Page 1


M AY 2 1

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

201 GarďŹ eld Street | Denver, CO 80206 | 303.322.0443

DEAR FRIENDS, photo by Jamie Cotten

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 Thank you for being part

tweet along with us and to engage with other patrons while

of a third record-break-

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

ing season of audience

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

growth with us! See you

heard, we welcome you to show your appreciation to our very

in October to kick off another great season!

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, 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!


Jon Olafson President of the Board, DPO  3

201 4

2 0 1 4 – 1 5 T H E S I X T Y- S E V E N T H S E A S O N


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




THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2015 PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES KPOF Hall  ·  Denver, Colorado  ·  7:30 pm

Lawrence Golan, conductor Fei-Fei Dong, piano John Adams

Short Ride in a Fast Machine

b. 1947

George Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
 (1898 – 1937) featuring Fei-Fei Dong ∙ 15-MINUTE INTERMISSION ∙ Sergei Prokofiev

Symphony No. 5, op. 100

(1891 – 1953) I. Andante

II. Allegro marcato III. Adagio IV. Allegro giocoso


Reception  Following the concert, meet & mingle on the lower level. Nightcap  After the reception, raise a glass with us at Oblio’s Cap Hill, 1225 Logan St. 6

2 0 1 4 – 1 5 T H E S I X T Y- S E V E N T H S E A S O N

Your community resource for in-depth news and music discovery.


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.


2 0 1 4 – 1 5 T H E S I X T Y- S E V E N T H S E A S O N

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

Community Orchestra in Delaware, Center City Opera Theater

tweet along with me

in Pennsylvania, Cleveland Pops Orchestra in Ohio, and Newark

@denverphilorch! Ask

Symphony Orchestra in Delaware, where he directed their inau-

questions and learn more about the music — in real time. Tag your

gural Family Series in 2010.

posts with #dpotweets

Founder of the Reading Orchestra of North Wilmington,

to join the conversation.

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.


2 0 1 4 – 1 5 T H E S I X T Y- S E V E N T H S E A S O N


Tune in to radio station KPOF (AM 910) from 7 – 10 pm on Sunday, May 31 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.


FEI-FEI DONG PIANO Praised for her ”bountiful gifts and passionate immersion into the music she touches” (The Plain Dealer), Chinese pianist Fei-Fei Dong is a winner of the 2014 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition and a top six finalist at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. She continues to build a reputation for her poetic interpretations, charming audiences with her “passion, piquancy and tenderness” and “winning stage presence” (Dallas Morning News). Fei-Fei’s Spring 2015 calendar features the Cliburn’s Chopin Festival in Fort Worth and concerto engagements with the Austin Symphony, Fort Collins Symphony and the Denver Philharmonic orchestras. Her summer festival appearances in 2015 include Bravo! Vail Valley, the Highlands Chamber Music and Lake George Music Festivals. She is also showcased prominently in the new documentary film about the 2013 Cliburn Competition, Virtuosity, which will premiere on PBS in June 2015. Fei Fei’s burgeoning career includes a number of prominent engagements in the 2015–16 season, including New York City debut recitals at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall (CAG Winners Series), and at Merkin Concert Hall (Tuesday matinees series). Additional featured recitals include the Gilmore Rising Stars Series in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and St. Vincent College College Concert series near Pittsburgh, where she will receive the Father Joseph Bronder Memorial Piano Prize. Concerto engagements in ’15–16 include the Lexington, Kentucky, and Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic orchestras.


2 0 1 4 – 1 5 T H E S I X T Y- S E V E N T H S E A S O N

Fei-Fei has performed at Alice Tully Hall in recital as the winner of Juilliard’s 33rd Annual William Petscheck Recital Award and as a soloist with the Juilliard Orchestra under the baton of Jeffrey Kahane. She has appeared as a soloist with the Aspen Music Festival Orchestra, Corpus Christi Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, and the Shanxi, Shenzhen, and Youngstown Symphony Orchestras, working with conductors such as Leonard Slatkin, Randall Craig Fleisher, and John Giordano. Notable recitals include those at Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall and the Louvre, and she has been featured numerous times on New York’s WQXR radio. She is a member of the Aletheia Piano Trio, which debuted at the Kennedy Center in February 2014 as part of its Conservatory Project. Deeply committed to sharing her joy for music and connecting with communities, Fei-Fei also engages students and audiences through school and outreach concerts and master classes. Born in Shenzhen, China, Fei-Fei began piano lessons at the age of 5. She moved to New York to study at The Juilliard School, where she earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees under the guidance of Yoheved Kaplinsky.


