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SxSE Festival featuring Colorado Symphony Brass

Join this 1-day, pop-up celebration featuring local food, music, and community for SE Denver. This free community event kicks off with a Fun Run/Walk around Bible Park followed by a kids parade, and features live music from local bands, including your Colorado Symphony Brass! You won't want to miss a selection of local brews and food for purchase, fun games and activities, a pop-up dog park (YES, even the dogs are invited!), and much more!

Colorado Symphony Brass performance is sponsored by Denver Arts & Venues.


Admission is free; No tickets required. Please Note: This performance features the Colorado Symphony brass only; not the full ensemble.

Sat 8/18/18 6:00PM James A. Bible Park SxSE Festival featuring Colorado Symphony Brass


México en el Corazón 2018
2018/19 Community Concerts
México en el Corazón 2018

Join us for an interactive performance that will bring the heart and soul of Mexico directly to you in Colorado! This show presents authentic Mexican culture, song, dance and folklore to the stage this August in Boettcher Concert Hall performed by México en el Corazón - which features a thirteen piece band and over a dozen dancers with singers as well! The dissemination of these artistic expressions allows for a greater approach to Mexico's traditions and generates greater identification among Mexican migrants, while reinforcing community recognition of the great contribution and presence Mexican art and culture has in the United States.

Iniciativa que trae desde México a la comunidad mexicana, méxico-americana y al público estadounidense en general, un espectáculo de gran calidad el cual presenta lo más representativo de la música, bailables y canciones de nuestro folclor.

This presentation does NOT include a performance with or by members of the Colorado Symphony.

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, online through print-at-home ticket delivery method, or through the Mexican Cultural Center. All seating is general admission and a ticket does not guarantee a seat.

Sun 8/26/18 2:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall México en el Corazón 2018


Colorado Symphony Chorus Auditions

The Colorado Symphony's 2018/19 Season marks the 35th year of the Colorado Symphony Chorus. Founded in 1984 by Duain Wolfe, our chorus has earned a reputation as one of the finest symphonic choruses in the United States.

This season, the Colorado Symphony Chorus is featured on numerous performances including Britten War Requiem, Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY, Carmina Burana Conducted by Brett Mitchell, and more!

The next round of auditions will be held on Monday, August 27, 2018, at Trinity United Methodist Church (18th & Broadway), between 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. Learn more about the Symphony Chorus and sign-up for auditions:

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Mon 8/27/18 7:00PM Trinity United Methodist Colorado Symphony Chorus Auditions


Jake Shimabukuro in Concert
2018/19 Specials
Jake Shimabukuro in Concert

Christopher Dragon, conductor
Jake Shimabukuro, ukulele

Ukulele superstar Jake Shimabukuro, who shot to international fame with his virtuosic covers of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” “Hallelujah,” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” joins your Colorado Symphony once more to perform his many fan favorites plus some of his own electrifying originals for ukulele and orchestra.

Fri 9/7/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Jake Shimabukuro in Concert


Afterglow with Remix
2018/19 Remix Events
Afterglow with Remix

Join REMIX, Young Professionals of the Colorado Symphony, for an evening cocktail reception at The Nickel at Hotel Teatro (just a block from the concert hall!) immediately following Christopher Dragon's first conducting event of the season, Jake Shimabukuro in Concert! Cash bar, hosted light bites, free mix and mingle fun.

Cost: $15*

*Note: Remix members attend free when tickets are acquired in advance. A $5 donation is suggested for tickets at the door. Click here to learn more about Remix and join today!

Fri 9/7/18 9:00PM The Nickel at Hotel Teatro Afterglow with Remix


HANSON STRING THEORY, Live with your Colorado Symphony

Christopher Dragon, conductor

After a sold out world tour celebrating 25 years together, HANSON marks their 26th birthday with a musical experience unlike any other. HANSON STRING THEORY - a musical manifesto with new and career spanning works from HANSON, arranged by David Campbell, performed with the world’s leading symphonies.

