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SEPTEMBER 30, 2016


Leonore Overture No. 3 HU M M E L

Trumpet Concerto in E-flat Major WAG NE R

Overture to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg BEE THOV E N

Symphony No. 5

HONORING BRICO I do not call myself a woman conductor. I call myself a conductor who happens to be a woman.

Maestro Antonia Brico, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands in 1902, moved to California with her foster parents at age 6 and endured a self-described miserable childhood. Though with talent and determination, Brico rose to the heights of the conducting world. WILHELMINA WOLTHIUS The maestro was born Antonia Brico but raised as Wilhelmina Wolthius. Suffering abuse by foster parents who never formally adopted her, Wilhelmina found solace at the piano, crying, “Music doesn’t hurt little girls.” It wasn’t until college that she knew the true story of her illegitimate birth to a Dutch teenager and Italian nightclub pianist by the name of Brico.

A RISING CAREER Reclaiming ‘Antonia Brico,’ the aspiring conductor moved to Europe in 1923 and studied under world-famous musicians Zygmunt Stojowski, Karl Muck and Richard Wagner’s son, Siegfried Wagner. Composer Jean Sibelius came to know Brico as a “sixth daughter” after she arrived at his home and proved her ability to conduct his work as he intended. While studying in Germany, she made her debut as a conductor in 1930. At age 28, Brico led the Berlin Philharmonic earning a glowing review which stated that she “possesses more ability, cleverness and musicianship than certain of her male colleagues who bore us in Berlin.”


In 1934, she founded the Women’s Symphony Orchestra in New York to “prove that women could play in every category.“ The successful orchestra garnered support from the likes of Eleanor Roosevelt. July 25, 1938, Brico conducted the New York Philharmonic — the first woman to do so. Ms. Brico, age 36, impressed the crowd at Lewisohn Stadium, the Philharmonic’s then outdoor summer venue in Upper Manhattan. She conducted works by Tchaikovsky, Liszt, Sibelius and two pieces you’ll hear tonight in her honor — Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3 and Wagner’s Overture to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.

was a guest conductor at concerts in Red

The New York Philharmonic archive de-

Rocks amphitheater but was never hired.

partment writes, ”Tickets [to Brico’s debut]

The handsome, debonair — and male —

cost 50 cents and [stadium] crowds could

Saul Caston won the job.

grow to over 15,000.“

“She told me it was the greatest disap-

The New York Times reported of Brico’s

pointment in her life,“ Dallenbach told the

performance that she ”impressed” with the

Westword in 1995.

“life [and] color of her readings,” expressed with “verve and intensity,” and ended with resounding applause. “She was the first woman to achieve national acclaim as an orchestra conductor,” long-time Denver Philharmonic violinist Pauline A. Dallenbach said.

A NEW HOME Lured to Denver in the early 1940s with

Despite her talent and drive, Brico seemed to only have conducting opportunities during World War II when most men were serving. She said that she was born 50 years too early. Brico settled in Denver in 1942 and made her home here. Legions of Denver musicians took piano and voice lessons with her. Sometimes she enlisted students to walk her dog before or after a session. A

the possibility of becoming the principal

busy woman with no relatives, she was

conductor of the Denver Symphony, Brico

known for asking favors.




Her next position was as the founder

The broader music world’s interest in Brico

and first music director of the Denver

was rekindled in 1974 when her former

Businessmen’s Symphony in 1948. At the

Denver piano student (and later famed

premiere performance, Brico received a

folk singer) Judy Collins and director Jill

telegram from Sibelius wishing the new

Godmilow made a documentary film

orchestra luck. The orchestra’s name later

Antonia: A Portrait of a Woman. The fol-

was changed to the Brico Symphony in

lowing year, she was invited to conduct at

the 1960s, Centennial Philharmonic in the

New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival and in

1990s and finally — you guessed it — the

1977 at the Brooklyn Philharmonia.

Denver Philharmonic in 2004.

