Event Listings



A Colorado Christmas
2018/19 Holiday
A Colorado Christmas

Christopher Dragon, conductor
Devin DeSantis, vocalist
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 featuring the return of vocalist Devin DeSantis, by popular demand! ‘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 and more! This family-friendly evening features traditional Christmas carols, highlights from our popular production of Too Hot to Handel, and a chance to sing along to a few of your favorite 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!

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Fri 12/14/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Colorado Christmas
Sat 12/15/18 2:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Colorado Christmas
Sat 12/15/18 6:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Colorado Christmas
Sun 12/16/18 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Colorado Christmas


Celtic Woman: The Best of Christmas Tour

Lloyd Butler, conductor

Celebrate this holiday season with the celestial voices of multi-platinum Irish singing sensation Celtic Woman as they present The Best of Christmas Tour with your Colorado Symphony. The evening features music from the all-female ensemble’s most favorite Yuletide songs performed by them over the years. Prepare for an enchanting and festive evening filled with mesmerizing music, performance, and holiday cheer.

celticwoman.com

Note: Flex Passes and Student Memberships may not be used on this performance. Student and/or Child tickets will not be available.

Mon 12/17/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Celtic Woman: The Best of Christmas Tour


Holiday Brass
2018/19 Holiday
Holiday Brass

Brian Buerkle, conductor
Colorado Symphony Brass & Percussion

Love the sounds of the season even more at our wildly popular all-brass night in Boettcher Concert Hall. Join us for a rousing evening featuring the best of your Colorado Symphony Brass & Percussion. Witness their brilliance and power 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, it’ll be a night you won’t soon forget.

Wed 12/19/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Holiday Brass


Too Hot to Handel
2018/19 Holiday
Too Hot to Handel

Christopher Dragon, conductor
Cynthia Renée Saffron, soprano
Karen Marie Richardson, alto
Rodrick Dixon, tenor
Too Hot to Handel Community Chorus, Travis Branam and Mary Louise Burke, directors

This exuberant jazz, gospel, and R&B-infused concert brilliantly reinvents Handel’s Messiah and returns by popular demand, with associate conductor Christopher Dragon at the podium, for the 2018 Holiday season! Featuring audience-favorite guest soloists Cynthia Renée Saffron, Karen Marie Richardson, and Rodrick Dixon, and members of the Colorado Symphony Chorus, this exhilarating night of music will have you rejoicing in the aisles.

Fri 12/21/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Too Hot to Handel
Sat 12/22/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Too Hot to Handel


A Night in Vienna
2018/19 Holiday
A Night in Vienna

Brett Mitchell, conductor

The wildly popular annual tradition featuring your Colorado Symphony waltzing with you into the New Year returns! Start your celebration in style with the Colorado Symphony’s presentation of A Night in Vienna, a rousing selection of polkas, waltzes, and marches. The festive evening is the perfect sendoff to 2018—and the early start time ensures that you won’t miss the thrill of the 16th Street Mall fireworks! Don’t miss out on this fantastic event; tickets sell fast!

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Mon 12/31/18 6:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Night in Vienna


Movie at the Symphony: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™ in Concert

Bertie Baigent, conductor

The Harry Potter™ Film Concert Series continues with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™. The unforgettable score will be performed with a live symphony orchestra as the film is projected simultaneously on the big screen.

Concert performance includes FULL SCREENING OF THE FEATURE FILM! For more information on the Harry Potter™ Film Concert Series, please visit www.harrypotterinconcert.com.

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. J.K. ROWLING`S WIZARDING WORLD™ J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s18)

Note: Flex Passes and Student Memberships may not be used on these performances. Student and/or Child tickets will not be available.

Fri 1/4/19 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Movie at the Symphony: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™ in Concert
Sat 1/5/19 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Movie at the Symphony: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™ in Concert
Sun 1/6/19 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Movie at the Symphony: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™ in Concert


Itzhak Perlman with the Colorado Symphony

SPECIALS

Brett Mitchell, conductor
Itzhak Perlman, violin

JENNIFER HIGDON Fanfare Ritmico
GINASTERA Variaciones concertantes
BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

One of the most extraordinary masters of the violin, with a spectacular 50-year career, violinist Itzhak Perlman brings his celebrated brilliance to a performance of Beethoven’s illustrious Violin Concerto with Music Director Brett Mitchell and your Colorado Symphony. Beloved for his charm and humanity as well as his talent, Perlman is treasured by audiences throughout the world who respond to his remarkable artistry and irrepressible joy for making music, which he communicates through his expressive performances. Jennifer Higdon’s brisk, enchanting Fanfare Ritmico begins the program on an exuberant note while a host of Colorado Symphony musicians will be featured in starring roles in Ginastera’s Variaciones concertantes.

