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August 9, 2021

Colorado Symphony Announces Complete 2021/22 Season Schedule With Special Events Featuring Leslie Odom, Jr. And Dianne Reeves


Media Contact:
Nick Dobreff, Director of Publicity and Community Relations
616.485.3913 (m) – 303.308.2477 (o)

Subscription Packages on sale now; Single Tickets available September 1 

Aug. 9, 2021 – Denver, CO – The Colorado Symphony announces its complete 2021/22 Season schedule taking place at downtown Denver’s Boettcher Concert Hall. This highly anticipated performance season offers a long-awaited return to indoor performances, features 49 titles across 90 concerts within concert categories including Classics, Symphony Pops, Movie at the Symphony, and Holiday. With renowned guest artists and revered symphonic works, this upcoming season will be music to the ears of Coloradans eager for live concert experiences.

Multifaceted performer Leslie Odom, Jr. — best known for originating the Tony Award®-Winning role of Aaron Burr in the original cast of Broadway’s Hamilton and his role in the TV series Smash — highlights the Colorado Symphony’s upcoming season with an extraordinary evening performing hits from his debut solo album and more on April 2, 2022 at Boettcher Concert Hall.

Denver’s own five-time GRAMMY® Award-winning vocalist Dianne Reeves also returns to Boettcher Concert Hall on February 19, 2022 for an intimate evening with the orchestra! Her lush vocals, unparalleled improvisation, and skilled lyric interpretations make her a powerhouse of jazz. The niece of former Colorado Symphony bassist Charlie Burrell, this Denver George Washington High School graduate will illuminate the stage for another unforgettable performance that audiences won’t want to miss.

Audiences will be treated to a weeklong residency with GRAMMY® and Emmy Award-winning composer Danny Elfman including a performance with his Berlin Philharmonic Piano Quartet on January 12, two performances of Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton along with violinist Sandy Cameron and the Colorado Symphony Chorus on January 14 and 15, and a special afternoon forum with Danny Elfman himself on January 15.

As always, the upcoming season features something for everyone with six Movie at the Symphony concerts including Elf, Disney’s A Muppet Christmas Carol, and Disney’s Fantasia; four Family concerts including the Halloween Spooktacular, Drums of the World, and Lift Every Voice Youth Concert; six Alternative concerts including The Music of Queen, Beethoven v. Coldplay, and The Times They Are A-Changin’: The Words and Music of Bob Dylan; and a robust Holiday concert slate including audience favorites like A Colorado Christmas, Holiday Brass, and A Night in Vienna on New Year’s Eve.

Colorado’s own DeVotchKa also returns, premiering their first holiday symphonic concert event in Denver. In their sixth collaboration with your Colorado Symphony, DeVotchKa brings lush orchestration to new works, old favorites, and an all-new way to enjoy the sounds of the holiday for one night only on December 16, 2021.
Throughout the season, the Colorado Symphony will feature a talented and diverse group of composers, conductors, and guest artists. The music of five women composers will be featured including Clarise Assad, Gabriela Lena Frank, Joan Tower, Jessie Montgomery, and Florence Price — the trailblazing African American composer who was the first to have a composition played by a major orchestra.

Among the notable guest artists audiences will see this season, 14 are women including vocalists Sierra Boggess, Capathia Jenkins, and Diane Reeves, violinists Karen Gomyo, Sandy Cameron, and Simone Porter, and pianists Natasha Paremski, Joyce Yang, and Ingrid Fliter. Additional featured soloists include three renowned African American artists in saxophonist Steven Banks, pianist Awadagin Pratt, and vocalist Leslie Odom, Jr. The virtuosity of the Colorado Symphony’s own musicians will also be on full display as Principal Flute Brook Ferguson and Principal Bass Steve Metcalf perform as featured soloists.

The Colorado Symphony will host three free community concerts over the course of the season with the fifth annual installment of Latin Beats: Sonidos de las Américas on September 23, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute on January 11, and the Denver Young Artists Orchestra Side by Side featuring Elgar’s Enigma Variations on January 26.

Opening weekend will take place September 17-19 with GRAMMY-winning pianist Emanuel Ax joining conductor Peter Oundjian and the orchestra on Chopin’s Second Piano Concerto in a program that also features Barber’s Adagio for Strings and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition arranged by Ravel.

“Well over a full calendar year will have passed since we have been able to entertain our patrons with live music in Boettcher Concert Hall,” said Jerome H. Kern, Colorado Symphony CEO & Board Chair. “We are elated to present a return season that showcases the virtuosity, skill, and musicianship of Colorado’s only full-time professional orchestra. This season will have been worth the wait, and we are thrilled to welcome patrons back into our home this fall.”

Subscription tickets for the 2021/22 Season, which are pre-determined and customizable packages are on sale now. Flex Passes, which offer (6) ticket vouchers guests can use for best-available seats to any concert in the season, redeemable one week before the selected concert, are also available now.

Download the 2021/22 Colorado Symphony Season Brochure here.

Single tickets to all concerts will be available to the general public starting September 1, 2021, with a separate announcement to precede the date. For concert descriptions and ticket information, please visit or call the box office at 303.623.7876.


For more information or to request interviews, please contact:
Nick Dobreff, Director of Publicity and Community Relations - 303.308.2477 (o)

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The 2021/22 Colorado Symphony Season is presented by Bonfils-Stanton Foundation. Support also provided by: The Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), United Airlines, and the Colorado Symphony Guild.

Tickets to Colorado Symphony events are available online at or by phone at 303.623.7876. The Box Office is open Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Saturday, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

The Colorado Symphony Association is the region’s only full-time professional orchestra committed to artistic excellence and ensuring the future of live, symphonic music. Performing over 150 concerts annually at Boettcher Concert Hall in downtown Denver and across Colorado, your Colorado Symphony is home to eighty full-time musicians, representing more than a dozen nations, and regularly welcomes the most celebrated artists from all genres of music. During the COVID-19 health pandemic, we worked to safely produce over 50 concerts with and without audiences, including: 18 Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre performances, two large scale virtual community benefit concerts, and dozens of small ensemble concerts performed in numerous outdoor venues like the Denver Performing Arts Complex Galleria, Denver Zoo, and Denver Botanic Gardens. Our virtual #PlayOn campaigns garnered 2 million views between our Virtual Music Hour, Weekly Replay, From Home Concerts, and MusiCurious Instrument Interviews. Recognized as an incubator of innovation, creativity, and excellence, your Colorado Symphony continually expands its through education, outreach, and programming. We partner with the state’s leading musical artists, cultural organizations, corporations, foundations, sports teams, and individuals to expose diverse audiences to the power of symphonic orchestral music. To learn more, visit