The event was sold out immediately and

As a child, Greeley Chamber Orchestra conductor Dan Frantz described seeing the maestro conduct the then-Brico Symphony, “She wore this huge, black, flowing velvet

a second performance was added. It was captured on LP recording.


gown. … It just absorbed light and drew

Brico retired in 1985 and passed away

your attention right to her. And she had

in 1989. There are still people involved

this stern look on her face that could have

with the Denver Philharmonic like Pauline

melted parts of Greenland.“

Dallenbach and her husband Robert, who knew Antonia personally.


Mrs. Dallenbach, who began with the

She had an enduring friendship with

orchestra in 1964, remembers Brico saying

Dr. Albert Schweitzer, the organ-playing

she “taught and inspired many musicians.“

doctor who practiced medicine in the wilds of Africa. The two shared a love of Bach’s music, and she detoured home from an engagement in Europe to visit Schweitzer in Africa in 1950. He had inscribed to her “with love,” a copy of Stravinsky: His Life and Work, which is now in a private collection. Denver Philharmonic Board Member Eleanor Glover even recalls how Brico transported autographed photos of Schweitzer and Sibelius for one another between Africa and Finland.

“In honor of Antonia Brico, the first woman to conduct the New York Philharmonic, in 1938,” the symphony orchestra writes, ”[we] salute the Denver Philharmonic as they inaugurate the Antonia Brico Stage. … We wish the Denver Philharmonic many such nights from their newly dedicated stage.” Thank you for being part of our history tonight as we honor Brico and inaugurate the Antonia Brico Stage at Central Presbyterian Church! By Linda Lebsack and Matt Meier  5



Antonia Brico Stage at Central Presbyterian Church  ·  Denver, Colorado  ·  7:30 pm

Lawrence Golan, conductor Mark Mast, guest conductor Ryan Spencer, trumpet Ludwig van Beethoven

Leonore Overture No. 3

(1770 – 1827)

Johann Nepomuk Hummel Trumpet Concerto in E-Flat Major (1778 – 1837) I.  Allegro con spirito II. Andante III.  Allegro molto Featuring Ryan Spencer, trumpet

∙ 15-MINUTE INTERMISSION ∙ Richard Wagner (1813 – 1883)

Overture to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Featuring Mark Mast, guest conductor

Ludwig Van Beethoven

Symphony No. 5

(1770 – 1827) I.  Allegro con brio

II.  Andante con moto III.  Scherzo. Allegro IV. Allegro




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LAWRENCE GOLAN MUSIC DIRECTOR Conductor Lawrence Golan is in high demand across the United States and internationally. In addition to his position as music director of the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra, Lawrence is the 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. Highlights of Lawrence’s 2016–17 season include a 14-city tour of China with the Denver Philharmonic, an appearance on National Public Radio’s “From the Top” with the York Symphony Orchestra, and the world premiere production, recording and subsequent CD/DVD release on Albany Records of Ode to Nature by Jiaojiao Zhou with the Lamont Symphony Orchestra and producer Dennis Law. Lawrence continues to guest conduct professional orchestras, opera, and ballet companies in the U.S. and around the world. Having conducted in 26 states and 17 countries, recent engagements include performances in Boulder, Macon, Memphis and Tucson as well as the Czech Republic, Italy, Georgia, Korea, Taiwan and China. A staunch supporter of music education, Lawrence is a tenured full professor at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music where he conducts the Lamont Symphony Orchestra & Opera Theatre and leads one of the most distinguished and highly sought after graduate conducting programs in the U.S. Lawrence Golan is known for his inspired performances, imaginative programming, passion for developing new audiences, and excellent public speaking skills—entertaining and/or educating 8



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 Golan 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. Following in the footsteps of his father Joseph Golan, longtime principal second violinist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lawrence Golan is also an accomplished violinist. He was concertmaster of the Portland Symphony Orchestra for 11 years, has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, and has made several commercially available recordings as a violinist. 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. Visit or  9


