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dear AFTER A JOYOUS AN with the Denver Philharmonic, I can’t wait to welcome you to our 2014–15 Season, From Revolutions to Reformations. It’s a diverse season packed with a wide variety of works from around the world and across centuries.
r friends, D RECORD-BREAKING FIRST SEASON Thank you for warmly welcoming me in my inaugural season and for your support of our orchestra. We look forward to seeing you over the coming year for the orchestraâ€™s sixty-seventh season. Sincerely,
Lawrence Golan, Music Director
Revolution! Kornel Thomas, Guest Conductor Elizabeth Baldwin, Soprano Shostakovich: October Strauss: Four Last Songs Beethoven: Symphony No. 7
OUR 67TH SEASON KICKS OFF on October 3 with Revolution! conducted by former
Associate Conductor Kornel Thomas. The program opens with Shostakovich’s October, a piece written to commemorate the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia. The commanding and expressive soprano Elizabeth Baldwin lends us her “powerhouse voice” for Strauss’ operatic Four Last Songs. The evening rounds off with Beethoven’s classic Symphony No. 7. Strauss was revolutionary in his orchestrations and Beethoven was revolutionary in every thing he did — he changed the world of music forever.
PHOTO BY KRISTEN LOKEN
November 14 A Tale of Three Symphonies THE FALL WEATHER ushers in A Tale of Three Symphonies. Written in the best and worst of times, all three pieces present different styles of symphonic composition across three centuries. Four of our own musicians — Kimberly Brody, Kenneth Greenwald, Bryan Scafuri, and Katherine Thayer — take centerstage for Haydn’s 1792 Sinfonia concertante featuring four instruments in the solo group: oboe, bassoon, violin and cello. Britten’s somber Sinfonia da Requiem, and the contrasting cheerful and optimistic Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8 transport us through the 19th and 20th centuries. BRYAN SCAFURI, KATHERINE THAYER, KIMBERLY BRODY, AND KENNETH GREENWALD,
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 Dvoลรกk: Symphony No. 8
Holiday Ch 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 Jingle Bells Anderson: Sleigh Ride Tormé & Wells: The Christmas Song Adam: Oh Holy Night Stephenson: A Holly Jolly Sing-Along!
heer! WHAT WOULD OUR SEASON BE without our traditional holiday concert? Holiday Cheer! is a festive evening of family-friendly music including holiday favorites, both classical and pops. We are excited to again welcome Mark Stamper and the Colorado Repertory Singers who will bring a bundle of energy with them as they accompany our orchestra and perform on their own. Soprano Elizabeth Montgomery will serenade you with her charming renditions of classics such as It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Oh Holy Night, and she’ll lead our annual sing-along. Conductor Lawrence Golan will even pick up his violin for a performance of Vivaldi’s “Winter” from The Four Seasons.
From Russia with Lov FALL IN LOVE with a beautiful pair of works by Tchaikovsky. From Russia with Love on February
13 features pianist Jeffrey LaDeur presenting the suspenseful and exciting Piano Concerto No. 1. Then, get close to a loved one for a cozy rendition of “Winter Reveries.” Lawrence Golan, Conductor Jeffrey LaDeur, Piano Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1 “Winter Reveries” Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1
Reformations 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”
PICKING UP THE BATON as guest conductor for Reformations is Fort Collins
Symphony Orchestra Music Director Wes Kenney. The evening begins with Toccata and Fugue, a piece Stokowski “reformed” from Bach’s organ piece into a large orchestral work. Peter Sommer heats up the night on alto sax with Duke Ellington’s jazzy orchestral piece, Three Black Kings, and a selection from John Williams’ score from Catch Me If You Can. The concert concludes with the title work, “Reformation,” Mendelssohn’s grand Symphony No. 5, which was written in honor of Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation.
Trains & Automobiles DON’T BLINK, or you might miss our fast-paced May season finale, Planes, Trains & Automobiles. Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine quickly accelerates into Gershwin’s classic locomotive jazz number, Rhapsody in Blue, featuring poetic pianist Fei-Fei Dong. The season crosses the finish line with Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5, which, at times, sounds like a maniacal machine off to the races. Lawrence Golan, Conductor Fei-Fei Dong, Piano Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 FEI-FEI DONG
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more than music. OUR ORCHESTRA SOUNDS INCREDIBLE. There’s no doubt about that. But attending a concert with us goes far beyond an evening of 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.
A TASTE OF THREE CAKES
This season, we’re back at it, and look forward to hosting more community events for you, your family and friends. Here’s a taste of what’s in store!
Broncos season will be in full-swing by our season premiere on October 3. Arrive early in orange to Revolution! for food trucks and family fun!
EL SISTEMA INTERLUDE
If you missed the students from El Sistema Colorado perform last May, you’ll have another chance. The group from Garden Place Elementary will again be joining us November 14 for A Tale of Three Symphonies.
DPO partner Glaze by Sasa will also be at our November 14 concert presenting three baum cakes for your tasting delight!
HOLIDAY WINE RECEPTION
Get in the spirit at Holiday Cheer! on December 20 with our post-concert wine reception at our special venue, Central Presbyterian Church.
Join us for themed cocktails at Oblio’s in Capitol Hill after each concert this season. Meet, mingle and connect with musicians and friends — just a few blocks away from KPOF!
AND MORE! We’re proud to inspire, educate and introduce live classical music to a new generation of concertgoers. We’re planning a lot more audienceengagement activities, and we can’t wait to share them with you in the coming months. Visit denverphilharmonic.org for concert tickets and information on all our upcoming events.
A BUDDING TROMBONIST AT THE INSTRUMENT PETTING ZOO, APRIL 2014
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Our 67th Season is a diverse six-concert series packed with exciting, engaging soloists and a wide variety of works from around the world an...