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. 14

2 0 1 4 – 1 5 T H E S I X T Y- S E V E N T H S E A S O N

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

#DPOTweets @DenverPhilOrch  15

MORE THAN MUSIC. Attending a concert with us goes beyond an evening of high-caliber classical music. We’ve had a lot of fun this season — we live-tweeted every concert, held lively pre-concert chats, mingled over great eats at food truck tailgates, sipped local wine at Holiday Cheer!, sampled (and devoured) Glaze cake shop’s A Taste of Three Cakes, welcomed over 80 students from El Sistema Colorado as our opening act, hosted a Bond-themed Valentine’s Day photo booth, enjoyed handmade truffles made with love by students from the Johnson & Wales University culinary program, brought in an instrument petting zoo, and more! What do you want more of? Tell us how we’re doing! Type this link into your browser to give us your feedback in our end-of-season survey:

Visit for more info. 16

2 0 1 4 – 1 5 T H E S I X T Y- S E V E N T H S E A S O N

Linda M. Lebsack Books (out-of-print, rare, unusual, locally published)

Specializing in Colorado & the West, Architecture, American Art & Artists, Photography, Railroading, General subjects, Postcards and Paper Ephemera Local History a specialty

7030 E. 46th Ave. Dr. Unit H - Denver (near I-70 and Quebec) Open Monday, Tuesday, Friday & Saturday noon - 6 p.m. Other times by appointment or chance. Free printed catalogues and E-Mail lists of interesting new arrivals. Send a postcard, call or email to get on the mailing list. 303-832-7190




Need Sheet Music?

Used & Out of Print in very good condition! All instruments & thousands of songs Shop TJ’s Music in the Broadway Book Mall 200 S. Broadway, Denver Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. & Monday 2-6 p.m. 303-744-2665




Lawrence Golan




Katherine Thayer, concertmaster Allison Kim, associate concertmaster Natalie Hill, acting associate concertmaster Patsy Aronstein Carrie Beeder 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 Gwen Gravagno, 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 Elizabeth O’Brien Vineet Sathe Maura Sullivan Kathleen Torkko Chue Vue


Bryan Scafuri, principal Naftari Burns 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 Colton Kelly

2 0 1 4 – 1 5 T H E S I X T Y- S E V E N T H S E A S O N


Aaron Wille, principal Miriam Freundt Whitney Kelley Catherine Ricca Lanzano

PICCOLO Whitney Kelley


Kimberly Brody, principal Loren Meaux, assistant principal Alexis Junker



Shaun Burley, principal
 Jessica Clark
 Emilie Helms Claude Wilbur


FRENCH HORN (CONT.) Mary Brauer Kelli Hirsch


Ryan Spencer, principal Arnie Hernandez Nick Kenny Tyler Van Dam


William Combs, principal Jordon Craig Kiel Lauer Wallace Orr



Darren DeLaup, principal


Steve Bulota, principal

Brooke Hengst



Ken Greenwald, principal Nicholas Lengyel


FRENCH HORN David Wallace, principal Jeanine Branting

PERCUSSION Colin Constance Joey Glassman Scott Headley Ross Coons Collin Sitgreaves


Becky Moritzky, principal Jenilee Elsbernd

KEYBOARD Margo Hanschke




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 María Angélica Lasso, Spanish translation Callista Medland, editing Leigh Townsend, concert notes

CONCERT RECORDING Joel Dallenbach Kyle Smith, advisor

DENVER PHILHARMONIC FOUNDATION BOARD Keith Fisher Russell Klein Allison Lausten




STAGE MANAGERS Taryn Galow Loren Meaux

MUSIC LIBRARIAN Callista Medland Alyssa Oland, assistant



Ligature Creative Group

EMBEDDED REPORTER Julia Compton Meg Satrom, editor


Niccolo Casewit Dr. Robert Dallenbach Stephanie Gillman, photographer Eleanor Glover Kelli Hirsch Ali McNally Matt Meier Jeff Paul David Sherman