GRAND OPENING OF THE ANTONIA BRICO STAGE Lawrence Golan, conductor Mark Mast, guest conductor Ryan Spencer, trumpet BEETHOVEN   Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b HUMMEL   Trumpet Concerto in E-flat Major WAGNER  Overture to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg BEETHOVEN   Symphony No. 5

NOVEMBER 18, 2016

PULLING OUT ALL THE STOPS Lawrence Golan, conductor Joseph Galema, organ RAVEL   Le Tombeau de Couperin POULENC   Organ Concerto in G Minor SAINT-SAËNS   Symphony No. 3 in C Minor “Organ Symphony”

FEBRUARY 10, 2017


Lawrence Golan, conductor and violin Matthew Zalkind, cello BRAHMS   Double Concerto for Violin & Cello TCHAIKOVSKY   Symphony No. 4

APRIL 7, 2017


Günther Stegmüller, guest conductor Jeremy Reynolds, clarinet MENDELSSOHN   Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage HINDEMITH   Symphonic Metamorphosis on

Themes of Weber WEBER   Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F Minor LISZT   Les Preludes

MAY 25, 2017

WHEN IN ROME Lawrence Golan, conductor Wei Luo, piano

DECEMBER 16, 2016

TCHAIKOVSKY   Capriccio italien

Marc Moncusí, guest conductor Christiana McMullen, soprano

RESPIGHI   Fountains of Rome


MENDELSSOHN   Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor RESPIGHI   Pines of Rome


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RYAN SPENCER TRUMPET Ryan is a professional trumpet player, composer, arranger and educator. He’s in his fourth season as principal with the Denver Philharmonic and has played for 19 years. A member of Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, Stratus Chamber Thanks to my fellow

Orchestra and Pikes Peak Brass Band, he also regularly performs

DPO members for their

with the Denver Brass and was a member of the Colorado Wind

musicianship, time, and efforts in preparing this concert, and express

Ensemble for several years. A student of Alan Hood, Ryan recently graduated from the University of Denver’s Lamont School

my sincere gratitude to

of Music with his Master’s of Music in Trumpet Performance.

Maestro Golan for giving

Other trumpet teachers include the Colorado Symphony’s Justin

me this opportunity to

Bartels and Terry Sawchuk of CU-Boulder; Ryan has studied

perform for you.

composition with Dr. Chris Malloy, John Drumheller, Richard Toensing, Daniel Kellogg and Carter Pann. Ryan maintains an active teaching schedule in the Denver metro area and beyond. He has a growing private studio, where he teaches trumpet, music theory and aural skills. He has been instructor of high brass at the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps (Canton, Ohio) since 2012, and recently celebrated the 2016 Bluecoats’ first-ever DCI championship title in Indianapolis. Throughout Colorado, he works with several marching bands as well as elementary through high school concert music programs. Ryan was a marching member of the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps (Santa Clara, California) from 2007–2008 where he was also a soloist.




Ryan has won several awards, includ-

and won the 2015 Rafael Méndez Brass

ing the CU-Boulder Undergraduate

Institute Mock Audition competition.

Composition Commission Prize, Kappa Kappa Psi Sophomore Honorarium Scholarship, and most recently DU’s award for Outstanding Graduate Student in Performance. He is a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda Honorary Music Fraternity,

Outside of music, Ryan enjoys snowboarding, hiking, camping, sushi and coffee. He plans to remain in Denver long-term to perform and teach music while experiencing all that Colorado has to offer.


