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april 8 the one ring




Les Franc-Juges (Judges of the Secret Court) BLOCH


Symphony No. 1 “Lord of the Rings”

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. Welcome and happy spring! Tweet along with

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

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

for insight into tonight’s

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  

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FEATURING THE LORD OF THE RINGS SYMPHONY S. MORDECAI FUHRMAN, 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 and violin Ode to the Red Flag Symphony in D Minor GERSHWIN, ARR. WHITNEY   An American in Paris Suite SMETANA   The Moldau STRAUSS JR.   On the Beautiful Blue Danube KREISLER, ARR. MCALISTER   Liebesleid MONTI   Czardas LI, CHUNLAI   FRANCK  


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FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2016 THE ONE RING Central Presbyterian Church · Denver, Colorado · 7:30 pm

S. Mordecai Fuhrman, conductor Aaron Wille, flute Hector Berlioz

Overture to “Les Francs Juges”

(1803 – 1869)

Ernest Bloch (1873 – 1943)

Suite Modale featuring Aaron Wille, flute

I. Moderato

II. L’istesso Tempo III. Allegro giocoso IV. Adagio

∙ 15-MINUTE INTERMISSION ∙ Johan de Meij b. 1953

Symphony No. 1 “The Lord of the Rings”

I. Gandalf (The Wizard) II. Lothlórien (The Elvenwood) III. G  ollum (Sméagol) featuring Tom Myer, saxophone

IV. Journey in the Dark   a. The Mines of Moria   b. The Bridge of Khazad-Dûm V. Hobbits


Reception  Following the concert, meet & mingle in the lobby! 6

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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 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 Community Orchestra in Delaware, Center City Opera Theater in Pennsylvania, Cleveland Pops Orchestra in Ohio, and Newark Symphony Orchestra in Delaware, where he directed their inaugural Family Series in 2010. Founder of the Reading Orchestra of North Wilmington, Samuel received his undergraduate degree in music in percussion/timpani at the University of Delaware. In 2007, he won the University of Delaware Concerto Competition, performing Eric Bryce’s Concerto for Marimba / Vibraphone and Orchestra with the University of Delaware Symphony. Samuel studied conducting at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he led multiple performances and received a Master of Music degree in 2014. In August 2013, Samuel led members of 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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AARON WILLE FLUTE Aaron is a flutist, saxophonist and a freelance musician in his 13th season with the DPO. As a Denver native, Aaron started playing flute and jazz/classical saxophone in sixth grade. While at Englewood High School, he won numerous awards and was selected as piccoloist of All State Orchestra and Colorado All State Band, playing lead alto in Colorado State University Honor Band and Honor Jazz Band. Aaron also played piccolo/flute with the Denver Young Artist Orchestra and Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestra. He is a graduate of Lamont School of Music with a Bachelor’s degree in Flute Performance under Pamela Endsley. At Lamont, Aaron studied jazz and classical saxophone with Art Bouton, and he played in the Lamont Symphony Orchestra and various ensembles. He has also studied jazz with Denver’s own Rich Chiaraluce and Laura Newman. While at Lamont, Aaron won outstanding piccoloist from Downbeat magazine. He has had the privilege to be a performer in masterclasses by James Walker, Carol Wincenc and Walfrid Kujala. Aaron has played with composer and musician David Amram and jazz artist, author and composer Jerry Bergonzi, professor at the New England Conservatory of Music. As a freelance musician, Aaron has enjoyed playing with the Denver Municipal Band under Gerald Endsley and the Denver Feast Band under the direction of Dr. Jess Gerardi, and he plays as a pit orchestra member as lead reed in numerous musicals. Outside of music, Aaron is a computer technician and feels privileged to play with Lawrence Golan and the fine musicians of the Denver Philharmonic. 12