Note: Flex Passes and Student Memberships may not be used on this performance. Student and/or Child tickets will not be available.

Thu 1/10/19 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Itzhak Perlman with the Colorado Symphony


A Tribute to Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops

Christopher Dragon, conductor
Steve Metcalf and Nick Recuber, bass
Abby Raymond, e-flat clarinet

By popular demand, our fantastic tribute to Arthur Fiedler and the Boston pops returns with a fresh and fun evening featuring the ever-animated Christopher Dragon on the podium to provide an animated performance in honor of Arthur Fiedler! Colorado Symphony bassists Steve Metcalf and Nick Recuber take the stage in Giovanni Bottesini’s duet, Passione Amorosa, clarinetist Abby Raymond performs William Bolcom’s Little Suite of Four Dances, and there’s even more music that will have you loving this concert tribute to the dynamic sound of Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops!

Sat 1/12/19 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Tribute to Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops


MLK Jr. Tribute
2018/19 Community Concerts
MLK Jr. Tribute

Known as the most prominent spokesperson and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. remains one of the most inspirational figures in history for his pursuit of equal rights and his nonviolent approach to civil rights protests. The evening will feature special guest performances and will honor recipients of the 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award.

This event is a free community concert. Admission is free, but tickets are required for admission. Tickets for this performance are available two weeks prior to the event at the Colorado Symphony Box Office. All seating is general admission and a ticket does not guarantee a seat.

Tue 1/15/19 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall MLK Jr. Tribute


Dvorák Symphony No. 9
2018/19 Classics
Dvorák Symphony No. 9

Brett Mitchell, conductor
Damon Gupton, narrator

COPLAND Lincoln Portrait
JOSEPH SCHWANTNER New Morning for the World (Daybreak of Freedom)
DVORÁK Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, “From the New World”

View the American experiment through the prism of three prominent composers as they reflect their observations of who we were during the Civil War, who we were during the civil rights movement, and who we’ve always strived to be in a trio of thematically tied works. Noted Actor Damon Gupton, known for his roles in Criminal Minds, Deadline, and La La Land, brings the words of Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln Portrait and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in New Morning for the World (Daybreak of Freedom) to life as Copland and Schwantner incorporate narrative passages and a broad lyrical scoring that sounds unmistakably American. In his renowned Symphony No. 9, popularly known as the “New World Symphony,” Dvorák incorporates influences of Native American musical rhythms, African-American spirituals, and the wide-open spaces he encountered on a trip through America’s heartland in the early 1890s in a work of beauty and relevance.

Fri 1/18/19 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Dvorák Symphony No. 9
Sat 1/19/19 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Dvorák Symphony No. 9
Sun 1/20/19 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Dvorák Symphony No. 9


Movie at the Symphony: Amadeus Live
2018/19 Movie at the Symphony
Movie at the Symphony: Amadeus Live

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

Winner of 8 Academy Awards® in 1984, including Best Picture, Actor, Director and Adapted Screenplay, Amadeus tells the story of Vienna court composer, Antonio Salieri and the envy that consumes him upon discovering that the divine musical gifts he has so longed for all his life, have been bestowed on a bawdy, vulgar and impish young composer, Mozart. Salieri’s envy fuels his plot to destroy the man, while all the while unable to tear himself away from the genius of his music.

MPAA rating: R

Amadeus Live is a production of Avex Classics International

Fri 1/25/19 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Movie at the Symphony: Amadeus Live
Sat 1/26/19 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Movie at the Symphony: Amadeus Live


DYAO Side-by-Side
2018/19 DYAO Events
DYAO Side-by-Side

Bertie Baigent, conductor
Denver Young Artists Orchestra
Colorado Symphony
Claude Sim, violin

VAUGHAN-WILLIAMS The Lark Ascending
HOLST The Planets

The Denver Young Artists Orchestra (DYAO) and your Colorado Symphony join forces for this concert under the baton of new Colorado Symphony Assistant Conductor, Bertie Baigent. The program will feature Holst’s The Planets. Learn more about the Colorado Symphony and DYAO alliance at coloradosymphony.org/DYAO.

