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Lawrence Golan, conductor and violin Elizabeth Montgomery, soprano Colorado Repertory Singers; Mark Stamper, director Repertoire includes: Tchaikovsky: “Waltz of the Flowers” from The Nutcracker Vivaldi: “Winter” from The Four Seasons Handel: “Hallelujah Chorus” from The Messiah More Holiday favorites — and a sing-along!

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Welcome to this exciting night of music... and more! Here in Denver we are spoiled with so many great options for entertainment, and we are so thankful that you have chosen to spend your night with us. At the Denver Phil, we do things just a tad differently from what you may be used to. While we ask you to silence your phone, we don’t ask you to put it away. In fact, we encourage you to Thanks for joining us

tweet along with us and to engage with other patrons while

tonight. From our entire

you enjoy the music. We don’t ask you to hold your applause

DPO Family to yours,

until the end of a piece — if you feel moved by what you’ve just

happy holidays!

heard, we welcome you to show your appreciation to our very talented musicians. We also encourage interaction between our patrons and our musicians. Please, feel free to introduce yourself to your favorite players after the concert at our reception on the lower level. Most importantly, however, we want you to have a great experience and to come back. Our musicians are extraordinarily passionate about performing quality live music and our volunteers have an equal passion for creating a meaningful and unique experience. We think this excitement will be felt by all that attend. Again, thank you very much for joining us tonight — and we look forward to meeting you and seeing you over and over again! Sincerely,

Jon Olafson President of the Board, DPO  3

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Kornel Thomas, Guest Conductor Elizabeth Baldwin, Soprano Shostakovich: October Strauss: Four Last Songs Beethoven: Symphony No. 7

NOVEMBER 14 A TALE OF THREE SYMPHONIES Lawrence Golan, Conductor Kimberly Brody, Oboe Kenneth Greenwald, Bassoon Katherine Thayer, Violin Bryan Scafuri, Cello Haydn: Sinfonia concertante in B-flat Major, Hob. I: 105 Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem Dvořák: Symphony No. 8


Lawrence Golan, Conductor and Violin Elizabeth Montgomery, Soprano Colorado Repertory Singers; Mark Stamper, Director Williams: “Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas” from Home Alone Snesrud: Christmas Traditions Holcombe, arr.: Festive Sounds of Hanukkah Pola & Wyle: It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year Johnson & Pelcer: Merry Christmas, Baby Montgomery & Johnson: Fill Your Heart with Christmas Tchaikovsky: “Waltz of the Flowers” from The Nutcracker Vivaldi: “Winter” from The Four Seasons Handel: “Hallelujah Chorus” from The Messiah Clifton, arr.: Carol of the Bells Hayes, arr.: Variations on Deck the Hall Anderson: Sleigh Ride Tormé & Wells: The Christmas Song Adam: Oh Holy Night Stephenson: A Holly Jolly Sing-Along!

FEBRUARY 13 FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE Lawrence Golan, Conductor Jeffrey LaDeur, Piano

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1 “Winter Reveries”


Wes Kenney, Guest Conductor Peter Sommer, Alto Saxophone Bach/Stokowski: Toccata and Fugue in D minor Ellington, orch. Peress: Three Black Kings Williams: “Escapades” from Catch Me if You Can Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 5 “Reformation”

MAY 21 PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES Lawrence Golan, Conductor Daria Rabotkina, Piano Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5

Concerts begin at 7:30 pm at KPOF Hall 1340 Sherman Street Denver, CO 80203 * Holiday Cheer! will be performed at Central Presbyterian Church 1660 Sherman St Denver, CO 80203




SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2014 HOLIDAY CHEER! Central Presbyterian Church  ·  Denver, Colorado  ·  7:30 pm

Lawrence Golan, conductor & violin Elizabeth Montgomery, soprano Colorado Repertory Singers; Mark Stamper, director John Williams

“Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas   from Home Alone

b. 1932

Arr. by Arlin Snesrud

Christmas Traditions

b. 1939

Arr. by Bill Holcombe

Festive Sounds of Hanukah


Eddie Pola & George Wyle Arr. by Tony Migliore

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Robert White Johnson & Chris Pelcer Arr. by Tony Migliore

Merry Christmas, Baby

Featuring Elizabeth Montgomery

Featuring Elizabeth Montgomery

Elizabeth Montgomery Fill Your Heart with Christmas & Robert White Johnson Featuring Elizabeth Montgomery Arr. by Tony Migliore Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky “Waltz of the Flowers” (1840–1893)   from The Nutcracker


