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december 19 holiday cheer! SCOTT O’NEIL guest conductor



Excerpts from “Christmas Concerto” HANDEL

Selections from Messiah TCHAIKOVSKY


DEAR FRIENDS, Welcome to tonight’s Denver Philharmonic Orchestra concert! With all the events, theatre, music and festivals that Denver has to offer, we’re honored you are spending your evening with us. We hope to create a wonderful memory and feeling that stays with you long after the music has ended, and sometimes even before the music has begun. Happy Holidays! We are so happy to

Tonight, I’ll be thinking about wise words from Henry David

see you here tonight

Thoreau, who said, “When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am

with our DPO family!

invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.” Thoreau must have been to a DPO concert! Listening to our passionate musicians fill this hall with music, we hope that you “see no foe,” but instead find opportunities to meet your neighbors, mingle with musicians, and take part in the community offerings hosted by the DPO all season long! Please, sit back, relax, silence (but do not put away) your phone and experience the music! If you have any questions, or would like to share your personal DPO story, please feel free to talk with us: look for anyone with a blue name tag, or come and find me — we love getting to know all of you, and hope you will continue to make the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra a part of your story now and in the future! Sincerely,

Jon Olafson President of the Board, DPO


2015–16 season. OCTOBER 2 NATURE’S REALM


LAWRENCE GOLAN, conductor and violin


VIVALDI   “Autumn” from The ˇ ÁK   In Nature’s Realm DVOR

Four Seasons

Symphony No. 40 in G Minor Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini STRAVINSKY   The Firebird Suite MOZART  


The Tempest; Fantasy-Overture, Op. 18 SIBELIUS   Symphony No. 5




LAWRENCE GOLAN, conductor JAY CAMPBELL, cello Phoenix for Orchestra (Colorado premiere) ELGAR   Cello Concerto NIELSEN   Symphony No. 4 “Inextinguishable” LOCKLAIR  

DECEMBER 19 HOLIDAY CHEER! SCOTT O’NEIL, guest conductor SYDNEY HARPER, soprano and featuring COLORADO REPERTORY SINGERS, KYLE FLEMING, artistic director Holiday favorites including: Excerpts from “Christmas Concerto” Selections from Messiah TCHAIKOVSKY   Selections from The Nutcracker CORELLI   HANDEL  

FEATURING THE LORD OF THE RINGS SYMPHONY S. MORDECAI FUHRMAN, guest conductor AARON WILLE, flute Les Franc-Juges (Judges of the Secret Court) Suite Modale DE MEIJ, ORCH. VLIEGER   Symphony No. 1 “Lord of the Rings” BERLIOZ   BLOCH  

JUNE 3 EUROTRIP LAWRENCE GOLAN, conductor Hungarian March from The Damnation of Faust The Moldau STRAUSS JR.   On the Beautiful Blue Danube FRANCK   Symphony in D Minor BERLIOZ  


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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2015 HOLIDAY CHEER! Central Presbyterian Church · Denver, Colorado · 7:30 pm

Scott O’Neil, guest conductor Sydney Harper, soprano Colorado Repertory Singers; Kyle Fleming, Artistic Director Arr. by Mack Wilberg b. 1955

Joy to the World

Arr. by Mark Hayes b. 1953

Masters in This Hall

featuring the Colorado Repertory Singers

featuring the Colorado Repertory Singers

Arcangelo Corelli “Christmas Concerto” (1653 – 1713) I. Vivace IV. Allegro (cut-time) V. Largo — Pastorale ad libitum Arr. by Dan Goeller b. 1973

O Holy Night

Colorado Repertory Singers

featuring Sydney Harper and the

George Frideric Handel Messiah (1685 – 1759)    “I Know That My Redeemer Liveth” featuring Sydney Harper

   “Hallelujah Chorus”” featuring the Colorado Repertory Singers ∙ 15-MINUTE INTERMISSION ∙


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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker (1840 – 1893)    “Trepak”    “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy”    “In the Christmas Tree”  featuring Melian Izotova and Emma Thomas Leroy Anderson (1908 – 1975)

Sleigh Ride

Arr. by Scott O’Neil b. 1969

Grown-up Christmas List

Arr. by Scott O’Neil b. 1969

with a special guest conductor!

featuring Sydney Harper

’Twas the Night Before Christmas featuring the Colorado Repertory Singers

and Jaime Lewis

Arr. by Scott O’Neil b. 1969

Let There Be Peace on Earth (World Premiere!) featuring Sydney Harper

Arr. by James Stephenson A Holly Jolly Sing-Along! b. 1969 featuring the Colorado Repertory Singers and Ana Spadoni

Sing along with us! Lyrics begin on page 33.