Sun 1/27/19 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall DYAO Side-by-Side


Mendelssohn Double Concerto featuring Yumi Hwang-Williams

Kevin John Edusei, conductor
Yumi Hwang-Williams, violin
Anne-Marie McDermott, piano

MENDELSSOHN Concerto for Violin and Piano in D minor
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 9 in C major, D. 944 "The Great"

A mere fourteen years old when he composed it, Mendelssohn’s Double Concerto in D minor is one of his most brilliant early works. Guest conductor Kevin John Edusei directs Colorado Symphony Concertmaster Yumi Hwang-Williams and guest pianist Anne Marie McDermott in a stunning combination of unlikely forces as violin and piano dance, mimic, converse, and repeat in an electrifying performance. Schubert’s majestic Symphony No. 9, known as “The Great,” is a powerfully melodic work brimming with influence from Beethoven’s own 9th Symphony. Breathtaking and full of life, this music is a joy to behold.

Fri 2/1/19 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mendelssohn Double Concerto featuring Yumi Hwang-Williams
Sat 2/2/19 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mendelssohn Double Concerto featuring Yumi Hwang-Williams
Sun 2/3/19 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mendelssohn Double Concerto featuring Yumi Hwang-Williams


Sensory Friendly Performance
2018/19 Sensory Friendly
Sensory Friendly Performance

Your Colorado Symphony now presents a relaxed, sensory-friendly performance to ensure everyone has access to live, affordable entertainment.

Join musicians of the Colorado Symphony for a fun interactive relaxed concert. Hear string instruments playing music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Aaron Copland, John Williams, Johann Pachelbel, and more. Move and dance to the music and get a chance to try conducting. Plus, after the concert, you'll have the opportunity to meet the musicians and try playing some instruments yourself!

Sat 2/2/19 1:30PM Hampden Hall Sensory Friendly Performance
Sat 5/11/19 1:30PM Hampden Hall Sensory Friendly Performance


Symphonic Tribute to Comic Con — V

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Christopher Dragon, conductor

Everyone’s favorite cosplay-night-out is back! We’re here with old favorites and bringing new surprises to honor our fifth installment of the Symphonic Tribute to Comic Con series! It’s an evening of pure magic with your favorite scores from Comic Con-themed movies and video games, and V will bring even more spectacular bombastic pop-culture fun.

Whether you’re a Wonder Woman warrior or Jean Grey goddess, you’re going to love this fun fantasy night with your Colorado Symphony!

Fri 2/8/19 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Symphonic Tribute to Comic Con — V


Sondheim & Lloyd Webber Showcase
2018/19 Symphony Pops
Sondheim & Lloyd Webber Showcase

Christopher Dragon, conductor
Scarlett Strallen, Debbie Gravitte, and Hugh Panaro, vocalists

Your Colorado Symphony pays homage to two Broadway composers who redefined the theatric genre again and again with their show-stopping scores that set the stage for their beloved musicals. With spectacular featured vocalists Scarlett Strallen, Debbie Gravitte, and Hugh Panaro, this evening of song and sound will showcase tunes from hits like Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Phantom of the Opera, Cats, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Gypsy, and more.

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Sat 2/9/19 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Sondheim & Lloyd Webber Showcase


A Classical Romance
2018/19 Classics
A Classical Romance

Brett Mitchell, conductor
Kelley O'Connor, mezzo-soprano

HERRMANN "Scène d’Amour" from Vertigo
LIEBERSON Neruda Songs
DIAMOND Music for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
BERNSTEIN Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, your Colorado Symphony offers a uniquely American look at the themes of love across multiple decades. Herrmann’s “Scene d’amour” from Hitchcock’s Vertigo provides a passionate backing for one of cinema’s most powerful portrayals of romantic longing, while mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor lends her exquisite voice to Lieberson’s Neruda Songs, a collection of five sonnets written by Pablo Neruda tracing the arc of love’s evolution. Diamond’s Romeo and Juliet offers a musical interpretation on Shakespeare’s seminal romantic work while Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story provides an updated 20th-century look at the classic Romeo and Juliet story. You won’t want to miss our special Valentine’s Day performance on February 14.

Thu 2/14/19 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Classical Romance
Sat 2/16/19 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Classical Romance
Sun 2/17/19 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Classical Romance


Nat King Cole & Me — An Evening with Gregory Porter

SPECIALS

Christopher Dragon, conductor
Gregory Porter, vocalist

Gregory Porter makes his Colorado Symphony debut for an evening of soulful jazz honoring the legendary Nat King Cole and more. Two-time GRAMMY Award®—Winner for Best Jazz Vocal Album, Porter is a rising star and a dazzling live performer. For Porter, the influence of Nat King Cole on his life and music runs deep, a through-line that reaches back into some of his earliest childhood memories, and culminates in his stunning fifth studio album Nat King Cole & Me, a heartfelt tribute to the legendary singer, pianist, and Capitol recording artist. Join us for an evening of soulful music that’ll leave you wanting more.