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Delvyn Case

Rocket Sleigh

b. 1974

∙ 20-MINUTE INTERMISSION ∙ Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741)

“Winter” from The Four Seasons Allegro non molto Largo Allegro Featuring Lawrence Golan, violin

George Frideric Handel “Hallelujah Chorus” (1685–1759)   from The Messiah

Arr. by Ken Clifton

Carol of the Bells

b. 1969

Performed by Colorado Repertory Singers

Arr. by Ryan O’Connell

Variations on Deck The Hall

Leroy Anderson

Sleigh Ride

Performed by Colorado Repertory Singers


Mel Tormé & Robert Wells The Christmas Song Arr. by Tony Migliore Featuring Elizabeth Montgomery (Tormé 1925–1999)  (Wells 1922–1998)

Adolphe-Charles Adam Arr. by Tony Migliore

Oh Holy Night Featuring Elizabeth Montgomery

(Adam 1803–1856)

and the Colorado Repertory Singers

Arr. by James Stephenson

A Holly Jolly Sing-Along! Sing along with us! Lyrics begin on page 35.

b. 1969


Reception  Following the concert, meet & mingle over a glass of wine in the lobby. Nightcap  Then after the reception, raise a glass with us at Oblio’s Cap Hill, 1225 Logan St.  7

LAWRENCE GOLAN MUSIC DIRECTOR & CONDUCTOR The 2014–15 Season marks Lawrence’s second season as music director of the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra. In high demand across the United States and internationally, Lawrence is also currently Music Director of the Yakima Symphony Orchestra in Washington state, the York Symphony Orchestra in Pennsylvania, and the Lamont Symphony Orchestra & Opera Theatre at the University of Denver. In addition, he is the Principal Conductor of the Seoul Philharmonic in South Korea. Lawrence continues to guest conduct professional orchestras, opera, and ballet companies in the U.S. and around the world. He has conducted in 26 states and 17 countries. Lawrence has garnered considerable international recognition for his work as a conductor. He has won 10 ASCAP Awards, five Global Music Awards, three American Prize awards, three Downbeat Magazine Awards, and two Prestige Music Awards. Following a highly successful four-year term as Resident Conductor of The Phoenix Symphony, Music Director Michael Christie said that Lawrence “is a programmer of virtually unprecedented creativity and scope.” That sentiment was confirmed in 2012 when Lawrence was named the Grand Prize Winner of The American Prize for Orchestral Programming.


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Lawrence is known for his inspired performances, imaginative programming, passion for developing new audiences, and excellent public speaking skills—entertaining and educating the audience from both on and off the podium. He is also recognized for his expertise in the complete spectrum of musical styles and periods. He has worked with artists ranging from Leonard Bernstein, Marilyn Horne, Daniel Barenboim and Joshua Bell to Frank Sinatra, Kenny G and ShaNaNa. A native of Chicago, Lawrence holds degrees in both conducting and violin performance from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music (B.M. and M.M.) and the New England Conservatory of Music (D.M.A.). In addition, he studied at all of the major conducting festivals including Aspen and Tanglewood, where in 1999 he was awarded the Leonard Bernstein Conducting Fellowship. Lawrence and his wife Cecilia, who is from Buenos Aires, Argentina, have been married since 2003. They have two wonderful children: Giovanna and Joseph. Lawrence is represented by William Reinert Associates in New York. For more information, please visit or


S. MORDECAI FUHRMAN ASSOCIATE CONDUCTOR Conductor, percussionist, timpanist, and arranger, Samuel Mordecai Fuhrman is a graduate of the University of Delaware and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Samuel has performed with and conducted the Wilmington Community Orchestra in Delaware, Center City Opera Theater in Pennsylvania, the Cleveland Pops Orchestra in Ohio, and the Newark Symphony Orchestra in Newark, Delaware, where he directed the inaugural Family Series in 2010. Founder of the Reading Orchestra of North Wilmington, Samuel received his undergraduate degree in music in percussion/timpani at the University of Delaware. In 2007, he won the University of Delaware Concerto Competition, performing Eric Bryce’s Concerto for Marimba / Vibraphone and Orchestra with the University of Delaware Symphony. Samuel studied conducting at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he led multiple performances and received a Master of Music degree in 2014. In August 2013, Samuel led members of the Kiev Chamber Orchestra and the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine in a performance of Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring as part of the U Artist Music Festival. In addition to music, Samuel enjoys studying and contemplating cosmology and the evolution of the universe with his wife, Emily.


