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Peter Oundjian has earned his acclaim by making magic from masters like Beethoven, Britten, and Mahler

With Oundjian at the helm, local audiences can have a considerable degree of certainty that the usual classical music will be delivered expertly. Born in Toronto and raised in Surrey, England, he is most famous in the classical world for his 14-year tenure as music director at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. In addition, the Colorado Symphony, he said, has a serious plan to “be more than one thing as an orchestra.” To that end, expect more, and noisier, moves from the orchestra in this direction.

The Colorado Symphony’s new principal conductor wants to shake things up

The Colorado Symphony has announced that Peter Oundjian, music director of the Colorado Music Festival and an internationally recognized conductor most recently with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, is taking over as the organization’s principal conductor. 

Colorado Symphony Names Peter Oundjian as New Principal Conductor

Peter Oundjian was a principal guest conductor for the Colorado Symphony from 2003 to 2006 and has been a frequent collaborator with the orchestra since then, so it's no wonder he's been asked through the years to come on board for a longer-term relationship. “But I was always somewhere else,” Oundjian says. The Colorado Symphony Association has finally found him in the right place, and has just announced Oundjian's appointment as its principal conductor.

Dianne Reeves joins the Colorado Symphony for a night of ‘stories and music of all kinds’

Dianne Reeves returns home to perform with the Colorado Symphony, the latest in a series of collaborations between the jazz master and the Centennial State's marquee symphony. It’s a partnership that she looks forward to every time they get together, yet this performance in particular seems especially welcomed. “This time, we’re coming out of lockdown. People are starting to venture out to concerts. They’re open and ready and everyone is very excited about that,” Reeves says. 

Josh Groban, Colorado Symphony announce Red Rocks concert

Josh Groban is hitting the road for a new tour that will stop in Colorado this summer. The multi-platinum singer has announced a performance with Colorado Symphony as part of his "Harmony" summer tour at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Sunday, July 24. General ticket sales to Groban's Red Rocks concert begin Friday, Feb. 4 at 10 a.m. at AXS.com.

Omar Thomas uses classical music as a force for social change

The Colorado Symphony recently performed "Of Our New Day Begun," a composition created by Omar Thomas as a tribute to the victims and survivors of the 2015 Mother Emmanuel AME Church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. It's one example of how Thomas is using his music to address issues like social justice, equity and inclusion. Listen to Thomas discuss his work with the Colorado Symphony with Colorado Matters.

Elfman brings Hollywood touch to Colorado Symphony

Christopher Dragon and the Colorado Symphony will host prolific film composer and four-time Oscar nominee Danny Elfman for a full weekend of activities January 14 and 15, 2022. Elfman is perhaps best known for scoring 16 of Tim Burton’s 19 films – and the theme song for “The Simpsons.” Dragon discussed Elfman's impact on symphonic music and more with the Denver Gazette. 

Danny Elfman’s Music for Tim Burton Films Gets Symphonic Treatment

Danny Elfman will be a special guest when the Colorado Symphony performs "Danny Elfman’s Music From the Films of Tim Burton" this weekend on January 14 and 15. Christopher Dragon will conduct the concerts, which will be enhanced by visuals of Burton’s original film sketches, drawings and storyboards on the big screen.

Classical Music’s Leading Lady Returns to Colorado

When Marin Alsop steps onto the stage at Boettcher Concert Hall this month, it will be a reunion: The Colorado Symphony is where Alsop made her name nearly 30 years ago as the symphony’s first female music director and conductor.

DeVotchKa and Colorado Symphony Team Up for Holiday Concert

The creative partnership between DeVotchKa and the Colorado Symphony began back in 2012, when the two teamed up to debut an amalgam of rock and classical music at Boettcher Concert Hall. Now in their sixth collaboration, DeVotchKa and the eighty-piece orchestra will augment the listening experience with a plush, layered sound as they share the stage to premiere "A Very DeVotchKa Holiday" on Thursday, December 16, at Boettcher Hall.