Tuesday May 12, 2015 – Denver, CO – The Colorado Symphony announces a summer season fueled by pop stars, video games, family fun, and spectacular vocalists. The Colorado Symphony collaborates once more with some of the country’s biggest and brightest talent at Red Rocks, the Arvada Center, Fiddlers Green, and Boettcher Concert Hall for an unforgettable summer of live music suited for everyone. Single tickets go on sale for newly announced concerts Friday, May 15.
Five concerts highlight the virtuosity of the Colorado Symphony musicians at Red Rocks Amphitheatre this season: Scottish indie pop band Belle and Sebastian open the season in June, followed by the duo of Ben Folds and Ingrid Michaelson. July features the Colorado Symphony’s and DeVotchKa’s annual collaboration, with special guest Kishi Bashi. The Colorado Symphony rounds out August with international sensation Video Games Live™ and Diana Krall featuring Pink Martini.
The season also showcases a star-studded Fourth of July conducted by Colorado Symphony Music Director Andrew Litton; a family-focused afternoon of music, “Inspired by Nature”; a costume-friendly night of the Music of Harry Potter; and a season-closing Rodgers & Hammerstein Celebration at Boettcher Concert Hall, which will be Scott O’Neil’s final performance as Resident Conductor.
Mozart is highlighted this summer at the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheatre and at Boettcher Concert Hall, the latter focusing on six powerhouse vocalists showcasing their talents in the eternal greatness of Mozart’s operatic works.
Summer concerts at Boettcher Concert Hall on sale Friday, May 15 are: Mostly Mozart, July 11; The Music of Harry Potter, July 18; Family Day at the Symphony: Inspired by Nature, July 26; Audience Choice, August 8; and Rodgers & Hammerstein Celebration, August 15. Full details below.
Symphony in the Summer
Belle and Sebastian with The Colorado Symphony
Special guest Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17 ✣ 7:30 PM RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE
Belle and Sebastian are a Scottish indie pop band from Glasgow, Scotland, led by Stuart Murdoch. Join your Colorado Symphony for a night under the stars as they perform with Belle and Sebastian’s greatest “wistful pop” hits. Tickets available at axs.com
Ben Folds, Ingrid Michaelson with The Colorado Symphony
SUNDAY, JUNE 21 ✣ 7 PM RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE
Join both of these powerhouse artists as they perform live at Red Rocks with your very own Colorado Symphony. Multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter/producer Ben Folds first found mainstream success as the leader of the critically acclaimed Ben Folds Five. Ingrid Michaelson has vaulted from overachieving indie-pop sweetheart to a bona-fide pop star. Ingrid’s beautiful, idiosyncratic songs have been featured in popular films and television. Tickets available at axs.com
Colorado Symphony’s Family Friendly Fourth of July
SATURDAY, JULY 4 ✣ 7:30 PM FIDDLERS GREEN AMPHITHEATRE
Your Colorado Symphony returns to Fiddlers Green this Independence Day with a family-friendly program featuring your favorite contemporary scores and fireworks galore! Conducted by Colorado Symphony Music Director Andrew Litton, the evening features Broadway vocalist Morgan James, the music from Frozen, and your favorites from Pixar, Harry Potter and Star Wars! Also, celebrate America with the “Armed Forces Salute,” “Stars and Stripes Forever,” the “Overture of 1812” and “God Bless America.” Tickets available at axs.com
Mozart Under Moonlight
FRIDAY, JULY 10 ✣ 7:30 PM ARVADA CENTER OUTDOOR AMPHITHEATER
The Colorado Symphony presents “Mozart Under Moonlight,” a glorious evening celebrating the most revered composer of all time. Journey from his days as a prodigy (Symphony No. 1) to his full maturity (Symphony No. 41, his final symphony) – featuring Ji, a young pianist you won’t want to miss. Tickets available at arvadacenter.org
Mostly Mozart – Single tickets on sale Friday, May 15.
SATURDAY, JULY 11 ✣ 7:30 PM BOETTCHER CONCERT HALL
Six world-class vocalists show what makes Mozart operas great – from the pathos to the humor to the humanity. Many surprises are in store – maybe even a staged mini-opera! This concert has everything – even music from “The Shawshank Redemption.” Experience your Symphony and guest vocalists as they perform works that show why Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is considered a visionary and why he retains his popularity to this day. Tickets available at coloradosymphony.org
The Music of Harry Potter – Single tickets on sale Friday, May 15.