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After the concert, come

Elizabeth was born to sing. However early on in her life it did not appear that would happen. From birth to age 14, Elizabeth would have many bouts with an extremely serious lung illness, spending much of her childhood in hospitals.

say hi in the lobby! I’ll be there selling CDs and

These illnesses took so much of her breath away that she could

other holiday merchan-

not even blow up a balloon… her doctors did not expect her

dise. Merry Christmas!

to live. Through fervent prayers of her family and people in ministry, she experienced a miracle healing in her lungs which enabled her to begin singing. In her teenage years, she recorded her first album of Gospel music. Since then she has released nine albums of Christian music. Classically trained, she has performed in numerous operas including Twelfth Night and Hansel and Gretel. Elizabeth has concertized throughout the U.S. and Europe, with over 3,000 church and secular performances to her credit. In 2009, she shared her ministry in El Salvador, singing before thousands in churches, villages, and schools. In 2010 and 2011, her Christmas CD was played in over 100 secondary country radio markets in the U.S. One of the highlights of her career was to be chosen to sing the national anthem for the Denver Broncos before 75,000 people and a marching band of 350 musicians. Originally from Vinita, Oklahoma, Elizabeth graduated from Oklahoma City University in 1990 with a music/business administration degree. In 1992, she earned her Master’s degree in Music from the University of Denver.


MARK STAMPER ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, COLORADO REPERTORY SINGERS Mark is excited to be starting his second season as the artistic director of the Colorado Repertory Singers. As a native of South Carolina, he began his piano study at the age of 3 and eventually expanded his musical interests to include choral music. He received a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Winthrop University in 1986 where he studied with Dr. Eugene Barban. In 1989, Mark was awarded a Master of Music degree with a concentration in choral conducting from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, where he was the assistant conductor of the Oratorio Chorus. Mark served on several Broadway productions as musical director and accompanist. Among his favorites are Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Sound of Music, Ragtime, and 42nd Street. With conducting experience widespread among many genres of music, Mark’s depth includes ballet, choral, opera, orchestral, and musicals. During any given season, he will be conducting at several venues as well accompanying numerous recitals. He is an award-winning conductor and has held appointments as associate artistic director with the Texas Boys Choir, artistic director of The Women’s Chorus of Dallas, artistic director of The Singing Girls of Texas, and principal accompanist of the Turtle Creek Chorale. Mark is currently the music director for the theater program at Metropolitan State University, director of music/ worship at Applewood Valley United Methodist Church, and the artistic director of the Northland Chorale.


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OUR HISTORY We may be one of Denver’s oldest orchestras, but we certainly don’t act our age. Dr. Antonia Brico, the first woman to con-

change came in 2004, and we became

duct the Berlin and New York Philharmonic

the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra. Horst

Orchestras, founded our organization

served as music director and conductor

in 1948 as the Denver Businessmen’s

through 2009, after which he was ap-

Orchestra. Antonia settled in Denver

pointed the orchestra’s first Conductor

after conducting professional orchestras


across Europe and the U.S. She debuted our orchestra to a packed auditorium

Adam Flatt came onboard as music

explaining the need for a classical music

director in June 2010. Adam’s dynamic

venue to showcase the talents of local,

and inspiring leadership over the next

classically trained musicians “with no place

three years continued Horst’s legacy and

to play.” Twenty years later, we’d be known

further increased the artistic quality of the

as the Brico Symphony, and Antonia would


remain at the helm of the orchestra until her retirement in the mid-1980s.

We selected award-winning conductor Dr. Lawrence Golan as our conductor and

After nearly 40 years under Antonia’s

music director when Adam left in 2013.

baton, the orchestra chose Russian-

Lawrence, a professor and music director

American conductor Julius Glaihengauz

at the University of Denver’s Lamont

as its second music director. A graduate of

School of Music, continues to produce

the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow,

innovative and quality programming,

Julius led the newly renamed Centennial

delighting musicians and audiences alike.

Philharmonic for 11 seasons. And while we have a 67-year history in In 1999, Professor of Music at the

Denver, our mission is to continually rede-

University of Denver Dr. Horst Buchholz

fine the way our community experiences

took the baton. Our most recent name

and engages with classical music.  15

MORE THAN Attending a concert with us goes beyond an evening of high-caliber classical music. Last season, we had a lot of fun — we live-tweeted concerts, held lively pre-concert chats, produced a Super Bowl video mashup with the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra, hosted a Valentine’s Day photo booth, projected your Rocky Mountain pics above the musicians, brought in an instrument petting zoo, set up a selfie corner with a cardboard Buzz Aldrin, and partnered with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science to bring the Gates Planetarium (and the entire universe) into KPOF Hall.

