Colorado Symphony Blog

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 Virtual "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.

The Maestra Returns

Marin Alsop discusses her March 20-22 return to Boettcher Concert Hall

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Marin Alsop, the world-renowned conductor and a pioneer for women in music, returns to Boettcher Concert Hall for her first podium appearances with the Colorado Symphony since November 2014. Alsop was appointed as Music Director of the Colorado Symphony in 1993 and served in that capacity for 12 highly successful years through 2005. Don’t miss your chance to see Alsop and your Colorado Symphony at Boettcher Concert Hall March 20, 21, and 22.

UPDATE: Due to the COVID-19 pandmemic, the March 20-22, 2020 performances with Marin Alsop have been postponed. Stand by for updates on reschedule dates for this performance.

Colorado Symphony Welcomes Lyle Wong as new Principal Orchestra Librarian

Wong follows Joanne Goble who retired after serving in the position since 1988

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In February, the Colorado Symphony welcomed Lyle Wong into the fold as the organization’s new Principal Orchestra Librarian. Lyle follows in the distinguished footsteps of Joanne Goble, who retired from the position after serving as the Colorado Symphony's Principal Orchestra Librarian since 1988. Prior to joining the Colorado Symphony, Lyle held several music librarian positions including with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Music Academy of the West, Orchestra of the Americas, Breckenridge Music Festival, and most recently at the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra as their Principal Orchestra Librarian.

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