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Welcome to Central Presbyterian Church, an enthusiastic partner of the Denver Philharmonic and a dedicated supporter of the downtown arts and music communities. The historic sanctuary, the third in the church’s history, was designed by renowned Denver architect Frank Edbrooke and built in 1891. Though the pipe organ has been replaced several times throughout the church’s history, most recently by the Reuter Organ Company in 1962, the hand-painted organ facade pipes are original to the space. On Sunday mornings at Central, the

the New Genesis Transitional Shelter in

music of the classical masters lives

the basement just below your feet, the

comfortably next to gospel music

Central Visitation Program on the third

and spirituals, shape-note hymns

floor of this building, and is closely

performed in the Sacred Harp tradition,

involved with the Metro Caring hunger

performances by our folk-rock youth

relief center and the Colfax Community

band, medieval chant, and everything in


between. A founding member of many successful nonprofits that serve the

We hope you enjoy tonight’s concert,

downtown community, Central houses

and hope you’ll come back for more!


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 season finale —



Our signature symphony tailgating is not to be missed! Starting at 5:30pm. Sorry friends, no booze at this family-friendly tailgate!

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.

CHEERS!, STARTING AT 6:15PM Clink a glass of craft beer from Ursula Brewery! Sorry kids, this More than Music event is 21+ only. $5.

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

COFFEE STATION, STARTING AT 6:15PM Our friends at Purple Door Coffee will be brewing java for you to enjoy.

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Katherine Thayer, concertmaster Allison Kim, associate concertmaster Patsy Aronstein Carrie Beeder Matt Grove Thomas Jatko Lubia Montenegro Wendy Montenegro Autumn Pepper Emmy Reid Elizabeth Wall

SECOND VIOLIN Yiran Li, principal Niccolo Werner Casewit Valerie Clausen Christina Colalancia Terri Gonzales Annie Laury Callista Medland Francisca Pretorius Anne Silvas Albert Ting


William Hinkie III, principal Naomi Croghan Victoria DiMarzio Lori Hanson Ben Luey Kathleen Torkko Anita Zerbe


Bryan Scafuri, principal Naftari Burns Kyle Laney Annastasia Psitos Monica Sáles Amanda Thall Rachel Warbelow Rachel Yanovitch


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


Aaron Wille, principal Catherine Ricca Lanzano

PICCOLO Whitney Kelley


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Kimberly Brody, principal Loren Meaux, assistant principal Alexis Junker



William Combs, principal Wallace Orr


Loren Meaux


Shaun Burley, principal Claude Wilbur



Darren DeLaup Heather Ewer


Jessica Clark


Ken Greenwald, principal Nicholas Lengyel



Katie Glassman, acting principal Jeanine Branting Kelli Hirsch Mary Brauer


Ryan Spencer, principal Ariel Van Dam Nick Kenny


Steve Bulota, principal

PERCUSSION Heather Church Ross Coons Scott Hedley Jackson Stevens


Rebecca Moritzky, principal Jenilee Elsbernd

KEYBOARD Ani Gyulamiryan



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, editing María Angélica Lasso, Spanish translation Callista Medland, editing Natalie Piontek, program notes

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 Katrina Niemisto Jeff Paul David Sherman

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OUTREACH Tenley Oldak Katherine Thayer David Wallace

DATA WRANGLER Callista Medland


Cris Diaz, habla español Sarah Hogan Venus Klein María Angélica Lasso, habla español Annie Laury Allison Lausten Ali McNally Jon Olafson

FRONT OF HOUSE Gil Clausen Eleanor Glover Maureen Keil Russell Klein Linda Lebsack Brian McGuire Karen McGuire Stephen O’Rourke Kali Sheldon

RECEPTION Amy Anderson Allison Lausten

PARKING ADVISORS Linda Lebsack Hugh Pitcher

MORE THAN MUSIC PARTNERS Purple Door Coffee Ursula Brewing

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The latest episode in our “Playing Out” webseries, Playing Out with S. Mordecai Fuhrman, premiered this week on “Playing Out” takes musicians out on the

“Playing Out” is created in part by

town performing in and around Denver.

local filmmaker David Sherman. David

Watch pianist Fei-Fei Dong play Gershwin’s

specializes in arts marketing, media

Rhapsody in Blue on a 16th Street Mall

literacy and education.

piano, Music Director Lawrence Golan on violin at the Botanic Gardens with Vivaldi’s “Autumn,” cellist Jay Campbell explore downtown and perform Elgar’s Cello Concerto, Sydney Harper carol at The Brown Palace or pianist Steven Lin flip records at Wax Trax II.