Here’s a taste of what’s in store for our next concert — From Russia With Love on Friday, February 13 at KPOF Hall, 1340 Sherman Street. PRE-CONCERT CHAT, 6:30PM Join us for an informal pre-concert chat about the music you’ll be hearing hosted by DPO Associate Conductor Samuel Fuhrman. Sam will give you insights into the music and music-makers you’ll be listening to.

PHOTOBOOTH ANYTIME! (EXCEPT DURING CONCERT) Grab your friends, family or co-workers and step into our themed photo booth for a free souvenir photo by Pixel Perfect. We’ll supply fun props!


We’ll have some yummy Valentine’s Day treats to share.

RECEPTION IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING CONCERT Say hello! Come downstairs after the concert for refreshments, meet the soloists, buy a t-shirt — and have fun!

NIGHTCAP, AROUND 10PM Enjoy a late-night happy hour with us! Concertthemed cocktails are $3, and house wine and draft beer are just $1 at Oblio’s Cap Hill, 1225 Logan, after the reception. Meet, mingle and connect with musicians and friends — just three blocks away from KPOF Hall!

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Lawrence Golan



Katherine Thayer, concertmaster Allison Kim, associate concertmaster Patsy Aronstein
 Carrie Beeder Melissa Campbell
 Matthew Grove
 Thomas Jatko
 Nasiha Khalil
 Chelsea Morden
 Tenley Mueller
 Kristine Pordesimo
 Emmy Reid
 Beth Schoening
 Vanessa Vari
 Elizabeth Wall

SECOND VIOLIN Yiran Li, principal
 Melissa Barru Rachel Bradford
 Niccolo Werner Casewit
 Valerie Clausen
 Pauline Dallenbach
 Terri Gonzales
 Miki Heine
 Annie Laury
 Callista Medland Alyssa Oland
 Anne Silvas
 Albert Ting 18

William Hinkie, III; principal
 Naomi Croghan
 Lori Hanson
 Ben Luey
 Ana Montenegro
 Elizabeth O’Brien
 Maura Sullivan Kathleen Torkko


Bryan Scafuri, principal
 Naftari Burns
 Kevin Leiferman Ausra Mollerud
 Annastasia Psitos
 Monica Sáles
 Amanda Thall
 Rachel Warbelow
 Rachel Yanovitch
 Tara Yoder


Mark Stefaniw, principal
 Zach Antonio Lucy Bauer
 Josh Filley
 Taryn Galow


Aaron Wille, principal Whitney Kelley, acting principal Starla Doyle Miriam Freundt Catherine Ricca Lanzano

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PICCOLO Whitney Kelley


Kimberly Brody, principal
 Loren Meaux, assistant principal
 Alexis Junker



Shaun Burley, principal
 Claude Wilbur, acting principal Jessica Clark Emilie Helms
 Brooke Hengst




Ken Greenwald, principal
 Nicholas Lengyel




Ryan Spencer, principal Arnie Hernandez, acting principal Nick Kenny
 Tyler Van Dam


William Combs, principal
 Wallace Orr



Darren DeLaup


Steve Bulota, principal

PERCUSSION Colin Constance Ross Coons Justin Elks Scott Headley Kevin Matthews Jackson Stevens


Becky Moritzky


David Wallace, principal
 Jeanine Branting
 Mary Brauer Robyn Chauvin Mark Denekas
 Kelli Hirsch Carey Martin




Julie Ascarrunz Betsy Brick Shelley Fredricey Megan Lopez Sue Lyon Rachael Newson Lucy Pavlovic Suzanne Peters Susan Powers Jen Sandoval Stacy Worthington


Keri Batchelder Olivia Isaac Karen Juenemann Gerra Lewis Sandy Overton Camille Mandarino Dawn Miller Anna Siepmann Stefi Romisch Diane Young Janelle Wagner Deanne Weiss



MJ Baertschiger Matthew Baukol Joe Beggs Jim Becklenberg Russ Glissmann Pat Labaw Anthoney Sandoval Steve Simmons Steve Soller


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PRESIDENT Jon Olafson VICE-PRESIDENT Eleanor Glover SECRETARY Maureen Keil TREASURER Allison Lausten Pauline Dallenbach, Honorary Member Robert Dallenbach Sarah Hogan Russell Klein Linda Lebsack Matt Meier Tenley Oldak

Ligature Creative Group, design Walker Burns, editing Alixandra Feeley, editing Callista Medland, editing

