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February 28, 2019

Colorado Symphony Announces Lunar Landing 50th Anniversary Celebration


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Nick Dobreff, Manager of Publicity and Community Relations
616.485.3913 (m) – 303.308.2477 (o)

July 20 performance will feature music from John Williams, Mason Bates, and James Beckel

Feb. 28, 2019 – Denver, CO – The Colorado Symphony announces a Lunar Landing 50th Anniversary Celebration, taking place July 20, 2019 at Boettcher Concert Hall.

Music Director Brett Mitchell will conduct the Colorado Symphony in a cosmic performance celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing with music from the legendary John Williams — including selections from his unforgettable scores for E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Star Wars — as well as contemporary American composers Mason Bates and James Beckel. Accompanied by stunning visuals and archival footage from the moon landing, this is a performance that is out of this world.

“On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 touched down on the surface of the moon and inspired a generation,” said Music Director Brett Mitchell. “On the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s ‘one small step,’ the Colorado Symphony and I are thrilled to present a special concert commemorating this uniquely American achievement. Join us for music of John Williams, Mason Bates, and James Beckel as we celebrate ‘one giant leap for mankind.’”
Single tickets for this performance go on sale March 1, 2019.

For concert descriptions and ticket information, please visit or call the box office at 303.623.7876.

What: Lunar Landing 50th Anniversary Celebration
Where: Boettcher Concert Hall
When: SAT July 20, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Available FRI March 1, 2019 at 10 a.m.


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Nick Dobreff, Manager of Publicity and Community Relations – 303.308.2477 (o)

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The 2019/20 Colorado Symphony Season is presented by Bonfils-Stanton Foundation. Support also provided by: The Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), 9News, United Airlines, the Colorado Symphony Guild, Arrow, Bank of America, and Macy’s, Inc.

Tickets to Colorado Symphony events are available online at, by phone at 303.623.7876, and in person at the Boettcher Concert Hall Box Office, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 1000 14th Street. The Box Office is open Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday, noon – 6 p.m.; and two hours prior to each performance.

One of the leading orchestras in the United States, the Colorado Symphony Association is a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) organization performing more than 150 concerts annually at Boettcher Concert Hall in downtown Denver and across Colorado. Led by Music Director Brett Mitchell, the Colorado Symphony is home to eighty full-time musicians, representing more than a dozen nations, and regularly welcomes the most celebrated artists from the world of symphonic music and beyond. In the last year, the Colorado Symphony served nearly 233,000 people attending live performances at concert and non-traditional venues throughout Colorado’s Front Range. In addition, over 265,000 people listen to the Colorado Symphony through Colorado Public Radio’s live broadcasts of classical content featuring concert recordings, in-studio performances of individual musicians and small ensembles, and live streaming of interviews and performances with artists. Recognized as an incubator of innovation, creativity, and excellence, the Colorado Symphony continually expands its reach through education, outreach, and programming. The Colorado Symphony partners with the state’s leading musical artists, cultural organizations, corporations, foundations, sports teams, and individuals to expose diverse audiences to the transformative power of music. To learn more, visit