OUTREACH Lok Jacobi Maureen Keil Katherine Thayer

2 0 1 4 – 1 5 T H E S I X T Y- S E V E N T H S E A S O N

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


PRE-CONCERT SLIDES David Sherman Ligature Creative Group

PARKING ADVISORS Matt Hogan Linda Lebsack Hugh Pitcher

Gil Clausen Cris Diaz, habla español Patrick Eddie Eleanor Glover Maureen Keil Russell Klein María Angélica Lasso, habla español Linda Lebsack Ali McNally



Susan Cochran, lead seamstress Ute Duvenhage Marty Martinez With thanks to Xcel Energy

Gil Clausen Allison Lausten Linda Lebsack

Ba-NOM-A-NOM Tesla Motors Mikes2Kitchen Oblio’s Cap Hill Rolling Smoke BBQ


VENUE LOGISTICS Brian McGuire Roger Powell

VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES Our orchestra is run by volunteers, with no paid administrative staff. We would greatly appreciate help from more volunteers in the areas of publicity, fundraising, concert production, receptions, personnel, and outreach. If you would like to participate in any of these activities, please contact Executive Director Valerie Clausen at 303.653.2407 or email at


MUSICIAN MILESTONES This isn’t just an orchestra, it’s a community. We want to give a huge shout-out to our musicians who have been with us for more than 10 years. Thank you!!



Pauline Dallenbach, Second Violin

Niccolo Casewit, Second Violin Terri Gonzales, Second Violin


Annie Laury, Second Violin Wallace Orr, Trombone

Lucy Bauer, String Bass Steve Bulota, Timpani Josh Filley, String Bass


Thomas Jatko, First Violin

Valerie Clausen, Second Violin

20+ YEARS Kathleen Torrko, Viola

Catherine Ricca Lanzano, Flute Loren Meaux, Oboe/English Horn Claude Wilbur, Clarinet

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO SCHMITT MUSIC for providing the beautiful Steinway piano for tonight’s concert.


2 0 1 4 – 1 5 T H E S I X T Y- S E V E N T H S E A S O N


Short Ride in a Fast Machine John Adams  b. 1947 Adams describes his own music as “postminimalist”. His compositions tend to be more directional and dramatic than the traditional minimalists such as Philip Glass or Steve Reich. Short Ride in a Fast Machine is, as the title suggests, a whirling dervish of a piece, where a huge orchestra is launched into John Adams is consid-

four minutes of high-speed thrills by the driving insistence of

ered one of the most

a wood block. Composed as a companion piece to a slow,

frequently performed

anti-fanfare, Short Ride is a breathtaking acceleration of

living composers.

open-throttle, engines-roaring momentum. A concert opener if

Duration – 4 minutes

there ever was one. The piece was first performed in 1986 by the young conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, who would go on to become music director of the San Francisco Symphony, where Adams is currently the composer-in-residence.


Rhapsody in Blue George Gershwin 

(1898 – 1937)

The distinctive opening clarinet glissando of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue was once thought to be impossible to play. Now that Rhapsody is a standard orchestral piece, the signature slide is practiced by young clarinetists everywhere.

ABOUT GERSHWIN Between 1924 and 1934 Gershwin received more than a quarter of a million dollars from perfor-

Gershwin’s parents, Moshe and Rose Gershovitz emigrated from Russia to the United States in the 1890s and settled in New York. George was one of four children, his older brother Ira was often

mances, recordings, and

his musical collaborator and lyricist. In 1910 the family bought

rental fees of Rhapsody

their first piano, which George immediately mastered.

in Blue. Duration – 16 minutes

Gershwin’s piano playing, like his later compositions, was characterized by an unerring rhythmic drive, a creative harmonic sense and an almost metronomic precision of tempo. When he improvised, the flow of ideas was unlimited. In 1914 Gershwin dropped out of school and began playing piano as a music publisher salesman on Tin Pan Alley, playing and singing to promote the current Broadway hits to performers. The endless time at the keyboard greatly improved his playing and gave him the skills and confidence he needed to jump into composing like his friend, the successful Jerome Kern.


