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SOUNDINGS 2016/2017

First Movements Brett Mitchell shares his aspirations and insights as he prepares to take on the role of Music Director


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6 Welcome


Colorado Symphony Staff


Making Beautiful Music, Together


First Movements


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Musician Spotlight: Jason Shafer

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WELCOME Music for All Seasons Hello! Thank you for joining us for another great Colorado Symphony performance here in Boettcher Concert Hall. This is the time of year when we at the Colorado Symphony set our sights forward, announcing summer shows and our 2017/18 Concert Season. I admit, these days it’s easy to get swept up in thinking of the warmer months and enjoying concerts outdoors. There’s something special about coming to a performance in the winter, though. It’s a time when we can shake off our coats—and cares—and warm up with some truly sensational symphonic music. Here are my choices for unforgettable concerts to liven up our winter nights and welcome in the spring. Tyrant’s Crush is the kind of performance you can’t find anywhere else. Stewart Copeland, former drummer of The Police, will perform his self-composed concerto, Tyrant’s Crush with our orchestra under the direction of Music Director Designate Brett Mitchell.

STEWART COPELAND WITH THE COLORADO SYMPHONY Brett Mitchell, conductor Stewart Copeland, trapset SAT | FEB 25 | 7:30

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TIME FOR THREE Christopher Dragon, conductor Charles Yang, violin Nick Kendall, violin Ranaan Meyer, double bass SAT | MAR 11 | 7:30

Just in time for spring, we’ll perform Strauss’ beloved On the Beautiful Blue Danube—a breath of fresh air and nod to the blue skies ahead. And to finally “jolt” ourselves out of winter’s grey days, HK Gruber’s Frankenstein!! will be a truly electrifying performance.

ON THE BEAUTIFUL BLUE DANUBE Kevin John Edusei, conductor Gabriel Preisser, narrator FRI | APR 21 | 7:30 SAT | APR 22 | 7:30

Whether it’s winter, spring, summer, or fall, we’ve got plenty coming up to be excited about— this season, and for many more to come. Warmly, Anthony Pierce Chief Artistic Officer 6 SOUNDINGS 2016/2017 | COLORADOSYMPHONY.ORG

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First Movements Brett Mitchell shares his aspirations and insights as he prepares to take on the role of Music Director in the Colorado Symphony’s 2017/18 Concert Season. “No one should feel like they’re hearing or playing ‘just another’ Beethoven 9. Every time should be something special.” Personalizing the concert experience—for musicians, for audiences, for guest artists—is just one aspect of Brett Mitchell’s signature approach to leading orchestras and planning seasons. “My job is to make sure that the journey the composer wants to take us on, and the message he’s trying to convey, are as clear and compelling as possible.” Mitchell is about to embark on his own journey: on July 1, 2017, he’ll assume the role of Colorado Symphony’s Music Director. Of course, every arrival must begin with a departure; Mitchell will leave behind his current dual-posts as Associate Conductor at the Cleveland Orchestra and Music Director of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra. “The Cleveland Orchestra has unquestionably made me a better conductor. It’s been an honor to have been a part of it,” Mitchell fondly recalls of working with the esteemed ensemble. Before he takes the helm as Music Director at the start of the Symphony’s 2017/18 Season, Mitchell will command the stage of Boettcher Concert Hall three more times in this current season to lead the Colorado Symphony through programs that range from perennial favorites to new, groundbreaking works. “What I love about our remaining concerts this season is how different they are from each other,” says Mitchell. In January, Mitchell conducts a new American symphony by Kevin Puts alongside Beethoven’s revered Ninth Symphony. In February, he returns to take the stage alongside Stewart Copeland, former drummer of The Police, to conduct Tyrant’s Crush, Copeland’s original composition for orchestra. “I’m excited to work with Stewart Copeland. I grew up listening to The Police,” says Mitchell, “and the chance to perform with someone I idolized as a kid is a real treat.” Mitchell will lead the orchestra while Copeland drums on his own trapset onstage. It’s an uncommon program in two ways: composers rarely join the orchestra during a performance of their own composition—let alone on a drum kit. Mitchell’s final concert of the 2016/17 Season is in April, when he leads the orchestra with Principal Clarinetist Jason Shafer in Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, and Concertmaster Yumi HwangWilliams in Rimsky-Korsakov’s evocative Scheherazade. Variety is Mitchell’s hallmark as he plans the Colorado Symphony’s 2017/18 Season, as well. “What’s important to me is that the audience and our musicians get a varied diet of composers, styles, eras, and so on, so that over the course of any given season, we’ve all had the broadest exposure possible to this magnificent art form that is orchestral music.” So much goes into the planning and piecing together of a Symphony’s concert season, yet Mitchell’s first order of business that carries him through the planning process is the sum of the whole: “I never think piece-by-piece when I’m planning a season,” explains Mitchell. “I start with what I want the overall experience of the season to be.” 16 SOUNDINGS 2016/2017 | COLORADOSYMPHONY.ORG





To begin this process, Mitchell started working closely with the Colorado Symphony’s leadership and artistic committee—Chief Artistic Officer Anthony Pierce, a host of orchestra musicians, and Symphony staff—over the summer in a series of collaborative sessions. “As with everything at the Colorado Symphony, it’s a team process, and I couldn’t be happier with it.” One exciting program born of this blossoming collaboration is the opening concert of the Symphony’s 2017/18 Season: world-renowned soprano Renée Fleming takes the stage with the orchestra for a one-night-only performance on September 9, 2017. Fleming—often lovingly referred to as “the people’s diva”— is an international opera phenomenon with whom Mitchell has worked several times throughout his career, making his inaugural concert as the Colorado Symphony’s Music Director that much more meaningful. Mitchell first met Fleming in 2009 when he was Assistant Conductor at the Orchestre National de France. “I was just a staff conductor, but Renée couldn’t have been nicer,” recalls Mitchell. “I’ve worked with her several times since then, and she always brings that same commitment and artistry to every project she does, which is one of many reasons I’m thrilled to have her with us in September.” September will be here before we know it, but Mitchell’s journey to the Colorado Symphony’s podium has a few more stops yet: he’ll be conducting concerts in Ohio, Texas, Florida, Illinois, and Colorado this summer before he and his wife, classically-trained soprano and radio host Angela Mitchell, move across the country from Cleveland to Denver in August. Mitchell’s inventiveness, musical mastery, and contagious enthusiasm will no doubt create a lasting imprint on the Colorado Symphony’s repertoire and creative growth. While the Colorado Symphony eagerly awaits his return-for-good as Music Director, it’s safe to say, in many ways, Brett Mitchell has already arrived.






