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FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE Lawrence Golan, conductor Jeffrey LaDeur, piano Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1 “Winter Reveries” Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1

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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 Happy Valentine’s Day!

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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!


Lawrence Golan, Conductor Jeffrey LaDeur, Piano Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1 “Winter Reveries” Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1


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 Fei-Fei Dong, 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




FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2015 FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE KPOF Hall  ·  Denver, Colorado  ·  7:30 pm

Lawrence Golan, conductor Jeffrey LaDeur, piano Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 1 “Winter Reveries” (1840–1893) I. Allegro tranquillo

(Dreams of a Winter Journey) II. Adagio cantabile ma non tanto (Land of Desolation, Land of Mists) III. Allegro scherzando giocoso IV. Andante lugubre – Allegro maestoso

∙ 15-MINUTE INTERMISSION ∙ Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 (1840–1893) I. Allegro non troppo e molto

maestoso – Allegro con spirito II. Andantino simplice – Allegro vivace assai/Prestissimo III. Allegro con fuoco featuring Jeffrey LaDeur

∙ SPECIAL ENCORE ∙ Bryce Bordone & The Script Alex Ghenea featuring Derek Amato, piano, Arr. by Tim Olt and Mandy Harvey, voice b. 1985 & b. 1995


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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 Wilmington Get out your phone and

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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 Kiev Chamber Orchestra and 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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JEFFREY LADEUR PIANO Jeffrey LaDeur enjoys a busy career as soloist, chamber musician and educator. Praised for his “articulate, expressive work at the keyboard” (San Francisco Classical Voice) and “dazzling pianism” (Sarasota Herald Tribune), Jeffrey has concertized around the world. As soloist with orchestra, Jeffrey made an auspicious debut with the Eastman Philharmonia performing César Franck’s Variations Symphoniques during his first semester of study at the Eastman School of Music. Music education is central to Jeffrey’s mission as a performer. Jeffrey has taught masterclasses at the Dakota Sky International Piano Festival, San Francisco State University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. A faculty member of the Crowden Music Center, Jeffrey works with gifted students through piano and chamber music programs in addition to his faculty position at the center’s youth and adult chamber music workshops. Jeffrey completed his undergraduate degree at the Eastman School of Music, studying with Douglas Humpherys and earned a Master’s Degree in Chamber Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music studying with Yoshikazu Nagai. One of two pianists selected for the 2010 Taos School of Music, Jeffrey worked intensively with pianist Robert McDonald and members of the Borromeo, St. Lawrence, and Brentano String Quartets. Jeffrey received his formative musical training from Mark Edwards and Annie Sherter, a student of Vlado Perlemuter and Alfred Cortot.


DEREK AMATO SPECIAL GUEST PIANIST Derek Amato sustained a brain injury in 2006 and shortly after was diagnosed with “Acquired Savant Syndrome” — the immediate ability to play the piano. Derek is 48 years old and currently resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Derek’s musical experience is currently airing on The Discovery Science Channel’s “Ingenious Minds” television series, and he is performing select musical tour dates throughout North America. Derek appears courtesy of New Vision Entertainment group and Power of Pain Foundation.

MANDY HARVEY SPECIAL GUEST VOCALIST Mandy Harvey is an accomplished jazz vocalist who, despite her loss of hearing, is able to deliver unmatched emotion in her vocal performances. Mandy is 27 years old, and currently resides in Florida. Mandy is performing select tour dates throughout North America to promote her recent jazz album release, “All Of Me.”


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Tune in to radio station KPOF (AM 910) from 7 – 10 pm on Sunday, February 22 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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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 appoint-

Orchestra. Antonia settled in Denver

ed the orchestra’s first Conductor Laureate.

after conducting professional orchestras across Europe and the U.S. She debuted

Adam Flatt came onboard as music

our orchestra to a packed auditorium

director in June 2010. Adam’s dynamic

explaining the need for a classical music

and inspiring leadership over the next

venue to showcase the talents of local,

three years continued Horst’s legacy and

classically trained musicians “with no place

further increased the artistic quality of the

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


as the Brico Symphony, and Antonia would remain at the helm of the orchestra until

We selected award-winning conductor

her retirement in the mid-1980s.