Sat 9/8/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall HANSON STRING THEORY, Live with your Colorado Symphony


Bernstein 100 with the Colorado Symphony Brass & Percussion

Brian Buerkle, conductor
Colorado Symphony Brass & Percussion

All pieces by Leonard Bernstein
Overture from Candide (1956)
Shivaree (1969)
Simple Song from Mass (1971)
Fanfare for Bima from Brass Music (1948)
Presto Barbaro from On the Waterfront (1954)
A Little Bit In Love from Wonderful Town (1953)
Three Dance Episodes from On the Town (1944) I. The Great Lover
II. Lonely Town: Pas de deux III. Times Square: 1944
Fanfare for the Inauguration of John F. Kennedy (1961)
Slava! A Political Overture (1977)
Build My House from Peter Pan (1950)
Dance Suite (1989)
    I. Dancisca (for Antony)
    II. Waltz (for Agnes)
    III. Bi-Tango (for Misha)
    IV. Two-Step (for Mr. B)
    V. MTV (for Jerry)
Fanfare for the 25th Anniversary of the HS of Music and Art, NYC (1961)
Suite from West Side Story (1957)
    I. Intro
    II. I Feel Pretty
    III. Maria
    IV. Something’s Coming
    V. Tonight
    VI. One Hand, One Heart
    VII. Cool
    VI. America

In the Colorado Symphony's Levitt Pavilion debut, we continue the centennial celebration of renowned composer Leonard Bernstein’s birth with a program highlighting spirited pieces performed by the Colorado Symphony's brass and percussion. Conductor Brian Buerkle leads the ensemble through some of Bernstein’s most beloved works in a tribute fit for the world-wide celebration of the composer, conductor, educator, musician, and humanitarian.

Admission is free, but tickets are required for admission. Tickets are available now, through the Levitt Pavilion Denver, while supplies last. Please Note: This performance features the Colorado Symphony brass and percussion only; not the full ensemble.

This event is ticketed by Levitt Pavilion Denver

Sun 9/9/18 6:00PM Levitt Pavilion Denver Bernstein 100 with the Colorado Symphony Brass & Percussion


Opening Weekend: Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2 Conducted by Brett Mitchell

Brett Mitchell, conductor
Jeremy Denk, piano

WILLIAM HILL World Premiere
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major, K. 503
RACHMANINOFF Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27

On the heels of an acclaimed inaugural season, Music Director Brett Mitchell, begins his second by conducting Rachmaninoff's second and best-known symphony. A romantic tour de force, Rachmaninoff’s luscious Symphony No. 2 brims with emotion as melodies of heart-wrenching beauty unfold throughout. One of America’s foremost pianists, featured soloist Jeremy Denk joins your Colorado Symphony in bringing the exceptional elegance of Mozart’s brilliant Piano Concerto No. 25 to life. A special world premiere performance of Principal Timpanist William Hill’s latest composition kicks off this opening weekend celebration.

Fri 9/14/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Opening Weekend: Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2 Conducted by Brett Mitchell
Sat 9/15/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Opening Weekend: Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2 Conducted by Brett Mitchell
Sun 9/16/18 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Opening Weekend: Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2 Conducted by Brett Mitchell


 Latin Beats: Sonidos de las Américas
2018/19 Community Concerts
Latin Beats: Sonidos de las Américas

The Mexican Cultural Center along with the Colorado Symphony, presents Latin Beats: Sonidos de las Américas. In its second year, this unique community concert celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month and Latin culture’s influence on sound in the Americas. This concert will showcase a fusion of traditional, classical, and contemporary music augmented by the Colorado Symphony’s soaring orchestrations.

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.

