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February 28, 2020

Colorado Symphony Unveils 2020/21 Season Schedule


Media Contact:
Nick Dobreff, Manager of Publicity and Community Relations
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Subscription Packages are available beginning February 28 with Single Tickets on sale August 3

2020/21 Season Brochure

Feb. 28, 2020 – Denver, CO – The Colorado Symphony announces its 2020/21 Season taking place at downtown Denver’s Boettcher Concert Hall. This remarkable season is brimming with incredible programming, renowned guest artists, and revered symphonic works, featuring 63 titles and 110 total events to-date. It offers a diverse and eclectic array of performances including the culmination of Beethoven’s 250th birthday celebration, a trio of world-premiere performances including a holiday collaboration with DeVotchKa, and a host of Movie at the Symphony concerts that will appeal to concert-goers of all ages.

Music Director Brett Mitchell and the Colorado Symphony will open the 2020/21 Classics calendar with Beethoven’s majestic “Emperor” Piano Concerto, featuring soloist Olga Kern September 18-20. It’s one the season’s many works by Beethoven, leading up to a special one-night-only performance on his 250th birthday, December 16, 2020.

This season features an incredible lineup of masterworks including Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, Respighi’s Pines of Rome, Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony No. 6, Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 and A German Requiem featuring the Colorado Symphony Chorus, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, and a Classics concert finale of Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony No. 2.

“The Colorado Symphony and I are elated to present a captivating slate of music from a diverse roster of composers, featuring a blend of old and new, all performed by a collection of some of the finest musicians in the world,” said Music Director Brett Mitchell. “What a thrill to welcome back incredible guest artists like Olga Kern, Joshua Roman, and Augustin Hadelich. But I’m every bit as excited to showcase the incredible musicians that make up the Colorado Symphony as we share the stage together all season long. Our 2020/21 Season promises to be a breathtaking odyssey through some of the most extraordinary music ever composed, and we can’t wait to share it with our community.”

Women are at the center of many performances this season with Gemma New conducting the January 29-31, 2021 Classics program highlighted by Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 and Mary-Mitchell Campbell leading the orchestra in an evening of Broadway favorites on April 17, 2021. A host of female guest artists will also be prominently featured including pianists Olga Kern, Joyce Yang, and Gabriela Montero, violinists Karen Gomyo, Sandy Cameron, and Leila Josefowicz, and the Colorado Symphony’s own Principal Cellist Seoyoen Min. In addition, female vocalists will lend their prodigious skill to a many performances including Denver native Sierra Boggess on the February 13, 2021 Andrew Lloyd Webber tribute, Cynthia Renée Saffron and Vaneese Thomas on Too Hot To Handel, Anna Christy on Brahms’ A German Requiem, and Felicia Moore on Mahler’s Second Symphony. The Colorado Symphony will also celebrate the works of women all season long including tributes to Cleo Parker Robinson on October 30, 2020, Etta James on November 28, 2020, and the return of Celtic Woman on December 7, 2020.

On October 10 and 11, 2020, the Colorado Symphony will join forces with Matchstick Productions on a world-premiere performance entitled “Alpine Opus – A Symphonic Ski Film” featuring live-action footage from some of the most extreme and majestic winter scenes accompanied by Denver-native and GRAMMY®-nominated composer Austin Wintory’s breathtaking original score.

But that’s not the only premiere performance on the season, as the Colorado Symphony will welcome back GRAMMY® Award-winning husband and wife duo Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn for the debut of their Song Cycle on May 21 and 22, 2021.

The Colorado Symphony will also welcome back legendary composer Danny Elfman for a week-long residency including performances of his music from the films of Tim Burton accompanied by enhance visuals and violinist Sandy Cameron on February 26 and 27, 2021.

In addition, the Colorado Symphony will perform the scores of Disney Pixar’s Coco, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Disney’s A Muppet Christmas Carol, and Warner Bros. Bugs Bunny at the Symphony while the films are screened live on four giant screens at Boettcher Concert Hall. They’ll also pay tribute to such cultural leaders as Cleo Parker Robinson and Martin Luther King, Jr. as well as pop icons like Etta James and ABBA.

The ever-popular Holiday Concert slate features Colorado favorites like Holiday Brass, A Night in Vienna, A Colorado Christmas, and after a one year hiatus, the return of Too Hot To Handel. If that weren’t enough, for the first time since 2016, the Colorado Symphony will reunite with Denver’s own DeVotchKa for the premiere of their first holiday symphonic concert event – A Very DeVotchKa Holiday — on December 18, 2020.

“The Colorado Symphony prides itself on presenting a diverse array of programming year after year so there’s always something for everyone, and this season is certainly no exception,” said Anthony Pierce, Chief Artistic Officer. “Whether it’s our Classics concerts, Symphony Pops, Movie at the Symphony concerts, or a performance from our Macy’s Inc. Family Package — it’s thrilling entertainment for concert-goers of all ages. We have the largest and most diverse audience in our history and we can’t wait to share this incredible music with them.”

Subscription tickets for the 20120/21 Season, which are pre-set packages based on concert series, go on sale today, February 28, 2020. Flex Passes are also on sale as of February 28, 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.

Single tickets to all concerts go on sale Aug. 3, 2020, 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, Manager of Publicity and Community Relations – 303.308.2477 (o)

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The 2020/21 Colorado Symphony Season is presented by Bonfils-Stanton Foundation. Support also provided by: The Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD),  the Colorado Symphony Guild, and the Virginia Hill Foundation.

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