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MARK MAST GUEST CONDUCTOR Born in Freudenstadt / Black Forest, Germany, Mark Mast studied music in Heidelberg, Paris and Munich. Early in his career he had the great fortune to meet and study with Leonard Bernstein, who provided a major impetus for his professional development and confidence as a conductor. Soon thereafter, he had the opportunity to interact closely with the renowned Sergiu Celibidache, who became the central influence in Mark’s development as conductor. Mark completed Master Studies under Celibidache’s tutelage from 1987 to 1992. Since 1994, Mark has acted as intendant and artistic director of the Bayerische Philharmonie (Bavarian Philharmonic). From 1998 to 2009, he was musical director of the music theatre festival, Orff-in-Andechs. Since 1998, he has acted as intendant and artistic director of the Schwarzwald Musikfestival. In 2001, he was appointed director of the Sergiu Celibidache Foundation, initiating and organizing for Sergiu Celibidache Festivals in 2002, 2004 and 2006. From 2005 until 2009, he was principal guest conductor of the Moldavian State Philharmony, Iasi. In May 2010, he founded Orff-Tage der Bayerischen Philharmonie in the Prinzregententheater Munich. In 2012, he also became the artistic director of the Sergiu Celibidache 2012 International Festival. In 2008, Mark received the Werner-Egk-Preis Donauwörth for his contributions to cultural life in Bavaria, especially for his engagement for Bavarian composers, such as Werner Egk, Carl Orff, Karl Amadeus Hartmann and Richard Strauss.





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Leonore Overture No. 3, Op 72b Ludwig van Beethoven  (1770–1827) Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany in 1770. His father, who struggled with alcoholism his whole life, was a sometimes brutal task-master when it came to Beethoven’s musical teachings. Beethoven’s first public recital was at age 7.5 — although his father announced him as only 6, thus causing some confusion Beethoven met an

for Beethoven later in life about his own age. His first published

11-year-old Franz

composition of a set of piano variations came at age 12. And his

Liszt, who went on to

first paid position was at at age 14 as the assistant court organist

write versions of all of

of the Electorate of Cologne.

Beethoven’s symphonies for piano solo.

In 1792, he went to Vienna, where he studied with Haydn, Salieri, and Albrechtsberger. By the turn of the century at the age of 30, Beethoven confessed to close friends that he was going deaf. Despite what may seem  23

impossible odds, his most famous works

years to develop. He wrote a total of four

were composed during the last 10 years

different overtures; the third emerged as

of his life, when he was completely deaf.

a standalone work that is often performed

These works included his Ninth Symphony,

by symphony orchestras, as we are doing

one of the most widely recognized pieces

this evening.

of classical music to this day. While he had many personal struggles leaving him miserable and alone for much of his adult life, Beethoven is widely accepted as the most important musical figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras.

The opera’s story centers around Leonore, who disguises herself as a young man to rescue her husband from prison where he has been held for political reasons. After the final version of Fidelio was released, Beethoven is known to have


revealed to colleagues that he was

Beethoven’s only opera, Leonore (later

dissatisfied with it. Audiences, however,

re-worked and re-titled Fidelio), took 10

continue to love Fidelio and Leonore’s third overture.

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Trumpet Concerto in E-Flat Major Johann Nepomuk Hummel  (1778–1837) Johann Nepomuk Hummel was an Austrian composer first known for piano performance and compositions. Starting at age 8, he studied with Mozart, giving his first performance at one of Mozart’s concerts when he was 9 years old. He also studied with Haydn, who composed a piano sonata for him in 1791. During Beethoven’s time in Vienna, Hummel became a colleague and friend. Hummel is German for ‘bumblebee.’ Duration: 17 minutes

While Hummel has not made it into the group of composers very widely known today, he was very well regarded during his time, and held prestigious positions in the Esterhazy court, such as Konzertmeister (concertmaster) and Kapellmeister (the guy in charge of music-making), which he essentially took over for Haydn. Unlike Beethoven, who bridged the gap from the Classical into the Romantic era, Hummel was firmly rooted in the classical tradition for his compositions.