Thu 9/20/18 7:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Latin Beats: Sonidos de las Américas


Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra: Masters of American Song

Christopher Dragon, conductor
Capathia Jenkins and Tony DeSare, vocalists

Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra were two undisputed masters of “The Great American Songbook.” During their storied careers, they appeared together several times on television and on stage. Great fans of one another’s work, their mutual admiration transformed into pure magic when performing together. Sadly, they never realized a recording immortalizing their collaborative legacy. Join your Colorado Symphony and special guest artists Capathia Jenkins and Tony DeSare as we work to recreate some of that magic live for one night only this September.

Sat 9/22/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra: Masters of American Song


Gershwin Concerto in F Conducted by Brett Mitchell

Brett Mitchell, conductor
Joyce Yang, piano
Timothy McAllister, saxophone

ELLINGTON Three Black Kings
GERSHWIN Concerto in F
JOHN ADAMS City Noir

Your Colorado Symphony celebrates three titans of American music with an evening of urban symphonic jazz, exploring the evolution of jazz in the concert hall from Gershwin to Ellington to John Adams. Gershwin’s Concerto in F, the first large-scale jazz composition in a traditionally classical form, stands out as one of the most striking and original pieces of its time. Captivating pianist Joyce Yang makes her much-anticipated Colorado Symphony debut bringing a ‘poetic and sensitive pianism’ to Gershwin’s work. Ellington’s last major work, Three Black Kings, captures one of the greatest songwriters of all time exploring the orchestral form, while John Adams’ City Noir features virtuosic saxophonist Timothy McAllister in a work that evokes the tone of 20th century America as it harkens back to the golden age of jazz.

Fri 9/28/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Gershwin Concerto in F Conducted by Brett Mitchell
Sat 9/29/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Gershwin Concerto in F Conducted by Brett Mitchell
Sun 9/30/18 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Gershwin Concerto in F Conducted by Brett Mitchell


A Light In The Void
2018/19 Specials
A Light In The Void

Austin Wintory, composer/conductor
Anthony Lund, writer/producer
Maria Spiropulu, Alice Roberts, and Carolyn Porco, guest speakers

A Light in the Void is the world’s first concert experience to blend unforgettable scientific stories—told by world-renowned scientists—with stirring orchestral accompaniment and stunning visual narrative. Featuring all-original compositions, this experience of intense wonder and excitement will take you on a journey to learn incredible scientific facts and ignite your senses with the elation of discovery and wonder. The story of science unfolds before you in a special blend of content, music, and visuals, lovingly choreographed to tell a complete story 13.8 billion years in the making. A Light in the Void will renew our vows with all that is greater than ourselves.

About the Scientists:

Maria Spiropulu is Shang Yi Ch’en Professor of Physics at Caltech and experimental high energy particle physicist at Caltech’s Lauritsen Lab, Fermilab, and CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. Alice Roberts is Professor of Anthropology & Paleopathology at The University of Birmingham. Carolyn Porco is Professor of Planetary Science at The University of Colorado at Boulder and a former project leader for the Cassini-Huygens Space Probe at NASA.

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

Fri 10/5/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Light In The Void


Rodgers and Hammerstein Celebration
2018/19 Symphony Pops
Rodgers and Hammerstein Celebration

Christopher Dragon, conductor
Sarah Jane McMahon, Gary Mauer, and William Michals, vocalists

A celebration of the music by Rodgers and Hammerstein, this evening not only celebrates the collaboration of these two geniuses, but also includes songs of Hammerstein’s collaboration with Jerome Kern (Showboat) as well as Rodgers’ collaborations with Lorenz Hart. This wonderful evening features vocalists Sarah Jane McMahon, Gary Mauer, and William Michals, and includes show-stopping Broadway tunes such as “Climb Every Mountain,” “Oklahoma,” “Some Enchanted Evening,” and many others!

