Boulder Symphony Season Overview 2017-18
Sep
30
to May 5

Boulder Symphony Season Overview 2017-18

2017 - 2018 Season: Destiny's March

2017-18 Season Tickets are no longer on sale.
 
2018-19 Season Tickets go on sale in May 2018.

Boulder Symphony is excited to announce its upcoming season entitled Destiny's March, with each concert cycle celebrating themes about rebirth, transitions, closing one door and opening the next.

The new season kicks off on Saturday, September 30th:

Sept 30: "Death of the Symphony"
Brahms Symphony no. 4 / Gershwin Piano Concerto in F - Dongni Xie, piano / Jonathan Sokol World Premiere

Oct 28: "Who Killed Classical Music?"
Kids Halloween Concert

Nov 18: "Shakespeare's Potion"
Mendelssohn Midsummer Night’s Dream / Tchaikovsky Romeo & Juliet / Elizabeth Anne Comninellis World Premiere

Feb 17: "Composing the End"
Tchaikovsky 6 Pathétique / Liszt Piano Concerto no. 1, Cody Garrison, piano / Jonathan Bingham World Premiere

March 22 - Preview Concert & Final Dress Rehearsal of Annual Opera
Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata

March 24 - Annual Opera
Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata

May 5 - "The Sacrificial Youth"
Stravinsky Rite of Spring / Brahms Violin Concerto w/ Phoenix Avalon

Season Passes allow patrons to attend all Symphony concerts for the 2017-18 season.

All season ticket purchasers can pick up their official season tickets at Will Call on September 30th at the first concert.

Season passes do not include special events such as annual fundraisers.  Ticket purchases are non-refundable.


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Holiday Memories - A Dementia-Friendly Concert
Dec
20
3:00 PM15:00

Holiday Memories - A Dementia-Friendly Concert

  • First Presbyterian Church Chapel (map)
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Boulder Symphony's Holiday Memories concert provides an opportunity for those with dementia and their caregivers to enjoy live concerts in a comfortable, low-sensory setting. These concerts are a welcome and stimulating atmosphere performed by professional musicians and lead by a credentialed music therapist.

Boulder Symphony's mission is to profoundly affect the human spirit. We envision a vibrant community that is informed, connected and inspired by the arts; and aspire to infuse these qualities into the lives of those who live, work, and play in Boulder by offering exciting opportunities to discover, experience and enjoy classical music.

This is a FREE concert with limited attendance.  Please RSVP by clicking the button below.

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Composing The End
Feb
17
7:00 PM19:00

Composing The End

  • Boulder Symphony Concert Hall in First Presbyterian Church (map)
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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 6 Pathétique

Franz Listz - Piano Concerto No. 1
- Featuring Cody Garrison, Piano

Jonathan Bingham - World Premiere

Pre-Concert Talk at 6:15 PM

We are proud to kickstart the program with a world premiere of an orchestral work by Johnathan Bingham followed by a performance of Franz Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 by Boulder Symphony’s own star piano virtuoso, Cody Garrison. Liszt composes with a seemingly insurmountable technical difficulty for both the piano and orchestra, and Garrison is sure to deliver a stunning performance you will not want to miss! 

We end the evening with Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique, or “Passionate Symphony,” his sixth and final symphony. In the composer’s own words, this work, “is my best and most sincere of all my works…and I have put my whole soul into it.” Tchaikovsky died only nine days after the first performance of this symphony, which he conducted on the 28th of October 1893. The triumphs and passions of his 4th and 5th symphonies can be found in his well-known, fiery Russian flare, but in this work, Tchaikovsky composes his final breath of life in the most heart-wrenching of all symphonic experiences the world has ever known.

Tickets can be purchased online at the link below or at the door.  Ticket purchases are non-refundable.


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Preview Concert: La Traviata
Mar
22
7:00 PM19:00

Preview Concert: La Traviata

  • Boulder Symphony Concert Hall in First Presbyterian Church (map)
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GIUSEPPE VERDI - LA TRAVIATA

FINAL DRESS REHEARSAL AND PREVIEW CONCERT

Join us for a special preview concert of our annual opera production with this year's tragic love story, La Traviata.  

Being a preview concert, this concert is the final dress rehearsal for the cast, orchestra, and crew and will include rehearsal of the score after a full run-through of the production. 