Sat 2/23/19 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Nat King Cole & Me — An Evening with Gregory Porter


DYAO Spectacular
2018/19 DYAO Events
DYAO Spectacular

Wes Kenney, Music Director and YAO Conductor
Carment Wiest, String Ensemble Conductor
Nicholas Gilmore, Conservatory Orchestra Conductor
Denver Young Artists Orchestra

HUMPERDINCK Prelude to Hansel and Gretel
DVORAK Slavonic Dance no. 1
HINDEMITH Symphonic Metamorphosis
RAVEL Rapsodie Espagnole
STRAUSS Thunder/Lightning

This concert brings together all musicians of the Denver Young Artists Orchestra (DYAO). Learn more about the Colorado Symphony and DYAO alliance at coloradosymphony.org/DYAO.

This is a performance by the Denver Young Artists Orchestra and does not include members of your Colorado Symphony.

Sun 2/24/19 2:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall DYAO Spectacular


Beethoven Symphony No. 7
2018/19 Classics
Beethoven Symphony No. 7

Brett Mitchell, conductor
Mason Bates, electronica / composer
Joshua Roman, cello

MASON BATES Auditorium for Chamber Orchestra & Laptop
MASON BATES Cello Concerto
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

Driving dance rhythms link this trio of works by Beethoven and Mason Bates. Brett Mitchell conducts Beethoven’s energetic Symphony No. 7, dubbed the ‘apotheosis of the dance’ by Wagner for the spinning, whirling motion at the heart of this constantly developing musical organism. The second movement – Allegretto – stands alone as a powerful, haunting piece of classical music and remains one of Beethoven’s most well known works. Joshua Roman makes his Colorado Symphony debut performing Mason Bates’ Cello Concerto written especially for Roman. Bates’ baroque thriller, Auditorium, haunts the orchestra with ghostly recordings of a baroque ensemble, making it essentially a work for two orchestras – one live, one dead.

Fri 3/1/19 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Beethoven Symphony No. 7
Sat 3/2/19 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Beethoven Symphony No. 7
Sun 3/3/19 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Beethoven Symphony No. 7


Face Vocal Band with the Colorado Symphony

Captivating audiences for over a decade, Face Vocal Band is an internationally acclaimed all-vocal rock ensemble from Boulder, CO. For their symphony debut, Face will be pulling out all of the stops to bring you a brand-new experience with their infectious energy punctuated by an endearing love of performance. Join Face and your Colorado Symphony on a musical journey full of fun!

Sat 3/9/19 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Face Vocal Band with the Colorado Symphony


Peter and the Wolf Featuring Magic Circle Mime Co.

Christopher Dragon, conductor
Magic Circle Mime Co.

Family-favorite Peter and the Wolf is Prokofiev’s magical tale in which Peter and a myriad of unruly animals are brought to life by the instruments of the orchestra to tell a tale where good triumphs over evil. Featuring Magic Circle Mime Co., this Prokofiev classic is an exciting musical experience with live narration and surprises of all sorts! This performance is a great way to introduce the orchestra to your child and to those young at heart.

Sun 3/10/19 2:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Peter and the Wolf Featuring Magic Circle Mime Co.


Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6
2018/19 Classics
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Stephen Hough, piano

JOAN TOWER Made in America
SAINT-SAËNS Piano Concerto No. 5 in F major, Op. 103, “Egyptian”
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74, “Pathétique”

In the Russian context, Pathétique suggests ‘impassioned suffering’, an eerily suitable description for the psychological drama Tchaikovsky’s final symphony depicts. His death only nine days after the world premiere gives added weight to a defining work of the Romantic period. Returning guest conductor Peter Oundjian joins masterful pianist Stephen Hough, who brings his inspired styling to Saint-Saëns exotic “Egyptian” Piano Concerto No. 5, while the familiar tune to “America the Beautiful” resurfaces throughout Joan Tower’s GRAMMY Award®—Winning Made in America.