Sat 10/6/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Rodgers and Hammerstein Celebration


Beethoven and Brews at Blue Moon Brewing Co. – RiNo

Brett Mitchell, conductor
Judith McIntyre, cello
Colorado Symphony

BEETHOVEN Overture from Egmont
ELGAR Sospiri
FALLA Suite No. 1 from The Three-Cornered Hat
BEETHOVEN Leonore Overture No. 1
KODALY Dances of Galanta

Beethoven and Brews goes BACK to Blue Moon Brewing Co. - RiNo to bring you another evening of spectacular music highlighting one of the world's greatest composers. Join your Colorado Symphony as Music Director Brett Mitchell conducts the orchestra through not one, but two of Beethoven's most beloved overtures! Cellist Judith McIntyre performs as soloist on Elgar's Sospiri and the ensemble rounds out the evening of music with works by Kodaly and Falla. Grab tickets now for this spectacular evening of music, friends, and great beer that happens once in a Blue Moon.


Must be 21+ to attend.

Wed 10/10/18 6:00PM Blue Moon Brewing Co. – RiNo Beethoven and Brews at Blue Moon Brewing Co. – RiNo


An Evening with Leslie Odom, Jr.

Brett Mitchell, conductor
Leslie Odom, Jr., vocalist

Multifaceted performer Leslie Odom, Jr., best known for originating the Tony Award®—Winning role of Aaron Burr in the original cast of Broadway’s Hamilton and his role in the TV series Smash, joins your Colorado Symphony for an extraordinary evening performing hits from his debut solo album, which quickly rose to number one on the Billboard and iTunes Jazz charts, and more.

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

Sat 10/13/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall An Evening with Leslie Odom, Jr.


Schubert Unfinished Symphony
2018/19 Classics
Schubert Unfinished Symphony

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
Michael Thornton, horn

GOULD Spirituals for Orchestra
GLIÈRE Concerto for Horn in B-flat major, Op. 91
SCHUBERT Symphony in B minor, D. 759, "Unfinished"
WAGNER Prelude to Die Meistersinger

In his first Colorado Symphony appearance since 2004, guest conductor Carlos Kalmar leads the orchestra in a performance of varied works. Glière’s sweeping and unprecedentedly demanding Concerto for Horn is performed by Principal Horn Michael Thornton. Contrary to its name, Schubert’s “Unfinished” Symphony provides a complete, essential symphonic experience despite the mystery surrounding its incomplete status. In a stirring conclusion to the program, Wagner’s bright and virtuosic Prelude to Die Meistersinger introduces the opera’s most important themes in a beautifully self-contained fashion, making it a magnificent concert piece.

Fri 10/19/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Schubert Unfinished Symphony
Sat 10/20/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Schubert Unfinished Symphony
Sun 10/21/18 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Schubert Unfinished Symphony


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! Disney’s 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.

Wed 10/24/18 7:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Disney in Concert: Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas
Thu 10/25/18 7:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Disney in Concert: Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas


Time Warp - The Music of The Rocky Horror Show

Christopher Dragon, conductor
Jeans 'n Classics, vocalists/band

Are you ready for the Time Warp? It’s a musical celebration of the music and songs from the cult-classic, The Rocky Horror Show! We’ve never gone quite this theatrical before, but “It’s Astounding” how five vocalists from Jeans 'n Classics channel Rocky Horror characters Magenta, Columbia, Frank-N-Furter, Riff Raff, and Brad and Janet in this fun, wild symphonic rock concert! Come on down to the lab to hear what’s on the slab—music of the iconic sci fi-comedy-horror satire with your Colorado Symphony.

This presentation is NOT shown in conjunction with the motion picture film, but DOES have fun, fantastic, frisky re-enactors that'll have you shouting, "Hot patootie, bless my soul! I really love that rock n' roll!"

Fri 10/26/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Time Warp - The Music of The Rocky Horror Show
Sat 10/27/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Time Warp - The Music of The Rocky Horror Show


Halloween Spooktacular!
2018/19 Family
Halloween Spooktacular!

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 goulish-good time for every little monster and their mummy!

Sun 10/28/18 2:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Halloween Spooktacular!


