Colorado Symphony Blog

Modulations In An Emergency

COVID-19 has devastated the national performing arts landscape, but despite enormous challenges the Colorado Symphony continues to #PlayOn. Why music is more important than ever and why philanthropic support is vital to its recovery.

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The impact of COVID-19 has affected millions of people around the world. But despite the enormous challenges, the Colorado Symphony has continued to #PlayOn. However, with no way to know when we’ll be able to perform again with our full ensemble, or when we’ll be able to fill a concert hall with patrons again, the immediate future of the organization is being threatened. In response to this threat, we've started the Play On Recovery Fund to help bridge the financial gap until we can perform in full again. Now more than ever, your investment can make a huge difference in our community. We ask you to consider joining this mission by making your own investment in music, helping to preserve the future of live symphonic music for generations to come. 

Enter The Dragon

The Colorado Symphony's Resident Conductor discusses the challenges of quarantining, newfound cooking recipes, his percussion debut at Red Rocks, and much more.

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The Colorado Symphony’s Resident Conductor Christopher Dragon has navigated a busy schedule of late, conducting nearly 20 summer performances at Red Rocks as part of the Acoustic on the Rocks series. We talked to him about the challenges of quarantining, newfound cooking recipes, his percussion debut at Red Rocks, and much more. 

“I don’t think I can put into words how much I needed these concerts at Red Rocks. It had been over five months since my last time on the podium and each performance was special as I was just so thankful to be back making music with my colleagues.”

A Season To Remember

Colorado Symphony reaches new heights despite pandemic-shortened 2019/20 Season

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The Colorado Symphony has been a cultural cornerstone in Denver for nearly 100 years, and the 2019/20 season expanded the orchestra's presence to projected record-breaking numbers, as 276,466 patrons enjoyed live symphonic music, despite COVID-19 shuttering performance capabilities for nearly 25% of the operating year. Read on to look back on some of the highlights from the past concert season.

Your Gifts At Work

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. 

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