2 0 1 4 – 1 5 T H E S I X T Y- S E V E N T H S E A S O N

Music at

MSU Denver

The fully-accredited Department of

Music at Metropolitan State University of Denver serves as a leader in the education of professional performers, teachers, composers, and scholars. Our location in vibrant Downtown Denver places MSU Denver’s emerging student musicians in the heart of the city’s rich and diverse cultural district. The King Center features state-ofthe-art performance venues which host our 200+ concerts per year. Our internationally-recognized faculty are among the finest performers, scholars, and educators in the nation. We offer an innovative curriculum, vast performing opportunities on and off campus, music scholarships, and the best higher education value in Colorado.

MSU Denver, Department of Music offers the following Degree Programs: • Bachelor of Arts in Music (BA) • Bachelor of Music (BM) in Classical Performance • Bachelor of Music (BM) in Jazz and American Improvised Music • Bachelor of Music (BM) in Composition • Bachelor of Music Education (BME) • Music Minor

2015 Audition Days: January 10 | April 4 | August 8 To schedule an audition please call 303-556-3180 or visit



2 0 1 4 – 1 5 T H E S I X T Y- S E V E N T H S E A S O N

JAZZ AND CLASSICAL, WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE The February 12, 1924 premiere concert featuring Rhapsody in Blue was organized by dance band leader (and Denver native!) Paul Whiteman. Whiteman had begun advertising the New York City concert on January 3, which was when George Gershwin first heard that he was writing a piece for the concert billed as ‘An Experiment of Modern Music.’ No pressure, right? The purpose of the concert was to introduce classical audiences to a new kind of American popular music — rhythmically vivacious dance music called jazz. Gershwin said of this new kind of music:

“The rhythms of American popular music are more or less brittle; they should be made to snap, and at times to crackle. The more sharply the music is played, the more effective it sounds.” One of the most obvious differences between traditional concert music and the popular jazz movement, was improvisation: the ability of the player to integrate their own melodic and rhythmic ideas within a set harmonic framework and then play with them. The original manuscript score for Rhapsody in Blue had several blank pages in the solo piano part, where Gershwin showed off his prolific piano talent and


showcased the potential of jazz by im-

of noise, and there I suddenly heard and

provising the solo during the premiere

even saw on paper, the complete construc-

concert. He later wrote down what he

tion of the Rhapsody, from beginning to

had played, from memory, and it’s now

end. I heard it as a sort of musical kaleido-

performed as the permanent solo part.

scope of America, of our vast melting pot, of our unduplicated national pep, of our


blues, of our metropolitan madness.”

Long before Fantasia 2000 or United Airlines’ commercials, Rhapsody in Blue

Although Rhapsody in Blue broke away

had been painting a vivid urban picture

from the formality of the great classical

for audiences. The vibrant tones and

showcase concertos for piano and orches-

lively rhythms reflect the bustling pace of

tra, the departure was not at the expense

American life Gershwin saw every day.

of virtuosic depth, but simply style: take the rhythms and momentum of jazz and

He conceived of the piece on his way to

infuse them into the style of a traditional

the Boston premiere of his new musical,

concerto. From the familiar deep trill of

Sweet Little Devil. “It was on the train,

the opening clarinet to the punchy B-flat

with its steely rhythms, its rattely-bang

chord at the end, the jazzy style is tart and

that is often so stimulating to a composer.

true, with lyricism and virtuosity served up

I frequently hear music in the very heart

full-speed ahead.


2 0 1 4 – 1 5 T H E S I X T Y- S E V E N T H S E A S O N

Symphony No. 5 Op. 100 Sergey Prokofiev   (1891 – 1953) According to those who knew him best, Prokofiev led an impulsive and impetuous life. He was smitten with the technological advances of the modern age and took full advantage of high-speed communication and transcontinental travel.

ABOUT PROKOFIEV Prokofiev died on the same day in 1953 as his artistic oppressor, Joseph Stalin. Duration – 43 minutes

Sergey Prokofiev was born in 1891 in the Ukraine, the son of a prosperous estate manager. An only child, his musical talents were fostered by his mother, an amateur pianist herself. Prokofiev began composing by the age of 5, and was eventually tutored at home by the composer Reinhold Glière. In 1904, on the advice of Alexander Glazunov, his parents allowed him to enter the St. Petersburg Conservatory (he was 13), where he continued his studies as a pianist and as a composer until 1914. At the conservatory, he was influenced more by his fellow students than he was by the older generation of teachers such as Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.