ABOUT THE MUSIC While the bulk of Hummel’s compositions were for piano, his Trumpet Concerto has continued to be quite popular. It was originally written for Anton Weidinger, the creator of the valved


trumpet — what we currently see as an

In form, the piece conforms to the

ordinary trumpet. This invention opened

standard three movement format of

up many possibilities, including the ability

most concertos. The majestic opening

to play chromatic scales throughout the

movement, Allegro, is in sonata form. The

instrument’s range, which was also extend-

middle movement, Andante, is slow and

ed by the additional of valves.

lyrical, and showcases the softer colors of

Premiered on New Year’s Day in 1804, the concerto was originally composed in E Major, but soon thereafter was transposed to E-Flat Major, thus making it easier for

the instrument. Allegro moto, the third and final movement, begins without a gap after the second movement (attaca), and is a fast, virtuosic ride to the end.

the soloist to play (although a bit more difficult for the accompanying strings!).

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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. This historic building, the third in the church’s 150-year 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, the hand-painted facade pipes are from the original organ built in 1892. On Sunday mornings at Central,

downtown community, including the

the music of the classical masters

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the basement just below your feet,

music and spirituals, shape-note

the Central Visitation Program on

hymns performed in the Sacred

the third floor of this building, and

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the Metro Caring hunger relief center

everything in between. With a strong

and the Colfax Community Network.

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Tune in to radio station KPOF (AM 910) from 7 – 10 pm on Sunday, October 9 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. For more than 50 years, the Pillar of Fire Church 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.




Overture to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Richard Wagner  (1813–1883) German composer Richard Wagner was born in Leipzig. During his youth, he was exposed to theatre by his stepfather and composed his first opera Die Feen (The Fairies) at age 20. Throughout his lifetime, he composed 13 full-length operas and authored all of his own libretti (which is the lyrics, like a screenplay for an opera). One of Wagner’s best-known compositional Wagner’s full Ring Cycle of four operas takes 17 hours to perform! If that

contributions to classical music is his use of the leitmotif. These small snippets are melodic themes representing characters, and recur throughout each opera. For a more modern example of

sounds long though,

the use of leitmotifs, check out the wildly popular PBS series

all six Hobbit and Lord

Downton Abbey — it’s full of them!

of the Rings films total about 20 hours. Duration: 9 minutes

ABOUT THE MUSIC The plot of the opera Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (The Master-Singers of Nuremberg) is a lighthearted one, and Wagner’s only attempt at a comedic opera. A young woman is to be the prize of the winner of a contest by the mastersingers, and tells this to Walther, a young knight. Many hoped to win the contest with their song, drama and conflict ensues, but young love prevails when Walther wins Eva’s hand. The overture was composed before Wagner wrote the opera, which didn’t premiere until 1868. It was written during a train trip in 1862 and served as a sketch of what was to come. This optimistic and stately piece introduces themes for the mastersingers and apprentices, as well as Walther’s prize song. The thematic material is stitched together so seamlessly though, that the piece can stand alone without the opera, as most of Wagner’s overtures do.


Symphony No. 5 in C Major Ludwig van Beethoven  (1770–1827) Premiered December 22, 1808, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony was played during the second half of the concert; his Sixth was on the first half of the program. After the immense popularity of his Third Symphony, Eroica, the Fifth and Sixth had a lot to live up to. The premiere was with an underprepared orchestra that only rehearsed once, in a hall that Much of Beethoven's most famous repertoire was written after he went deaf. Duration: 31 minutes

was cold, for an audience that grew exhausted by the end of the lengthy program. As a result, the piece didn’t receive critical accolades. However, within the next few years, the piece received praise and developed a following. Today, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony is often performed at inaugural concerts. We are keeping with this tradition by performing it for you tonight at our inaugural concert on the Antonia Brico Stage.

