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Free Community Tickets from Your Colorado Symphony
March 26, 2015, 1:40 pm
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Community Ticketing Initiative supports Imagine 2020 Cultural Plan, in partnership with Denver Arts & Venues

The Colorado Symphony is pleased to offer complimentary tickets to Denver-based organizations that serve children and families. Launched in October 2014 in partnership with Denver Arts & Venues, the Community Ticketing Initiative (CTI) serves diverse audiences who might not otherwise have a chance to experience the transformative power of live symphonic music. Working through a network of municipal agencies and community organizations, the CTI primarily serves low-income individuals and families for whom cost is a barrier to concert attendance.

The CTI supports the City of Denver’s Imagine 2020 Cultural Plan, which seeks to broaden access to the cultural arts for all Denver residents. To date, more than 1,500 first-time individuals have redeemed vouchers through the CTI. An additional 7,824 vouchers have been distributed to organizations across metro Denver.

Organizations that serve the target population request vouchers that can be redeemed for any concert that remains in the Colorado Symphony’s 2014/15 season. These vouchers are then distributed to individuals and families by the partner organizations. Vouchers are redeemed at the Colorado Symphony Box Office and exchanged for tickets; tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and subject to space availability.

For more information on community partners, or to request vouchers, visit http://www.coloradosymphony.org/communityticketing. Downloadable program materials are available in English and Spanish. For a complete list of upcoming concerts, visit http://www.coloradosymphony.org

ABOUT THE COLORADO SYMPHONY
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 http://www.coloradosymphony.org.

 



DaVita Blues All Stars, Tracksuit Wedding Prepare to Battle at Colorado Symphony Ball 2015
March 26, 2015, 1:26 pm
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From Bach… To Rock! THE BATTLE OF THE BANDS
Saturday, April 25, 2015, at 6:00 pm, The Fillmore Auditorium

The return of Denver’s much anticipated fundraising event will strive to exceed last year’s record-breaking goal of over $1 million through silent and live-auction and culminates in a spirited ‘battle’ featuring two philanthropic bands, The DaVita Blues All Stars and Tracksuit Wedding. The event returns to the historic Fillmore Auditorium Saturday, April 25, at 6 pm and will also honor the recipient of the Colorado Symphony’s Margaret Phipps Award.

The Colorado Symphony is proud to announce the winner of this year’s Margaret Phipps Award; Arrow Electronics Inc., Karen & Mike Long.

The Colorado Symphony Ball 2015, titled “From Bach…To Rock!: THE BATTLE OF THE BANDS,” is the most fun and unique gala of the year centered around performances by the Colorado Symphony, conducted by Resident Conductor Scott O’Neil. Founded by Mary Rossick Kern and Sharon Magness, the Colorado Symphony Ball, now in its 22nd year, supports the mission and ongoing operations of the Colorado Symphony. 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 welcomes 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.

ABOUT THE DAVITA BLUES ALL STARS
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.

ABOUT TRACKSUIT WEDDING
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 Jazz Aspen Snowmass, 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.

Complete details about The Colorado Symphony Ball 2015 are available at http://www.coloradosymphony.org/events/symphony-ball. Tables and single tickets are available for purchase online or by contacting 303.308.2495.

ABOUT THE COLORADO SYMPHONY
A 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 http://www.coloradosymphony.org.



Boulder Chamber Orchestra and Boulder Bach Festival present String Trios
March 25, 2015, 1:31 pm
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Featuring Zachary Carrettin, violin; Matt Dane, viola; and Gal Faganel, cello.

Members of the Boulder Bach Festival and the Boulder Chamber Orchestra will present String Trios on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, April 19th, 2015 at 1:00 PM at the Grace Lutheran Church of Boulder.

The concert includes:
• Bach: Select Solo Pieces
• Bach: Goldberg Variations arranged for String Trio
• Beethoven: Trio in C Minor

For more information and to purchase tickets please call: (303) 583-1278 or visit http://www.boulderchamberorchestra.org.

Event: String Trios – Boulder Chamber Orchestra and Boulder Bach Festival

Date/Location: April 18, 2015 7:30 pm and April 19, 2015 1:00 pm at the Grace Lutheran Church of Boulder, 1001 13th Street, Boulder, CO 80302

Admission: $25 General Admission, $18 Seniors, $12 Students, $5 Children 12 & Under

Box Office: Call (303) 583-1278 or visit http://www.boulderchamberorchestra.org for tickets.

About the Boulder Chamber Orchestra
The Boulder Chamber Orchestra is a nonprofit organization committed to providing exceptional chamber music programming, education, and outreach. Our mission is to promote classical musical arts and education with live and recorded performances of the highest standard.