Dr. Lawrence Golan as our conductor and music director when Adam left in 2013.

After nearly 40 years under Antonia’s

Lawrence, a professor and music director

baton, the orchestra chose Russian-

at the University of Denver’s Lamont

American conductor Julius Glaihengauz

School of Music, continues to produce

as its second music director. A graduate of

innovative and quality programming,

the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow,

challenging our musicians and delighting

Julius led the newly renamed Centennial

our audiences.

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 — Reformations on Friday, April 3 at KPOF Hall. 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.

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!

INSTRUMENT PETTING ZOO, 6:50–7:15PM Honk! Buzz! Toot! Before the concert, pick up a trombone or a violin and give it a go! Great for kids of all ages. And who knows? Maybe you’ll fall in love with an instrument, practice practice practice and come back to perform a concert with us someday!

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


Yiran Li, principal
 Yaniv Gutman, acting principal Niccolo Werner Casewit
 Valerie Clausen
 Pauline Dallenbach
 Terri Gonzales
 Miki Heine
 Annie Laury
 Callista Medland
 Alyssa Oland
 Anne Silvas
 Albert Ting


William Hinkie, III; principal
 Naomi Croghan
 Lori Hanson
 Ben Luey
 Ana Montenegro
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Bryan Scafuri, principal
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BASS Mark Stefaniw, principal Zach Antonio Lucy Bauer Josh Filley Taryn Galow Colton Kelly

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Aaron Wille, principal Whitney Kelley Catherine Ricca Lanzano

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Symphony No. 1 “Winter Reveries” Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky  (1840 – 1893) Although musically inclined, even as a child, Russian composer Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky attended law school at the St. Petersburg School of Jurisprudence from 1852 to 1859. At the time, there was no formal music school in Russia. However, when the St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music was founded by composer and pianist Anton Rubinstein in * Run time: 44 minutes

1860, Tchaikovsky immediately enrolled. In addition to theory

* 1st version composed

and composition, he studied piano, flute and organ.

1866 and premiered

Apparently he was quite the overachiever, even by today’s

in 1868 (Moscow), 2nd

music major standards.

version composed in 1874 and premiered in 1883 (Moscow)

When he began his first symphony, Tchaikovsky had only just moved to Moscow to work as a theory teacher at the newly opened Moscow Conservatory. There, the young composer and teacher also become something of a social celebrity. He was part  23

of an elite artistic circle: a who’s who of

Crimean conflict, which illuminated the cor-

modern Russian literature, theatre, ballet

rupt tendencies of the government and the

and music. The security of his new profes-

technological deficiencies of the nation.

sional status and the access to some of the

When he ascended to the throne in 1855,

brightest artistic stars of the time encour-

Tsar Alexander II vowed to reform both the

aged him to experiment with musical form

government and the industries of Mother

while still advocating the use of Russian

Russia, without sacrificing her culture.

folk melodies. His experimentation led to

Nationalistic roots and tendencies have

some bad reviews by well-known critics of

always run deep in Russia, and Tchaikovsky

the day. The negative views of his music

loved the Russian folk tunes of his child-

sent Tchaikovsky into a deep depression

hood, but he found that their melodies and

“on the verge of madness” from which he

harmonies didn’t fit within the prescribed

clawed his way out and composed his first

forms of Western music composition.




Tchaikovsky’s symphonies of any period are

In the late 1860s, when Tchaikovsky

opulent and technically demanding explo-

was writing this symphony, Russia was

rations in form and function. Rich in musi-

experiencing a bit of split-personality. The

cal substance, they correspond to Western

previous decades had seen defeat in the

expectations of integrated structure and


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coherence while still displaying qualities of

The third movement does not have a

Russian individuality and range of emotion

subtitle, yet if it were written as a ballet,

within the proudest of Western genres: the

you could picture young dancers on


stage frolicking in the snow, maybe even having a snowball fight before they walk