STRUCTURE AND THEORY Perhaps the most widely recognized motif in classical music today: Da-Da-Da-Dun! The short-short-short-long pattern appears all over the first movement, including through a technique known as inversion. 30




The ‘long’ in the pattern is a lower pitch

restate a variation of the first theme. Keep

than the ‘short-short-short.’ Inversion

listening for the many different ways that

would use the same rhythmic pattern,

Beethoven writes each theme!

but have the shorts leading to a higher

In the third movement, Beethoven adds a

pitched ‘long.’ Listen closely — you will

fresh perspective to the more traditional

hear short-short-short-long examples throughout the entire symphony. The first movement is structured in Sonata Form, the predominant structure in instrumental music between the Classical and 20th Century eras of music. The second movement is a slower, lyrical contrast to the opening movement, and is of the Theme & Variation form (playing many variations of a central theme). Unlike a typical theme & variation, this movement actually contains variations on two themes. The first theme is stated by the low strings, who are soon joined by the upper strings, and accompanied by the winds. A short second theme follows, after which the winds and brass

Minuet & Trio form (ternary), implementing instead a Scherzo & Trio. Returning to our home key of C minor, you’ll certainly also notice a return of our short-shortshort-long motif. The final movement, also in a version of sonata form, follows the third without pause (attaca). Some have alluded to the short-shortshort-long motif representing fate knocking at the door. This triumphant movement is in C major (rather than the expected C minor of the first movement), and contains a long concluding passage making it exciting to the last note.

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CONCERT ETIQUETT If you are attending your first (or 300th) classical music concert, below are some frequently asked questions to help make your experience more enjoyable. BE COMFORTABLE


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 became tradition to wait until the end of

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

the piece to clap, with the audience sitting silent between movements.

passage of music. If you can’t, or you

At the DPO, we welcome both traditions.

begin to cough a lot, don’t worry — it’s

If you prefer to wait for the end of a piece

perfectly acceptable and appropriate to

to clap, please do. Some movements are

quietly exit the concert hall. Remember to

fiery and end in such a flare that you may

unwrap cough drops before the concert so

feel compelled to clap — go for it! After

you don’t create crackling noises.

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!






The rumors are true — we’re pretty

Feel free to tweet along with us

informal. But we do ask that you sit tight

@denverphilorch, post to Facebook or

and quiet during the performance and

take photos without flash. Upload your

only get up between pieces or during in-

pics and comments online — and be sure

termission as to not distract the musicians

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

or concert-goers around you.

Instagram @denverphilorch #dpotweets



You’re welcome to bring a water bottle

Rules, rules, rules — we know, it can be

into the hall, but remember “Trail Rules”

overwhelming. The most important rule of

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

all is to have fun and enjoy yourself. And

trash too!)

then tell all your friends and come back 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 Melissa, Nico, Sarah, Annie and Albert — MELISSA BARRU

Day Job: Architect and Planner


Pop Culture Obsession: Bernie’s Birdie

Seasons with DPO: 4

Favorite Classical Piece: Bach Partitas

Undergrad: Music Education from

Hometown: Denver

University of Northern Colorado

My First Musical Lesson Was… Twinkle

Master’s: Violin Performance University of

Twinkle Little Star at age 9


Musical Fantasy: Composing my own

Day Job: Lesson teacher, elementary

violin concerto and performing it in a

orchestra teacher

concert hall which I designed!

Favorite Classical Piece: Tchaikovsky violin concerto


Musical Guilty Pleasure: Taylor Swift


My First Musical Lesson Was…: On piano!

Seasons with DPO: 1

With my grandma :)

Other Instruments: Piano, ukulele, kazoo

Favorite thing to do in Denver: Ride my bike!

Undergrad: Wheaton College, B.A. Music


School, M.A.T. Education


Day Job: Teaching sixth grade math

Seasons with DPO: 20

Strange But True: I have an extra bone in

Undergrad: U.C. Boulder

my right foot

Master’s: M.I.T.