Reception  Following the concert, meet & mingle in the lobby!


LAWRENCE GOLAN MUSIC DIRECTOR The 2015–16 Season marks Lawrence’s third 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. This is his second season as associate conductor of the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra.


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SCOTT O’NEIL GUEST CONDUCTOR Scott comes to us after nine seasons as Resident Conductor of the Colorado Symphony. Scott has previously guest conducted the Denver Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, Houston Youth Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Annapolis Symphony, Florida Philharmonic, Tulsa Philharmonic, Portland Symphony in Maine, the Lubbock Symphony, the Boise Philharmonic, the Salt Lake Symphony and the Columbus Symphony in Ohio. In the spring of 2003, O’Neil was selected by the League of American Orchestras (LAO) to conduct an orchestra comprised of members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and advanced students from the University of Southern California in Synergy, a program created to promote young, contemporary composers. He served as associate conductor for the Utah Symphony, which he joined in August 2000. In 1999, he served as director of orchestras at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, Texas. He studied piano performance at the Oberlin College Conservatory, served as the assistant conductor of the Eastman School Symphony and Philharmonia Orchestras at the Eastman School of Music, and earned a Master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting at Rice University, where he was the director of the Campanile Orchestra, a community/university orchestra. Scott’s Ted Talk on Creating Meaning in Music can be seen online at and his ideas on what’s “Inside the Score” can be heard this February on Colorado Public Radio.


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SYDNEY HARPER LYRIC SOPRANO Sydney is so honored to be here tonight with the Denver Philharmonic. She has performed with symphonies and music groups across the world including South America and Europe. Recent credits include the roles of Mayzie La Bird and music director of Seussical at Stapleton on the Green, Broadway Sings! with the Highlands Ranch Community Association, the Colorado Symphony 25th Anniversary Gala and Biennial of the Americas Denver Night (Tragedy on the Sea Nymph, Liliana Porter). Other Colorado Symphony appearances include Shuffle, Shuffle  II, A Colorado Christmas (2009), Giya Kinchelli’s composition “STYX” (2008, North American premiere), and Lord of the Rings Symphony (2006). Additional stage credits include Pirates of Penzance at Central City Opera, soprano soloist in Carmina Burana, and she received an Irene Ryan Award nomination for her performance as the Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Sydney’s also appeared in ads for Craftsy and JCPenney. Sydney holds a BFA in Music Theatre, a BA in Spanish Translation and Interpretation from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and an MA in International Studies from the University of Denver’s Korbel School of International Studies. She currently teaches drama at Aspen Academy, runs her own private voice and piano studio and is an independent fitness coach with Beachbody. Sydney thanks her amazing husband for his daily inspiration and to friends and family for their unending love and support. 14

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KYLE FLEMING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, COLORADO REPERTORY SINGERS Recently named the new artistic director for the Colorado Repertory Singers, Kyle has served throughout the Denver-Boulder area for 18 years as a conductor, music educator and singer. He has led choral ensembles at every level, including high school and middle school, and is currently in his fourth year at the University of Denver Lamont School of Music where he leads the Lamont Men’s Choir. Additionally, Kyle has spent nearly two decades serving as a worship pastor and music director in the local church and is currently the associate director of worship arts at Broomfield United Methodist Church. Kyle holds MM and DMA degrees in Choral Conducting and Literature from the University of Colorado Boulder as well as a BA in vocal performance from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. His teachers include Gregory Gentry, Larry Kaptein, Joan Catoni Conlon and Gary Lewis. Kyle is active as a clinician and adjudicator and is currently the College and University Repertoire & Standards Chair for the Colorado chapter of the American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA). He and his wife, Amy, live in Arvada with their two kids Caleb and Addie.


MELIAN IZOTOVA DANCER, THE NUTCRACKER Melian trained with Fernando and Karen Schaffenburg and owes significant influence and thanks to Sallyann Mulcahy and Lauri Worrill-Biggs. She began her professional career with Metropolitan Classical Ballet, performing in both classic Russian ballets and Balanchine works including Agon, The Four Temperaments, and Concerto Barocco. She spent several seasons as a freelance artist with Ballet Concerto, Allen Civic Ballet, Ballet Montana, and the Plano Dance Festival, among others, and danced for a season with both Ballet San Antonio and Charleston Ballet Theatre as principal. Melian is now ballerina for Premiere Ballet and continues to perform as a featured guest artist.