CONCERT RECORDING Joel Dallenbach Kyle Smith, advisor


Ligature Creative Group

DENVER PHILHARMONIC FOUNDATION BOARD Keith Fisher Russell Klein Allison Lausten


EMBEDDED REPORTER Julia Compton Meg Satrom, editor


Alixandra Feeley

Niccolo Casewit Dr. Robert Dallenbach Eleanor Glover Matt Meier Jeff Paul David Sherman



Valerie Clausen


Annie Laury


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Callista Medland Alyssa Oland, assistant


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BOX OFFICE Carla Cody Sarah Hogan Venus Klein Annie Laury Allison Lausten Jon Olafson

FRONT OF HOUSE Gil Clausen Eleanor Glover Maureen Keil Russell Klein Linda Lebsack

RECEPTION Allison Lausten Robert Schoenrock

VENUE LOGISTICS Taryn Galow Brian McGuire Loren Meaux Roger Powell

PRE-CONCERT SLIDES Jake Romo Ligature Creative Group

PARKING ADVISORS Matt Hogan Hugh Pitcher

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musicals, and he even toured with the Tommy Dorsey Band! His Festive Sounds of Hanukah is an animated collection,

John Williams is best known for his

including snippets from Rock of Ages,

action-packed movie soundtracks such

Who Can Retell, Hanukah Hanukah,

as Star Wars and Jurassic Park, but this

My Dreidel, S’Vivon, and Hanukah oh

selection from Home Alone captures the


simpler, yet joyful exuberance of a family

Run time: 6 minutes

reunited at the holidays. Although written in 1997, it will remind many listeners of Williams’ more recent work on the Harry Potter films. Run time: 3 minutes


This popular Christmas tune was written and recorded in 1963. Andy Williams re-


ARR. BY BILL HOLCOMBE (1924–2010) Bill Holcombe was a piccolo player. How often do you get to read that in program notes? Most composers begin their careers as performing musicians until they can “make it big” as a composer; but Holcombe led a double life in New York City. He composed and arranged by day and performed each night in Broadway

leased it on his album The Andy Williams Christmas Album, but decided against releasing it as a single. The innocence of ‘kids jingle-belling’ and of ‘marshmallows for toasting’ was at odds with the heartbreak and chaos of American politics; it had only been a few weeks since the assassination of JFK and most Americans would probably disagree with the instantly old-fashioned sentimentality. Decades later, the song glorifies a simpler idea, a nostalgic time when friends and loved  25


ones really did make it the hap-happiest time of the year.


Run time: 3:30 minutes

Words like ‘famous’ or ‘legendary’ fall short


in description of certain works of art, so far


and complete are their reach. Tchaikovsky’s

Don’t confuse this piece with the famous

Like Handel’s Messiah, it has long enjoyed a

Christmas standard. This is an original

place of de facto holiday tradition through-

composition written for American popular

out the Western world.

ballet Nutcracker was just such a creation.

singer BJ Thomas, but never released. It will be heard live for the first time tonight.

Nutcracker was based on the Alexandre

Run time: 4 minutes

Dumas translation of a Hoffmann tale, in which a little girl comes to the aid of her Christmas gift (a magical nutcracker in the


costume of a soldier) in his battle with an army of mice. Her assistance is rewarded


when her toy transforms into a prince and

A newer Christmas song with gentle lyrics about family and holiday memories. This piece is the title track of Elizabeth’s 2010 Christmas album. Run time: 4 minutes


takes her into his kingdom of sweets and other colorful delights. The subjects of the kingdom each dance for their guest in a series of amazing set pieces that comprise some of the most gorgeously evocative music Tchaikovsky ever wrote. The “Waltz

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Tune in to radio station KPOF (AM 910) from 7 – 10 pm on Sunday, December 28 for an encore of tonight’s Denver Philharmonic performance! Our Board of Directors gratefully acknowledges the vital contributions made by the Pillar of Fire Ministries / KPOF 910 AM to our orchestra and Denver’s classical music community. Over the past five decades, the Pillar of Fire Church has generously accommodated our orchestra rehearsals and many performances. Since 1963, Dr. Robert B. Dallenbach, and more recently his son, Joel Dallenbach, have meticulously recorded and broadcast all of the orchestra’s concerts.



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of the Flowers” occurs late in the second

means they are supposed to evoke a

act and serves as the final movement of

feeling of extra-musical narrative through

the suite Tchaikovsky extracted for concert

sound. Vivaldi set each season to a sonnet-

performance in March of 1892. – Notes by

to dimonstrativo, or illustrative sonnet.