Loves To Hate: I-25 traffic

Master’s: Wheaton College Graduate




HT Favorite Classical Piece: “Symphony

My First Musical Lesson Was… Piano in

No. 2” by Howard Hanson

first grade

Hometown: Huntsville, Alabama

My favorite song: Amazing Grace



Seasons with DPO: 17

Seasons with DPO: 4

Undergrad: B.A. Psychology, Sciences,

Undergrad: Stanford, BS in Chemistry


Doctoral: UT Southwestern Medical

Day Job: Manufacture large animal

School with MD; and Baylor College of


Medicine, PhD in Cell Biology

Strange But True: I come from a long line

Day Job: Retired Family Medicine Physician

of obstetricians

Hates To Love: Practicing

Loves To Hate: Only good spider is a

Favorite Classical Piece: Dvorak


dead spider


“American” Quartet

Hates To Love: Pokemon Go (On Level 2)

Musical Guilty Pleasure: Country Banjo

Pop Culture Obsession: Freddie Mercury

Birthplace: Taipei, Taiwan

Favorite Composer: Beethoven

Hometown: Arlington, Texas

Musical Guilty Pleasure: Love me some

I Wish I Was… Better at video games

Hillbilly music on occasion. Loud.

Favorite thing to do in Denver: Finding

Hometown: Ottawa, Kansas

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Donations since January 1, 2016

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



Liza Ranftle & Richard Casson

Valerie & Gilmour Clausen

Cori Streetman


Naioma Walberg



German American Chamber of Commerce & German Cultural Foundation

(UP TO $99)

Linda Lebsack & Hugh Pitcher

Brio Gold, Inc.

PATRON ($500–$999) Anonymous CoBank Sarah & Matthew Hogan Dan & Steph Lagerborg U.S. Bank Foundation Katherine & Ben Vagher

BENEFACTOR ($300–$499) Russell Klein

CONTRIBUTOR ($100–$299) Eleanor Glover Judy & Ed Hagerman Michael & Patricia Meaux Carolyn & Gary Medland Jon Olafson Kathleen Porter 38


Amazon Smile Foundation Robert Collins Stephen Dreher Kira van Lil James McCall Dorothy L. Nelson Lesley Reeder

GOLD PARTNERS David Sherman Creative Ligature Creative Group

SILVER PARTNERS Access Cottrell Printing Company, Inc. Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, PC Newberry Brothers Greenhouse & Florist The Pillar of Fire Church

COMMUNITY PARTNERS New Genesis, Inc. Purple Door Coffee Ursula Brewery 16–17 


Music sounds better when you know more. Listen, study, enjoy—with CPR Classical.

“Music Forward” Saturdays at 7 p.m. on CPR Classical Explore music of the past century through musician interviews and discussion of Colorado’s contemporary performances.


IT TAKES A COMMUN We are a community-driven orchestra, and we survive with support from our patrons and local businesses. Help us make music with a tax-deductible contribution today. Give safely online at INDIVIDUAL GIVING


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up to $99



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NOVEMBER 18, 2016

PULLING OUT ALL THE STOPS THE WALLS WILL SING. Originally installed in 1893, Central Presbyterian’s beautiful, hand-painted pipe organ is the centerpiece at Pulling Out All the Stops on November 18. Showcasing local organist Joseph Galema, the concert features the Organ Concerto by Francis Poulenc and Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Organ Symphony.” The evening opens with Maurice Ravel’s bright and lyrical celebration of life Le Tombeau de Couperin. Lawrence Golan, conductor Joseph Galema, organ

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW! DENVERPHILHARMONIC.ORG Pulling Out All The Stops November 18, 7:30pm Antonia Brico Stage Central Presbyterian Church

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Denver Philharmonic Orchestra September 30, 2016 Concert Program  

Lawrence Golan, conductor Mark Mast, guest conductor Ryan Spencer, trumpet BEETHOVEN: Leonore Overture No. 3 HUMMEL: Trumpet Concerto in E-...

Denver Philharmonic Orchestra September 30, 2016 Concert Program  

Lawrence Golan, conductor Mark Mast, guest conductor Ryan Spencer, trumpet BEETHOVEN: Leonore Overture No. 3 HUMMEL: Trumpet Concerto in E-...