EMMA THOMAS DANCER, THE NUTCRACKER Emma Thomas studies Commercial Dance at PACE University in New York City.


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JAIME LEWIS NARRATOR, ’TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS Jaime is a professional dancer and actor. Originally from New York, he has worked hard in Colorado to ensure the arts are accessible to all. He has performed for the nationally recognized Phamaly Theatre Company, and he’s one of the founding members and a dancer for Spoke N Motion, one of the nation’s few physically integrated dance companies.

ANA SPADONI SOPRANO, SING-ALONG Ana Spadoni is originally from Brazil where she started her vocal studies with the renowned soprano Neyde Thomas. In 2007, she moved to New York City to further her education at Manhattan School of Music. Ana completed a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance at University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music and is now pursuing a Performance Certificate in Choral Conducting. Ana has portrayed leading roles both in school and professional engagements, being praised for her theatrical presence on stage and expressive lyrical lines. Recent performances include The Fairy in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Colorado Ballet, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Adina in Don Pasquale, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, which was televised nationally in Brazil.




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MJ Baertschiger Matthew Baukol Ria Barrows Pat LaBaw Tim Flora Russ Glissmann Chris Morris Steve Simmons Steve Soller Jonathan Vasek


Jim Becklenberg Jim Boschert Geary Dollar Kort Hedges Greg Kritner Zeky Nadji Jason Pavlovic Dennis Pelley Tom Pringle Robert Tate Alek Viatkin

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MORE THAN Attending a concert with us goes beyond an evening of high-caliber classical music. We have a lot of fun at our concerts — we live-tweet performances, hold lively pre-concert chats, and we’ve mingled over great eats at food truck tailgates, hiked South Table Mountain in Golden, sipped local wine, welcomed over 80 students from El Sistema Colorado as our opening act, hosted Valentine’s Day photo booths, enjoyed handmade truffles, brought in an instrument petting zoo, partnered with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science to bring the Gates Planetarium (and the entire universe) into the hall, and more!

Here’s a taste of what’s in store for upcoming concerts —



FEBRUARY 19, 2016

APRIL 8, 2016



Join Associate Conductor S. Mordecai Fuhrman for an informal preconcert chat that will give you insights into the music and music-makers you’ll be listening to.

Join Associate Conductor S. Mordecai Fuhrman for an informal preconcert chat that will give you insights into the music and music-makers you’ll be listening to.



Honk! Buzz! Toot! Find out about the different orchestra instruments. Pick up a trombone or a violin and give it a go! Fun for kids of any age!

You shall not pass up this opportunity to snap a selfie with the White Wizard! Post on all your social media accounts, and be sure to tag us so we can like it.



Say hello! Join us in the lobby after the concert for refreshments, meet the soloists, buy a t-shirt — and have fun!

Say hello! Join us in the lobby after the concert for refreshments, meet the soloists, buy a t-shirt — and have fun!

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

SECOND VIOLIN Yiran Li, principal Niccolo Werner Casewit Valerie Clausen Christina Colalancia Terri Gonzales Miki Heine Annie Laury Callista Medland Alyssa Oland Roger Powell Anne Silvas Albert Ting



William Hinkie, principal Naomi Croghan Lori Hanson Lindsay Hayes Ben Luey Elizabeth O’Brien Kathleen Torkko Anita Zerbe


Bryan Scafuri, principal Kyle Laney Monica Sáles Amanda Thall Rachel Warbelow Rachel Yanovitch Tara Yoder


Mark Stefaniw, principal Zach Antonio Ozzie Backus Lucy Bauer Josh Filley Taryn Galow Colton Kelly Jordan Walters, student intern

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Whitney Kelley, acting principal Miriam Freundt Andrew Townsend


Loren Meaux, acting principal Alexis Junker


Shaun Burley, principal Claude Wilbur


William Combs, principal Wallace Orr



Darren DeLaup



Ken Greenwald, principal Nicholas Lengyel

Steve Bulota, principal Heather Church Ross Coons Justin Elks Scott Headley



Kelli Hirsch, acting principal Jeanine Branting Mary Brauer Robyn Chauvin


Rebecca Moritzky, principal Jenilee Elsbernd

KEYBOARD Ani Gyulamiryan

Ryan Spencer, principal Ariel Van Dam Nick Kenny



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

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, design Walker Burns, editing Alixandra Feeley, program notes María Angélica Lasso, Spanish translation Callista Medland, editing

