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Beethoven Symphony No. 8

Beethoven’s Eighth is the most cheery, joyful, and experimental of his symphonies that will shine under the baton of Resident Conductor Christopher Dragon. Celebrate the Colorado Symphony Horns as they take center stage on Schumann’s Konzertstück for 4 Horns and Orchestra, while Haydn's "Farewell" caps a uniquely imaginative performance.

Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto

Pianist Stewart Goodyear takes center stage for Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto — featuring a striking opening movement, a glorious finale, and virtuosic style throughout that makes it one of the composer’s best. Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony offers a brilliant conclusion to a performance of energizing masterworks.

Bartók Concerto for Orchestra

Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo’s classical guitar concerto Concierto de Aranjuez fills the concert hall with the immortal sounds and traditions of Spanish romanticism. Anna Clyne’s This Midnight Hour is mysterious and foreboding while Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra combines elements of Western art music and Hungarian folk songs.

Brahms Requiem with Peter Oundjian

Unlike other Requiem Masses, Brahms’ A German Requiem is not primarily a Mass for the dead. Instead, it is intended as comfort and solace for those left behind as they mourn the death of others, confronting life as much as it does death. Maurice Ravel's Shéhérazade drips with color evoking images of the far east.

Beethoven Violin Concerto

The four opening drum taps that begin Beethoven’s majestic Violin Concerto remain one of the most surprising and audacious ideas that the composer ever committed to paper, setting the stage for a transcendent work that stands among the greats of the repertoire.

Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Simon Trpceski, brings trademark virtuosity and dynamic stage presence to Rachmaninoff’s iconic Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, conducted by Carolyn Kuan. Plus, Mendelssohn’s Fourth Symphony evokes the exuberant spirit of Italy in a can’t-miss work teeming with energetic color.

Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Conducted by Andrew Litton

Visions of sugar plum fairies will dance in your head as Tchaikovsky’s enchanting music from The Nutcracker moves from the theatre stage to the concert hall. Courtney Hershey Bress will dazzle as featured soloist on the world premier of GRAMMY® Award-winning composer Michael Daugherty’s Harp Concerto.

Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring with Peter Oundjian

The Rite of Spring radically redefined 20th century music through the use of rhythmic complexity, deliberately harsh sound, and cacophonously loud music, and is now widely recognized as a transformational triumph that continues to astonish listeners to this day.