Copland’s Rodeo Conducted by Andrew Litton

Friday, April 6, 2018 7:30PM
Boettcher Concert Hall

Copland’s Rodeo Conducted by Andrew Litton
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As part of Andrew Litton's storied career as an artistic leader for the Colorado Symphony these past four seasons, he commands the podium as Principal Guest Conductor one last time, revisiting Copland's Rodeo: Ballet in One Act, last performed in 2013.

You're sure to recognize the popular melody of "Hoe Down" from Copland's Rodeo. Plus, on Brahm’s Symphony No. 2, you’ll hear one of the composer’s most uplifting and playful symphonies. Check out the 4th movement below—listen at least 30 seconds!

Preview both pieces below on Spotify:

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

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

The running time of this performance is approximately 1 hour and 51 minutes. This includes one 20-minute intermission.

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Andrew Litton, conductor
Alban Gerhardt, cello

Boettcher Concert Hall is located in the Denver Performing Arts Complex at 14th and Curtis Streets in the heart of downtown Denver. It's easy to find and there are two large parking garages to the east and west of Boettcher. There are often multiple performances happening at DPAC at the same time, which leads to traffic congestion and lines to get into the parking garages. Be sure to leave plenty of time to get to DPAC—we don't want you to miss any of the music!

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Copland’s Rodeo Conducted by Andrew Litton
This weekend's performances feature a Prelude Musician Highlights with Violist Phillip Stevens. On Friday only, enjoy a Talkback with Concertmaster Yumi Hwang-Williams & Cellist Alban Gerhardt.

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Join your Colorado Symphony for preludes; pre-concert events to enhance your experience! Preludes take place at 6:30 p.m. (FRI & SAT) and 12 p.m. (SUN) in Boettcher Concert Hall, before every Classics performance, and are included with your concert ticket.

Prelude Lectures: Classical music author and historian Betsy Schwarm will share information about the composers and pieces on the program. Ms. Schwarm is a celebrated Denver icon. Catch her in action before hearing your Colorado Symphony!  

Prelude Musician Highlights: Ever wonder what your Colorado Symphony musicians think about the music? Come find out! Violist Phillip Stevens hosts an informal Q&A featuring additional Colorado Symphony musicians who are delighted to share their unique point of view on the composers and pieces you'll be hearing.  

Prelude Workshops: Be ready to participate! Take your mind, body, and spirit to a deeper listening plane with Catherine Beeson, Assistant Principal Violist and Director of Community Education Programs for your Colorado Symphony. Catherine will guide you to an internal understanding of the music you'll be hearing by encouraging your super powers of inquiry, observation and application.

Immediately following select Classics performances, enjoy a special 15-minute, post-concert discussion with the guest artist or conductor. Talkbacks take place in Boettcher Concert Hall and are included with your concert ticket.

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