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Overture to Les Francs Juges Hector Berlioz  (1803 – 1869) In addition to his compositional talents, Hector Berlioz was a highly respected conductor, writer and critic. His Treatise on Instrumentation serves as one of the leading resources for composers on how to write compelling and evocative music for full orchestra. After seeing actress Harriet Smithson


perform Shakespeare,

Hector Berlioz’s rise to fame follows an unusual trajectory. Unlike

Berlioz fell in love. After

the vast majority of composers, Berlioz never learned to play

writing her many impas-

the piano, and he was frequently discouraged from learning

sioned love letters, the

music by his father. However, he had a passion for composition

two eventually married.

at an early age, teaching himself how to write proper melody

Smooth move, Hector!

and harmony from textbooks alone. Similarly, without any formal

Duration: 12 minutes

instruction, he learned to play flute and guitar, the latter at which  21

he was considered quite proficient.

was going to write the accompanying music to the libretto by his friend Humbert

Instead of going to a conservatory in his

Ferrand, but he never completed the work.

late teens, the composer entered medical

Les Francs Juges exists as a standalone

school. He did so to please his parents,

composition in its own right, and it is also

but he unfortunately soon found himself

the first work that Berlioz ever composed

rather bored and disgusted by medicine

for full orchestra.

(a sentiment which was largely brought on when he witnessed the dissection of a

The title, Les Francs Juges, literally means

corpse in class). In 1824, he left medical

“The Free Judges.” It refers to the Vehmic

school. He began his formal studies at the

courts, assemblies of vigilante crime fight-

renowned Paris Conservatory in 1826.

ers that existed in Germany in the Middle


Ages (they were also called the “secret courts” or “silent courts”).

Berlioz is a French Romantic composer. He was chiefly inspired by the work of

The piece opens in the sinister key of F

Christoph Willibald Gluck and Ludwig van

minor, with small exchanges of two-note

Beethoven, and he is perhaps best known

motives between the strings. Snappy

for shepherding the tradition of program

flourishes and abrupt runs in the strings

music: music that follows an external narra-

throughout the piece give the work its

tive or story. His most famous composition

propulsive energy. Soon, the brass enters

is the Symphonie Fantastique, an orches-

on a bombastic and militant B-flat minor

tral composition about a poet whose un-

chord, luring us deeper into the ominous

requited love leads him into deep delirium

atmosphere. However, the mood is soon

and despair (based on his own love for

lightened again, with the violins playing a

actress Harriet Smithson!).

cheerful theme in F major, and the trumpets engaging in a sprightly dance. The

ABOUT THE PIECE Les Francs Juges was originally intended to be the overture to an opera. Berlioz


movement concludes with woodwinds, brass, and strings coming together for a joyous and raucous fanfare.

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Suite Modale Ernest Bloch 

Ernest Bloch was also an avid photographer and had a strange, lifelong hobby of collecting mushrooms. Duration: 13 minutes

(1880 – 1959)

Ernest Bloch had a fascination with exploring inventive chromaticism, low sonorities, and rich tone colors. Perhaps because of his interest in the deeper sonorities, he made significant contributions to the viola repertoire — a lower-voiced instrument rarely composed for as a solo instrument. Among these works are his Suite for Viola and Orchestra and Works for Viola and Piano.