Britten War Requiem
2018/19 Classics
Britten War Requiem

Brett Mitchell, conductor
Amanda Majeski, soprano
Nicholas Phan, tenor
James Westman, baritone
Colorado Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe, director
Colorado Children's Chorale, Deborah DeSantis, artistic director

BRITTEN War Requiem, Op. 66

On the eve of the 100th anniversary of the November 11, 1918 Armistice that signaled the end of World War I, your Colorado Symphony presents a once-in-a-generation performance of Benjamin Britten’s masterpiece, War Requiem. Commissioned to mark the opening of a new cathedral for the city of Coventry in 1962 after a bombing destroyed the previous cathedral in 1940, Britten, a lifelong pacifist and conscientious objector during World War II, created this very public expression of his beliefs about ‘war and the pity of war.’ In a master stroke, he included texts by the First World War poet Wilfred Owen, providing an ironic commentary on the classic Latin Requiem Mass while serving as a reminder to future generations on the wickedness of war. Joined by the Colorado Symphony Chorus, the Colorado Children’s Chorale, and three vocal soloists, Brett Mitchell leads your Colorado Symphony in its first performance of this monumental undertaking since 2001.

Fri 11/2/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Britten War Requiem
Sat 11/3/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Britten War Requiem
Sun 11/4/18 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Britten War Requiem


Lettuce with the Colorado Symphony

For more than two decades, Lettuce have brought a new vitality to classic funk, matching their smooth and soulful grooves with a hip-hop-inspired urgency. Their latest offerings showcase the exceptional musicianship and improvisational, rhythmic genius that fans have come to expect with orchestrations created especially for this world-premiere event by Tom Hagerman. For their Colorado Symphony debut, the band will bring forth their greatest creative endeavor to-date to funk the house down.

Sat 11/10/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Lettuce with the Colorado Symphony


Vienna Boys Choir
2018/19 Specials
Vienna Boys Choir

Boys have been singing at the Viennese court since the 14th century. Historians settled on 1498 as the foundation date for the Vienna Boys Choir and, until 1918, the Choir sang exclusively for the imperial court, at Mass, concerts, private functions, and on state occasions.

Today, the Vienna Boys Choir consists of 100 boys between the ages of ten and fourteen from dozens of nations, divided into four touring groups. Each group spends nine to eleven weeks of the school year on tour. Among them, the four choirs give 300 concerts and performances each year before almost half a million people. Join us for an evening of awe-inspiring vocals with a small ensemble of your Colorado Symphony adding to the uniqueness of this concert evening.

This performance will feature only a small portion of the musicians of the Colorado Symphony.

Sun 11/11/18 2:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Vienna Boys Choir


Bruch Performed by Pinchas Zukerman

Jaime Martín, conductor
Pinchas Zukerman, violin

RAVEL Le tombeau de Couperin
BRUCH Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26
SIBELIUS Symphony No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 82

A true master of our time, violinist Pinchas Zukerman teams with guest conductor Jaime Martín to invigorate Bruch’s renowned concerto. Zukerman lends his virtuosity, prodigious technique, and unwavering artistic standards to a work that teems with lyrical beauty and emotional sincerity. Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin pays a light-hearted homage to loved ones lost, while Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5 builds to a majestic and fitting conclusion to an unforgettable performance.

Fri 11/16/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Bruch Performed by Pinchas Zukerman
Sat 11/17/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Bruch Performed by Pinchas Zukerman
Sun 11/18/18 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall Bruch Performed by Pinchas Zukerman


Movie at the Symphony: Home Alone in Concert
2018/19 Movie at the Symphony
Movie at the Symphony: Home Alone in Concert

Brett Mitchell, conductor
Colorado Symphony Chorus, Taylor Martin, assistant director

A holiday classic, Home Alone features renowned composer John Williams’ charming and delightful score performed live as the film is shown on large suspended screens in Boettcher Concert Hall. Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin McCallister, an eight-year-old boy who’s accidentally left behind when his family leaves for Christmas vacation, and who must defend his home against two bungling thieves (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern). Hilarious and heartwarming, Home Alone is holiday fun for the entire family.

