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November 11, 2015

New Colorado Symphony Copland Recording To Be Released in the U.S. Jan. 8; Receives First Critical Acclaim

Nov. 10, 2015 – The Colorado Symphony announces that Copland – Billy the Kid & Rodeo, a new recording with BIS Records and conducted by Colorado Symphony Music Director Andrew Litton, will be released in the U.S. on Jan. 8.

The album received its first critical acclaim on Nov. 2 from Music Web International.

“Litton leaves his rivals choking in the dust; the same goes for BIS’s exceptional recording,” writes Dan Morgan of Music Web International. “This new Copland collection grows in stature the more one listens to it; I doubt you’ll hear more illuminating or idiomatic accounts of these American classics any time soon… Looking to the future I hope that Litton… can be persuaded to record more dance albums with these charismatic Coloradans. Now that would be a treat.”

In this recording, Mr. Litton leads the Colorado Symphony through Aaron Copland’s iconic ballet scores Billy the Kid and Rodeo in an 18-track album.

“This is what it takes to put an orchestra on the map,” Litton says. “The Colorado Symphony musicians did such a fantastic job – right from the beginning I knew we had a winner. The result is a fantastic recording that’s already getting great reviews.”

Though the recording will be released in the U.S. on Jan. 8, the album has been made available for purchase on as its first international release was Oct. 10, 2015 in select markets. The recording was made possible in part by a small group of generous special-project donors to the Colorado Symphony.

Mr. Litton will conduct the Colorado Symphony performing Copland’s Symphony No. 3 on April 29 – May 1.


For more information or to request interviews, please contact:
Seth McNew, Director of Public and Community Relations  – 303.308.2477

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Tickets 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 am – 6 pm; Saturday, noon – 6 pm; and two hours prior to each performance.

The Colorado Symphony thanks its gracious season sponsors: The Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), Arrow Electronics, Target, 9News, United Airlines, and Rocky Mountain Honda Dealers.


One of the leading orchestras in the United States, the Colorado Symphony performs more than 150 concerts annually at Boettcher Concert Hall in downtown Denver and across Colorado. Led by internationally renowned Music Director Andrew Litton, 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. Every season, the Colorado Symphony serves more than 250,000 people from all walks of life, performing a range of musical styles, from traditional to contemporary. 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