Tickets can be purchased online at the link below or at the door.  Ticket purchases are non-refundable.


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OPERA: La Traviata
Mar
24
7:00 PM19:00

OPERA: La Traviata

  • Boulder Symphony Concert Hall in First Presbyterian Church (map)
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Giuseppe Verdi - La Traviata

Pre-Concert Talk at 6:15 PM

Full Opera Production - Cast To Be Announced

Raise your glass! We toast to love and death as Boulder Symphony brings to you Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata.

Follow the romance, the scandal, the tension and tragedy as we journey with the lovely courtesan Violetta and her well-to-do lover Alfredo. Opera is an art that must be seen as well as heard, and we hope to see you there! 

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The Sacrificial Youth - Season Closer
May
5
7:00 PM19:00

The Sacrificial Youth - Season Closer

  • Boulder Symphony Concert Hall in First Presbyterian Church (map)
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Igor Stravinsky - The Rite of Spring

Johannes Brahms - Violin Concerto
- Featuring Phoenix Avalon, Violinist

Pre-Concert Talk at 6:15 PM

Phoenix Avalon, the virtuosic youth who is soloing with us for the sixth consecutive season, dares to play the Violin Concerto by Johannes Brahms! This work was deemed unplayable by all professional violinists known to Brahms at the time of its composition, but to behold young Avalon tackle this monstrous work will be an event sure to fill you with awe. 

Boulder Symphony closes its season with the show-stopping, jaw-dropping, riot-inciting work that is still controversial today! Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring boasts an astounding 104th anniversary this month since its controversial premiere with the Ballet Russe at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées on May 29, 1913. This work is sure to evoke feelings of primal excitement and exhilaration, leaving orchestra, conductor and audience feeling as though they too have danced to their death! 

Tickets can be purchased online at the link below or at the door.  Ticket purchases are non-refundable.


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The Great Taste Event
Dec
1
4:00 PM16:00

The Great Taste Event

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BUILDING COMMUNITY WITH WINE, FOOD, MUSIC & HOME

Join us for a Symphony Fundraising Event hosted by Forma Furniture, Decadent Saint Winery, Lucky's Market North Boulder & Boulder Symphony.

Enjoy tastings from Decadent Saint Winery and sample fine cheeses and meats from Lucky's Market during a special performance by a Boulder Symphony Chamber Ensemble.  

A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Symphony.

Single Adult Tickets are $20
Couples Tickets (2 Adults) are $35


Ticket purchases are non-refundable.


LOCATION: Forma Furniture, 2460 Canyon Blvd, Boulder, CO.  Next to McGuckin Hardware.  

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Shakespeare's Potion
Nov
18
7:00 PM19:00

Shakespeare's Potion

  • First Presbyterian Church Concert Hall (map)
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Felix Mendelssohn - A Midsummer Night's Dream

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture

Elizabeth Anne Comninellis - World Premiere

Pre-Concert Talk at 6:15 PM

Boulder Symphony invites you to explore the dark side of love with two of Shakespeare’s most beloved and well-known works. We begin with Tchaikovsky’s Fantasy Overture to Romeo and Juliette, where Tchaikovsky masterfully captures the angst of the two star-crossed lovers with passionate and exciting music that is sure to leave you breathless. 

Following is the sublime incidental music by Felix Mendelssohn to Midsummer Night’s Dream, a musical interpretation of the Shakespearean comedy which tells the story of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, and Hippolyta, the Queen of the Amazons and the events surrounding their wedding day. From the sprightly musical fairies to the iconic wedding march, this is an event sure to leave you steeped in blissful romance and magic!

Elizabeth Anne Comninellis returns to the Boulder Symphony as our featured soprano singing her own world premiere work, based on one of Shakespeare’s sonnets.

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Annual Kids Concert - Halloween Extravaganza
Oct
28
1:00 PM13:00

Annual Kids Concert - Halloween Extravaganza

  • First Presbyterian Church Concert Hall (map)
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Who Killed Classical Music?  A Fun-Filled Family Concert That Explores How Classical Music Has Evolved Over The Centuries

Our Modern-Day Mozart and Professor Snooty Von Classicus embark on a Symphonic Adventure where they meet a special conductor as old as life itself, who reveals the many forms music has taken over time.  Who Killed Classical Music is a must-see show!