AUDIO TECH Joel Dallenbach


Ligature Creative Group

EMBEDDED REPORTER Julia Compton Meg Satrom, editor


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

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Callista Medland


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

Amy Anderson Gil Clausen Allison Lausten

Linda Lebsack Hugh Pitcher

MORE THAN MUSIC PARTNERS Noteworthy String Quartet Coda Brewing Purple Door Coffee

NOTEWORTHY STRING QUARTET Bethany Johnson, violin Christina Johnson, violin Rachel Ervin, viola Nathan Johnson, cello

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



The latest episode in our “Playing Out” webseries, Playing Out with Sydney Harper, premiered this week on “Playing Out” takes soloists and guest

“Playing Out” is created in part by

artists out on the town performing in and

local filmmaker David Sherman. David

around Denver. Watch pianist Fei-Fei

specializes in arts marketing, media

Dong play Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue

literacy and education.

on a 16th Street Mall piano, see Music Director Lawrence Golan on violin in the serene Denver Botanic Gardens with Vivaldi’s “Autumn,” or November’s solo cellist, Jay Campbell explore downtown and perform Elgar’s Cello Concerto.


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William Morris describes the story of a poor


man sharing news of Christ’s birth with the

The familiar words to this holiday classic

wealthy “Masters in this Hall.” The lyrics,

were written in the early 1700s by re-

written in a distinctive rural dialect, are

nowned hymn writer Isaac Watts. More

set to a traditional French dance from the

than a century later, Lowell Mason adapt-

opera Alcyone by Marin Marais.

ed and arranged music, likely Handel’s

Run time: 4 minutes

Messiah, for Watt’s celebratory hymn. In fact, it was the recitative “Comfort Ye” that


lent its sound to this festive piece.


Run time: 3 minutes

Published the year after Arcangelo Corelli’s death, the Christmas Concerto


was originally commissioned by a Cardinal


in the Holy Roman Church. Inscribed

In this lesser-known traditional carol, lyricist

with the words, “made for the night of


Christmas,” the concerto is structured as a

Adams was not of Christian faith, the

traditional sonata da chiesa, or church so-

church attempted to ban the song.

nata, but instead of only four movements,

Despite the ban, the song was sung

Corelli wrote six! Tonight, we will hear the

whole-heartedly in France, and later made

first, fourth and fifth movements.

its way into the American Christmas canon

Run Time: 8 minutes

after translation by Unitarian minister, John


ARR. BY DAN GOELLER On December 24, 1906, the radio waves, which had only ever transmitted Morse code, carried the sound of a violin playing “O Holy Night,” making it the first song

Sullivan Dwight. Run time: 6 minutes


ever broadcast on AM Radio! An enduring

Originally an Easter Offering, Handel’s

carol, its story begins in France, when poet

Messiah is now recognizable as a mainstay

Placide Cappeau was commissioned to

in the Christmas repertoire. In this piece,

write a new work for Christmas mass in

unlike other oratorios by Handel, “the

1847. Cappeau then reached out to friend

chorus propels the work forward with great

and composer, Adolphe Adams, to set the

emotional impact and uplifting messages,”

poem to music. It was an immediate hit!

says Laurence Cummings, director of the

Years later, after discovering that Cappeau

London Handel Orchestra. In fact, it is

had joined the socialist movement and

rumored that King George II of England


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was so moved by the “Hallelujah Chorus”

and brass are featured playfully in this

that he rose to his feet, thus resulting in all

popular piece to create the sensation of

guests in his presence to rise to their feet,

horse steps on cobblestone, a coachman’s

and perhaps beginning the tradition of au-

whip, and the whinnying of the horse itself.

dience’s standing during its performance

Giddy up!

today. Are you moved to standing?

