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January 26, 2015

The Colorado Symphony Ball 2015

From Bach… To Rock!
Saturday, April 25, 2015 6 pm
The Fillmore Auditorium

DENVER – January 21, 2015 – The most fun and unique gala of the year, The Colorado Symphony Ball 2015, titled “From Bach…To Rock!: THE BATTLE OF THE BANDS,” returns to the historic Fillmore Auditorium on Saturday, April 25 at 6 pm. The celebration features music from the Colorado Symphony, conducted by Scott O’Neil, as well as a high-spirited “battle” between the DaVita Blues All Stars and Tracksuit Wedding, two bands that combine a love of music with philanthropy.

Now in its 22nd year, the Colorado Symphony Ball supports the mission and ongoing operations of the Colorado Symphony, the only full-time professional orchestra in the Rocky Mountain region and one of the best in the United States. The event includes a cocktail hour, silent and live auctions, dinner, entertainment, and dancing, as well as the presentation of the esteemed Margaret Phipps Award to an individual, organization, or company that demonstrates outstanding commitment to the Colorado Symphony. Last year’s event raised more than $1 million and was attended by Denver’s cultural, political, corporate, and non-profit leaders.
The Colorado Symphony is honored to welcome Debbie and Jim Shpall as Event Chairs. Jerome H. Kern and Mary Rossick Kern return as Board Co-Chairs. Governor John Hickenlooper, Mayor Michael B. Hancock, and First Lady Mary Louise Lee serve as Honorary Co-Chairs.

“This year will be even more exciting than last year, if that’s possible,” says Colorado Symphony board co-chair Mary Rossick Kern, who co-founded the Colorado Symphony Ball with Sharon Magness in 1992. “We’ve had so much fun with the ‘rock-and-roll’ theme since we launched it three years ago. We can’t wait to see what people are wearing on the dance floor this time around!”

Complete details about The Colorado Symphony Ball 2015 are available at

For sponsorship information, please contact: Christina Carlson, Vice President of Development,, 303.308.2495.

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The region’s only full-time professional orchestra, the Colorado Symphony embraces a tradition of musical excellence by presenting a diverse array of symphonic performances throughout the year. Originally established in 1989 as the successor to the Denver Symphony, the Colorado Symphony thrives on a spirit of collaboration among musicians, staff, trustees, and the community. Led by Music Director Andrew Litton, the Colorado Symphony performs in Boettcher Concert Hall and throughout the state. Programs include expanded education and outreach initiatives as well as Masterworks, Pops, Holiday, Family, and Inside the Score series. By presenting music that is both timeless and inspiring while taking risks with new musical collaborations and interactive concerts, the Colorado Symphony is regarded as one of the best and most innovative orchestras in the nation. For more information about the Colorado Symphony, visit

Born over a decade ago, the DaVita Blues All Stars have always been a band exclusively made up of teammates. Employed throughout the DaVita Village, the band comes from all departments and areas of the Village. The band members are from field operations to IT, and from So Cal to Nashville to the Bronx. The band’s purpose is to provide entertainment and fun, one of their seven core values, to DaVita’s more than 60,000 teammates who serve the needs of approximately 170,000 patients. In addition to supporting the community, The DaVita Blues All Stars have also participated in the Fortune Battle of the Bands competition and reached the finals at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH in 2006, 2010 and 2014. Funds raised from performances, CD and T-shirt sales support The DaVita Village Trust which provides kidney disease education, and the provision of dialysis services in emerging nations that cannot afford to provide this vital, life-saving service. The band is happy to do their part through the universal language of music — equal parts of funk, country and rock and roll.

Tracksuit Wedding is the musical collaboration of Libby Anschutz and Ali Pashel Frankfurt, two grade school friends from Denver, Colorado. As adults, they reconnected and discovered their mutual passion for rock-and-roll music. They surrounded themselves with a group of highly talented musicians and spent several years focused on performing iconic hits from the 1970’s and 1980’s. Following a successful summer of playing some of Colorado’s biggest venues, including Red Rocks and Aspen JAS Fest, the women began composing original songs in late 2014. The early results have yielded powerful and heartfelt songwriting, influenced by a collection of vintage rock and pop sounds. The band brings passion and outstanding musicianship to its live shows, which makes for an experience of pure energy and entertainment.