Geared towards kids and families, this unique event presents an interactive play woven into the concert, kids & adults costume contests, Trick-Or-Treating with healthy treats from Lucky’s Market, and a musical instrument petting zoo.

Building a reputation for creating engaging and educational experiences, we are celebrating our 5th year presenting Halloween Extravaganza family shows that provide fun and learning for all ages.

In what has become tradition for this family concert, we are also excited to welcome back the Longmont Youth Symphony to join us for a side-by-side performance.  

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Kids K - College get in FREE to all our events, so bring the whole family!

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Death of the Symphony
Sep
30
7:00 PM19:00

Death of the Symphony

  • First Presbyterian Church Concert Hall (map)
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Johannes Brahms - Symphony No. 4

George Gershwin - Piano Concerto in F
International Piano Odyssiad Competition Winner - Dongni Xie, pianist

Jonathan Sokol - World Premiere

Pre-Concert Talk at 6:15 PM

 

The Boulder Symphony kicks off a stellar season with Johannes Brahms’ fourth and final symphony. This is Brahms’ most passionate and furious symphonic creation, and his last will and testament to the joys, sorrows and angers he endured throughout his life.

From his tumultuous relationships with women, to being ridiculed and left behind by his peers in the composing world, Brahms' agonies are stated once and for all in what he knew would be his last symphony. Join us for a night to be remembered as we hear the last word from the last great classicist.

We’ve prepared an exciting concert including the Concerto in F by George Gershwin, played by this year’s International Odyssiad Piano Competition winner, Dongni Xie. And with the death of one symphonic work comes the birth of a new one.

Boulder Symphony is proud to present a world premiere of a new work from composer Jonathan Sokol. Every of the Time is a curious mixture of inspiration, including comedy, cinema, popular media, coffee, and current concert classical conventions, all under the umbrella of fanfare.

The Death of the Symphony will be an event you do not want to miss! 

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OPERA: The Marriage Of Figaro
May
13
7:00 PM19:00

OPERA: The Marriage Of Figaro

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, The Marriage Of Figaro

A climactic close to the season, Boulder Symphony presents its annual opera production with the exciting and humor-filled Mozart opera favorite: The Marriage of Figaro.  

The Marriage of Figaro continues the plot of The Barber of Seville several years later, and recounts a single "day of madness" (la folle journée) in the palace of Count Almaviva near Seville, Spain.

Rosina is now the Countess; Dr. Bartolo is seeking revenge against Figaro for thwarting his plans to marry Rosina himself; and Count Almaviva has degenerated from the romantic youth of Barber into a scheming, bullying, skirt-chasing baritone. Having gratefully given Figaro a job as head of his servant-staff, he is now persistently trying to obtain the favors of Figaro's bride-to-be, Susanna. He keeps finding excuses to delay the civil part of the wedding of his two servants, which is arranged for this very day.

Figaro, Susanna, and the Countess conspire to embarrass the Count and expose his scheming. He retaliates by trying to compel Figaro legally to marry a woman old enough to be his mother, but it turns out at the last minute that she really is his mother. Through Figaro's and Susanna's clever manipulations, the Count's love for his Countess is finally restored.  

For more great details about this opera that will enhance your experience of the show, join the pre-concert talk with Ron Nadel in the Chapel at 6:15 PM.

Tickets can be purchased online at the link below or at the door.

 
 
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Preview Concert: The Marriage Of Figaro
May
11
7:00 PM19:00

Preview Concert: The Marriage Of Figaro

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart The Marriage of Figaro

Final Dress Rehearsal and Preview Concert

Join us for a special preview concert of our annual opera production with this year's exciting and humor-filled opera, The Marriage of Figaro.  

Being a preview concert, this concert is the final dress rehearsal for the cast, orchestra, and crew and will include rehearsal of the score after a full run-through of the production. 

Tickets can be purchased online at the link below or at the door.

 
 
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Day Of Reckoning
Apr
8
7:00 PM19:00

Day Of Reckoning

Hector Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique

Franz Liszt Totentanz
   Cody Garrison, piano

Elizabeth Anne Comninellis - World Premiere

 
 

In the 1800s, there was a school of composers that wanted to take music in an entirely different direction from Beethoven's work.  Taking their cues from Berlioz's romantically trippy and cacophonic orchestral music, Listz and Wagner proclaimed the music of the future must contain everything in our conscious and subconscious experiences.  