ABOUT ERNEST BLOCH Ernest Bloch was born in 1880 in Geneva, Switzerland. His music carries with it distinct influence from his Jewish heritage along with a number of post-Romantic influences, specifically from composers Claude Debussy and Richard Strauss. In 1916, Bloch moved to the United States, where he first toured as conductor of the Maud Allen dance company, and eventually settled in New York. Bloch was as passionate an instructor as he was a composer. He taught theory and composition at New York’s Mannes College of Music from 1917 to 1920, was founding director of the Cleveland Institute of Music from 1920 to 1925, directed the San Francisco Conservatory of Music from 1925 to 1930, and taught at the University of California at Berkeley from 1940 until his retirement in 1952. His students include such notable composers as Douglas Moore and Frederick Jacobi. He was also a talented student himself, having studied with master violinist and famed composer Eugene Ysaÿe in Brussels.



for the flute that is capable of the most

The Suite Modale for flute and orchestra is an archetypal example of Bloch’s interest in chromaticism and evocative tone colors. It begins ambiguously on the dominant chord in the key of A minor, with the flute weaving in and out of the sustained chords in the orchestra, giving the first movement a sentiment of wandering, of never quite wanting to settle down. By opening with the dominant chord, the movement already feels unsteady, as by nature we are inclined to hear the dominant chord wanting to resolve to the tonic, or the chord of the home key. Also notable is that the flute rarely reaches to a note above a high D; the writing is concentrated on the flute’s lower register, which is arguably the realm

variations in tone color. Slight alterations in technique can change the sound from light to dark, hollow to dense, smooth to gritty, wispy to clear. Bloch wrote this work for the flutist Elaine Shaffer in 1956. It was written as he was battling cancer toward the end of his life, which explains the brooding, thoughtful sentiment that pervades the first and second movements. However, the last movement is much brighter than the first two movements, with the flute finally beginning to explore the jubilant sonorities in the higher register. It closes in the same haunting yet mysterious way it began, yet this time with a feeling of resolution.


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Symphony No. 1, “The Lord of the Rings” Johan de Meij  b. 1953  Johan de Meij wrote his “The Lord of the Rings” Symphony from 1984 to 1988 — long before Peter Jackson began his wildly successful film franchise based on Tolkien’s novels in 2001. It is structured in five movements, with each movement depicting a particular character. De Meij holds the prestigious position of being a


regular guest conductor

Born in 1953 in South Holland, de Meij is a revered conductor,

with the Simón Bolívar

composer, and trombonist. He has written primarily for the

Youth Wind Orchestra

orchestration of wind ensemble, with four symphonies com-

in Caracas, Venezuela, a

posed for wind ensemble to date. Each of his symphonies has a

division of the successful

programmatic title. The Symphony No. 1 is commonly referred

El Sistema educational

to as his “Lord of the Rings” Symphony and is based on the

system. Duration: 42 minutes

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Symphony No. 3 is his “Planet Earth”

by sustained tones in the low strings.

Symphony; and the most recent Symphony

A couple of chirps in the piccolo, brief

No. 4 has the nickname of “Sinfonie der

soliloquys in the oboes, and then a unified

Lieder,” or “Symphony of Songs.”

dance in the woodwinds suggest different


woodland creatures. We are clearly in the forested setting of the Elvenwood.

The opening of the first movement, “Gandalf,” is a clear nod to de Meij’s

The third movement, “Gollum,” based on

training as a trombonist: it begins with a

the demented and personality-switching

brilliant fanfare in the brass, followed by

creature from the novel, is depicted by a

lightning-fast 16th-note runs in the upper

variety of woodwinds and some unusual

register of the flutes. The low strings intro-

techniques. One of these techniques is

duce the theme, accompanied by subdued

flutter-tonguing in the woodwinds, a stut-

tones in the French horn. A solo trumpet

tering sound created by rapidly firing one’s

then adopts the theme which is countered

tongue while blowing air into the instru-

by pensive yearnings in the strings.

ment. Another technique that depicts Gollum’s mentally deteriorating character

Eventually the violins take up the melody

are the glissandi — slides between notes

as well, with the entire orchestra singing

— and the rapid tremolos in the strings, in

at a proud fortissimo. An abrupt flourish in

which the bow is rapidly moved back and

the strings, an ominous heartbeat in the

forth on a string.

timpani, and foreboding murmurs in the tubas and low brass suggest that trouble

The fourth movement, “Journey in the

lies ahead. A rapid chase begins, with the

Dark,” depicts Frodo wandering through

strings ushering the movement forward

darkened forests, again signaled by omi-

with off-beat 16th-note motives. These

nous tones and outbursts in the low brass.

motives eventually climax into the brass singing a noble, hymnal tune, and the

The fifth and final movement, “Hobbits,”

violins recalling the opening theme.

recalls the heroic theme from the first movement in full glory, and a dance is

The second movement opens with a mys-

introduced by the piano and percussion,

terious call in the E-flat clarinet — a small-

bringing the work to a light-hearted,

er, higher-pitched clarinet — supported

cheerful conclusion.