FRIDAY, JULY 18 ✣ 7:30 PM BOETTCHER CONCERT HALL
Back by popular demand, your Colorado Symphony takes you on a trip to Hogwarts and beyond for a special performance of music inspired from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Featuring the music of John Williams and more, this is a concert event for every witch, wizard and muggle. Tickets available at coloradosymphony.org
DeVotchKa With The Colorado Symphony
With special guest Kishi Bashi
THURSDAY, JULY 23 ✣ 7:30 PM RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE
DeVotchKa returns to Red Rocks with trademark lush orchestrations combined with the rich symphonic sounds of the Colorado Symphony in an evening of majestic sound and illuminating theatrical surprises. A one-night-only event, this live concert experience presents a breath-taking tapestry of sights and sounds under the stars at the famous Red Rocks Amphitheater. The evening also features innovative and critically acclaimed violinist and singer Kishi Bashi. Your favorite musicians will be on stunning display at the world’s premiere outdoor amphitheater, making this Colorado summer evening an annual tradition you won’t soon forget. Tickets available at coloradosymphony.org
Family Day at the Symphony: Inspired by Nature – Single tickets on sale Friday, May 15.
SUNDAY, JULY 26 ✣ 2 PM BOETTCHER CONCERT HALL
The natural world is full of music! From the songs of birds and crickets to the crash of thunder and ocean waves, nature provides a soundtrack for the plants, animals and people who share Planet Earth. Nature inspired history’s greatest composers who sought to capture the beauty of the world through music. This program will also include fun activities for kids at Boettcher Concert Hall. Tickets available at coloradosymphony.org
Video Games Live™ With The Colorado Symphony
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5 ✣ 7:30 PM RED ROCKS AMPITHEATRE
This August join your Colorado Symphony for an evening of explosive entertainment! Video Games Live™ joins forces with the Colorado Symphony and chorus to bring you an immersive concert event featuring music from the most popular video games of all time, live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Tickets available at coloradosymphony.org
Boston Pops Tribute
FRIDAY, AUGUST 7 ✣ 7:30 PM ARVADA CENTER OUTDOOR AMPHITHEATER
The Colorado Symphony pays homage to the great Arthur Fiedler, long-time conductor of the Boston Pops. This festive tribute, conducted by Colorado Symphony Music Director Andrew Litton, features a new blend of light classics and popular hits, featuring selections from John Williams and Leroy Anderson. The night will highlight Colorado Symphony musicians as soloists. Tickets available at arvadacenter.org
Audience Choice! – Single tickets on sale Friday, May 15.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 8 ✣ 7:30 PM BOETTCHER CONCERT HALL
Join the Colorado Symphony for a special concert event where the audience picks the program! Don’t miss your chance to pick your favorite pieces from a selection of the most popular and well-known symphonic favorites performed live in Boettcher Concert Hall. Details on the voting process will be communicated to patrons via email and social media for a truly interactive live experience. Tickets available at coloradosymphony.org
Diana Krall with The Colorado Symphony
Special guest Pink Martini
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12 ✣ 7:30 PM RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE
Join Grammy® winning Canadian jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall with your Colorado Symphony for an unforgettable evening at Colorado concert landmark, Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Known for her contralto vocals, Diana has sold more than 6 million albums in the US and over 15 million worldwide, and is the only jazz singer to have eight albums debuting at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums. Tickets available at axs.com
Rodgers & Hammerstein Celebration – Single tickets on sale Friday, May 15.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 15 ✣ 7:30 PM BOETTCHER CONCERT HALL
A celebration of the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein, this evening not only celebrates the collaboration of these two geniuses but also includes songs of Hammerstein’s collaboration with Jerome Kern (Showboat) as well as Rodgers’ collaborations with Lorenz Hart. This wonderful evening includes show-stopping Broadway tunes such as Climb Every Mountain, Oklahoma, Some Enchanted Evening, All The Things You Are, and many others! Tickets available at coloradosymphony.org
Tickets are available online at coloradosymphony.org, by phone on 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 from 10 am – 6 pm; Saturday, noon-6 pm; and two hours prior to each performance.
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