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October 1, 2021

Colorado Symphony Announces Conductor Change For Beethoven Symphony No. 7


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Nick Dobreff, Director of Publicity and Community Relations 
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Valentina Peleggi replaces Aram Demirjian for November 5-7 performances at Boettcher concert Hall 

Oct. 1, 2021 – Denver, CO – The Colorado Symphony has announced a conductor change for their November 5-7 performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, as Aram Demirjian has had to withdraw from the appearance due to personal reasons. 

Replacing Mr. Demirjian will be Valentina Peleggi, described by the BBC Music Magazine as a “rising star” while The Guardian said in July 2021 that she “conducts with marvelous flair and precision.” 

Named the Music Director of the Richmond Symphony in summer 2020, Peleggi has led orchestras from around the world including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Brussels Philharmonic, Orchestra della Toscana, Orchestra del Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari, and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. She made her Garsington Opera debut in 2021 conducting a new production of Rossini’s Le Comte Ory with the Philharmonia Orchestra in the pit. She was a Mackerras Fellow at English National Opera in 2018 and 2019, conducting Carmen, Boheme, Orpheus in the Underworld and Dido and Aeneas. 2021 saw the release of her first CD, featuring a cappella works by Villa Lobos in a new critical edition for Naxos, guest edited by Ms. Peleggi and performed by the Sao Paulo Symphony Chorus. 

In addition to Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, the program also includes violinist Paul Huang in his Colorado Symphony debut as featured soloist on Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 and Clarice Assad’s Sin fronteras, incorporating elements of her South American heritage in a work that imagines the resulting musical synergy that comes from tearing down invisible cultural boundaries. 

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Beethoven Symphony No. 7 
Where: Boettcher Concert Hall 
When: Friday, November 5 and Saturday, November 6 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, November 7 at 1:00 p.m. 

 Sin fronteras 
BRUCH  Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26 
BEETHOVEN  Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92 


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