Nick Dobreff
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Brett Mitchell Society Breakfast At Dazzle

Music Director Brett Mitchell joined with conductors Chris Dragon and Bertie Baigent for a wide ranging discussion on life, music, and more.

Photo by Brandon Marshall

On December 9, 2018, members of the Brett Mitchell Society gathered at Denver’s historic Dazzle Jazz Club for an intimate discussion with Associate Conductor Christopher Dragon, Assistant Conductor Bertie Baigent, and of course, Music Director Brett Mitchell himself.

A wide ranging conversation ensued covering topics from favorite books to musical idols, what pieces they would most like to conduct, what drew them to conducting, impactful advice they’ve received, and what separates the Colorado Symphony from other orchestras around the world.

“I noticed immediately during my audition that it felt very welcoming and I felt very much at home, there was a real sense of generosity and warmth from this orchestra,” said Baigent.

“This is my fourth season with the Colorado Symphony and leaving family and friends from Australia was difficult, so coming to an orchestra that is so accepting and supportive was incredible. It truly feels like a family here with the Colorado Symphony,” said Dragon.

That culture is fostered by Mitchell, who shared his favorite piece of advice with the assembled crowd.

"No whining, No complaining, No excuses."

When asked where that particluar piece of advice came from, the Seattle native quiped, "Seattle Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll," providing some good natured ribbing and one of many lighthearted moments to the proceedings. 

"It's amazing events like this where our supporters can connect with the talented artistic leadership that bring such high quality music to Denver," mused John Burtness, Chief Advancement Officer for the organization. 

Brett Mitchell Society events like this are the best place to gain access and insight with the Colorado Symphony's Music Director, conductors, guest artists, musicians, and more. 

To become a member of the Brett Mitchell society today, contact Caiti Glasgo, Director of Major Gifts, at 303.308.2475 or cglasgo@coloradosymphony.org.

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