Run time: 3 minutes

Run time: 9 minutes


Commissioned in 1891 by choreographer Marius Petipa, The Nutcracker ballet premiered in December of the following year. One of the most identifiable sounds within



A modern Christmas classic, this sentimental song, written in the 1990s, has been recorded by Amy Grant, Kelly Clarkson and Michael Bublé. Run time: 4 minutes


the work is the celeste, featured in “Dance


of the Sugar Plum Fairy.” Invented in 1896,

This musical retelling of the beloved

Tchaikovsky first heard the instrument

Christmas poem features many holiday

in Paris and quickly requested one for

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himself, hoping to be the first composer

Run time: 8 minutes

to feature the new instrument within a full symphony. Indeed, upon hearing the unmistakable tinkling celeste, listeners around the globe conjure up images of the delicate Sugar Plum Fairy as she pirouettes en pointe. Run time: 9 minutes



“Let there be Peace on Earth, and let it begin with me.” This simple message of harmony and unity was eloquently captured by songwriting team Sy Miller


and Jill Jackson. Tonight, we listen to the


world premiere of its new arrangement,

Just hear those sleigh bells jingling in

and hope that our hearts are filled with its

Leroy Anderson’s musical depiction of

tidings of peace for all mankind!

the wonderful wintery season. Percussion

Run time: 4 minutes



Tune in to radio station KPOF (AM 910) from 7 – 10 pm on Sunday, December 27 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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A sleighing song tonight

If you’ve been wanting to sing-along all



What fun it is to laugh and sing

night, now is the time to belt it out!

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells

Run time: 8 minutes

Jingle all the way

DECK THE HALL Deck the hall with boughs of holly Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la ’Tis the season to be jolly Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la Don we now our gay apparel

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

Fa-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la. Troll the ancient Yule-tide carol


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

Jolly Old Saint Nicholas, Lean your ear this way;

See the blazing Yule before us.

Don’t you tell a single soul,

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

What I’m going to say

Strike the harp and join the chorus.

Christmas Eve is coming soon;

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

Now you dear old man,

Follow me in merry measure.

Whisper what you’ll bring to me;

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

Tell me if you can.

While I tell of Yule-tide treasure. Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

Johnny wants a pair of skates, Susie wants a sled

JINGLE BELLS Dashing through the snow In a one horse open sleigh O’er the fields we go Laughing all the way Bells on bob tail ring

Nelly wants a storybook — one she hasn’t read as for me I hardly know so I’ll go to rest Choose for me, dear Santa Claus, What you think is best.

Making spirits bright




Frosty the Snowman

Joy to the world! the Lord is come;

Was a jolly happy soul

Let earth receive her King;

With a corncob pipe and a button nose

Let every heart

And two eyes made out of coal

prepare him room, And heaven and nature sing,

Frosty the Snowman

And heaven and nature sing,

Is a fairytale they say

And heaven, and heaven, and nature sing.

He was made of snow But the children know

Joy to the Earth! the Saviour reigns;

How he came to life one day

Let men their songs employ;

There must have been some magic

rocks, hills, and plains

In that old silk hat they found

Repeat the sounding joy,

For when they placed it on his head

Repeat the sounding joy,

He began to dance around. Oh,

Repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

Frosty the Snowman Had to hurry on his way


But he waved goodbye

We wish you a Merry Christmas;

Saying don’t you cry

We wish you a Merry Christmas;

While fields and floods,

I’ll be back again some day

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

Thumpety thump thump Thumpety thump thump


Look at Frosty go

Good tidings we bring to you and your kin;

Thumpety thump thump

and a Happy New Year.

Good tidings for Christmas Thumpety thump thump Over the hills of snow

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


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

In earlier times, audiences would routinely

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

applaud between movements to show

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

their joy for the music they just heard.

way you are.

Then around the mid-19th century, it

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

became tradition to wait until the end of the piece to clap, with the audience sitting silent between movements.

passage of music. If you can’t, or you begin to cough a lot, don’t worry — it’s

At the DPO, we welcome both traditions.

perfectly acceptable and appropriate to

If you prefer to wait for the end of a piece

quietly exit the concert hall. Remember to

to clap, please do. Some movements are

unwrap cough drops before the concert so

fiery and end in such a flare that you may

you don’t create crackling noises.

feel compelled to clap — go for it! After a quiet movement, you may want to enjoy the feeling of transfixion and wait; there’s no need to applaud if you’re not feelin’ it. 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. Tonight, meet Kimberly, Christina, Colin, Taryn, Annastasia and Katherine — KIMBERLY BRODY

Symphony, Canton Symphony and Erie


Philharmonic. She later returned to


Chicago and began a freelance career

was encouraged by her mother to begin

that encompassed the vast Chicago area

playing the oboe and was inspired to

from Milwaukee to Valparaiso, Indiana, and

continue by her seventh grade art teacher.

orchestras including the Northwest Indiana

She grew up in Minnesota and studied

Symphony, Chicago Sinfonietta, Lake

with the principal oboist of the Minnesota

Forest Symphony, Music of the Baroque,

Orchestra while playing in the Minnesota

Ravinia Festival Orchestra, Milwaukee

Youth Symphony. She graduated with a

Ballet, Kenosha Symphony, Chicago String

degree in Oboe Performance from St.