In the First Symphony, even the revised

off two-by-two on their way to a party. The

standard version of 1874, the struggle is

innocence of the third gives way to the

obvious: Tchaikovsky had a hard time sep-

final movement, also without a subtitle.

arating his concert music from his ballet music. To find the balance between archi-

The opening low bassoon part sets a dark

tecture and emotion, he had let the drama

and mysterious tone for the first section

of the story unfold within the established

of the finale. The subsequent allegro

rules of form.

section is a triumphant celebration. Programmatically, Tchaikovsky is high-

The first movement is subtitled “Dreams

lighting the brilliance of the season, while

of a winter journey.” The brittle and

compositionally he is showing off his ability

light opening string sounds are clearly

to write successful fugal patterning and

influenced by Mendelssohn’s Italian and

pairing of winds/brass with strings. The

Scottish symphonies; the same brisk and

horns and trumpets lead joyful fanfares in

refreshing flute and bassoon duet that

contrast to the low and lugubrious bas-

opened the movement now closes it out,

soon opening, which comes back as a brief

with a sinister and haunting hint of move-

reminder of the darkness of winter before

ments to come in the strings.

the final shimmering march bursts forth at the conclusion of the symphony.

The beautiful second movement is subtitled “Land of Desolation, Land of Mists.”


The extended horn section solo at the end

2 flutes, piccolo, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2

of the movement builds in momentum,

bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trom-

then drops away to reveal the mist below

bones, tuba, timpani, percussion, strings

as the movement ends.


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Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 23 Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky  (1840 – 1893) Tchaikovsky was recruited as a music theory teacher when Anton’s brother, Nikolay Rubinstein, opened the Moscow Conservatory of Music in 1865. We know from his letters and from recollections by his students that Tchaikovsky wasn’t a very good teacher. However, he certainly enjoyed an active and varied social life in Moscow, perhaps * Run time: 32 minutes

even a bit more than his paycheck allowed for since he was

* Composed in 1874,

forced to supplement his income during this time with transla-

premiered in 1875

tions and arrangements.

(Boston), published in 1879

MORE ABOUT RUSSIA Russia’s population growth rate from 1850 to 1910 was the fastest of all the major powers except for the United States. Between 1850 and 1900, Russia’s population nearly doubled from 60 million to 111 million people, but it remained chiefly rural well into the 20th century.


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And rural life was harsh; the ancient feudal

hoped for. Rubinstein further demanded

laws had been abandoned in the rest

Tchaikovsky make alterations to the piece,

of Europe in the previous century, but

or else it would never be performed, cer-

Russian serfs were still completely at the

tainly not by him. Unshaken, Tchaikovsky

mercy of the wealthy landowner class. The

finished the piece, without alteration,

Proclamation Law of 1861 freed the serfs

in an admirable fit of stubbornness and

from dependence on the landowners and

sent the completed work to pianist Hans

granted them both the land and their

von Bulow, who loved it and agreed to

freedom. In addition, this liberal reform by

premier it on his upcoming American tour.

Alexander II gave approximately 23 million peasants the right to own property and

Piano Concerto No.1 is an exuberant and

their own businesses, as well as the ability

passionate concerto filled with uninhibited

to marry without consent.

virtuosity. The dramatic and lengthy first movement is based on a menacing-sound-


ing Ukrainian folk tune titled “Song of

Before it was completed, Tchaikovsky

the Blind.” The movement is filled with

shared his first piano concerto with his

extensive technical passages made up of

boss and mentor, Nikolay Rubinstein.

lush chord sequences and scales.

Rubinstein metaphorically ripped the piece apart, complaining that it was

The second movement opens with a

among other things: tawdry, plagiaristic,

gentle lullaby tune, the piano part softly

and unpianistic to the point that it was

rocking against the orchestra. The second

impossible to play; a reaction one imag-

part of the movement is a rhythmically

ines was less than what Tchaikovsky had

complex and mysterious-sounding

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

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Prestissimo with quotes from a popular

Tchaikovsky and the epic nerve and stami-

waltz of the time.

na of any performer who makes it all the way through this piece.

