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Colorado Symphony Youth Education Programs set record attendance numbers for 2019/20 Season

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With the help and support of Colorado Symphony donors, the Community Education Department managed to generate record-stetting numbers for their 2019/20 Youth Education Programs, tallying a total of 30,645 participants from September 2019 through mid March 2020. Despite completing only 75% of the season due to the onset of COVID-19, the Colorado Symphony still welcomed nearly 25,300 students to Youth Concerts at Boettcher Concert Hall alone, compared to 16,436 during the 2018/19 season. An additional 5,000 students were scheduled to attend April Petite Musique concerts, Open Rehearsals, In-School performances, In-Community programs, and Link Up, which would have brought the yearly total to 35,645.

Colorado Symphony and Denver Botanic Gardens Team Up for Socially Distanced Performance

Using alphorns, Colorado Symphony musicians perform duet of "Amazing Grace" on Make Music Day, in Mordecai Children's Garden

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The Colorado Symphony partnered with Denver Botanic Gardens for a socially distanced alphorn duet of "Amazing Grace" featuring Colorado Symphony Principal Horn Michael Thornton and Matthew Eckenhoff in commemoration of Make Music Day. The performance took place in the picturesque Botanic Gardens which is celebrating their reopening after an extended closure as Colorado dealt with restrictions following the outbreak of COVID-19. 

A Conversation about Black Musicians and Composers

Colorado Symphony Principal Violist Basil Vendryes and Music Director Brett Mitchell's discussion was the subject of the June 12-14 Virtual Music Hour

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The Colorado Symphony's June 12-14 Virtual Music Hour featured a candid conversation between Principal Violist Basil Vendryes and Music Director Brett Mitchell about being a Black musician or composer in our society, the significance of Duke Ellington's Three Black Kings and Aaron Copland's Lincoln Portrait, and what orchestras can do to promote diversity in the concert hall. 

Virtual Wagner Hour

Relive the Colorado Symphony’s 2018 performance of The Ring Without Words in a special Virtual Music Hour featuring a full video recording and leitmotif demonstration

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Richard Wagner’s The Ring of the Nibelung is utterly unique in the history of art: an ancient mythological tale spread over four interdependent operas spanning upwards of fifteen hours. Learn more about Wagner's magnum opus and relive the Colorado Symphony's April 2018 performance of The Ring Without Words which includes a special full video recording of the performance and an introduction by Music Director Brett Mitchell detailing some of the featured leitmotifs.

Colorado Symphony's Digital "Ode to Joy"

49 Colorado Symphony musicians collaborate to bring Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” to the world during COVID-19 pandemic

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Beethoven's Ninth Symphony is an ode to humanity, to peace over desperation, and, of course, to joy. While patrons are unnable to see the Colorado Symphony in person during the COVID-19 crisis, the Colorado Symphony proudly continues to #PlayOn, bringing music into homes and ears around the world. From all of us at the Colorado Symphony, stay safe, stay healthy, and take care of one another. We can't wait to see you all at Boettcher Concert Hall again very soon.

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