Music Director Andrew Litton and CSO soloists share spotlight with world’s renowned performers
DENVER, CO — Friday, February 28 — The Colorado Symphony is pleased to announce programming for the 2014/15 season, which opens Friday, September 18 at Boettcher Concert Hall.
The Colorado Symphony’s 2014/15 season represents a richly diverse spectrum of symphonic music, from classical to contemporary. Under the guidance of Music Director Andrew Litton, the line-up includes appearances by some of symphonic music’s most revered artists, including conductors Marin Alsop and Pinchas Zukerman, violinists Gil Shaham and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and pianists Olga Kern, Natasha Paremski and Yefim Bronfman.
“Musically speaking, there’s nothing our incredible orchestra can’t do,” says Andrew Litton, who conducts eight Masterworks programs in the coming season. “We’re so excited about the programs, star performers, variety and quality of concerts next season. I have invited some of my oldest and closest friends to come and play with us. They also happen to be some of the greatest performers in the world today.”
As the leading orchestra in the Rocky Mountain West, the Colorado Symphony curates programming that reflects both excellence and creative innovation. With more than fifty programs, the 2014/15 season honors the diverse aptitudes and appetites of Colorado audiences, spanning everything from Beethoven and Bobby McFerrin to Broadway show tunes and soaring, choral classics. Programs will showcase works by renowned as well as emerging composers. There is even a new “Geek Package,” which kicks off with a second symphonic tribute to Comic Con.
“The Colorado Symphony is everyone’s orchestra, and we’re committed to serving the community by performing a variety of different styles,” says Anthony Pierce, Vice President of Artistic Administration for the Colorado Symphony. “Our ensemble has a unique and special ability to play all kinds of music, across genres and eras of history. It’s part of our tradition to be nimble and flexible. And it’s part of what makes the Colorado Symphony so exciting.
Subscription packages are tailored to fit diverse tastes, lifestyles and budgets and are the most affordable way to purchase tickets for Colorado Symphony concerts. Subscribers enjoy discounts and priority seating. This season’s options include Custom Design and Flex Pass, which offer flexibility and choice. For information about season subscriptions, please contact the Colorado Symphony Box Office: (303) 623-7876. The box office is located in the lobby of Boettcher Concert Hall. Hours are Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from Noon to 6 p.m. Information is also available via coloradosymphony.org.
Subscriptions to the 2014/15 season are on sale today. Single tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, August 1.
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2014-15 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS:
Beginning with Beethoven
The season begins with bombast, as Andrew Litton conducts Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor, September 18-19. Considered by many to be the greatest piece of music ever written, Beethoven’s final symphony will be performed by featured vocalists and the full Colorado Symphony Chorus.
On December 5-7, the Colorado Symphony showcases the power of Symphony No. 5, Beethoven’s most famous work, beginning with four notes that changed the world. Jun Märkl conducts an all-Beethoven program, which features Colorado favorite (and former Colorado Symphony Music Director) Jeffrey Kahane performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5.
The Colorado Symphony Chorus Celebrates 30 Years
On October 18, the 30th Anniversary Chorus Gala celebrates three decades of the Colorado Symphony Chorus, widely regarded as the one of the finest choral ensembles in the country. Under the direction of Duain Wolfe, the Chorus will appear in many memorable programs, including Mozart’s Requiem, conducted by Pinchas Zukerman, and a semi-staged performance of Puccini’s Tosca, one of the greatest operas, conducted by Andrew Litton.
Colorado Symphony Musicians Front and Center
Throughout the 2014/15 season, Colorado Symphony resident musicians take solo turns that showcase their artistry. Principal Cellist Silver Ainomäe makes his solo Masterworks debut November 21-23, with a performance of Dvorák’s beautiful Cello Concerto in B minor. January 16-17, Concertmaster Yumi Hwang-Williams and Principal Flute Brook Ferguson join guest pianist Simone Dinnerstein on Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major. March 27-28 marks a special program for the Colorado Symphony, as Peter Cooper, Principal Oboe, returns to the solo spotlight on Down the River of Time by American composer Eric Ewazen; also on the program, the Colorado Symphony and Colorado Symphony Chorus perform the world premiere of Principal Timpanist and composer William Hill’s The Raven, a symphonic tribute to Edgar Allan Poe’s masterpiece.
Fun, Fabulous, Family-Friendly: Pops, Family, Holiday and Spotlight
Pops highlights include romantic, sensuous evenings (Dancing and Romancing: The Golden Age of Hollywood, October 25), a sing-a-thon (Everything’s Coming Up Broadway!, September 27), and programs to excite the inner geek (A Symphonic Tribute to Comic Con v2.0, November 15). Popular vocalist Jim Brickman returns February 21, 2015 for an evening of romantic classics with special guests. March 7-8 brings a special treat as the Colorado Symphony performs Leonard Bernstein’s classic West Side Story, the soundtrack that set a new standard for film scoring, as the film is screened.
Family offerings include the annual Halloween Spooktacular (October 26) and Drums of the World (November 30). Peter & The Wolf gets a special treatment by Magic Circle Mime Company, January 31. Holiday favorites return to Boettcher Concert Hall, including Handel’s Messiah (December 13-14) and the fun, funky Too Hot to Handel, December 27-28. The traditional New Year’s Eve concert A Night in Vienna sends audiences off into another great year of music in 2015.
ABOUT THE COLORADO SYMPHONY
The Colorado Symphony performs more than 150 concerts during its regular season at Boettcher Concert Hall and on location throughout the state and region. 2013/14 season highlights include appearances by virtuoso violinists Itzhak Perlman and Joshua Bell, and classical pianists Natasha Paremski and Stephen Hough. 201314 Pops and Classic Rock series feature rock greats, iconic film scores and Broadway blockbusters. The Holiday, Family and Inside the Score series offer musical favorites, captivating collaborations and interactive concerts for music lovers of all ages. For more about the Colorado Symphony visit coloradosymphony.org.
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