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 Naftari, Ani, Kelli, Whitney, Yiran, Ryan and Tara — NAFTARI BURNS


SIXTH DPO SEASON. Naftari started play-

FIRST DPO SEASON. Ani has been study-

ing piano at age 6 and picked up the cello

ing music for two decades. She always

at age 9. When she first started playing

focused on one instrument — the piano

the cello, she had no idea what it was and

— but also studied composition for some

had to ask the kid next to her. Though her

time. She has had the privilege of playing

first choice was the violin, Naftari brought

with Fairbanks Symphony, UAF Wind

home a cello and her mother asked, “Why

Symphony, Fairbanks Youth Symphony,

couldn’t you get a smaller instrument?”

and Lamont Symphony Orchestras.

She has played with the Metro State

With a Master of Music in Piano

Symphony and Jefferson Symphony under

Performance from University of Alaska

William Morse. She works at Kolacny Music

Fairbanks and Bachelor of Music in Piano

where she sells and services band and

Performance from University of Denver,

orchestra instruments and harps. Naftari

Ani is a pianist and teacher and spends

attended Metropolitan State College of

her time working with music students and

Denver for a degree in music performance.

collaborating with other musicians.



There are many musical members in Ani’s family, and she is grateful that they are 34

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HT extremely accepting of her practicing at all


hours of the day! She enjoys the similarity


of Colorado weather and geography to

EIGHTH DPO SEASON. Kelli received her

Armenia, where she grew up. Ani goes

Bachelor of Music from Hastings College

mushroom picking every year, and has

in Nebraska. She’s been playing the French

grown fond of the proximity of the moun-

horn for more than 20 years, is a member

tains to the city.

of the Gossamer Wind Quintet and plays

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the piano. Kelli is a fundraiser for Energy

the University of North Carolina School of

Outreach Colorado.

the Arts. She began to study flute at age 4 through the Suzuki Method, and music has

Outside of work and the DPO, Kelli spends

since played an integral part throughout

her time with her husband and two beau-

Whitney’s life.

tiful young daughters. They listen to a lot of music together, read books and like to

Acclaimed for her “considerable tech-

enjoy nature.

nique” by the Winston-Salem Journal,



she has appeared as soloist in numerous orchestral and recital settings, including guest appearances with Hollywood film

THIRD DPO SEASON. Whitney received

composer Dave Grusin, jazz flutist Nestor

her D.M.A and M.M. in Flute Performance

Torres and performances in the Ravinia

and Pedagogy from the University of

Summer Music Festival, Texas Music

Colorado with Christina Jennings, and

Festival, Denver Pops, Jefferson Symphony

completed her B.M. with Tadeu Coelho at

and Longmont Symphony Orchestras.


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In addition to the Denver Philharmonic,

her major in middle school and has played

Whitney performs regularly with the

with symphony orchestras and philharmon-

Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra and

ic orchestras in China.

presents recitals and masterclasses across the country. Whitney maintains a thriving

Yiran was offered full scholarship and

private studio in the Denver metro area

graduate teaching assistant position from

where she lives with her husband and new-

University of Denver Lamont Music School,

ly welcomed daughter. Aside from music,

where she received her Master of Music de-

she enjoys photography, hiking in the

gree. She teaches private violin lessons and

Rockies and cheering on the Broncos.

has a classical duet with her husband Travis



Rollins called The Duality Duet. Together, they perform for all kinds of special occasions, which includes everything from wed-

FOURTH DPO SEASON. Yiran started

dings to Solheim Cup opening and closing

playing the violin at at age 3, took violin as

ceremonies. And Yiran has a kitty!