The final movement is also based on a folk tune. A combination of hymn-like


solemnity and more technical wizardry,

2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons,

this thunderous conclusion shows off

4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones,

the inherent compositional talent of

timpani, strings


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THANK YOU, BAUERS! A tremendous thank you to the Bauer family for performing at their fifth annual fundraiser! In December, four of the talented Bauer siblings — Alex, Marieke, Heidi and Jonas — performed a brilliant recital raising more than $600 for the Orchestra. We’re honored to have the Bauers as part of our own DPO family. Thank you!!

UP NEXT: FEBRUARY 21 CHAMBER MUSIC RECITAL 7:30pm at Cameron Church, 1600 S. Pearl St., Denver Musicians and friends of the DPO perform chamber music in this annual fundraiser for the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra. Small groups of musicians perform a variety of classical pieces in an intimate setting. What a lovely way to support your favorite orchestra! Buy tickets online at


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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

• 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

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

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CONCERT ETIQUETT If you are attending your first (or 300th) 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’s fine. If you want to respectfully show


your appreciation between movements,

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


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

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The rumors are true — we’re pretty

Feel free to tweet, post to Facebook or

informal. But we do ask that you sit tight

take photos without flash. Upload your

and quiet during the performance and

pics and comments online — and be sure

only get up between pieces or during in-

to tag us! We’re on Facebook, Twitter and

termission as to not distract the musicians

Instagram @denverphilorch #dpotweets

or concert-goers around you.


HAVE FUN! Rules, rules, rules — we know, it can be

You’re welcome to bring a water bottle

overwhelming. The most important rule of

into the hall, but remember “Trail Rules”

all is to have fun and enjoy yourself. And

— pack it in, pack it out. (This goes for

then tell all your friends and come back

trash too!)

again and again!

ELECTRONICS Please turn the sound off on your cell phones, pagers, and any other noisemaking device, including vibrate mode.


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 Rachel, Steve, Alexis, Ben, Ryan and David — RACHEL BRADFORD

weekdays with a full-time job as a senior


tax accountant and lives in Aurora with her

EIGHTH DPO SEASON. Playing the violin

husband Patrick, their daughter, Olivia,

since 1988, Rachel began by performing in

and their two furry dachshunds.

a variety of youth ensembles in the Denver area under the instruction of Barbara


Rino, including the Denver Young Artists


Orchestra and the Colorado Youth Pops


Orchestra. She attended the University

received his first musical instruction in

of Northern Colorado, where she studied

piano and theory from his grandmother

music performance under the guidance of

at an early age. In sixth grade, he began

Dr. Richard Fuchs and Dr. Russell Guyver.

taking drum lessons and started playing

In addition to performing with us, she’s

timpani in high school at the suggestion

had the honor of playing with the Littleton

of his band director. And in 1981, Steve

Symphony Orchestra under conductor and

taught himself how to play the accordi-

former Colorado Symphony Orchestra

on. Since moving to Colorado in 1980,

principal cellist, Jurgen de Lemos, and the

he’s played with the Aurora Symphony,

Metropolitan State University Symphony

Lakewood Symphony, Littleton Symphony,

Orchestra. She continues her private

Brico Symphony, Denver Concert Band,

studies with CSO violinist and former MSU

and he is the current timpanist of the

instructor, Bradley Watson. Rachel fills her

Colorado Wind Ensemble. He has a BS


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HT in Music Education from the University of

oboe in fifth grade. She grew up in the

Connecticut and an AOS in Electronics

Twin Cities playing in the Minnesota Youth

Technology from the Electronic Technical

Symphonies. Since receiving her Bachelor’s

Institute of Denver. Steve works as a

of Music degree from the University of

Customer Support Technician for Micro

Denver (under Lawrence Golan’s baton),

Motion in Boulder. Fluent in Lithuanian,

Alexis has performed with the Colorado

he serves on the Board of the Lithuanian-

Wind Ensemble, the Boulder Symphony,

American Community of Colorado and

and the Greeley Philharmonic. By day,

is the editor of their bilingual newsletter.