Fri 3/15/19 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6
Sat 3/16/19 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6
Sun 3/17/19 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6


Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition

Brett Mitchell, conductor
Augustin Hadelich, violin

IVES Symphony No. 3, "The Camp Meeting"
BARBER Violin Concerto, Op. 14
MUSSORGSKY/RAVEL Pictures at an Exhibition

Take a stroll through an art exhibit with your Colorado Symphony as we explore Mussorgsky’s crowning composition as orchestrated by Ravel. Featuring musical depictions of ten paintings by his late friend, Viktor Hartmann, Mussorgsky’s work highlights varied moods and is connected throughout with a brilliant ‘Promenade’ theme that gives the sense of an art lover sauntering from piece to piece through a museum. 2018 Musical America Instrumentalist of the Year and GRAMMY Award®—Winning violinist Augustin Hadelich returns to your Colorado Symphony, bringing his lyrical, singing style to Barber’s lush and virtuosic Violin Concerto, while Ives’ Symphony No. 3, “The Camp Meeting,” evokes memories from the composer’s childhood through music of the era.

Fri 3/29/19 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition
Sat 3/30/19 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition
Sun 3/31/19 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition


Women of Rock
2018/19 Symphony Pops
Women of Rock

Christopher Dragon, conductor
Tracksuit Wedding, band
Erica Brown, vocalist

From Aretha to Whitney, women have been a force to be reckoned with in the world of music. Denver music powerhouse Tracksuit Wedding, featuring special guest vocalist Erica Brown, takes the stage with your Colorado Symphony to pay homage to female visionaries including: Adele, the Eurhythmics, Alecia Keys, Lady Gaga, Janis Joplin, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Stevie Nicks, Diana Ross, P!nk, and more. Don’t miss this night out with the girls that’ll have you shouting for R.E.S.P.E.C.T!

Thu 4/4/19 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Women of Rock


Petite Musique: <i>The Three Bears</i>
2018/19 Petite Musique
Petite Musique: The Three Bears

This specially designed program introduces the instruments of the orchestra to very young children in venues throughout the metro area. our 16-piece orchestra and narrator perform an interactive program which incorporates storytelling, singing, and movement with music. This year's program, The Three Bears will delight young children, teachers, and parents.

Location: The Aurora Fox Arts Center | 9900 E. Colfax Avenue, Aurora, CO (View Map)

Cost: $5 per child/adult. For groups of 20 or more, the coordinating teacher attends free.

Mon 4/8/19 10:00AM The Aurora Fox Arts Center SOLD OUT - Petite Musique: The Three Bears
Mon 4/8/19 11:30AM The Aurora Fox Arts Center Petite Musique: The Three Bears


Petite Musique: <i>The Three Bears</i>
2018/19 Petite Musique
Petite Musique: The Three Bears

This specially designed program introduces the instruments of the orchestra to very young children in venues throughout the metro area. our 16-piece orchestra and narrator perform an interactive program which incorporates storytelling, singing, and movement with music. This year's program, The Three Bears will delight young children, teachers, and parents.

Location: Colorado Mountaineering Club | 710 10th Street, Suite 200, Golden, CO (View Map)

Cost: $5 per child/adult. For groups of 20 or more, the coordinating teacher attends free.

Tue 4/9/19 10:00AM Colorado Mountaineering Club Petite Musique: The Three Bears
Tue 4/9/19 11:30AM Colorado Mountaineering Club Petite Musique: The Three Bears


Brahms Symphony No. 4
2018/19 Classics
Brahms Symphony No. 4

Brett Mitchell, conductor
Peter Cooper, oboe

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
KEVIN PUTS Oboe Concerto
BRAHMS Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Brett Mitchell’s inaugural Brahms performance with your Colorado Symphony features a musician favorite, Symphony No. 4. With autumnal coloring and heroic character, Brahms’ last symphony is a work erupting with passionate intensity. In contrast, Colorado Symphony Principal Oboist Peter Cooper brings his warm, singing sound to the Colorado premiere of Kevin Puts’ new Oboe Concerto, while Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, a lush, expansive work for strings, opens this must-see performance.

Fri 4/12/19 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Brahms Symphony No. 4
Sat 4/13/19 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Brahms Symphony No. 4
Sun 4/14/19 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Brahms Symphony No. 4


Petite Musique: <i>The Three Bears</i>
2018/19 Petite Musique
Petite Musique: The Three Bears

This specially designed program introduces the instruments of the orchestra to very young children in venues throughout the metro area. our 16-piece orchestra and narrator perform an interactive program which incorporates storytelling, singing, and movement with music. This year's program, The Three Bears will delight young children, teachers, and parents.