BOULDER CHAMBER ORCHESTRA PRESENTS Beethoven & Brahms String Quintets
March 25, 2015, 9:42 am
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Members of the Boulder Chamber Orchestra (BCO) will present Beethoven & Brahms String Quintets on Friday, April 10, 2015 at the Grace Lutheran Church of Boulder at 7:30 PM.

The concert includes:
• Beethoven, String Quintet in C
• Brahms, String Quintet in G

For more information and to purchase tickets please call: (303) 583-1278 or visit http://www.boulderchamberorchestra.org.

Event: Beethoven & Brahms String Quintets – Boulder Chamber Orchestra

Date/Location: April 10, 2015 7:30 pm at the Grace Lutheran Church of Boulder, 1001 13th Street, Boulder, CO 80302

Admission: $25 General Admission, $18 Seniors, $12 Students, $5 Children 12 & Under

Box Office: Call (303)583-1278 or visit http://www.boulderchamberorchestra.org for tickets.

About the Boulder Chamber Orchestra
The Boulder Chamber Orchestra is a nonprofit organization committed to providing exceptional chamber music programming, education, and outreach. Our mission is to promote classical musical arts and education with live and recorded performances of the highest standard.



“Beat! Beat! Drums!” presented by St. Martin’s Chamber Choir
March 25, 2015, 9:36 am
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ST. MARTIN’S CHAMBER CHOIR REMEMBERS THE 150th ANNIVERSARY OF THE END OF THE U.S. CIVIL WAR

WHO: 12 voices / St. Martins Chamber Choir
Timothy J. Krueger, Conductor
Jimmy Howe, Mark Sheldon Conducting Intern

WHEN/WHERE: Friday, April 10, 2015, 7:30 pm
Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 4500 Wadsworth Blvd
Wheat Ridge 80033

Saturday, April 11, 2015, 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 12, 2015, 3:00 pm
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
2015 Glenarm Pl, Denver 80205

WHAT:  St. Martins Chamber Choir sings works that commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the end of the Civil War, and Lincoln’s tragic assassination only days later, with music from the period as well as more modern settings of Civil War texts by Walt Whitman, Herman Melville and others. The mood will also be captured by poignant readings of soldier’s letters, diaries and speeches that poignantly recall this defining moment in America’s history.

Music by Harvey Gaul, Jeffrey Van, Stacy Gibbs, John White, Florence B. Price, William Schuman, Shawn Kirchner and others. Alex Komodore is the featured guitarist.

TICKETS: Premium $25, General Admission $20, Student $10
Online at http://www.stmartinschamberchoir.org
By phone at 303-298-1970
At the door before each performance

For more information: contact Steven Grupe, Executive Director 303-298-1970 or info@stmartinschamberchoir.org



Coming Soon to the Colorado Symphony
March 20, 2015, 3:01 pm
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World premiere of “The Raven,” Scott O’Neil’s final Masterworks, Litton conducts Mahler among highlights of spring programs

WORLD PREMIERE: WILLIAM HILL’S “THE RAVEN”
FRIDAY, MARCH 27 & SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 7:30PM

David Lockington, conductor
Peter Cooper, oboe
Colorado Symphony Chorus; Duain Wolfe, director

ERIC EWAZEN Down a River of Time
STRAVINSKY Suite from The Firebird (1919)
WILLIAM HILL The Raven

The Suite from The Firebird is one of Stravinsky’s most popular works, featuring lush musical colors. You also won’t want to miss the world premiere of Colorado Symphony Principal Timpanist William Hill’s homage to Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven, featuring the Colorado Symphony Chorus. The program begins with Principal Oboist Peter Cooper performing “Down a River of Time,” a piece for oboe and strings by Eric Ewazen. “Down a River of Time” is a heartbreakingly beautiful and intensely emotional piece that sets the tone for an unforgettable evening featuring two of the Colorado Symphony’s powerhouse principal talents.

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NATASHA PAREMSKI PLAYS BRAHMS
SATURDAY, APRIL 11, 7:30 PM; SUNDAY, APRIL 12, 1 PM

Douglas Boyd, conductor
Natasha Paremski, piano

WEBERN Fünf Sätze (Five Movements) for Orchestra, Op. 5
SCHOENBERG Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4
BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

An examination of the First and Second Viennese Schools of composition, this program features audience favorite Natasha Paremski performing her favorite piece for piano, Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1. The evening opens with a unique strings-only first half, featuring Schoenberg’s Verklerte Nacht, often regarded as the most beautiful work of the Abstract Expressionist movement.

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SYMPHONIC FIRSTS AND YUMI HWANG-WILLIAMS
FRIDAY, APRIL 17 & SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 7:30 PM; SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 1 PM

Cristian Macelaru, conductor
Yumi Hwang-Williams, violin

HAYDN Symphony No. 1 in D major
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10
BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

Cristian Macelaru, currently assistant conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, makes his Colorado Symphony debut with this Masteworks program. Concertmaster Yumi Hwang-Williams performs Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, one of the most important works of the violin concerto repertoire.