Kellogg, John Drumheller and Carter


Pann. He was the sound engineer for the


Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle

second-year graduate student at the

Corps (’09–’10), and marched with the

University of Denver's Lamont School of

corps for two years prior (’07–’08), perform-

Music. In pursuit of his Master’s degree

ing as a soloist and upper lead trumpet.

in Trumpet Performance, he plays in or-

Ryan has been teaching brass at the

chestra, wind ensemble, jazz band, faculty

Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps since

and graduate brass quintets and other

2012, teaches private lessons on trumpet

chamber ensembles. Ryan is in his first

and music theory, teaches with various

season as third trumpet with the Cheyenne

high school concert and marching band

Symphony and as a member of Stratus

programs across the state and regularly

Chamber Orchestra (formerly Musica

participates in elementary school outreach

Sacra). On occasion, Ryan performs with


Denver Brass, Colorado Wind Ensemble, and Boulder Symphony.

Ryan received dual Bachelor of Music degrees from the CU-Boulder in 2008 for

Ryan has been composing and arranging

trumpet performance and composition

for various large and small ensembles for

with a Certificate in Music Technology. He

over a decade. He studies with Dr. Chris

played in a wide variety of instrumental

Malloy of DU and has studied with other

ensembles and sang in choirs, received a

renowned composers such as Daniel

composition commission award in 2007,

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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and the Kappa Kappa Psi Honorarium

Camp, and Goshen College Orchestra. At

Scholarship in 2006. While attending high

Goshen College in Indiana, Tara received

school in Cobb County, Georgia, he per-

her Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and

formed in All-State, district and regional

Biology, with a minor in music perfor-

jazz and honor bands.

mance. Her mom came to nearly every concert she ever played while she was in

Ryan lives in Southeast Denver and enjoys

Indiana (which was a lot!), and her mom’s

snowboarding, hiking, running, cycling,

support was definitely appreciated.

reading, coffee and sushi.


Tara earned her Ph.D. in Applied Chemistry from Colorado School of Mines in December 2014 and currently works at

FIFTH DPO SEASON. Tara started playing

New Sky Energy in Boulder, CO. Beyond

cello at the age of 9 in her school orches-

playing cello, she also enjoys playing ulti-

tra. She has played with the South Bend

mate frisbee, hiking, cycling, bouldering,

Youth Symphony, South Bend Side-by-Side

skiing and pretty much anything else that

concerts, Donald A. Dake Chamber Music

is active and outdoors.



Tune in to radio station KPOF (AM 910) from 7 – 10 pm on Sunday, April 17 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 departed in

After nearly 40 years under Antonia’s

2013. Lawrence, a professor and music

baton, the orchestra chose Russian-

director at the University of Denver’s

American conductor Julius Glaihengauz

Lamont School of Music, continues to pro-

as its second music director. A graduate of

duce 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 68-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.



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june 3 eurotrip PACK YOUR PASSPORTS for the season finale Eurotrip on June 3. Travel across the pond on a musical tour of the European continent (with a layover in China). First stop — France! Enjoy César Franck’s ever-popular Symphony in D Minor and George Gershwin’s lyrical jazz number An American in Paris. Sail down the Vltava River through the meadows of Bohemia with Czech composer Bedrich Smetana’s The Moldau. Waltz into Vienna with Johann Strauss, Jr.’s On the Beautiful Blue Danube and Fritz Kreisler’s Liebesleid. Our trip ends in Eastern Europe with the Hungarian folksong Czárdás by Vittorio Monti.

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Ode to the Red Flag

On the Beautiful Blue Danube


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Liebesleid MONTI


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Denver Philharmonic Orchestra April 8, 2016 Concert Program  

S. Mordecai Fuhrman, conductor Aaron Wille, flute Berlioz: Les Franc-Juges (Judges of the Secret Court) Bloch: Suite Modale De Meij, orch. V...

Denver Philharmonic Orchestra April 8, 2016 Concert Program  

S. Mordecai Fuhrman, conductor Aaron Wille, flute Berlioz: Les Franc-Juges (Judges of the Secret Court) Bloch: Suite Modale De Meij, orch. V...