Location: Hampden Hall | 1000 Englewood Pkwy · 2nd Floor, Englewood, CO (View Map)

Cost: $5 per child/adult. For groups of 20 or more, the coordinating teacher attends free.

Mon 4/22/19 10:00AM Hampden Hall Petite Musique: The Three Bears
Mon 4/22/19 11:30AM Hampden Hall Petite Musique: The Three Bears


Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture & Prokofiev Alexander Nevsky

Rossen Milanov, conductor
Avery Amereau, mezzo-soprano
Colorado Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe, director

PROKOFIEV Alexander Nevsky
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Russian Easter Overture
BORODIN "Polovtsian Dances" from Prince Igor
TCHAIKOVSKY 1812, Overture solonelle, Op. 49

Fire the cannons! Toll the bells! Tchaikovsky’s explosive 1812 Overture punctuates a performance featuring the music of prominent Russian composers, including Borodin’s “Polovtsian Dances,” Rimsky-Korsakov’s Russian Easter Overture, and Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky. The Colorado Symphony Chorus will shine in this Russian choral spectacular under the direction of guest conductor Rossen Milanov.

Fri 4/26/19 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture & Prokofiev Alexander Nevsky
Sat 4/27/19 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture & Prokofiev Alexander Nevsky
Sun 4/28/19 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture & Prokofiev Alexander Nevsky


DYAO Final Bow
2018/19 DYAO Events
DYAO Final Bow

Wes Kenney, conductor

PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 5

The Denver Young Artists Orchestra presents their season finale, featuring Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony and the Concerto Competition winner. Learn more about the Colorado Symphony and DYAO alliance at coloradosymphony.org/DYAO.

This is a performance by the Denver Young Artists Orchestra and does not include members of your Colorado Symphony.

Sun 4/28/19 6:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall DYAO Final Bow


Petite Musique: <i>The Three Bears</i>
2018/19 Petite Musique
Petite Musique: The Three Bears

This specially designed program introduces the instruments of the orchestra to very young children in venues throughout the metro area. our 16-piece orchestra and narrator perform an interactive program which incorporates storytelling, singing, and movement with music. This year's program, The Three Bears will delight young children, teachers, and parents.

Location: Boettcher Concert Hall | 1000 14th Street, Denver CO (View Map)

Cost: $5 per child/adult. For groups of 20 or more, the coordinating teacher attends free.

Mon 4/29/19 10:00AM Boettcher Concert Hall Petite Musique: The Three Bears
Mon 4/29/19 11:30AM Boettcher Concert Hall Petite Musique: The Three Bears


Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY

SPECIALS

Arnie Roth, conductor
Colorado Symphony Chorus

This international concert phenomenon features Nobuo Uematsu’s stirring music from one of the most popular video game series of all time, FINAL FANTASY! Conducted by GRAMMY®-Award winner Arnie Roth, your Colorado Symphony and Colorado Symphony Chorus play alongside breathtaking HD video direct from SQUARE ENIX. This show is a multimedia feast for the eyes and ears!

Thu 5/2/19 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY
Fri 5/3/19 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY


Cinco de Mayo Fiesta para la Familia

Christopher Dragon, conductor

Join your Colorado Symphony and the Mexican Cultural Center on Cinco de Mayo as we celebrate the rich cultural heritage that makes our community so unique. It’s a family affair, with special activities for all ages highlighting Mexican culture, music, and regional dancing. There’ll be special surprises and more in store for you at our first family Cinco de Mayo Fiesta!

Presented in collaboration with the Mexican Cultural Center.

Sun 5/5/19 2:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Cinco de Mayo Fiesta para la Familia


Berlioz Symphonie fantastique

Brett Mitchell, conductor
Conrad Tao, piano

MISSY MAZZOLI Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres)
RAVEL Piano Concerto in G major
BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

Brett Mitchell conducts your Colorado Symphony in a contrasting program of works both old and new. Berlioz’s bombastic, boisterous Symphonie fantastique is one of the first to tell a complete story through pure orchestral music as he details his own personal pursuit of Harriet Smithson, the Shakespearean actress who later became his wife. Using a recurrent melodic theme to tie the five movements together, Berlioz foreshadows the Wagnerian Leitmotif in a programmatic work that shows the range of human emotions. Featured soloist Conrad Tao performs Ravel’s Piano Concerto, a colorful Gershwin-inspired work with American spirit and jazz flavors while Missy Mazzoli’s Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres) contains elements of Ravel’s impressionistic nature as it presents music in the shape of a solar system as a collection of rococo loops twist around each other within a larger orbit.