Both the Totentanz and Symphonie Fantastique contain the famous prayer for the dead, the "Dies Irae" from the sequence of the Latin Requiem.  The day of judgement, where saved souls will be delivered into Heaven and the unsaved cast into eternal flame, is aptly relevant to the direction of art at the turn of the nineteenth century.  

Both making their symphonic debuts in Boulder, staff accompanist Cody Garrison steps out in front of the orchestra to solo in the Totentanz and new composer-in-residence Elizabeth Anne Comninellis shares her inspiration with a captivating world premiere.

Join Ron Nadel for a lively pre-concert discussion at 6:15 PM in the Chapel.

Tickets can be purchased online at the link below or at the door.

 
 

This concert is proudly a participant of Boulder Arts Week 2017!  

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Special Fundraising Event
Apr
1
5:30 PM17:30

Special Fundraising Event

Boulder Symphony’s Annual Fundraiser this year is a celebration of determination, perseverance, and the acknowledgement of the human spirit’s desire to excel—whether in sports, in music, or in life!

Mozart’s Grand Slam Gala is sponsored by—and held within—Black Lab Sports, a 22,000 square-foot warehouse space (“The Lab”). Black Lab Sports is a sports-tech incubator, sports performance laboratory, and a fine-artists’ creative collective—overall, a unique ecosystem of innovators, just like Boulder Symphony.

Come see the Symphony perform on an indoor Astroturf Football field while sampling Bay Window Catering’s luscious food and Liquor Mart’s fine wine. And don’t forget the Silent and Live Auctions containing some incredible offerings—like a late-90s Jaguar convertible in mint condition!

We’ve got all the bases covered and it’s a safe bet that you’ll have a grand time including finding that “perfect game” auction item. We want to see you hit a Grand Slam!

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Clash Of Titans
Feb
24
7:00 PM19:00

Clash Of Titans

Felix Mendelssohn Scottish Symphony

Nino Rota Divertimento Concertante
   Paul Erhard, double bass

Sebastian Laskowski - Kinespheric Exploitation (world premiere)

The skirl of bagpipes will not be found in this Scottish Symphony.  Mendelssohn's proud, heart-warming final symphony is an action-packed travel log written from the expanded perspective of one of the most talented and worldly composers that has ever lived.  The Symphony no. 3 brings together the incredible multi-faceted personality of Mendelssohn's last years:  his merging of classicism with the new romantic styles, his religious diversity, and his teetering between a career of conducting and composing before it was common to have success in both fields.

20th-Century Italian composer Nino Rota wrote his sprightly double bass concerto in the early 1970s entitled Divertimento Concertante.  Featuring the unique flavors found in the rarely-headlined agility of the double bass instrument, this piece is full of humor, serenity, virtuosity, and intensity of expression.

Boulder Symphony is honored to host CU professor Paul Erhard on the Front Range premiere of Nino Rota's Divertimento Concertante, and is also excited to introduce new composer-in-residence, Sebastian Laskowski, whose world premiere entitled Kinespheric Exploitation celebrates the elements of dance found throughout the rest of the evening's program.

Join Ron Nadel for a lively pre-concert discussion at 6:15 PM in the Chapel.

Tickets can be purchased online at the link below or at the door.

 
 
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The Great Taste Event
Jan
14
4:00 PM16:00

The Great Taste Event

Building Community with Wine, Food, Music & Home

Join us for a special social event hosted by Niwot Country Living Magazine, Forma Furniture, Decadent Saint Winery & Boulder Symphony.

Enjoy tastings from Decadent Saint Winery and sample fine cheeses and meats during a special performance by a Boulder Symphony Chamber Ensemble.  

A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Symphony.

LOCATION: Forma Furniture, 2460 Canyon Blvd, Boulder, CO.  Next to McGuckin Hardware.  

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Prague, I Love You
Nov
19
7:00 PM19:00

Prague, I Love You

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Prague Symphony

Bill Douglas Songs & Dances For Oboe & Strings
   Ingrid Anderson, oboe

Johann Sebastian Bach Double Violin Concerto
   Phoenix Avalon, violin
   Keynes Chen, violin

While Mozart's music was often met with resistance in Vienna, Prague always welcomed him with open arms.  This three movement symphony is a savvy and intrepid example of Mozart's late period, which influenced symphonic music for generations to come.

