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December 4, 2014

A Bright Beginning to the Colorado Symphony Holiday Season

Innovation, excellence, diversity define a banner weekend and season

This holiday season, the Colorado Symphony has many reasons to celebrate. Beginning with a high-profile recording project and ending with a popular family program, the Thanksgiving weekend was one of the 2014/15 season’s best yet, bringing new faces, new sounds, and new prestige to the largest professional orchestra in the Rocky Mountain West.

One of the most innovative orchestras in the United States, the Colorado Symphony constantly seeks new and creative ways to preserve the cultural legacy of symphonic music while actively co-creating its future. Artistic excellence, affordability, accessibility, creativity, technology, and audience engagement are all vital elements of today’s Colorado Symphony.

Weekend Highlights:
Music Director Andrew Litton led a recording of the major works of Aaron Copland, to be released internationally in 2015 by Sweden’s Bis Records, classical music’s leading imprint. Over three days, Litton and the orchestra captured performances that will be heard by listeners around the world, significantly elevating the Colorado Symphony’s global profile and reach.

“An Evening of Copland,” Friday, November 28, garnered critical attention and exceeded attendance and sales goals, drawing a diverse audience including members of the United States Armed Forces, teachers, students, musicians, young professionals, and visitors to Denver. Active duty military, educators and students enjoy deep discounts on most Colorado Symphony concerts.

On Saturday, November 29, patrons danced in the aisles during “Los Lobos: Disconnected,” the second offering in the new Colorado Symphony Presents series, which brings contemporary artists to Boettcher Concert Hall throughout the season. A showcase of Los Lobos’ virtuosity and depth, the all-acoustic concert attracted an intergenerational and culturally diverse crowd, including many members of Denver’s Latino community.

145 children and adults experienced a Colorado Symphony concert — for free. Throughout the 2014/15 season, the Colorado Symphony will provide $170,000 in concert tickets to individuals and families for whom cost is a barrier to participation in the arts. Many had never been to Boettcher Concert Hall before last weekend. The Community Ticketing Initiative is a partnership with Denver Arts & Venues and supports the City of Denver’s Imagine 2020 Cultural Plan.

The CSO exceeded audience and sales goals for a second time in one weekend with “Drums of the World” on Sunday, November 30. Like all concerts in the Family series, tickets were $10 for kids and $25 for adults.
More than 5,000 school children attended youth concerts at Boettcher Concert Hall on Monday, December 1 and Tuesday, December 2.

The Colorado Symphony’s profile on social media continues to expand, with approximately 100 new followers per week and an average engagement rate of 80%. Social media activity is incorporated into several Colorado Symphony programs this season.

Still to Come: Holiday Concerts
The celebration continues throughout December, as the Colorado Symphony presents an array of holiday programs from classical to contemporary.

PINK MARTINI with the Colorado Symphony, Tuesday, December 9, 7:30 pm
HANDEL’S MESSIAH, Saturday, December 13, 7:30 pm; Sunday, December 14, 1 pm
HOLIDAY BRASS: At Lonetree Arts Center, Thursday, December 11, 7:30 pm; at Montview Presbyterian Church, Sunday, December 14, 5 pm
A COLORADO CHRISTMAS, Friday, December 19, 7:30 pm; Saturday, December 20, 2:30 pm & 6 pm; Sunday, December 21, 1 pm
TOO HOT TO HANDEL, Saturday, December 27, 7:30 pm; Sunday, December 28, 1 pm
A NIGHT IN VIENNA, Wednesday, December 31, 6:30 pm
Tickets for most programs start at $25. Discount offers include $2 tickets for Active Duty Military; $10 teacher/student with valid ID, when purchased at the Boettcher Concert Hall Box Office. Some exceptions apply.

For details, visit, call 303-623-7876, or visit the box office at Boettcher Concert Hall, located in the Denver Performing Arts Complex at 14th and Champa streets.

For interview, photo, or ticket requests, please contact Laura Bond,; 303-308-2477. For downloadable, hi-res photos, visit the Colorado Symphony media page.


One of the leading orchestras in the United States, the Colorado Symphony performs more than 150 concerts annually at Boettcher Concert Hall in downtown Denver and across Colorado. Led by internationally renowned Music Director Andrew Litton, the Colorado Symphony is home to eighty full-time musicians, representing more than a dozen nations, and regularly welcomes the most celebrated artists from the world of symphonic music and beyond. Every season, the Colorado Symphony serves more than 250,000 people from all walks of life, performing a range of musical styles, from traditional to contemporary. Recognized as an incubator of innovation, creativity, and excellence, the Colorado Symphony continually expands its reach through education, outreach, and programming. The Colorado Symphony partners with the state’s leading musical artists, cultural organizations, corporations, foundations, sports teams, and individuals to expose diverse audiences to the transformative power of music. To learn more, visit