© 1990 Twentieth Century Fox

Fri 11/23/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Movie at the Symphony: Home Alone in Concert


Free Fallin' - The Music of Tom Petty

Christopher Dragon, conductor
Jeans 'n Classics, vocalists/band

Tom Petty’s career spanned over forty years, bringing with it the iconic American music that made Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers a household name. Your Colorado Symphony teams up with Jeans 'n Classics once more, to faithfully interpret and honor the late great rock ’n roll icon, Tom Petty.

Sat 11/24/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Free Fallin' - The Music of Tom Petty


Drums of the World
2018/19 Family
Drums of the World

Colorado Symphony Percussionists

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

Sun 11/25/18 2:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Drums of the World


All Beethoven
2018/19 Classics
All Beethoven

Hans Graf, conductor
Inon Barnatan, piano

BEETHOVEN Overture to Egmont, Op. 84
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral"

This season’s annual weekend of all-Beethoven performances highlights works of the world’s most revered and recognized composer: Ludwig van Beethoven. GRAMMY Award®—Winner Hans Graf takes the podium as your Colorado Symphony performs Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral,” which brims with color and texture as it transports listeners on a stroll through the Viennese countryside. Overture to Egmont, shows Beethoven at his most urgent and forceful in a piece full of power and fire. Inon Barnatan joins the ensemble as featured soloist on Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 for a weekend showcasing the works of a symphonic legend.

Fri 11/30/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall All Beethoven
Sat 12/1/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall All Beethoven
Sun 12/2/18 1:00PM Boettcher Concert Hall All Beethoven


A Classical Christmas Conducted by Brett Mitchell

Brett Mitchell, conductor
Anna Christy, soprano
Andrew Garland, baritone
Colorado Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe, director

ARNOLD (arr. Palmer) The Holly and the Ivy (Fantasy on Christmas Carols)
HOLST Christmas Day
BARBER Die Natali: Chorale Preludes for Christmas
BERLIOZ "The Shepherds' Farewell" from L'enfance du Christ
HANDEL (arr. Mozart) "Hallelujah" from Messiah
TRADITIONAL (arr. Jackfert) I Saw Three Ships
ADAM (Arr. Jackfert) O Holy Night
HOPKINS (arr. Jackfert) We Three Kings
FINZI In Terra Pax: Christmas Scene
RANDOL BASS Gloria

A new tradition begins as your Colorado Symphony debuts A Classical Christmas, blending traditional and classical holiday arrangements in an unforgettable performance. Featuring vocal soloists Anna Christy and Andrew Garland, and the Colorado Symphony Chorus, this new program includes holiday-themed music from Handel arranged by Mozart, Holst, Barber, Berlioz, and more. Finzi’s In Terra Pax: Christmas Scene is a magnificent retelling of the nativity story while Bass’ Gloria offers an electrifying conclusion to this holiday kick-off spectacular.

Fri 12/7/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Classical Christmas Conducted by Brett Mitchell
Sat 12/8/18 7:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall A Classical Christmas Conducted by Brett Mitchell


Ten Tenors — Home for the Holidays with your Colorado Symphony

Christophter Dragon, conductor
Ten Tenors, vocalists

Join Australia’s rock stars of the opera, the Ten Tenors, as they amaze and enthrall with their unique selection of traditional and contemporary seasonal favorites performed with your Colorado Symphony. With soaring versions of “Joy to the World,” “White Christmas,“ “Amazing Grace,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Feliz Navidad,” and more, Home for the Holidays is the perfect way to celebrate the spirit of the season.

Sun 12/9/18 6:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall Ten Tenors — Home for the Holidays with your Colorado Symphony


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. ‘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, 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!

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

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
Lawrence Clayton, 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 and Lawrence Clayton, 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!

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

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

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


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


Symphonic Tribute to Comic Con — V

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

Christophter 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.

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

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


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.

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 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.

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


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


Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY

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


Brahms v Radiohead
2018/19 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