“The Colorado Symphony has an incredible feeling of community. I’ve played with many other orchestras, and never felt the sense of camaraderie that I’ve felt here.” This spring, Colorado Symphony Principal Clarinetist Jason Shafer takes on Mozart’s last instrumental composition, the enchanting—and thoroughly demanding—Clarinet Concerto in A major. In this issue of Soundings, Jason tells us about the concerto’s challenges, his adjustment to life in Denver from Miami and the New World Symphony, and his hunt for the perfect pie recipe.

This spring, you’ll be performing Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A major the weekend of April 7-9. What can you tell us about it? Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto is the most well-known piece written for the clarinet, and for good reason! Written near the end of the composer’s life, the concerto shows the height of Mozart’s compositional abilities, and is considered one of his greatest works. I have performed it many times, and it still feels fresh, new, and ingenious; I think that’s a sign of a true masterwork. What are the most challenging aspects of this concerto? There are many, but two stick out to me. First, the length: at almost 30 minutes, it takes a lot of physical and mental stamina, plus the challenge of maintaining comfort with the memorization. But perhaps more importantly, this concerto requires the soloist to strike a very difficult musical balance. If the clarinetist focuses too much on refinement, the interpretation will come across as bland—but with too much exaggeration, it can seem grotesque. My goal is always to strive for huge contrasts in mood and energy while still staying within the “world” of Mozart, and that takes a lot of thoughtful practice. What drew you to the clarinet? Tell us about your early music education. School band! I loved the sound of the clarinet, and I was grateful to grow up in Maryland, where the public school music programs are very strong. I believe supporting the arts in our schools is the most pressing need for our educational system.


Now you’re an educator on the faculty of University of Northern Colorado. What do you enjoy most about teaching clarinet at the college level? I feel that my most important role as a clarinet teacher at this level is to help my students reach their full potential. It’s challenging to determine the best approach to take with each student, but that challenge is one of my favorite things about working with college students. You were with the New World Symphony in Miami before coming to Denver. What was that transition like? Living on Miami Beach was kind of like living on Mars! You see the strangest things there, from the wild vacationers to the unexpected, odd behavior from the locals. (I won’t go into more detail than that.) While I’m grateful for the incredible experiences I had with the New World Symphony, Denver’s culture is wonderful, and there’s so much to see in this fantastic city and in the mountains. I feel so lucky that I get to live in such a beautiful place! One other adjustment that I have to mention: many people don’t know that moving to altitude affects woodwind players’ reeds tremendously. This is my fourth season with the Colorado Symphony, and I think my reeds are still trying to adjust! What drew you to the Colorado Symphony? First, the artistic quality of this orchestra is remarkable; it truly is one of the best in the country. But also, the Colorado Symphony has an incredible feeling of community. I’ve played with many other orchestras, and never felt the sense of camaraderie that I’ve felt here. It’s amazing to feel that both the musicians and the staff are all on the same page and working towards our combined success. Finally, what do you do when not performing? Any hobbies or side projects worth noting? I’m just now moving to a new home, and I imagine that will bring endless projects with it! But I’ve also always loved exploring the many excellent hiking trails in this area, and expanding my baking skills—I’ve gotten excited lately about making awesome pies. So if you see me backstage sometime, hand me your favorite pie recipe!


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ANDRÉ DE RIDDER, conductor Born in Berlin, de Ridder is the Artistic Director of Musica nova Helsinki and founder of the groundbreaking ensemble stargaze. He has given premieres of works by Bryce Dessner, Kaija Saariaho, Donnacha Dennehy, Mica Levi, Wolfgang Rihm, and Nico Muhly, amongst many others. He is a regular at such festivals as Edinburgh International Festival, Sydney Festival, and Holland Festival, and conducts such orchestras as New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, BBC Symphony, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, and the Concertgebouw Orchestra. With stargaze, his appearances include Ruhrtriennale with Owen Pallett, Sacrum Profanum Festival with These New Puritans, Holland’s Rewire Festival, Paris Philharmonie, BBC Proms, and the ensemble’s own festival at Volksbühne-Am-Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz. His discography includes Max Richter's The Four Seasons Recomposed (DG), works by Bryce Dessner and Jonny Greenwood (DG), and Africa Express Presents: In C Mali (Transgressive), a recording he produced of Terry Riley’s In C with Malian and western artists including Brian Eno and Damon Albarn.