2 0 1 4 – 1 5 T H E S I X T Y- S E V E N T H S E A S O N

After the Russian Revolution of 1917, Prokofiev left Russia for the next 14 years, performing as a concert pianist and producing his works across most of the Western world. While abroad he composed his first opera, three symphonies, three piano concertos, and a piano sonata. He returned to the grim Soviet Russia of Lenin and Stalin in 1933 and settled his family permanently in Moscow, where he continued to compose and perform for the rest of his life. Prokofiev died at the age of 61 on March 5, 1953 — the same day as Joseph Stalin. Prokofiev had lived near Red Square, and for three days as masses of people gathered to mourn Stalin, it was impossible to carry Prokofiev’s body out for his own funeral service at the headquarters of the Soviet Composer’s Union. He is buried in Moscow.

THE DEATH OF THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE When Prokofiev was born, the Ukraine was a part of the czarist Russian Empire, and remained so for all of his formative years. Tsar Nicholas II or, Tsar Nicholas II Emperor and Autocrat of All the Russias, had a job as complicated as his title. His royal family extended throughout Europe: his older cousin George was better known as King George V of England, and the ruling monarchs of Denmark, Norway, Greece, and Germany were also family. As the beginning rumblings of the First World War began, one could imagine an uncomfortable family reunion as nations began to take sides and alliances were tested. As head of state, Nicholas approved of Russia’s involvement in the First World War, a war in which 3.3 million Russians were killed. The Imperial Army’s severe losses and the High Command’s

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

(FREE Children’s Caoncert)

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

Rachmaninoff to Ragtime

Tchaikovsky in Spring Kevin Ahfat, Piano

Friday, May 15, 2015 | 7:30 pm An American in Paris Lori Sims, Piano

to purchase tickets: Visit, call 303-933-6824, or email


incompetent handling of the war, along

Harold Williams, an English journalist work-

with other doomed policies directed by

ing in Moscow at the time, wrote: “There

Nicholas during his reign, are often cited

are moments when one would prefer to be

as the leading causes of the fall of the

silent about what is happening in Russia.

Romanov dynasty.

The bright hopes of the revolution are being darkened, the collective energy of

When Prokofiev left Russia in 1918, Nicholas

the people paralyzed, and the whole life of

had been forced to abdicate his throne

the nation entangled in a network of almost

and the Bolsheviks had taken control of

insoluble contradictions.” It was not a good

government. Politics and policies leading

time to be an artistic person in Russia.

up to the 1930s included rapid industrialization, collectivization of agriculture, and


state-sponsored starvation and terror.

Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony was written in 1944, at the end of a long creative

The Communist Party of the Soviet Union

period in his life. It is composed in

had final say in all arts and cultural events.

four grandiose movements. The first

Prokofiev’s music was now censored, and

performance of Symphony 5 coincided

he was forced to accept his music was

with the advance of Russian troops

written in partial consultation with the

over the Vistula into Germany and,

authorities. Once Stalin had made his

the first symphony that Prokofiev had

pact with Nazi Germany in 1939, Prokofiev

written since his return to Russia. The

was even banned from travel outside the

work proved acceptable to both the

Soviet Union.

concert audience, who greeted it with


For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit or call

303 -789 -5920 32

2 0 1 4 – 1 5 T H E S I X T Y- S E V E N T H S E A S O N

enthusiasm, and to the authorities who

melody over a constant repetitive pattern

could suppress it.

which moves between string parts. The third movement, Adagio, is a movement of

The first movement couples considerable

sustained lyricism, with a fiercely dramatic

strength with unexpected twists of melody

middle section, and the final movement,

that are highly characteristic of Prokofiev’s

with its initial reminiscence of the opening

orchestral writing. The second movement,

of the symphony, brings the work to an

a Scherzo, has an equally characteristic

ebullient and triumphant close.


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!