Jeff Counts, Utah Symphony Although there is no definitive proof

Run time: 7 minutes

Vivaldi wrote the sonnets himself, it is


Antonio Vivaldi was the most influential Italian composer of his time. Under his hand, the mature Baroque concerto came to full fruition. Opus 8 (1745), titled Il cimento dell’armonica e dell’inventione translates as “daring experiments with harmony and invention.” It is a set of twelve concerti, of which the Seasons are represented in the first four. The works are considered early program music, which

widely acknowledged that he did write the poetry and then set the music. Winter clearly conjures up images of a frozen and brittle landscape in the first movement. The second movement is more contemplative, sitting by the fire and listening to the rain outside. The final movement builds in intensity as the subject first walks cautiously on the ice, then runs and slips when the ice cracks underneath. The final line of the poem reinforces the joy of winter, depicted musically in the final effervescent flourishes of the violin. Run time: 10 minutes


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LEROY ANDERSON   (1908–1975)


Leroy Anderson was an American composer with a sense of humor (have

George Frideric Handel was one of those

you heard his piece for typewriter?). His

lucky composers who was famous in his

upbeat and playful compositions were

own lifetime. Although born in Germany

directly at odds with his very serious career

and trained in Italy, he is most famously

in the U.S. Counter Intelligence Corps

known as an English composer. The

and the Pentagon during the late 1940s.

Messiah is a sacred oratorio, a kind of

Sleigh Ride was completed in 1948 and

religious opera. Unsurprisingly, the text is

premiered in 1949 by the Boston Pops, led

biblical, a mix of Old and New Testament.

by Arthur Fiedler. According to the com-

The “Hallelujah Chorus” is the final

poser’s widow Eleanor Anderson, “Leroy

selection from part two of the work. Since

didn’t set out to write a Christmas piece

you may already be familiar with this,

when he wrote ‘Sleigh Ride.’ His intentions

try listening for something new tonight.

were to convey the entire winter season

Listen to how Handel accentuates the

through the imagery of a sleigh ride,

word “hallelujah” in three different ways,

much in the way that Mozart did with his

emphasizing a different syllable at each

piece of the same name.” No matter what

restatement. A trinity of praise, if you will,

his original intentions, Sleigh Ride is the

from a very clever composer.

quintessential holiday music, right down to

Run time: 4 minutes

the last whinny. Run time: 3 minutes

2014/2015 Concert Season Friday, October 17, 2014 | 7:30 pm Mahan and the “Emperor”

Friday, February 13, 2015 | 7:30 pm

Katie Mahan, Piano

Hsing-Av Hsu, Piano

Saturday, November 15, 2014 | 2:30 pm

Friday, March 27, 2015 | 7:30 pm

Rachmaninoff to Ragtime

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Haydn Go Seek with The Orchestra! Madison Oh, Piano

Friday, December 12, 2014 | 7:30 pm

Classics, Choirs & Holiday Cheer Simon Su, Piano & Young Voices of Colorado

Tchaikovsky in Spring Kevin Ahfat, Piano

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MEL TORMÉ & ROBERT WELLS (TORMÉ 1925–1999) (WELLS 1922–1998)

ADOLPHE-CHARLES ADAM Composed in 1847, this French sacred carol is also known as “Cantique de

Commonly subtitled Chestnuts Roasting

Noël.” The original text is a poem by wine

on an Open Fire, this smooth and silky bal-

merchant Placide Cappeau, although the

lad was written by Mel Tormé in the middle

English text that is heard here tonight is

of the incredibly hot summer of 1944. The

by Unitarian minister John Sullivan Dwight,

Nat King Cole Trio first recorded it in 1946,

from 1855. The literal translation of the

and his 1961 version, recorded with full

poem is a bit harsh; the wrath of God and

orchestra, is now generally regarded as the

His deliverance are the main message.

definitive version.

Dwight’s text is still about redemption and

Run time: 4:30 minutes

rejoicing, but the language is a softer and more hopeful. Run time: 5:30 minutes

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Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la. Follow me in merry measure,


Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la.

Have you been holding back? We happily

Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la.

While I tell of Yule-tide treasure,

invite you to please sing along with us! Run time: 11 minutes

JINGLE BELLS DECK THE HALL Deck the hall with boughs of holly, Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la.

Dashing through the snow, In a one horse open sleigh, O’er the fields we go, Laughing all the way.

’Tis the season to be jolly,

Bells on bob tail ring,

Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la.

