latin-American Dances for Orchestra
OWEN PALLETT Five Women
JESSIE MONTGOMERY Starburst for String Orchestra
ANDREW NORMAN Drip Blip Sparkle Spin Glint Glide Glow Float Flop Chop Pop Shatter Splash
MASON BATES Anthology of Fantastic Zoology

Special guest conductor Edwin Outwater conducts a program of four modern composers well worth a listen. Principal Violist Basil Vendryes tackles an incredible piece for viola and orchestra by Owen Pallett titled Five Women. The orchestra then navigates the beauty and mystique of five other feature works throughout the evening! Mason Bates’ spectacular Anthology of Fantastic Zoology is the centerpiece of the evening. This half-hour work involves no electricity — at least not the kind coming from an outlet on stage! But in this vivid setting, the psychedelic bestiary teems with strange creatures and wild sonic effects. It’s a must-see evening of the season!

→ We’re pleased to introduce LISTEN/HEAR, casual sessions of live performance threaded with thoughtful talk-throughs to help you understand and truly hear symphonic music. This new series of four concerts throughout the season will take you on a journey through the evolution of symphonic music from its modest beginnings to the powerhouse ensemble you see it as today! If you were a fan of Inside the Score, this is a must-see!



ROCK ON! with the Colorado Symphony Saturday, May 19, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
ROCK ON! with the Colorado Symphony

Christopher Dragon, conductor
Rob Evan, vocalist
LaKisha Jones, vocalist
Chloe Lowery, vocalist

Join us for a journey back to the Rock and Pop hits of the 70’s and 80’s with three dynamic artists. Featured are legends like Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Queen, and many more. ROCK ON! is certain to be a hit with audiences of all ages.



Two Titans: Bernstein & Mahler Friday, May 25, 2018 7:30PM - Sunday, May 27, 2018 1:00PM   ·   More Info »
Two Titans: Bernstein & Mahler

Brett Mitchell, conductor
Yumi Hwang-Williams, violin

BERNSTEIN Overture to Candide
BERNSTEIN Serenade (After Plato's Symposium)
MAHLER Symphony No. 1 in D major, "Titan"

Your Colorado Symphony marks the centennial of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with a program highlighting the maestro as both composer and conductor. Music Director Brett Mitchell leads the orchestra through Bernstein’s spirited Overture to Candide, then showcases Concertmaster Yumi Hwang-Williams’ artistry in Bernstein’s Serenade (After Plato’s Symposium), a violin concerto in all but name. Finally, to honor Bernstein’s lifelong study and reverence of Gustav Mahler, we will cap off our Classics season with the flourish it deserves: a performance of Mahler’s aptly named “Titan” Symphony — a gripping work of unceasing energy performed by the full orchestra.