2 0 1 4 – 1 5 T H E S I X T Y- S E V E N T H S E A S O N



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 Melissa, Jessica, Lori, Annie, Mark and Tara— MELISSA CAMPBELL

church, she joined the Loveland Symphony


Orchestra for one season before relocating

FIRST DPO SEASON. Melissa began

to Denver and joined the DPO last year.

playing the violin at the age of 5 and was trained in the Suzuki method in Placerville,

It’s pretty easy to see where Melissa devel-

California. While living there, she was

oped a love of music at such a young age

one of the youngest members of the

— her mom has a degree in music educa-

Sacramento Youth Symphony. Her family

tion and has taught in schools throughout

moved to Fort Collins when she was 13,

California and Colorado. Her dad is an

and she spent time as concertmaster of

architect by day and an opera singer by

her junior high and high school orchestras.

night who has been in many church choirs that her mom directed.

Melissa began her college career at Colorado State University and played in

Melissa married her high school sweet-

the Symphonic and Chamber Orchestras

heart and her primary “day job” is staying

as well as quartets. She plans to continue

home with their three kids Dillon, 7, Cade,

her education very soon at one of the

4, and Ellise, 2. She also wakes up early to

great schools nearby to pursue a dual

deliver newspapers so she can continue

degree in violin performance and business.

to raise their children, and soon be able to further her education during the day.

After a few years of only playing violin in 36

She’s also started Suzuki Teacher Training 2 0 1 4 – 1 5 T H E S I X T Y- S E V E N T H S E A S O N

HT and one day hopes to have a successful

privately with Laurie DeLuca of the Seattle

violin studio.

Symphony until college in 2000. Jessica also started playing trombone in seventh

Melissa’s family is really into sports—they

grade so she could participate in Jazz

like to ski, hike, and spend time at the

Band. She played both clarinet and

library. But most of all, the whole family

trombone all through high school. In

bleeds orange and blue! Go Broncos!

college, she played with both University


of Michigan bands and after graduating and moving back to Seattle, played first clarinet with the Cascade Symphony. While

FIRST DPO SEASON. Jessica started

living on Long Island and attending NYU,

playing piano when she was 5 and

Cascade Symphony invited Jessica to per-

clarinet beginning at age 9. She studied

form Copland’s Clarinet Concerto.

Learn more about upcoming events from local, community-based organizations at! The Scen3 features the events and performances of SCFD-funded Tier III organizations.  37

Jessica received her Bachelor’s in Music

College Chamber Orchestra during high

Education from the University of Michigan

school. Lori continued viola in college

in 2004. She also holds a Master’s Degree

at the University of Kansas studying with

in Clarinet Performance from NYU where

Dr. Michael Kimber and also performed

she studied with Pascual Martinez-Forteza

with the University of Kansas Symphony

of the New York Philharmonic.

Orchestra under the direction of Brian Priestman (former Denver Symphony

Jessica is a stay-at-home mom to Mariko,

Orchestra Music Director). As part of the

2.5 and Yuna, 1 month. It’s a busy job and

university orchestra she performed in sev-

everyday is an adventure!! Jessica loves

eral pit orchestras for the University Opera,

being home with her girls and watching

Choir and Dance Company.

them grow. Her free time is filled running in Central Park and exploring Denver, their

Lori has a Bachelor of Architecture from the

new home as of July 2014.

University of Kansas School of Architecture and Urban Design. After graduation, Lori

Jessica and her husband Toshi are origi-

moved to Denver and performed with the

nally from Seattle and say they were lucky

Aurora Symphony Orchestra for 12 seasons.

enough to spend the last year there, living

She was also a member of the ASO String

with Jessica’s mom. Before that, they spent

Quartet, and performed with the John

four years on Long Island while Toshi did

Adams Band for several concerts. She’s

his Radiology Residency. They are glad to

recently started taking guitar and ukulele

be back in the West and are learning all

lessons at Swallow Hill Music.

about Denver!



Lori’s a registered architect in Colorado and partner at Eidos Architects, a commercial design firm specializing in religious, education, office and municipal projects.

playing viola in fourth grade after seeing a presentation of instruments from the

She’s in her 13th season as a volunteer

school music teachers. She selected the

with patron services for the Denver Center

viola because no one else did!

Theater Company, so Lori spends most of her weekends at the theater. She

Lori played in school orchestra all the

also volunteers with the Colorado New

way through high school. She was also a

Play Summit and the Swallow Hill Music

member of the Colorado Springs Youth

Association. Lori enjoys traveling and hik-

Symphony and played with the Colorado

ing the mountains around Colorado.


