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Coming Up at the Colorado Symphony: January

All concerts at Boettcher Concert Hall unless noted

Symphony at the Movies: Singin' in the Rain
Saturday, January 11, 7:30 pm
Scott O’Neil, resident conductor

Topping the American Film Institute’s list of 25 Greatest Movie Musicals of all time, this film masterpiece comes to life with live orchestral accompaniment and iconic on-screen performances by Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds. Colorado native and former Boettcher Scholar Patricia Ward Kelly will introduce the program and speak about her late husband, Gene Kelly.

24th Annual Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Tuesday, January 14, 7:30 pm – FREE
Joseph Young, conductor

The Colorado Symphony is honored to host the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Concert & Humanitarian Awards at Boettcher Concert Hall on Tuesday, January 14. Now in its 24th year, this annual celebration recognizes four humanitarian leaders who live and lead in the example of peace and equality exemplified by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Admission is free, but tickets are required for admission.  

Produced in partnership with the MLK Holiday Commission, this concert kicks off a week of events that celebrate Dr. King’s life, work and connection to Denver. Joseph Young, one of the country’s most up-and-coming young African American conductors, returns to lead the program, which features audio/video elements by Denver-based filmmaker Adam M. Dempsey, who produced the celebrated documentary When a King Came to Town, about Dr. King’s 1964 visit to Littleton.

John, Paul, George & Ringo
Friday, January 24, 7:30 pm
Paramount Theatre
Jeans ‘n Classics, musical guest
Joseph Young, conductor

This crowd-pleasing production presents some of the biggest hits of the post-Beatles careers of John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. Selections to include “Imagine,” “No More Lonely Nights,” “My Sweet Lord,” “My Love,” “Watchin’ The Wheels,” “When We Was Fab." Presented with full orchestration.

Dianne Reeves
Saturday, January 25, 7:30 pm
Joseph Young, conductor

Multi-GRAMMY® award winner Dianne Reeves presents an evening of jazz with the Colorado Symphony. The legendary singer, Denver native and East High School graduate will premiere a batch of six new songs, each with her trademark lush vocals and unparalleled improvisation.

Return to Paris
January 17 & 18 7: 30 pm, January 19, 2:30 pm
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor 
Jan Lisiecki, piano

ADÈS Three Studies from Couperin 
CHOPIN Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor 
RAVEL Le Tombeau de Couperin 
RAVEL La Valse

The final installment in the Colorado Symphony’s musical companion to Passport to Paris at the Denver Art Museum. A pillar of the French Baroque, Françoise Couperin lived and composed at the same time as some of the earliest painters featured in the exhibition running October 27-February 9. Former Music Director Jeffrey Kahane conducts an homage to Couperin le Grand with works by Maurice Ravel and Thomas Adès. No French tribute would be complete without Frédéric Chopin, who loved and wrote for the salons of Paris. As a preview to the concert, Kahane, Lisiecki and CSO principal flute player Brook Ferguson will be featured in "A Musician's Life," January 16 at Artwork Network, presented by Colorado Public Radio.

The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
Friday, January 31 & Saturday, February 1, 7:30 pm, Sunday, February 2
Peter Oundjian, conductor 
Chee Yun, violin

BRITTEN The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra 
TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto in D major
DVORÁK Symphony No. 7

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Benjamin Britten’s birth with a performance of one of his most popular works. Originally written for a documentary film in 1946 and recently featured in the Wes Anderson film Moonlight Kingdom, The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra is a showpiece for the orchestra’s virtuosic players. Sublime audience-friendly works by Tchaikovsky and Dvorak round out this selection of favorites.

Interview opportunities:
    Diane Reeves
    Patricia Ward Kelly, wife of Gene Kelly
    Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
    Jan Lisiecki, pianist
    Joseph Young, conductor, MLK program; Dianne Reeves; John, Paul, George & Ringo
    Peter Oundjan, conductor, Young Peron’s Guide to the Orchestra

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