Boulder Symphony Season Tickets
Sep
17
May 13

Boulder Symphony Season Tickets

2016 - 2017 Season: Inspiration Interrupted

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.

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 Matthew 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.

 
 
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.

 
 
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.

 
 
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 - 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 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.

 
 
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.

 
 
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. 

 
 
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.  

(Thanks Wikipedia!)

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.

 
 

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.