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Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2012-2013 Season is going to be memorable

The Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra as a very inviting season ahead of it for 2012-2013. There will be two world-class violinists Sarah Chang and Jennifer Koh.

Jennifer Koh won the International Tchaikovsky Competition and has performed throughout the world with all of the major orchestras. The wife of pianist Benjamin Hochman, who performed in Boulder this season, Ms. Koh studied at Oberlin College and at the Curtis Institute.

Sarah Chang debuted with the New York Philharmonic at the age of eight, and has performed throughout the world with leading conductors and orchestras. She is also an avid chamber music performer, and has performed with leading artists throughout the world.

In addition to these two fine violinists, Colorado’s own Christopher Taylor will perform the Prokofiev third piano Concerto with the Boulder Philharmonic next season. A winner of the bronze medal in the 1993 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Mister Taylor also won first place in the William Kapell Piano Competition. He is now Professor of Piano at the University of Wisconsin School of Music.

I would suggest that everyone gets their tickets early, because these outstanding artists are just the tip of the iceberg for what is going to be a truly exciting and extremely varied season.

I will now quote directly from the press release:

“The upcoming season marks Michael Butterman’s seventh season as music director of the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, a strong tenure reflected by a significant increase in subscribers and single ticket sales. Season subscriptions are at a seven-year high for the 2011-2012 season, up 39% from 2009-2010 season.

“As a local and a fully-professional orchestra, the Boulder Phil strives to embrace and reflect all the natural beauty, the depth of culture, and the entrepreneurial spirit that makes Boulder so unique,” says Butterman. “Our concerts are designed to connect the Boulder Phil with the local community and the audience with a variety of music and artists. Each concert has something familiar and something new for our audiences to explore.”

“Highlights of the upcoming season include Sarah Chang performing Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto, Jennifer Koh performing Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto, and Christopher Taylor performing Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3. Guest trumpeter and vocalist Byron Stripling joins the Boulder Phil to salute Louis Armstrong, and the popular Cirque de la Symphonie returns to present its synthesis of highly choreographed athletic artistry and well-known symphonic blockbusters. In an evening focused on life’s reflections, noted Met Opera soprano Angela Brown performs Danielpour’s A Woman’s Life, based on poems by Maya Angelou, and the Boulder Chorale and baritone Patrick Mason, voice professor at CU-Boulder’s College of Music, join the Boulder Phil to perform A German Requiem, by Johannes Brahms.

“The 2012-2013 season reflects Boulder Phil’s engagement in the Boulder community with the popular Discovery Concerts featuring Michael Butterman and the orchestra performing for Boulder elementary school students, the annual Young Artists Concerto Competition in partnership with the Parlando School for the Arts, and repeat performances in Lakewood and Highlands Ranch. For information on the upcoming season, subscriptions, and individual tickets, visit www.boulderphil.org.

Saturday, September 15, 2012, 7:30 pm, Macky Auditorium, Boulder Sunday, September 16, 2012, 3 pm, Lakewood Cultural Center, Lakewood Christopher Taylor, piano Jeffrey Nytch—Acclamations Sergei Prokoviev—Piano Concerto No. 3 Piotr Tchaikovsky—Symphony No. 4

Saturday, October 6, 2012, 7:30 pm, Macky Auditorium, Boulder Byron Stripling, trumpet “Music of New Orleans: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong”

Friday, Nov. 23, 4 pm; Saturday, Nov. 24, 2 & 7 pm; Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, 2 pm, Macky Auditorium, Boulder Boulder Ballet / Boulder Children’s Chorale / Richard Oldberg, conductor Piotr Tchaikovsky—The Nutcracker

Saturday, January 12, 2013, 7:30 pm, Macky Auditorium, Boulder Sarah Chang, violin Samuel Barber—Violin Concerto Anton Bruckner—Symphony No. 4

Saturday, February 23, 2013, 7:30 pm, Macky Auditorium, Boulder Angela Brown, soprano / Patrick Mason, baritone / Boulder Chorale Richard Danielpour—A Woman’s Life Johannes Brahms—A German Requiem

Saturday, March 23, 2013, 7:30 pm, Macky Auditorium, Boulder Cirque de la Symphonie Selections to include works by Antonín Dvořák, Rimsky-Korsakov, John Williams, and others.

Saturday, April 27, 2013, 7:30 pm, Macky Auditorium, Boulder Jennifer Koh, violin Claude Debussy—Prelude to “The Afternoon of a Faun” Einojuhani Rautavaara—Cantus Arcticus Jean Sibelius—Finlandia Igor Stravinsky—Four Norwegian Moods Jean Sibelius—Violin Concerto

Additional repeat performance at St. Luke’s Methodist Church in Highlands Ranch to be announced.

“About Michael Butterman, Music Director Michael Butterman is making his mark as a model for today’s conductors and is recognized for his commitment to creative artistry, innovative programming, and audience and community engagement. He is in his seventh season as music director for the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra and also for the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, and is in his 13th season as principal conductor for education and outreach for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the only position of its kind in the United States. He is also the resident conductor for the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.

“About the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra Under the vision and leadership of Music Director Michael Butterman, the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra is celebrating its 55th season of providing outstanding orchestral music in our community. The Boulder Phil is a critically acclaimed professional orchestra, presenting performances nine months out of the year and employing a core of 72 of our region’s most highly trained musicians.

“Voted “Best Classical Music” two years running by the readers of Boulder Weekly, the Boulder Phil’s main performance venue is Macky Auditorium on the CU-Boulder campus, a historic concert hall which recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. The Boulder Phil’s main concert series—broadcast across the state on Colorado Public Radio—features a dynamic mix of masterpieces and promising new works, highlighting both accomplished and emerging guest artists with a special emphasis on Boulder’s own creative community.

“The orchestra’s broad reach in the community includes special events such as the annual co-production of The Nutcracker with the Boulder Ballet as well as performances in Arvada, Beaver Creek, Highlands Ranch, and Lakewood. The Boulder Phil also works to inspire the next generation of music-lovers through its Discovery Concerts reaching 4th and 5th grade students across three counties.

“Founded in 1958, the Boulder Phil became a fully professional ensemble under the leadership of Theodore Kuchar, who began his tenure as music director in 1996. Michael Butterman was named music director in 2006, bringing a strong emphasis on education and outreach, as well as a creative approach to programming that includes a focus on collaborations with other local artists. Under his direction, the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra reflects and fosters all that makes Boulder special―its creativity, spirit, beauty and quest for knowledge. By connecting people to orchestral music, the Boulder Phil strives to be an essential part of our community’s cultural fabric.”