Event Listings



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


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


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


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


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


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


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