NADIA SIROTA, viola Violist Nadia Sirota’s varied career spans solo performances, chamber music, and podcasting. In all branches of her artistic life, she aims to open Classical music up to a broader audience. Nadia’s singular sound and expressive execution have served as muse to dozens of composers, including Nico Muhly, Donnacha Dennehy, Bryce Dessner, Richard Reed Parry, and Marcos Balter. Recently, Nadia won a 2015 Peabody Award, broadcasting’s highest honor, for her podcast Meet the Composer, from Q2 Music, which deftly profiles some of the most interesting musical thinkers living today. This season, she releases two new records, one featuring Nico Muhly’s Viola Concerto with the Detroit Symphony under Leonard Slatkin, and one featuring Donnacha Dennehy’s groundbreaking work for viola and microtonal viola da gamba consort, Tessellatum, featuring gambist Liam Byrne. Nadia is a member of the chamber sextet yMusic and the chamber orchestra Alarm Will Sound, and has lent her sound to recording and concert projects by such artists and songwriters as Anohni, Jónsi, and Arcade Fire. In 2013, she won Southern Methodist University’s Meadows Prize, awarded to pioneering artists and scholars with an emerging international profile. She received her undergraduate and Master’s degrees from the Juilliard School, studying with Heidi Castleman, Misha Amory, and Hsin-Yun Huang. “If the ancient and unassuming viola is having a renaissance in contemporary music, it’s thanks largely to Nadia Sirota, who specializes in, well, anything a composer can throw at her.” (New York Magazine)


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MASTERWORKS PROGRAM NOTES WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756-1791): Symphony No. 34 in C major, K. 338 (1780) Mozart was born on January 27, 1756. in Salzburg and died on December 5, 1791, in Vienna. He composed the Symphony No. 34 in August 1780, and it was probably performed soon thereafter in Salzburg. The score calls for pairs of oboes, horns and trumpets, timpani, and strings. Duration is about 25 minutes. The symphony was last performed on January 19-21, 1996, with Carl St. Clair conducting. This sparkling Symphony was composed in August 1780, during the last year of Mozart’s “Salzburg Captivity,” as the frustrated young musician rather injudiciously dubbed his position as composer, violinist, pianist, and orchestral leader in the archiepiscopal musical establishment of his home town. He felt belittled and confined in provincial Salzburg, knowing that he had the talent to conquer the musical world but unable to find a suitably important post from which to launch the attack. In January 1779, he returned from a long, disappointing job hunt that had taken him as far as Paris, where his mother died, and to Mannheim, where he was jilted by his first serious love, but had produced no position. He reluctantly resumed his duties in Salzburg while longing constantly for something greater, especially something that would allow him to create operas. The C major Symphony (K. 338), written just nine months before he resigned his Salzburg post, shows Mozart’s uncanny ability at synthesizing the musical styles of his time into a work that would please the particular audience for which it was composed. (Virtually everything that Mozart or any of his contemporaries wrote was for a specific occasion; composed, essentially, on commission.) He tempered the progressive tendencies he had come to admire in the Mannheim composers — refined part-writing, independent treatment of the woodwinds and horns, delicacy of detail, use of crescendo and decrescendo, contrast of piano and forte — for the conservative tastes of his Salzburg audience, who preferred the old-fashioned three-movement symphony (lacking the minuet increasingly popular elsewhere) and a certain opera buffa style characteristic of the earlier Italian sinfonia. Such was Mozart’s mastery, even at the age of 24, that he could juggle these contemporary idioms with inimitable panache. The structure of the opening movement is essentially sonata-allegro, with a martial proclamation as a main theme and a teasing little strain for contrast. In its formal subtleties, however, the movement is as close to the Italian opera overture as to the newer German symphonic sonatas of Haydn. As with the overture form, it lacks the usual exposition repeat, has a development section based on new material rather than on previously heard themes, and extensively elaborates the exposition melodies on their recapitulation. The Andante Mozart provided for the Symphony was “the richest slow movement he had as yet produced, and which he did not often surpass in subtlety,” assessed the esteemed English musicologist Sir Donald Tovey. The movement was originally for strings only, but when Mozart added bassoons to the scoring he not only strengthened the bass line but also imbued the music with a burnished, moonlit sonority. So taken was Saint-Foix with this haunting nocturne that he found in it “a delicacy and emotion ... never paralleled, even in the work of Mozart.” In the original manuscript, Mozart began sketching a minuet as the second movement of the Symphony, but he broke off after some dozen bars, probably deciding that the Salzburgers’ distaste for symphonic minuets would make the effort unrewarding. (“When I play in Salzburg


MASTERWORKS PROGRAM NOTES or when any of my compositions are performed there, the audience might just as well be chairs and tables,” he once complained.) In 1782, however, after moving to Vienna, he returned to the Symphony and added to it a newly composed minuet, now entered separately in the catalog of his works as K. 409. The rollicking, sonata-form finale could well serve as the introduction to some farcical opera buffa. The rhythm of this moto perpetuo movement recalls the tarantella, the traditional Italian dance whose violent motions (producing copious perspiration) were said to expel the venom from the body of a tarantula bite victim. Nothing quite so threatening lies behind this finale, however, which brings this delightful Symphony to a spirited close.

NICO MUHLY (b. 1981): Viola Concerto (2014) Nico Muhly was born on August 26, 1981, in Tunbridge, Vermont. His Viola Concerto was composed in 2014 and premiered on February 6, 2015, by Orquesta Nacionales de España in Madrid, Spain, conducted by Nicholas Collon with Nadia Sirota as soloist. The score calls for piccolo, two flutes, two oboes, English horn, two clarinets, bass clarinet, two bassoons, contrabassoon, four horns, three trumpets, three trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion, piano (doubling celesta), and strings. Duration is about 24 minutes. This is the first performance by the orchestra. Nico Muhly is one of the rising stars of American music: subject of a feature article in the February 11, 2008, New Yorker, when he was 26; a full-evening concert of his music at Carnegie Hall in October 2007; inclusion on New York magazine’s “Best of 2005” list for his cantata based on Strunk & White’s The Elements of Style (premiered at the New York Public Library); a publishing contract with the venerable British firm Chester/Novello; broadcasts of his music in England and performances by the American Symphony Orchestra, Juilliard Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Boston Pops, Paris Opéra Ballet, and American Ballet Theater; his first opera, Two Boys, commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera and Lincoln Center Theater, was premiered in London in 2012 and critically acclaim, during its run at the Met in autumn 2013. Muhly was born in 1981 into an artistic family that split their time during his childhood between an 18th-century farmhouse in rural Vermont and a home in Providence, Rhode Island; his mother, Bunny Harvey, is a well-known painter on the faculty of Wellesley College; his father, Frank Muhly, is a documentary filmmaker. Nico began playing piano when he was eight and organ two years later, and joined a church choir soon thereafter. During high school in Providence, Muhly studied composition with David Rakowski, a professor at Brandeis, and attended the summer program at Tanglewood. After graduation, he enrolled in a joint program at Columbia, where he received a bachelor’s degree in English literature in 2003, and Juilliard, where he studied with Christopher Rouse and John Corigliano and got his master’s degree in 2004. From his sophomore year until 2008, Muhly worked for Philip Glass as editor, MIDI programmer, keyboardist, and conductor for numerous film and stage projects; he conducted excerpts from Glass’ epochal Einstein on the Beach for a new ballet by Benjamin Millepied at the Opéra de Paris in November 2006. Nico Muhly wrote of his Viola Concerto (2014), written for violist Nadia Sirota on a joint commission from the Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España (Madrid), Detroit Symphony SOUNDINGS 2016/2017 | COLORADOSYMPHONY.ORG PROGRAM 5