2 0 1 4 – 1 5 T H E S I X T Y- S E V E N T H S E A S O N


musicals and special music for various


churches and ladies clubs throughout the


Denver area.

ating from high school, Annie took piano lessons for 10 years, flute for two years,

Outside of her music life, Annie is Director

and violin for six years.

of Regulatory Affairs for a manufacturer of Veterinary Biologicals. When not in

While earning her Bachelor of Science

the office, she prepares purified Tetanus

degree in psychology, she played in

Antitoxin, West Nile Virus Antibody, and

the Kansas State University and Ottawa

other specialized products made from

University orchestras, then didn’t play

horse serum. The rest of her time is filled

again for over 20 years. This time was

up with golf, church activities, and various

largely spent showing Quarter Horses on

volunteer efforts.

a professional level. Annie plays school

Wes Kenney, Music Director


Hear the future!

oct 19 | nov 09-10 | nov 22-23 | jan 25-26 | feb 08 mar 08 | may 03-04 | apr 26 | or 303.433.2420


WHAT?! I have to share my Baum Cake with the grown-ups? Known as the “tree of life” for its gorgeous, concentric circles, Baumkuchen (“Baum Cake”) originated hundreds of years ago in Germany, made its way to Japan, and landed right here in Denver. Visit Glaze. Meet our one-of-a-kind rotisserie, spit oven. Experience a moment of happiness that goes around and around just like our fabulous cake. Oh, and be sure to get a free sample. We won’t tell Sloane.

Sloane, self-proclaimed cake guru

1160 Madison Street, Denver, CO 80206 Open 7 days a week, 9am - 9pm

720.387.7890 |

Specialty Baum cakeS, cuStom cakeS, French-Style macaronS, tiramiSu.


2 0 1 4 – 1 5 T H E S I X T Y- S E V E N T H S E A S O N


a beekeeper, raises heritage breed turkeys,


and is an avid gardener. They enjoy hiking


local trails together and collecting seeds

playing accordion in elementary school

from native wild flowers and grasses.

and picked up the double bass after college in 1984, while managing a first career


in the computer industry. Now retired


from technology, Mark returned to school


and earned his double bass performance

playing cello at the age of 9 in her school

degree (BM) from MSU Denver in 2011.

orchestra. She has played with the South Bend Youth Symphony, the South Bend

Now embarked on a second career as a

Side-by-Side concerts, the Donald A. Dake

professional musician, Mark is principal

Chamber Music Camp, and the Goshen

bassist with the DPO (since 2011), and for

College Orchestra. At Goshen College in

several years prior, Mark had performed

Indiana, Tara received her Bachelor of Arts

with the Jefferson and Lakewood symphony

in Chemistry and Biology, with a minor

orchestras, as well as with Musica Sacra.

in music performance. Her mom came

Since 2012, Mark is bassist in the ballet pit

to nearly every concert she ever played

orchestra with the Longmont Ballet/Dance

while she was in Indiana (which was a lot!),

Theater Company. Passionate about teach-

and her mom’s support was definitely

ing, he is now in his second year as guest


artist, chamber music coach and bass mentor, at the Denver School for the Arts (DSA).

Tara earned her Ph.D. in Applied

He also maintains a successful private

Chemistry from Colorado School of Mines

teaching studio, and his students are begin-

in December 2014. Beyond playing cello,

ning to flow into music conservatories.

she also enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, hiking, cycling, bouldering, skiing and

Mark performs year round with his trio

pretty much anything else that is active

Blue Moon Bluegrass. Mark’s wife, Patti, is

and outdoors.