Making spirits bright,

Don we now our gay apparel,

What fun it is to laugh and sing

Fa-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la.

A sleighing song tonight.

Troll the ancient Yule-tide carol, Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la. See the blazing Yule before us, Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la. Strike the harp and join the chorus,

CHORUS: Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way! Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh!


Jingle bells, jingle bells

The horse was lean and lank,

Jingle all the way!

Misfortune seemed his lot.

Oh, what fun it is to ride

We got into a drifted bank

In a one horse open sleigh!

And then we got upsot.

A day or two ago,


I thought Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d take a ride,

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells

And soon Miss Fanny Bright

Jingle all the way!

Was seated by my side.

Oh, what fun it is to ride


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In a one horse open sleigh!

When the clock is striking twelve;

Jingle bells, jingle bells,

When I’m fast asleep,

Jingle all the way!

Down the chimney broad and black,

Oh, what fun it is to ride In

With your pack you’ll creep;

a one horse open sleigh!

All the stockings you will find Hanging in a row;


Mine will be the shortest one, You’ll be sure to know.


Johnny wants a pair of skates,

The holly and the ivy,

Susie wants a sled

When they are both full grown,

Nelly wants a storybook –

Of all the trees that are in the wood,

one she hasn’t read

The holly bears the crown.

as for me i hardly know

O the rising of the sun

so I’ll go to rest

And the running of the deer,

Choose for me, dear Santa Claus,

The playing of the merry organ,

What you think is best.

Sweet singing in the choir.


FROSTY THE SNOWMAN Frosty the Snowman

Jolly Old Saint Nicholas,

Was a jolly, happy soul,

Lean your ear this way;

With a corncob pipe and a button nose

Don’t you tell a single soul,

And two eyes made out of coal.

What I’m going to say Christmas Eve is coming soon;

Frosty the Snowman

Now you dear old man,

Is a fairytale they say.

Whisper what you’ll bring to me;

He was made of snow,

Tell me if you can.

But the children know How he came to life one day.


There must have been some magic In that old silk hat they found,


For when they placed it on his head,

Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer

He began to dance around. Oh,

had a very shiny nose. And if you ever saw him,

Frosty the Snowman

you would even say it glows.

Had to hurry on his way, But he waved goodbye

All of the other reindeer

Saying don’t you cry,

used to laugh and call him names,

I’ll be back again some day.

They never let poor Rudolph join in any reindeer games.

Thumpety thump thump, Thumpety thump thump,

Then one foggy Christmas Eve

Look at Frosty go.

Santa came to say: “Rudolph with your nose so bright,

Thumpety thump thump,

won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?”

Thumpety thump thump, Over the hills of snow.

Then all the reindeer loved him as they shouted out with glee, Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer,


you’ll go down in history!

Up on the housetop reindeer pause, Out jumps good old Santa Claus. Down through the chimney with lots of toys.


All for the little ones, Christmas joys.

Joy to the world! the Lord is come; Let earth receive her King;

Ho, ho ho!

Let ev'ry heart

Who wouldn’t go?

prepare him room,

Ho, ho ho!

And heaven and nature sing,

Who wouldn’t go?

And heaven and nature sing, And heaven, and heaven, and nature sing.

Up on the housetop, click, click, click, Down through the chimney with old

Joy to the Earth! the Saviour reigns;

Saint Nick.

Let men their songs employ;


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While fields and floods,

We wish you a Merry Christmas

rocks, hills, and plains

and a Happy New Year.

Repeat the sounding joy, Repeat the sounding joy,


Repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

Good tidings we bring to you and your kin; Good tidings for Christmas and a Happy New Year.


We wish you a Merry Christmas;

We wish you a Merry Christmas;

We wish you a Merry Christmas;

We wish you a Merry Christmas;

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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TWEET YOUR HEART OUT During the concert, we live-tweet photos, facts and tidbits about the music you’re listening to. Follow along, share and interact with us and other concert-goers on Twitter.

A FEW RULES • PHONES ON — SOUND OFF! We know you want to participate, but let’s leave the music to the pros • ALL THUMBS Tweet tweet tweet all the

night through, but remember, no talking during the concert

• Add the hashtag #DPOtweets to your posts so your neighbors can follow along

• You don’t need a Twitter account to read our tweets (just visit DenverPhilOrch), but if you’d like to

tweet along with us, you need an account • “PG” tweets only — C’mon, we’ve got kids here • Free WiFi? Now, that’s fly. Name: cpcwireless Password: welcomecentral

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CONCERT ETIQUETT If you are attending your first classical music concert, below are some frequently asked questions to help make your experience more enjoyable.