MASTERWORKS PROGRAM NOTES Orchestra, Festival de Saint Denis (France) and National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa), “My Concerto has a traditional structure: a fast movement, a slow movement, and a very fast third movement. The first movement begins with the solo viola at the center of a crystalline structure of harp, piano, celesta, glockenspiel, vibraphone and woodwinds playing competing polyrhythms. Jagged unison brass interrupts these delicate episodes, and the brass and crystalline material compete vigorously. Occasionally, the viola plays a quick duet with the timpani — a spatial displacement across the orchestra. About four minutes in, the viola and orchestra enter into a more traditional relationship between soloist and accompaniment, outlining a long series of descending chords. A trumpet solo emerges from this, and suddenly the whole thing breaks down into insect-like tuned percussion and the solo violist playing in a quartet with the three front-most orchestral violists. “The second movement is a series of slowly shifting drones in the strings, with a long, plaintive viola solo. The violist’s intervals expand and expand, culminating in a vertiginous tuba solo and a large orchestral explosion. Out of this, a dreamy landscape comes into view and fades away. The third movement is pulse-based and precise, and constantly plays with rhythms existing in three, four or six cycles, resulting in a seemingly friendly surface with a slightly menacing undercurrent. Eventually, all the friendly material vanishes and two different kinds of ‘panic’ music are left — bright flashes of poly-rhythms from the percussion (here, the crystalline structures have become razor-like) and giant vertical chords from the brass. The viola’s cadenza here is quiet, tense and fragile, and gives way to an extended passage during which the convivial instrumental pairings from the first movement become volatile and extreme. The piece ends in a state of frozen panic in which all the material heard before is antagonized, snarled at and damaged."

IGOR STRAVINSKY (1882-1971): Pétrouchka, Ballet in Four Tableaux Igor Stravinsky was born on June 17, 1882, in Oranienbaum, near St. Petersburg and died on April 6, 1971, in New York City. He composed Pétrouchka in Switzerland, on the Riviera, in St. Petersburg and in Rome during the first months of 1911, completing the score on May 26th. The premiere followed only eighteen days later, on June 13th, given by the Ballet Russe at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris; Pierre Monteux conducted, and Karsavina and Nijinsky headed the cast in Fokine’s choreography. The score calls for three flutes (third doubling piccolo), two oboes, English horn, three clarinets (third doubling bass clarinet), two bassoons, contrabassoon, four horns, three trumpets, three trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion, harp, piano, celesta, and strings. Duration is about 35 minutes. The last performance by the orchestra took place on February 23-25, 2007, with Christian Arming on the podium. Stravinsky burst meteor-like onto the musical firmament in 1910 with the brilliant triumph of his first major score for the Ballet Russe, The Firebird. Immediately, Serge Diaghilev, the enterprising impresario of the troupe, sought to capitalize on that success by commissioning Stravinsky to write a second score as soon as possible. Stravinsky was already prepared with an idea that had come to him even before finishing The Firebird. “I saw in imagination a solemn pagan rite,” he recalled in his Autobiography of 1936. “Sage elders, seated in a circle, watched a young girl dance PROGRAM 6 SOUNDINGS 2016/2017 | COLORADOSYMPHONY.ORG

MASTERWORKS PROGRAM NOTES herself to death. They were sacrificing her to propitiate the god of spring. Such was the theme of Le Sacre du Printemps.” Diaghilev was as excited about this vision as was Stravinsky, and he sent the composer off to write the score with all possible haste. Stravinsky continued the story in his Autobiography: “Before tackling The Rite of Spring, which would be a long and difficult task, I wanted to refresh myself by composing an orchestral piece in which the piano would play the most important part — a sort of Konzertstück. In composing the music, I had a distinct picture of a puppet, suddenly endowed with life.... Having finished this piece, I struggled for hours to find a title which would express in a word the character of my music and, consequently, the personality of this creature. One day I leaped for joy, I had indeed found my title — Pétrouchka, the immortal and unhappy hero of every fair in all countries. Soon afterwards, Diaghilev came to visit me. He was much astonished when, instead of the sketches of the Sacre, I played him the piece I had just composed and which later became the second scene of Pétrouchka. He was so pleased with it that he would not leave it alone, and began persuading me to develop the theme of the puppet’s sufferings and make it into a whole ballet.” Though his progress on the score was interrupted by a serious bout of “nicotine poisoning,” Stravinsky finished the work in time for the scheduled premiere on June 13, 1911. The production was a triumph. Tableau I. St. Petersburg, the Shrove-Tide Fair. Crowds of people stroll about, entertained by a hurdy-gurdy man and dancers. The Showman opens the curtains of his little theater to reveal three puppets — Pétrouchka, the Ballerina and the Blackamoor. He charms them into life with his flute, and they begin to dance among the public. Tableau II. Pétrouchka’s Cell. Pétrouchka suffers greatly from his awareness of his grotesque appearance. He tries to console himself by falling in love with the Ballerina. She visits him in his cell, but she is frightened by his uncouth antics, and flees. Tableau III. The Blackamoor’s Cell. The Blackamoor and the Ballerina meet in his tent. Their love scene is interrupted by the arrival of Pétrouchka, furiously jealous. The Blackamoor tosses him out. Tableau IV. The Fair. The festive scene of Tableau I resumes with the appearance of a group of wet-nurses, a performing bear, Gypsies, a band of coachmen, and several masqueraders. At the theater, Pétrouchka rushes out from behind the curtain, pursued by the Blackamoor, who strikes his rival down with his sword. Pétrouchka dies. The Showman assures the bystanders that Pétrouchka is only a puppet, but he is startled to see Pétrouchka’s jeering ghost appear on the roof of the little theater. ©2016 Dr. Richard E. Rodda


