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Starting in the fall of 2022, the Colorado Symphony will partner with three leading musicians from diverse musical backgrounds to reimagine the future of the American symphony.

Imagine the Possibilities:

A Genre-Bending Collaboration of Music and Minds

Featuring collaborations with the Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA, Broadway’s Mary-Mitchell Campbell, and Colorado’s own Nathaniel Rateliff, the Imagination Artist Series will provide these artists with unparalleled creative access to the entire orchestra, offering a blank canvas to innovate, imagine, and curate orchestral programs while sharing three unique artistic visions that will debut exclusively for Colorado Symphony audiences starting in the 2022/23 Season.

In addition to their projects with the Colorado Symphony, Imagination Artists will act as brand ambassadors for the orchestra’s Classics programs, advocating on behalf of the orchestra’s core repertoire to new audiences around Colorado while also supporting Colorado Symphony education efforts within the community.

Imagination Artist Performances

“What I love about this orchestra, is how passionate they are about making all kinds of music and recognizing that every genre has a place in the concert hall.”

Mary-Mitchell Campbell

Imagination Artist

Tribute To Stephen Sondheim with Mary-Mitchell Campbell
SEP 23-24  FRI-SAT 7:30

From the mind of Mary-Mitchell Campbell, the Music Director behind numerous Broadway shows including Mean Girls, The Prom, My Love Letter to Broadway with Kristin Chenoweth, Tuck Everlasting, Sweeney Todd, and more, the Imagination Artist Series begins with a Tribute to Stephen Sondheim on September 23 and 24, 2022, celebrating one the most important figures in 20th-century musical theater. This program will feature some of Sondheim’s greatest works from Broadway hits like A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Sunday in the Park with George, and Into the Woods.

Subscriptions available beginning April 11, 2022. Single tickets available beginning July 18, 2022.

“When you get a chance to hear your music translated by an orchestra, it’s so fulfilling. The vibration of it, the feel of it. As musicians we strive to inspire and give inspiration. If you can move somebody and let their imagination explore and explode, I think that’s what we have the chance to do here.”


Imagination Artist

Colorado Symphony Imagination Gala
MAY 21  SAT 6:00

RZA made his Colorado Symphony debut along with Wu-Tang Clan in a pair of sold-out shows at Red Rocks and Mission Ballroom on August 13 and 14, 2021. RZA will return to Denver on May 21, 2022, performing at the Colorado Symphony’s Imagination Gala at Mission Ballroom, the organization’s largest fundraising event of the year.

Tickets & More Info


The Imagination Concerts created by RZA will be unveiled at a later date – stay tuned for announcements, on-sale dates, and more!

“Hearing the symphony, it’s hard not to react to it, especially when you’re performing with them. I’ve always felt like music does this thing where it takes your breath away. When you hear that many people playing together it does something that you can feel.”

Nathaniel Rateliff

Imagination Artist


The Imagination Concerts created by Nathaniel Rateliff will be unveiled at a later date – stay tuned for announcements, on-sale dates, and more!

Together, we envision a bright future for live, symphonic music filled with unlimited possibilities. Join us as we push boundaries, meld genres, and inspire a new generation of music lovers.