There’s no dress code. From jeans to

Many concertgoers are confused about

suits, you’ll see it all! Wear what you’d

when to clap during an orchestra’s perfor-

like — you’ll fit in. We love you just the

mance. Before the mid-19th century, au-

way you are.

diences would routinely applaud between movements to show their joy for the mu-


sic they just heard. Around the mid-19th

Ahem… Try to ‘bury’ your cough in a loud

century, it became tradition in Germany

passage of music. If you can’t, or you

for audiences to wait until the end of the

begin to cough a lot, don’t worry — it’s

piece to clap, sitting silently between

perfectly acceptable and appropriate to

movements. That tradition spread and is

quietly exit the concert hall. Remember to

now commonly accepted and taught.

unwrap cough drops before the concert so

At the DPO, we welcome both traditions.

you don’t create crackling noises.

If you prefer to wait for the end of a piece, that is fine. If you want to respectfully


show your appreciation between move-

Child feelin’ fidgety? We have a designated cry room at the back of the hall on the right side of the lower level (as you enter the hall). The room is marked with a sign.


ments, we welcome that too. Regardless, we want you to feel comfortable and focus on the performance, not confusing applause rules!

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Please turn the sound off on your cell

Feel free to tweet, post to Facebook or

phones, pagers, and any other noise-

take photos without flash. Upload your

making device, including vibrate mode.

pics and comments online — and be sure


to tag us! We’re on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @denverphilorch #dpotweets

You’re welcome to bring a water bottle into the hall, but remember “Trail Rules” — pack it in, pack it out.

Learn more about upcoming events from local, community-based organizations at! The Scen3 features the events and performances of SCFD-funded Tier III organizations.


ORCHESTRA SPOTLIG Who are the hard-working men and women behind those music stands? Get to know your orchestra! Each concert, we spotlight a few of our talented musicians here in the program. Tonight, meet Naftari, Miki, Kelli and Tyler — NAFTARI BURNS

enough to play in the Front Range


Youth Symphony and Colorado Youth

FIFTH DPO SEASON. Naftari started play-

Symphony Orchestras in high school and

ing piano at age 6, and picked up the cello

now has been playing violin for 15 years.

at age 9. When she first started playing

Since high school, Miki attended St. Olaf

the cello, she had no idea what it was and

College and the University of Northern

had to ask the kid next to her. Though her

Colorado; at St. Olaf, she played with the

first choice was the violin, Naftari brought

St. Olaf College Orchestra which toured

home a cello and her mother asked, “Why

the U.S. and Spain. Outside of the DPO,

couldn’t you get a smaller instrument?” She

Miki is earning her Music Education

has played with the Metro State Symphony

degree at Metro State to become a high

and with the Jefferson Symphony under

school orchestra director. She works as a

William Morse. She works at Kolacny Music

server at Cinzzetti’s Italian Style Market

where she sells and services band and

Place and enjoys running, hiking, camp-

orchestra instruments and harps. Naftari

ing, reading, crocheting, hanging out

attended Metropolitan State College of

with her cat Cici, and going to concerts

Denver for a degree in music performance.

— electronic music, bluegrass, and jam




bands are a few favorites. Though violin is the only instrument she plays, she can play a mean “Wagon Wheel” on guitar!

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from Denver, the Santa Clara Vanguard


Drum and Bugle Corps from Santa

SEVENTH DPO SEASON. Kelli received

Clara, California, with the Musica Sacra

her Bachelor of Music from Hastings

Chamber Orchestra, Littleton Symphony

College in Nebraska. She’s been playing

Orchestra, Jefferson County Symphony

the French horn for more than 20 years, is

Orchestra, and the Colorado Wind

a member of the Gossamer Wind Quintet


and plays the piano. Kelli is a fundraiser for the Dumb Friends League. Outside of

Aside from being a full-time student, Tyler

work and the DPO, Kelli spends as much

works at Starbucks and assists area high

time as possible with her two beautiful

school marching bands in the summer

young daughters and husband. They listen

and fall. She enjoys spending as much

to a lot of music together, read books and

time as she can in the mountains — be it

take lots of walks to the park.

driving, hiking, or photographing. She is


SECOND DPO SEASON. Tyler has been playing trumpet for 17 years. She has had the great fortune of performing with the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps

also active in the community supporting transgender rights and equality. After studying trumpet for three years at University of Colorado, she studied at Metropolitan State University and will graduate with a Music Performance degree and a minor in architecture.  45

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