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COMMUNITY SUPPORT Sally Plummer Mary and Bernard Polak Ed Post Mr. and Mrs. H.W. Praetorius Mr. Bennett L. Price Mr. Nick Recuber Richard Replin and Elissa Stein Nancy and Gene Richards Dr. Richard and Mrs. Sandra Roark Dr. Gregory Robbins Eleanor Roberts Mr. Steven M. Ropa Sig and Lucille Rosefeld Mr. and Mrs. William E. Russell Ms. Carol L. Rust Mr. Clayton Saylor Cynthia L. and Paul D. Schauer Ms. Mary Ann Schultz Ms. Carla L. Seeliger Mr. and Mrs. Karl O. Seller Betty and Maurice Serotta Ms. Barbara Servis Dr. and Mrs. David Shander Jo Shannon Mr. and Mrs. Conner W. Shepherd Ph.D. Dr. and Mrs. Arnold Silverman Drs. Robert H. Slover, II and Robin Slover Dr. and Mrs. Edwin R. Smith Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Smith James Smith and Robert Karow Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Smith Mr. and Mrs. William H. Speaker Hanspeter and Kathryn Spuhler Mr. Daniel Stenersen Gordon Stenger and Brooke Goudy Mrs. Mary L. Stewart Julie and John Strain Mrs. Elaine B. Strauch Mr. and Mrs. Michael Strear Mrs. Mary C. Symonton Dr. and Mrs. Richard W. Talley Carol and Cedric Tarr Judy and Rob Tate Mr. Frank Thomson Mr. Charles Thorman Mr. and Mrs. Carl J. Tillery Nan Timbel Tipton Family Foundation David Tourtelot and Nikki Headlee Barbara J. Tramutt Mr. and Mrs. Paul Trantow Helen Tuttle Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Virtue Ed and Patty Wahtera Ms. Shirley Ward Peter Weiser Rosemary Whitaker

Jordan Wight Daniel C. Williams Werner and Mary Winkler Jim and Marlene Wogsland Mrs. Marianne Wons Mr. and Mrs. Dieter Wons George and Beth Wood Richard and Mary Ann Woods Amy Wright Dr. and Mrs. Roy R. Wright Marsha F. Young Tom Zeiler Mr. and Mrs. Ken Ziebarth R.A. Zimmerman Mr. and Ms. Michael A. Zoellner Ms. Regina M. Zoglo


Thank you to those companies who match current and retired employee contributions to the Colorado Symphony and to our donors who apply for these matching gifts. Please check with your Human Resources Department to see if your contribution can double through the generosity of your company. To contact the Development Department directly, please call Kate Bentley at 303.308.2472.


The following are members of the Colorado Symphony’s Women of Note (WON). WON members receive exclusive benefits and event invitations throughout the season. The Colorado Symphony is grateful for the support of these dedicated individuals. Anonymous Marin Alsop* Nancy Accetta Addie Barkley Paula Bernstein* Terry Biddinger* Libby Bortz Erna Butler* Taesuk Cho-Hwang Kirsten Collins Donna Connolly Anne Culver Courtney Ferer Kathie Finger Mary Lou Flater Monica Glickman Diane Hill Elizabeth Holtze Eileen Honnen-McDonald* Montjoy Kugeler



Sandy Lasky* Nancy Lawrence Ann Levy Carolyn Longmire Jeri Loser Merry Low Janet Mordecai Karin Mote Carol Murphy Elizabeth B. Neva Jane Nielsen Shelia O’Brien Diane Padalino Ursula Powell Margaret Roath Mary Rossick Kern* Suzanne Barber Ryan Suzanne Satter Alice Silver Phoebe Smedley Kathy Sphuler Janyce Wald Rivka Weisberg Judy Wigod *Founding Member

The Colorado Symphony constantly seeks new and creative ways to preserve the cultural legacy of symphonic music while actively co-creating its future. By working on new recordings and collaborations, the Colorado Symphony strives to stay relevant for generations to come. Anonymous Col. Philip Beaver and Mrs. Kim Beaver Bob and Cynthia Benson Colorado Symphony Guild, Inc. Tom and Noel Congdon Mr. and Mrs. Scott Cromie Dr. Everette J. Freeman Mr. Paul E. Goodspeed and Ms. Mary Poole Jennifer Heglin Mary Rossick Kern and Jerome H. Kern Fred and Connie Platt Mr. Dan Poole Dr. and Mrs. Paul R. Rosen


Through our Musicurious program, your Colorado Symphony reaches thousands of young people within and well outside Selected to perform at the Kennedy Center in March 2017!