Ensemble, and Ars Viva Orchestra.

Olaf College and then went on to study at Northwestern University.

Kim regularly attended the John Mack Oboe Camp in Little Switzerland, North

After a summer performing in the

Carolina, and it’s there that she met her

American Wind Symphony Orchestra,

husband, Jim Brody. Kim moved with her

Kim moved to Ohio and began studying

children to Boulder in 2001.

with John Mack, former principal oboist of the Cleveland Orchestra — her true

Since coming to Colorado, Kim has enjoyed

mentor. While in Ohio, she played oboe

performing in numerous groups including

and English horn with the Youngstown

Boulder Bach Festival, Colorado MahlerFest,


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HT Colorado Chamber Orchestra, and Boulder


Chamber Orchestra. She currently works


for singer/songwriter Rebecca Folsom and

FIRST DPO SEASON. Christina is a grad-

Boulder Bach Festival, serves on the Alumni

uate student with the Colorado School of

Board of St. Olaf College, and supports the

Public Heath based at the CU Anschutz

Colorado Rockies with all her heart!

Medical Campus working to obtain a

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Masters in Public Health specializing in ep-

has participated in multiple festivals and

idemiology. She’s also working as a Tissue

competitions throughout the years.

Bank Coordinator with the University of Colorado Cancer Center.

Christina obtained a Minor in Music at Regis University in violin. She loves to play

Christina fell in love with music when she

and is excited to continue to do so with

began playing piano at the age of 5. In the

the DPO.

fifth grade, she decided to learn a second instrument as part of her elementary

Christina loves to spend time with her

schools music program — she chose violin.

close-knit Italian/Irish family. She has one

Over the past 12 years she was the con-

sister, who is also a gifted musician and

certmaster of several orchestras including

ballerina, and two dogs named Lucky and

the South High School Orchestra, All City

Lacey. She enjoys a number of activities

Orchestra Pueblo, Pueblo Summer Musical

including running, golfing, biking, swing

and Regis Chamber Ensemble. She has

dancing and spending time outdoors on

also played violin in several quartets and

beautiful Colorado days.


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Orchestra, Steamboat Springs Symphony,


Pro Musica (Boulder) Chamber Orchestra,

THIRD DPO SEASON. Colin received

Larimer Chorale, Denver Young Artists

a Bachelor’s in Music Education from

Orchestra, and San Juan (Durango)

the University of Kansas in 2007 and

Symphony. He is actively involved with

a Master’s in Music Performance from

many area high school programs as a

Colorado State University in 2012. This is

percussion instructor and private lessons

his 20th year playing percussion, with an


emphasis in orchestral style, drum set, and four-mallet keyboard.

Colin is a proud native of Lawrence, Kansas, and in his free time enjoys

Colin has performed with many regional

traveling throughout the great state of

orchestras including the Colorado

Colorado. He also spends countless

Symphony, Fort Collins Symphony,

hours following football and basketball

Cheyenne Symphony, Greeley

and participating in online fantasy sports

Philharmonic, National Repertory




Taryn is the former entertainment


coordinator for the American Heart

FOURTH DPO SEASON. Taryn has been

Association HeartWalk. She is the proud

playing bass and piano since she was

auntie of two nieces and four nephews.

9. She has played in Aurora’s Varsity

She enjoys theatre, art, photography

Orchestra, Colorado Youth Symphony,

and the many concerts at various venues

Denver Young Artists Orchestra, University

around Colorado. She has Bachelor’s

of Northern Colorado Symphony &

Degrees in Music Performance, and

Chamber Orchestra, Greeley Chamber

Theory & Composition from the University

Orchestra, Greeley Philharmonic, Loveland

of Northern Colorado, and a Master’s

Friends of Chamber Music, Lone Tree

Degree in Music Composition from Central

Symphony Orchestra, Central Michigan

Michigan University. Additionally, Taryn has

University Symphony, and Midland

a Colorado State Certification in Literary



Taryn is a literary braillist for the


Englewood Public School District


transcribing print into Braille for visually

FOURTH DPO SEASON. Miki was lucky

impaired students so they have the same

enough to play in the Front Range Youth

access to materials as sighted children.