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



($300 – $499)

Patsy & Jim Aronstein

Valerie & Gil Clausen


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

AIC Ventures on behalf of Ben Luey

Sarah Hogan


Lok & Jake Jacobi

Linda M. Lebsack & Hugh R. Pitcher

Lisa Peloso & Vik Patel




($100 – $299)

Anonymous Anonymous Keri Rose Agnes Penny Alles

($1,000 – $2,499)

Donna & Pierre Bastien

Xcel Energy

Mary Brauer Adrienne Fasse


($500 – $999)

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Shreck on behalf of Tenley Oldak Colorado Gives Day “Luck of the Draw” Russell Klein Donald Walls

John D. Faught Robert Green Allan & Carol Hanson Horns Rock Matt & Allison Lausten Brian Lucius Callista and Patrick Medland Douglas & Mary Meeusen Thomas James Merry


2 0 1 4 – 1 5 T H E S I X T Y- S E V E N T H S E A S O N

Judy Morton

Robert and Pauline Dallenbach

Tenley Mueller

AJ & Heidi Deets

Jon Olafson

Amaryllis Fletcher

Alyssa Oland

Terri Gonzales

Brenda & Peter Oldak

Bruce Haefner

Wallace Orr

Lori Hanson

Phil Pearlman & Betty Bona

David Harrington

Kathleen Porter

Karin Hensel

Ray & Jim in honor of Wayne Knox

Surilda Hudson

Drs. Mark & Maxine Rossman

Arash Jahanian in honor of Tenley Mueller

Sandra Rothenberg

Ligature Creative Group

Robert J. Smith

Susan J. McGinley

James A. Stegman

McKesson Foundation, matching gift on


behalf of Janice Burley

Gina & Paul Todd

Loren Meaux

Gary Wooley

Bert & Rosemary Melcher


Rand & Barb Moritzky in honor of

(UP TO $99)

Rebecca Moritzky

Amazon Smile Foundation

Manijeh Taherynia


Elinor Towler

Anonymous Charles Aschwanden


Phillip Barru

The Pillar of Fire Church

Fred Beisser

Ligature Creative Group

James & Kimberly Brody

Newberry Brothers Greenhouse & Florist

in honor of the oboe section Janice Burley Sara Collyar

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


Orchestra’s Circle

$20,000 or above

Conductor’s Circle

$5,000 – $19,999

Concertmaster’s Circle

$2,500 – $4,999

Musicians’ Circle

$1,000 – $2,499


$500 – $999


$300 – $499


$100 – $299


up to $99



Gold Partner

$10,000 and above

Silver Partner

$5,000 – $9,999

Copper Partner

$1,000 – $4,999

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.


2 0 1 4 – 1 5 T H E S I X T Y- S E V E N T H S E A S O N

ITY If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra, please complete this form and mail to:

PO Box 6074 Denver, CO 80206 or visit our website at and click on the CONTRIBUTE link.

Contribution $ 

Check   or Credit Card   

Name  Address  City, State, Zip Code  Telephone  Credit Card No. 

Email  Exp. 


CONTACT US! PO Box 6074 Denver, CO 80206 303.653.2407  @denverphilorch Take our End-of-Season Survey to enter to win 2015–16 Season Tickets! Type this link into your browser:

PUBLIC SUPPORT THE SCIENTIFIC & CULTURAL FACILITIES DISTRICT The Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) is metro Denver’s unique commitment to its arts, cultural and scientific organizations. A penny sales tax on every $10 purchase within the sevencounty region (Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson counties) supports nearly 300 institutions, including the DPO, that provide unique cultural and scientific experiences for millions of people each year. Many of the programs SCFD supports provide free and discounted access to citizens. For information on free days and organizations, visit 46

2 0 1 4 – 1 5 T H E S I X T Y- S E V E N T H S E A S O N

It takes 89 years to create movement this beautiful. The new 55" BeoVision Avant. An Ultra High-Definition, 4K Bang & Olufsen Smart TV with iconic sound. Experience it in store now. MSRP: $7,995* For more information please visit us at: Bang & Olufsen Cherry Creek 2445 E 3rd Ave # 2 Denver, Colorado 80206 PH: 303.393.6500

*MSRP for BeoVision Avant 55" includes BeoRemote One. Price excludes placement option on either wall, table or floor. Mounting options start at $895. Energy class C.

We help you to achieve your dream!

CIOMIT Colorado Institute Of Musical Instrument Technology 651 Topkea Way Castle Rock, CO 80109


Instrument Sales - Rentals - Finest Repairs - Accessories Competitive Pricing and First Rate Customer Service Just 25 minutes from Denver in Historic Castle Rock!

Denver Philharmonic Orchestra May 21, 2015 Concert Program  

May 21 Planes, Trains & Automobiles Lawrence Golan, conductor Fei-Fei Dong, piano Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine Gershwin: Rhapsody in...

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you