Jake Shimabukuro Saturday, February 4, 2017 7:30 PM at Macky, CU Boulder Ukulele virtuoso with the Boulder Phil

Nature & Music

Kennedy Center Kick-Off Concert! Saturday, March 25, 2017 Glenn Ross Photo 7:30 PM at Macky, CU Boulder Featuring Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance and a world premiere choreographed to nature photography from Rocky Mountain National Park



Season Finale: The Pines of Rome

Saturday, April 22, 2017 7:30 PM at Macky, CU Boulder The spirit of Italy permeates our season finale, featuring a duo concerto with Concertmaster Charles Wetherbee and guitarist Nicolò Spera. • 303.449.1343 SOUNDINGS 2016/2017 | COLORADOSYMPHONY.ORG 33

COMMUNITY SUPPORT the Denver metro area, from months-old through high school and beyond. We always work to extend and increase our outreach and could not possibly do it without your support. PLATINUM CHAIRMAN’S SOCIETY ($50,000+) Anonymous Malone Family Foundation Target GOLD CHAIRMAN’S SOCIETY ($25,000+) Anonymous CHAIRMAN’S SOCIETY ($10,000+) Anonymous The AJL Charitable Foundation Florence R. and Ralph L. Burgess Trust Ralph L. and Florence R. Burgess Trust U.S. Bank Foundation Walter S. Rosenberry, III Trust SILVER CONDUCTOR’S CIRCLE ($5,000+) Anonymous Colorado Symphony Guild Inc. The Denver Foundation Denver Post Charities, a McCormick Foundation Fund PeyBack Foundation Scientific & Cultural Collaborative US Bank Community Development Xcel Energy Foundation CONDUCTOR’S CIRCLE ($2,000+) Anonymous Cherry Hills Cultural Associates ECA Foundation Katherine McMurray Henry B. Mohr Parker Foundation SYMPHONY CONCERTMASTER ($1,000+) Anonymous Kinder Morgan Foundation SYMPHONY MUSICIAN ($500+) Anonymous Dr. John A. and Mrs. Jane H. Coppola Mr. Billy Harris and Ms. Linda Purcell Mr. Jon Isenhart Ms. Carla McWilliams


The 2016 Colorado Symphony Ball raised money through table sales, individual and corporate contributions, sponsorship,

silent and live auctions, and real-time voting during “THE BATTLE OF THE BANDS: REMATCH” where guests voted for their favorite band. This year’s bands were the Colorado Symphony, The DaVita Blues All Stars, and Tracksuit Wedding. PRESENTING SPONSOR ($75,000+) The Anschutz Foundation Arrow Electronics, Inc. VIRTUOSO ($50,000+) Anonymous Liberty Global MAESTRO ($25,000+) Anonymous AMG National Trust Bank DaVita Expedia Keith and Kathie Finger IAC Corporation Mary Rossick Kern and Jerome H. Kern ENCORE ($15,000+) Delta Dental Plan of Colorado Mrs. Sandy Elliott LionTree Advisors, LLC Dr. Christopher Ott and Mr. Jeremy Simons Sherman & Howard Linda Shoemaker and Steve Brett CONCERTMASTER ($10,000+) Mr. and Mrs. Tony Accetta Baker Botts, LLP Baker & Hostetler, LLP Centura Health Davis Graham & Stubbs, LLP Denver Broncos Football Club Discovery Communications Adam and Stephanie Donner Diane S. Hill and Kevin E. Somerville Amanda Precourt/The Precourt Foundation The Publishing House University of Denver PRINCIPAL ($5,000+) AEG Live AMC Network Sue Anschutz-Rodgers BeneFactor Boss Architecture Breakthru Beverage Cadre General Contractors, Inc. Mr. Scott Campbell Colorado Rockies Baseball Club Cooley, LLP





MARCH 2 3 4 2017

MAY 6 9 12 14 2017

With humor and empathy, As One chronicles a transgender person’s inner journey. Two singers, a baritone and a mezzo-soprano, both portray the character Hannah. Inspired in part by the life experiences of acclaimed filmmaker Kimberly Reed, As One’s rich libretto— and evocative melodies and harmonies— make it an unforgettable work.

Forced by her brother to forsake her love and marry for money, Lucia loses more than her happiness—she loses her mind. In her insanity, she plunges headlong into some of opera’s most gorgeous music in her famous mad scene. A stunning evening of grand opera, this Opera Colorado production will feature traditional costumes and sets.



“Laura Kaminsky’s As One proved to be a thoughtful and substantial piece as well as that rarest of operatic commodities — a story that lends itself to dramatization in music.” -THE WASHINGTON POST


COMMUNITY SUPPORT CU Anschutz Medical Campus Ms. Susan Drumm Mrs. Susan Ellis and Mr. Izzy Abbass Ms. Jayne Ford Dr. Everette J. Freeman, President, Community College of Denver GBSM, Inc. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP Hogan Lovells U.S. LLP KPMG, LLP Libby Anschutz Foundation Dr. Jon Masoudi The Private Banking and Investment Group at Merrill Lynch Coreen and Michael Miller 9NEWS The Pashel/Chapman Group Pentec Health Republic National Distributing Company Mr. and Mrs. Richard Robinson Mr. and Mrs. Jim Shpall Eric Sondermann and Tracy Dunning Mr. Walker and Mrs. Jenna Stapleton Volunteers of America Willis Towers Watson ($2,000+) Merle C. Chambers Mr. John F. Estes, III and Mrs. Norma Horner Four Five One Events Mr. Paul E. Goodspeed and Ms. Mary Poole Mr. and Mrs. Ed Greene Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Hirschfeld Mr. Keith Ladner Alan and Judy Wigod ($1,000+) Mr. Brad Bawmann Jim and Julie Copenhaver Mr. and Mrs. Bruce DiBiase Ms. Donna S. Gerich Ms. DeAnn Grasingers Bill and Donna Hoberecht Sandy and Evan Lasky Mr. and Mrs. Howard Noble Elyse Tipton and Paul Ruttum Mr. Adam Wimmer ($500+) Mr. Rick D. Bailey Alvina Crouse Ms. Dianne Eddolls Mr. Stephen A. Edmonds Forensic Pursuit Ms. Lisa Hayes Mr. Brooks and Ms. Lauren Kanski Mr. Thomas Lorz