Symphony and Colorado Youth Symphony

She composes contemporary Neo-Avant-

Orchestras in high school and now has

Garde and other pieces of music, and

been playing violin for 17 years.

teaches beginning piano and bass.

2014/2015 Concert Season Friday, October 16, 2015 | 7:30 pm

Friday, February 12, 2016 | 7:30 pm

Günther Stegmüller, guest conductor Linda Wang, violin

Jason Shafer, clarinet


Saturday, November 14, 2015 | 2:30 pm (FREE Children’s Concert)

oh, the music you’ll hear! Friday, December 4, 2015 | 7:30 pm

a lso family christmas


Friday, April 1, 2016 | 7:30 pm


Matthew Zalkind, cello

Friday, May 13, 2016 | 7:30 pm


Abigail Nims, mezzo-soprano

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Miki attended University of Northern


Colorado and St. Olaf College where she


played and toured the U.S. and Spain with

FOURTH DPO SEASON. Annastasia Psitos

the St. Olaf College Orchestra.

has been playing the cello for a quarter of a century. In that time, she has obtained

Miki is earning her music education degree

two music degrees and has had the

at Metro State to become a high school

privilege of playing in venues as near as

orchestra director. She works as a server at

Boulder and as far as Italy.

the Fireside Kitchen inside the Ameristar Casino in Blackhawk and enjoys running,

While she enjoys playing with groups of

hiking, camping, reading, crocheting,

all shapes and sizes, her specialty is in

hanging out with her cat Cici, and going

chamber music and she plays with friends

to concerts — electronic music, bluegrass,

as often as possible. In addition to playing

and jam bands are a few favorites.

with the DPO, she subs with Fort Collins Symphony and Cheyenne Symphony. A

Though violin is the only instrument

native of the Washington, D.C., region, she

she plays, she can play a mean “Wagon

currently calls Denver home.

Wheel” on guitar!



the Archdiocese of Denver under the


direction of Horst Buchholz.

TENTH DPO SEASON. Katherine Thayer has been a freelance violinist in the Denver

Prior to moving to Denver, Katherine

metropolitan area for 30 years. Along

was an assistant professor of violin and

with her DPO concertmaster duties, she is

chamber music at Eastern New Mexico

concertmaster of the Evergreen Chamber

University where she was also violinist of


the Raphael Piano Trio.

Katherine performs with Inside the

Katherine studied in Europe in master

Orchestra bringing classical music to

classes of Zino Francescatti and Christian

elementary and pre-school children. She

Ferras. She was a member of the Camerata

has been an adjunct instructor of violin/

Lysy, touring Europe and the Phillipines,

viola at Red Rocks Community College for

the Wurttembergishes Kammer Orkestr,

10 years and has been a member of the

and the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg.

Colorado Music Festival and Grand Teton

She returned to the States to earn a

Music Festival orchestras for 5 years each.

Masters of Music from Michigan State

Katherine was principal second violin and

University, where the Julliard Quartet was

soloist with the former Denver Chamber

in residence.

Orchestra for 12 years under the baton of JoAnne Falletta, and served as concert-

Katherine enjoys playing chamber music

master of the Orchestra of

with friends and watching her daughter Ayla’s dance performances.


Encore! Audience Favorites OCT 16,17,18

Bach Times Three

FEB 26,27,28

Mystery and Joy

Fanfares and Flourishes

MAY 20,21,22

DEC 4 & 6


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Since January 1, 2015

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


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february 19 smash hits! THREE POPULAR SYMPHONIC MASTERPIECES grace the stage February 19 at Smash Hits! Pianist Steven Lin, praised for his “sparkling virtuosity” (The Washington Post), joins the DPO for Sergei Rachmaninoff’s exciting and romantic Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. The concert opens with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No. 40, one of the most iconic symphonies in history, and ends with Igor Stravinsky’s The Firebird Suite, from the ballet based on the Russian legend of the Firebird.




Symphony No. 40 in G Minor RACHMANINOFF

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini STRAVINSKY

The Firebird Suite


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