Fri 5/10/19 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Berlioz Symphonie fantastique
Sat 5/11/19 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Berlioz Symphonie fantastique
Sun 5/12/19 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Berlioz Symphonie fantastique


Danny Elfman Violin Concerto featuring Sandy Cameron

Christopher Dragon, conductor
Sandy Cameron, violin

HERRMANN Suite from Psycho
RAVEL Mother Goose (complete ballet)
DANNY ELFMAN Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, "Eleven Eleven"

Associate conductor Christopher Dragon leads your Colorado Symphony in a weekend celebration of film score composers and those who influenced them. Herrmann’s ingenious use of strings conveys a “black and white sound” on his suite from Psycho, which mirrors the black and white images of Hitchcock’s haunting cinematic thriller. Ravel, who heavily influenced future generations of film composers, originally wrote Mother Goose as a piano duet but later revised and expanded the original work into an orchestrated piece. The program is capped by the legendary Danny Elfman, who composed the scores for treasured films such as Batman, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Good Will Hunting. Brilliant soloist Sandy Cameron performs the Colorado premiere of Elfman’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, “Eleven Eleven,” a piece she helped debut in 2017.

Fri 5/17/19 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Danny Elfman Violin Concerto featuring Sandy Cameron
Sat 5/18/19 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Danny Elfman Violin Concerto featuring Sandy Cameron
Sun 5/19/19 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Danny Elfman Violin Concerto featuring Sandy Cameron


Carmina Burana Conducted by Brett Mitchell

Brett Mitchell, conductor
Mary Wilson, soprano
Christopher Pfund, tenor
Elliot Madore, baritone
Colorado Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe, director
Colorado Children's Chorale, Deborah DeSantis, Artistic Director

ADAM SCHOENBERG American Symphony
ORFF Carmina Burana

Brett Mitchell and your Colorado Symphony close out the season with Carl Orff’s powerhouse Carmina Burana, a symphonic exploration of love, lust, and the perils of earthly pleasures. Featuring the Colorado Symphony Chorus, Colorado Children’s Chorale, and a cast of soloists, Carmina Burana is a true spectacle and one of the most well known pieces of the 20th century, combining powerful rhythms and robust vocals in a dynamic conclusion to an unforgettable season. Adam Schoenberg’s American Symphony begins the program with a piece reminiscent of Copland and Bernstein as it reflects the hope of America’s potential.

Fri 5/24/19 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Carmina Burana Conducted by Brett Mitchell
Sat 5/25/19 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Carmina Burana Conducted by Brett Mitchell
Sun 5/26/19 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Carmina Burana Conducted by Brett Mitchell


Béla Fleck: Friends & Family featuring the Colorado Symphony, Béla Fleck & the Flecktones, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, and Abigail Washburn

Join your Colorado Symphony at Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre as they take the stage with Béla Fleck & the Flecktones, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, and Abigail Washburn.

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Thu 5/30/19 7:30PM Red Rocks Amphitheatre Béla Fleck: Friends & Family featuring the Colorado Symphony, Béla Fleck & the Flecktones, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, and Abigail Washburn


Brahms v Radiohead
2018/19 CU Specials
Brahms v Radiohead

Steve Hackman, conductor
Vocalists, TBD

NOTE: Radiohead does not perform.

Radiohead’s landmark OK Computer goes even deeper when eight tracks—including “Paranoid Android,” “Karma Police,” “No Surprises,” and “Let Down”—are seamlessly interwoven with Brahms’ lush First Symphony. Your Colorado Symphony is joined by vocalists and arranger/conductor Steve Hackman in this not-to-be-missed exploration of what happens when two masterpieces from two different centuries are fused together.

Sat 6/1/19 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Brahms v Radiohead


Andrea Bocelli in Concert with the Colorado Symphony

Eugene Kohn, conductor
Andrea Bocelli, tenor

Following a record-breaking year with the release of his number one album, “Si,” Andrea Bocelli announced today four special U.S. concert dates. The June 2019 tour will bring Bocelli back to the Sacramento and Denver areas for the first time in over five years, and marks the first time Andrea has played back-to-back performances on the west coast. His annual summer run will close at the Pepsi Center in Denver on June 21.

Each performance will feature a unique repertoire from Bocelli’s landmark release “Si,” his first ever chart-topping album on the Billboard 200 chart. The world-renowned Tenor will also treat audiences to his beloved traditional selection of arias, love songs, and crossover hits. The Colorado Symphony will be joining Andrea at his Denver date and longtime conductor, Eugene Kohn, will accompany Andrea for each stop on the tour.