Ms. Mary Neidig Nijole and Walter Rasmussen Ms. Barbara Servis Mr. John H. Voorheis Mr. Ernest and Mrs. Patti Ward IN-KIND DONATIONS Applejack Wine & Spirits Bouquets Ceavco Constellation Brands DaVita Blues All Stars Epicurean Jays Valet Leopold Brothers Live Nation The Publishing House Republic National Distributing Company Tivoli Brewing Tracksuit Wedding


The following gifts were made to the Colorado Symphony in memory of a family member, friend, or supporter of the symphony. These tributes hold an honored place with the Colorado Symphony and we are privileged to recognize them. In memory of Gene Amole from KVOD given by: Mr. R. Glesner and Mrs. B. Schwarm Glesner In memory of Eleanor Scott Annable given by: J. Fern Black In memory of Mr. Charles Ansbacher given by: Swanee Hunt Family Foundation In memory of Darthelia Baker given by: Ms. Veatrice Monroe In memory of Blair Chotzinhoff given by: The Denver Foundation Mr. Chet K. Hampson and Ms. Susan Martin Mrs. Nancy Schulein In memory of Robert and Selma Cohen given by: Barbralu Cohen In memory of William R. Cook given by: Karen Cook In memory of Harold Dillon given by: Ellen Coulter Lisa Dillon John and Meritt Hutton Scott Hutton Leslee Viehoff In memory of Willis Dutra-Silveria given by: Ms. Janet M. Erjavec


COMMUNITY SUPPORT In memory of Frances E. given by: Cynthia Schauer In memory of Mr. Gerald Endsley given by: Mr. Chet K. Hampson and Ms. Susan Martin In memory of Lynn Erion given by: Ms. Jo Ellen Cohen In memory of her father, Barney Fox, on Father’s Day given by: Leslie Tjarks In memory of Dr. Joyce S. Freeman given by: Freeman Family Foundation Ms. JoAnne Friedman In memory of Julie Gannon given by: Deep Space Systems 5K team In memory of Mr. Michael Gaughan given by: Tanya and Bruce Caughey Mr. David W. Durnell Tim and Janet Taggert In memory of Carol and Bill Gossard given by: Mr. and Mrs. Steve Wynkoop In memory of Manny Greenberg given by: Ellie Greenberg and Family The Sylvan Stool Family

In memory of Mr. Ken Harper given by: Mr. Chet K. Hampson and Ms. Susan Martin In memory of Eleanor Hayden given by: Ms. Jean Melville In memory of Dr. H. Michael Hayes given by: Hayes Family Foundation In memory of Allen Johannes Heim given by: Arik Heim Christian Heim Lauren Yager In memory of Jeannine D. Hiester given by: Phillip C. Hiester In memory of Kenneth W. Kohlenberg given by: Mr. Bryan Kohlenberg In memory of Lea LaParle given by: Ms. Donna S. Gerich In memory of Maurice Larue given by: Scott and Jackie Barnes Denis and Kathy Donnelly Ms. Carol A. Greenwald In memory of Edward Levy given by: Ann Levy Ms. Denison Levy 191 University Blvd., #974 Denver, CO 80206-4613



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COMMUNITY SUPPORT In memory of Dr. James List, M.D. given by: Emma L. Dafoe In memory of Ronald S. Loser given by: Mr. and Mrs. Louis P. Bansbach, III Mr. Jim Bowers Ms. Betty Brega Mr. and Mrs. Mackintosh Brown Mr. and Mrs. George M. Canon Centennial Airport Mr. Robert L. Eaton Mrs. Ann B. Fawcett Barbara H. and Charles Ferguson Mr. Joesph Flierl Mr. and Mrs. Robert K. Fuller Mr. Frank M. Hall, III Mr. Roger D. Hunt Judge and Mrs. John P. Leopold Meg MacDonald Mr. and Mrs. Neil McLagan Brian and Deborah Magoon Ms. Lucille Maun Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Olson Ms. Virginia L. Park Robinson Waters & O’Dorisio, PC Mr. William C. Rodraun Ms. Julie Shade Ms. Karyn Thompson-Panos Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Warren In memory of Suzanne Hewitt Lowell given by: Mr. and Mrs. Neil W. Hamilton Mr. Charles Homsy In memory of Thomas L. McClintock given by: Colorado Symphony Guild-Foothills Unit Ms. Nancy L. Graham G.J. and P.A. Graziano James D. and Elizabeth McMahon Mrs. Carol Reeves In memory of Ruthi McEwen given by: Frank Parce In memory of Pierson F. Melcher given by: Cynthia Melcher In memory of her husband, Ralph S. Paffenbarger, Jr., M.D. given by: Jo Ann Paffenbarger In memory of Roxanne Pinneo given by: Quality Life Services Ms. Dorothy Wright In memory of Herman D. Post given by: Dr. Robin D. Post In memory of Dorothy Presta given by: Mr. and Mrs. William Cowan Ms. Mary Neidig P. A. Price