Showcasing soloists from within the Boulder Symphony, we feature principal oboe Ingrid Anderson performing the deft and rhythmically driving Songs & Dances for Oboe & Strings from local composer Bill Douglas.  Phoenix Avalon returns to solo alongside Concertmaster Yin-Feng Keynes Chen on the Bach Double Violin Concerto.  Johann Sebastian Bach's contrapuntal and learned style is considered the precursor to all musical genres that followed, including classical, romantic and jazz.  Avalon and Chen bring Bach to life with this dueling violin duet.

Join Ron Nadel for a lively pre-concert discussion at 6:15 PM in the Chapel.

Tickets can be purchased online at the link below or at the door.

 
 
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Annual Halloween Kids' Extravaganza
Oct
29
1:00 PM13:00

Annual Halloween Kids' Extravaganza

Steal This Concert!  A spookily musical play about borrowing and imitation.

This year's 4th Annual Halloween Kids' Extravaganza Concert theme is "Steal This Concert," which will be an interactive, festive concert for kids about Musical Borrowing and Imitation.

With favorite characters such as Zombie Beethoven and Undead Mozart, this concert is a must-see annual event with fun for all ages.  Geared towards kids and families, the concert presents a Halloween educational play, kids & adults costume contests, Trick-Or-Treating, and a musical instrument petting zoo.

We are excited and honored to have the Longmont Youth Symphony join us in a side-by-side for this fun performance.

Tickets can be purchased online at the link below or at the door.

 
 
 
 
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Beethoven's Shadow
Oct
22
7:00 PM19:00

Beethoven's Shadow

Franz Schubert Symphony no. 8 "Unfinished"

Johannes Brahms Double Concerto for Violin & Cello
   Sarah Off, violin
   Mathieu D'Ordine, cello

The 1800s must have been a difficult time to be a composer.  Writing music in the wake of Beethoven was perilous, bold, and downright daring.  Franz Schubert and Johannes Brahms were two of the most successful and engaging masters who overcame Beethoven's shadow and propelled music forward.  

In true form to Boulder Symphony's season title "Inspiration Interrupted," Schubert's Unfinished Symphony leaves the creative mind hanging, while the Brahms' Double Concerto completes the circle.

Featuring Boulder Symphony's own Mathieu D'Ordine on cello alongside violinist Sarah Off, this duet of two contrasting string voices paints the beauty inherent in the music of Brahms.

Join Ron Nadel for a lively pre-concert discussion at 6:15 PM in the Chapel.

 
 
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Fate Knocks, Symphony Rocks
Sep
17
7:00 PM19:00

Fate Knocks, Symphony Rocks

Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony no. 5

Sergei Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini
featuring Daria Kiseleva, piano

Launching into an exciting season, Boulder Symphony is proud to present the winner of the International Keyboard Odyssiad & Festival Piano Competition, Daria Kiseleva.  Kiseleva dazzles as piano soloist on this virtuosic show piece, which features the romantic and whimsical nature of Rachmaninoff's compositional chops.

To close the program, the Symphony will perform the greatest symphony ever written: Beethoven's 5th.  From tragedy to triumph, this symphony outlines Beethoven's struggles, which mirror those of greater humanity, and pave the way to hope and redemption.

Join Scott Bird for a lively pre-concert discussion with Daria Kiseleva at 6:15 PM in the Chapel.

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Boulder Symphony Season Tickets
Sep
17
to Jan 1

Boulder Symphony Season Tickets

2016 - 2017 Season: Inspiration Interrupted

PURCHASE SEASON TICKETS THROUGH NOVEMBER!  
The pricing is pro-rated as each concert goes by, so you still have the opportunity to purchase season tickets through the entire first half of the season.

Boulder Symphony is excited to announce its upcoming season entitled Inspiration Interrupted, with each concert cycle revealing the incredible and challenging process composers encounter when creating magnificent works.

This season features exciting symphonic masterpieces alongside new premieres by talented up-and-coming composers. Examining the human process of perseverance, strife, and life, each Symphony Series reflects the beauty that results from chaos transforming into creation.

The new season kicks off on Saturday, September 17th, 2016 with “Fate Knocks, Symphony Rocks” and concludes on May 13th with a full production of “The Marriage of Figaro.”

Season Passes allow patrons to attend all Symphony concerts for the 2016-17 season.  Season passes do not include special events such as annual fundraisers.

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