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ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA
THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 7:30 PM

Growing up in the Zappa family home, Dweezil Zappa marveled at his father’s virtuoso skills as a composer and guitarist. After his father’s passing he was inspired to do something to honor his father. Feeling as though there was a generational gap and a fair amount of public confusion as to what his father’s music really was, Dweezil set about creating an opportunity for music fans to make a new discovery. Not satisfied with the generic journalistic descriptions that had been applied over the years or the accidental default association of “novelty act” he earned by way of the casual radio exposure of songs like “Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow” and “Valley Girl,” Dweezil Zappa decided it was time for a change. He wanted to expose core fans as well as a potential new generation of fans to his father’s compositions in a way that would give them a balanced perspective of the totality of Frank Zappa’s work. If “Zappa Plays Zappa” was to become a conduit for a new generation of people discovering Frank Zappa’s music then Dweezil wanted to do his best so that very little could be lost in translation.

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THE NEW SCHOOL OF COMPOSITION
FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 7:30 PM

Scott O’Neil, conductor

Join us for an exploration of today’s fast-rising stars in the composition world. Come see an evening featuring Tracy Silverman performing Nico Muhly’s concerto for electric violin, Seeing is Believing, and other works by today’s most innovative composers. Discover what makes these composers unique, exciting, and unforgettable.

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MAHLER’S SYMPHONY NO. 5
THURSDAY, APRIL 30 & FRIDAY, MAY 1, 7:30 PM; SUNDAY, MAY 3, 1 PM

Andrew Litton, conductor
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin

SHOSTAKOVICH Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 99
MAHLER Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor

Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 is an intense, alluring work that is at times sublime and haunting. Music Director Andrew Litton is joined by Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, often regarded as the champion of this great work. The program closes with one of Mahler’s most popular symphonies, creating an experience that is simultaneously powerful and emotional.

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VICTOR WOOTEN’S CONCERTO FOR ELECTRIC BASS
SATURDAY, MAY 9, 7:30 PM; SUNDAY, MAY 10, 1 PM

Scott O’Neil, conductor
Victor Wooten, electric bass

PAT METHENY/ O’NEIL First Circle
PAT METHENY/ O’NEIL Minuano
JOSEPH SCHWANTNER New Morning for the World
CONNI ELLISOR/VICTOR WOOTEN The Bass Whisperer – Concerto for Electric Bass and Orchestra

Five-time Grammy winner and long-time member of Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Victor Wooten joins the Colorado Symphony in a program you won’t want to miss. Wooten breaks new ground with The Bass Whisperer – Concerto for Electric Bass and Orchestra, co-written with renowned Colorado-bred composer Conni Ellisor. Co-commissioned by the Colorado Symphony, this piece will be premiered by a select group of orchestras. In his final Masterworks program as Resident Conductor, Scott O’Neil will showcase his talent for orchestration with his arrangements of two works by Pat Metheny. The Colorado Symphony is thrilled to again collaborate with the dancers of Wonderbound, who join the musicians on stage in this eclectic program.

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TICKETS:
Tickets are available online at http://www.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 Mon-Friday from 10 am – 6 pm, Sat noon-6 pm, and two hours prior to each performance.

ABOUT THE COLORADO SYMPHONY
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 http://www.coloradosymphony.org



Metropolitan Opera Tenor Matthew Plenk to Join University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music Faculty
March 18, 2015, 3:52 pm
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Tenor Matthew Plenk will step off the stage of the Metropolitan Opera this fall and accept an assistant professorship in voice with the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music.  This season, Mr. Plenk performed at the Met as Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor and in its productions of Die Zauberflöte, Don Giovanni and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, his eighth season with the company. He was also featured in the Bel Canto concert in the Met Opera Rising Stars Series at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center singing selections from La Traviata, Lucia di Lammermoor and L’elisir d’amore. In May, he will appear with The Cleveland Orchestra for performances of Strauss’s Daphne and with The New West Symphony for Mozart’s Mass in C.

A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in the 2007/2008 season as the Sailor’s Voice in Tristan und Isolde under the baton of Maestro James Levine. Other recent opera engagements have included Los Angeles Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Virginia Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Atlanta Opera, Boston Lyric Opera and Yale Opera.

Mr. Plenk made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Metropolitan Opera Chamber Ensemble and has performed with The Cleveland Orchestra, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Boston
Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and he appeared at the Aspen Music and La Jolla Summerfest festivals.

Mr. Plenk is a Samling Scholar, and holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Hartt School of Music and a Master’s degree from Yale University. He was Grand Finalist in the 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Hear Matthew Plenk perform at http://www.matthewplenk.com.

For Mr. Plenk’s full biography and a complete list of concerts, master classes and events, please visit the Lamont School of Music website at http://www.du.edu/lamont. For updated weekly information call the Concert Line at 303.871.6412.




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