In memory of Mr. Harry T. Safstrom given by: Mr. Chet K. Hampson and Ms. Susan Martin In memory of Michael Schatz given by: Ms. Jo Ellen Cohen In memory of Robert Schulein given by: The Denver Foundation Mrs. Nancy Schulein In memory of David Callistus Smith given by: Mr. Stephen M Book Ms. Darla Duval Ms. Lougena M. Foxhoven Mr. Tony and Mrs. Gina Gradisher Ms. Colleen Higgins Ms. Carmen Huff Mr. Charles R. McMullin Shawn Miller Ms. Letitia Ottem Mr. James Schmitt Ms. Krista Wright Ms. Katarina Zarlengo In memory of Mary Ruth Smith given by: Ms. Anne H. Wheeler In memory of his wife, Tracy Smith given by: Mr. Clyde Eaton Smith In memory of Betty Sonnenberg given by: Sylvia Kreider In memory of Lee and Margaret Tipton given by: Tipton Family Foundation In memory of Ablie Ubran given by: Mr. and Mrs. David McGaw In memory of Sue Van Deusen given by: M Cati Flater David P. and Chady L. Hall Ms. Violet Wagener In memory of Guenther Vogt given by: Mr. Charles Anderson Ms. Anne Oberbroeckling In memory of Jean Watt given by: Rob and Jane Scofield In memory of Lisa Gayle Wigod given by: Alan and Judy Wigod In memory of Jim Withers given by: Ann and Henry Jesse In memory of Dorothy Yoder given by: Ms. C. D. Chalfant Ms. Joanne Y. Dearth In memory of Bill Zishkagiven by: Lisa, Susan, and Ellen Madsen In memory of Josephine Zoglo given by: Regina Zoglo



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The following gifts were made to the Colorado Symphony in honor of a family member, friend, or special occasion. These tributes hold an honored place with the Colorado Symphony and we are pleased to recognize them. In honor of Libby Anschutz given by: Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Hirschfeld Mr. and Mrs. John Sie In honor of Kristina Arko given by: Alenka Han In honor of Linda Battan given by: Nancy Battan In honor of Mary Louise Burke given by: Frank Y. Parce In honor of Christina Carlson given by: Ms. Marjorie H. Adler Carolyn and Ronald Baer Frederick W. Damour In honor of her Friends in the Colorado Symphony Chorus given by: Susan Von Roedern In honor of Pera Beth Eichelberger’s Birthday given by: Anonymous Marian Bakken Karen Fabean In honor of Ms. Jo Ellen Cohen’s birthday given by: Mandelbaum Family Charitable Foundation Ms. Sharon Marks Flora and Morris Mizel Foundation Ms. Faye Gardenswartz In honor of Monica Glickman given by: Ms. Ruth Schorsch In honor of Bill and Carol Gossard given by: Anonymous In honor of retired CSO musician, Chet Hampson given by: Susan Martin In honor of James Hart given by: Ms. Kathleen A. Schmidt In honor of Philip C. Hiester, Master Electrician CSO given by: Adina and Eli Reshotko In honor of Dr. Diane Hill given by: Michael P. Dowling In honor of our Concertmaster, Yumi Hwang-Williams given by: Michael P. Dowling

In honor of Jerry Kern given by: Nancy Battan Mrs. Terry A. Biddinger Laura Bond Patty and Don Cook Mr. Stephen A. Edmonds Sari and Bob Freedman Mr. and Mrs. John Sie In honor of Mary Rossick Kern and Jerry Kern given by: Michael and Christine James Myron and Marcia Stein In honor of John and Karen Kinzie given by: Ms. Kathleen Dunnewald In honor of Carole Leight given by: Ms. Melinda Quiat In honor of Kathy Newman’s 70th Birthday given by: Ms. Sheila Lehrburger In honor of Scott O’Neil given by: Colorado Symphony Guild, Inc. In honor of Frank Y. Parce given by: Mr. David Parce In honor of Ken Quarles given by: Frank Y. Parce In honor of Dr. Gerald Rainer given by: Dr. and Mrs. James G. Chandler In honor of Chuck and Janet Robinson’s 50th Wedding Anniversary given by: Jim and Lorraine Adams In honor of Eleanor Roberts given by: Mr. David Parce In honor of Dr. and Mrs. Richard Sanders given by: Ms. Ann Gugenheim In honor of Kathleen Schmidt given by: Edith M. and Norman C. Bertelsen In honor of Enid Slack’s Birthday given by: Mr. and Mrs. Dick Freese In honor of Robert Steiger given by: Gretchen Williams In honor of Irene Szyliowicz’s 80th Birthday given by: Dr. and Mrs. Bernard Spilka In honor of John and Kristine Wallack given by: Mr. Richard Falb Gail Skaggs In honor of Robert Warner given by: Ruth Mosteller In honor of Darlee Whiting given by: Hayes Family Foundation




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COMMUNITY SUPPORT In honor of Alan and Judy Wigod given by: Robert Wigod In honor of Rowena Zelkind given by: Dr. and Mrs. Bernard Spilka


Named for the first conductor of the Denver Civic Orchestra, the Horace Tureman Society honors an exceptional group of people who have pledged future support for the Symphony through an estate gift. The Tureman Society recognizes in perpetuity those making estate gifts through wills, living trusts, annuities, IRAs, retirement plans, charitable trusts, life insurance designations, or other legacy giving vehicles. Anonymous (2) Richard and Susan Abernethy Edgardo and Lisa Belen Mr. and Mrs. David M. Budd Mr. Jim Caputo

Mr. Gene Child J. Harold Corp Trust Anne M. Culver Ms. Janice G. Eckhardt William G. Fairfield Ms. Grace L. Freye Ms. Carol K. Gossard Ms. Jennifer Guess Ms. Donna E. Hamilton Mr. James Harold Mr. Johannes Heim Cathey A. Herren Mrs. Janice E. Hesser Ms. Blanche B. Hilf Senta G. Holtzmann Ms. Margaret R. Houston Jane A. Hultin Virginia Ruth Hungerford Mr. and Mrs. Gopal Iyengar Ms. Gloria E. JohnstonMcGregor Mrs. Suzanne W. Joshel Mr. Geoffrey Kuhn Sandy and Evan Lasky Deanna Rose Leino Frank and Ginny Leitz Ms. Ann C. Levy John and Merry Low Sandey Luciano Evi and Evan Makovsky Mrs. Sue McFarlane Mr. Willis M. McFarlane

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