As one of the most recognizable voices in the industry, Andrea Bocelli has been thrilling audiences for over 20 years, counting nearly 90 million records sold worldwide.

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Fri 6/21/19 7:30PM Pepsi Center Andrea Bocelli in Concert with the Colorado Symphony


John Prine with the Colorado Symphony with I'm With Her

John Prine, singer
I'm With Her, band

A two-time Grammy-winner, John Prine is among the English language’s premier phrase-turners. Almost 50 years into a remarkable career that has drawn effusive praise from Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, Bonnie Raitt, Roger Waters, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and others who would know, Prine is a smiling, shuffling force for good. He is a 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Songwriter's Hall of Fame nominee, a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member and PEN New England Lyrics Award recipient whose classic debut album, simply title John Prine, is recognized as part of the Recording Academy's Grammy Hall of Fame and whose songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Carly Simon, Bette Midler, Bonnie Raitt, Norah Jones, George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown Band, and many others. His critically acclaimed new album, The Tree of Forgiveness, was produced by Grammy Award winning produce Dave Cobb and recently debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200–a career high chart position and sales week for the legendary singer, songwriter, and performer.

Of course, the opposite is true today. Those three songs – as well as “In Spite of Ourselves,” “Lake Marie,” “Fish and Whistle,” and so many others – are Prine signatures. His songs have been recorded by iconic singers like Johnny Cash (“Sam Stone”), Bette Midler (“Hello in There”) and Bonnie Raitt (“Angel from Montgomery”). He’s an uncredited co-writer on the now-classic “You Never Even Call Me by My Name” and his songs have been cut by country stars like Zac Brown Band (“All the Best”), Miranda Lambert (“That’s the Way the World Goes Round”) and George Strait (“I Just Want to Dance with You”). A gem from The Tree of Forgiveness, “Boundless Love” is also ripe for the picking.

Prine won his first Grammy for the 1991 album, The Missing Years, and he joined the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003. The Grammy Hall of Fame inducted his 1971 self-titled debut album in 2014. Two years later he accepted the PEN New England’s Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award. At the age of 70, he was named Artist of the Year by the Americana Music Association in 2017. Naturally, The Tree of Forgiveness is rooted in that same observant songwriting that he’s crafted throughout his career.

“I kept saying when I was doing this album, it’s going to be my last one,” Prine admits with a grin. “But if things go really good with it, I can’t see why I wouldn’t do something else.”

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Sun 7/28/19 7:00PM Red Rocks Amphitheatre John Prine with the Colorado Symphony with I'm With Her


"Weird Al” Yankovic Strings Attached with the Colorado Symphony

This 2019, Weird Al will follow up his 2015/16 200 show Mandatory World Tour and 2018 77 show Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour with his most bare-bones and extravagant tour ever – Strings Attached – where he and his band will be backed every night by a full orchestra. Your Colorado Symphony joins the comedic icon on stage at Red Rocks Amphitheatre this August 1 for one night only.

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Thu 8/1/19 7:30PM Red Rocks Amphitheatre "Weird Al” Yankovic Strings Attached with the Colorado Symphony


The Brightness of Light featuring Renée Fleming – Colorado Premiere

Brett Mitchell, conductor
Renée Fleming, soprano
Kevin Puts, special appearance

Single ticket on-sale is Friday, December 14, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

Superstar soprano, Renée Fleming, returns to the Colorado Symphony for an exciting Colorado premiere of The Brightness of Light conducted by Music Director, Brett Mitchell.

The letters of iconic American artist Georgia O’Keeffe and her husband, the photographer and curator Alfred Stieglitz, are full of poetry, humor, passion, pain, and longing. Written over the many months and years they lived apart, these letters chronicle their initial flirtations—when Georgia was a young, aspiring artist—to Alfred’s death in 1946. Written in three parts, with orchestral interludes composed by Kevin Puts and accompanied by a film by Wendall Harrington, The Brightness of Light tells the story of a great artist who ultimately turns from a painful marriage to embrace her work and the desert land she loves.

Note: This performance includes visual accompaniment with three large screens suspended in the concert hall. Limited seating.

Fri 11/15/19 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall The Brightness of Light featuring Renée Fleming – Colorado Premiere
Sun 11/17/19 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall The Brightness of Light featuring Renée Fleming – Colorado Premiere