Alexis is an account manager for an online

He enjoys photography and has been a

marketing company. Between work and

transit buff for many years. And as a native

orchestra rehearsals, she play a lot of

of South Bend, Indiana, he’s an avid Notre

tennis in leagues and tournaments during

Dame football fan.

the summer and skis most weekends


throughout the winter.


THIRD DPO SEASON. A life in music was


unavoidable — with a high school band


teacher for a mother and a high school

playing in school or community orchestras

choir director for a father, Alexis started

continuously for 20 years. He started on

playing piano at age 4 and began on the

the viola in sixth grade in his middle school


orchestra in California and soon joined the

active performance schedule with the

Oakland Youth Orchestra. While studying

Colorado Wind Ensemble and the Boulder

physics at Carleton College in Minnesota,


he played with the Carleton Orchestra. After college, he moved to Boulder where

Outside of the trumpet, Ryan composes

he played with the Longmont Symphony

and arranges for various large and small

Orchestra and joined the DPO after moving

ensembles. Ryan has been teaching brass

to Denver. In addition to his undergraduate

at the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps

degree from Carleton, Ben has a Master

since 2012, teaches private lessons on

of Science degree in Physics from the

trumpet and music theory, was the sound

University of Colorado Boulder. Outside of

engineer for the Santa Clara Vanguard

the DPO, Ben is a physicist at a small com-

Drum and Bugle Corps, and marched with

pany in Denver where he works on lasers

the corps for two years prior, performing as

and electronics to support the laser cooling

a soloist and upper lead trumpet.

and trapping research community. Ryan received dual Bachelor of Music


degrees from the CU-Boulder in 2008 for


Trumpet Performance and Composition

SECOND DPO SEASON. Ryan is currently

with a certificate in music technology. He

pursuing a Master of Music degree in

played in a wide variety of ensembles

Trumpet Performance from the University

including opera orchestra and singing in

of Denver. Performing in orchestra, wind

choirs, received a composition commission

ensemble, jazz band, brass quintet, and

award in 2007, and the KKY Sophomore

chamber ensembles within the Lamont

Honorarium in 2006.

School of Music, Ryan also maintains an


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Ryan lives near downtown and enjoys

University of Pittsburgh Symphonies, and

snowboarding, hiking, running, cycling,

the Carnegie Symphony Orchestra.

reading, and sushi.



David is in his seventh year as music teacher at Tarver Elementary. Previous public education experience includes

EIGHTH DPO SEASON. David received

teaching choral and instrumental music at

his MA in Instructional Technologies from

both the middle and high school levels.

CU Denver, a BA from St. Olaf College in

He’s been Performing Artist in Residence

Minnesota and teaching certification from

at the Denver School of the Arts and for

Regis University. He has served as the

the Colorado Honor Bands, and horn and

assistant principal horn in the Colorado

musical theater director at several area

Symphony Orchestra, and has played and

high schools.

recorded with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. His Broadway credits include

David enjoys spending free time with his

the National Companies of Tommy, The

children Bud & Kate, skiing, cooking, and

Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon,

looking for places to build fires. As always,

and Camelot. He’s soloed with the DPO,

he continues his silent, yet passionate,

as well as the Northwest Chicago and

advocacy for bowling as an Olympic sport.

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Logan St > < 13th Ave


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THANK YOU! We would like to acknowledge the generous support of the following individuals, businesses and corporations.



($300 – $499)

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Valerie & Gil Clausen


Helen Bauer CoBank on behalf of Brian Lucius Susan Cochran Eleanor Glover

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Lisa Peloso & Vik Patel




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Ligature Creative Group


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(UP TO $99)

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Ligature Creative Group

James & Kimberly Brody

Newberry Brothers Greenhouse & Florist

in honor of the oboe section

Since January 1, 2014


IT TAKES A COMMUN Great adventures stem from new beginnings. Together we can embark on a musical journey that inspires and impacts our entire community. But we can’t do it alone. Help us make music with a tax-deductible contribution today. We are your orchestra. INDIVIDUAL GIVING


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You may also consider a planned gift, or donating to the orchestra in honor of someone’s birthday, anniversary, or in memory of a loved one.


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