Oct
13
Sat
Infinite Space at Macky @ Macky Auditorum
Oct 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra
Michael Butterman, conductor

MONTGOMERY Starburst
STEPHENSON Celestial Suite
HOLST The Planets

We honor the 100th anniversary of the first performance of Holst’s epic suite, The Planets, with The New Live’s unique visual reimagining that explores the emotional context of a piece written during the depths of World War I. Our Open Space season blasts off with Jessie Montgomery’s exuberant Starburst and continues with James Stephenson’s Celestial Suite, inspired by pioneering astronomers throughout history, accompanied by images from space.

6:30 PM – Free pre-concert talk hosted by Marilyn Cooley of Colorado Public Radio, with Music Director Michael Butterman; astronomer Kyle Kremer; Dr. David Brain of CU’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics; and other guests.

Note:  This concert will also be performed on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2 PM at Pinnacle PAC (without video projections for The Planets)  |  more info


Sponsored by
Anonymous
Nancy Clairmont & Bob Braudes
Suzanne & David Hoover
Beatriz & Juan Roederer




Musical Hikes – Oct. 5, 11 & 12

Click here for more information on the Meet the Planets Musical Hikes – free and open to the public.


Mars and Life in the Universe – Oct. 9, 7:30 PM

Fiske Planetarium, CU Campus, Boulder
Free and open to the public

Inspired by Holst’s The Planets and other works on the upcoming Boulder Phil October “Infinite Space” concerts, Dr. David Brain from LASP and the CU Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences joins Michael Butterman at Fiske Planetarium for a special interdisciplinary event!

Mars Attacks. John Carter. Total Recall. War of the Worlds. Mars has long held a special place in popular culture as a possible place for alien life. We now know that life like that depicted in these stories doesn’t exist on Mars – but Mars is nevertheless highly relevant to our search for life and our place in the Universe. We will use the world-class Fiske Planetarium to view Mars in the night sky, fly to Mars and view spacecraft data, and gain a sense of where other habitable planets in our galaxy might be located.  Throughout the program, we’ll also hear music inspired in various ways by “Infinite Space” and humankind’s ongoing quest to understand the universe we call home.


About Jessie Montgomery, composer

Jessie Montgomery is a violinist, composer and music educator from New York City. She performs and gives workshops in the US and abroad and her compositions are being performed by orchestras and chamber groups throughout the country.

Jessie began her violin studies, at the Third Street Music School Settlement, one of the oldest community organizations in the country. Upon graduating with her Bachelor’s degree from the Juilliard School in Violin Performance in 2003, she joined forces with Community MusicWorks in Providence, Rhode Island, a nationally recognized leader in community development and music education. With this appointment came her first experience as a professional chamber musician as a member of the Providence String Quartet. She continued her chamber music endeavors as a founding member of PUBLIQuartet, a string quartet made up of composers and arrangers, featuring their own music as well as that of emerging and established contemporary composers. Since 2012 she has held post as a member of the highly acclaimed Catalyst Quartet, raved by The New York Times as “invariably energetic and finely burnished…performing with earthly vigor,” touring regularly in the US and abroad. Most recently she has become a collaborator with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silkroad Ensemble and will tour with them in the 2018-19 season.

Since 1999, Jessie has been affiliated with The Sphinx Organization, which supports the accomplishments of young African-American and Latino string players. As a member of the Sphinx network she has played numerous roles within the organization, as a teacher, juror, orchestra member and concertmaster, panelist and ambassador, as well as being a two-time laureate in their annual competition. Jessie was also Composer-in-Residence with the Sphinx Virtuosi, a conductor-less string orchestra which toured her music for three seasons. www.jessiemontgomery.com


About James Stephenson, composer

Leading American orchestras, instrumentalists, and wind ensembles around the world have performed the music of Chicago-based composer James M. Stephenson, both to critical acclaim and the delight of audiences. The Boston Herald raved about “straightforward, unabashedly beautiful sounds,” suggesting “Stephenson deserves to be heard again and again!” A formal sense of melody and tonality characterize his music, each embedded in a contemporary soundscape.

Most recently, Charles Vernon, Chicago Symphony bass trombonist, asked Stephenson to write a new concerto, a work to be premiered in their 2018-19 season under the direction of Riccardo Muti. A second bass trombone concerto will receive its orchestral premiere with the St. Louis Symphony and soloist Gerry Pagano in 2017. The 2017-18 season included a new “low brass concerto” with the Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä.

The Devil’s Tale (2013), a sequel to Stravinsky’s famous “Soldier’s Tale” has become a highlight of Stephenson’s extensive chamber music output, having already garnered much critical praise for its recent recording (“a most remarkable work” – Fanfare Magazine) and numerous performances at noteworthy venues such as Ravinia and Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center.

James M. Stephenson came late to his full-time composing career, having performed 17 seasons as a trumpeter in the Naples Philharmonic in Florida. As such, the composer is largely self-taught, making his voice truly individual and his life’s work all the more remarkable. As his catalog grew, so did his reputation. That catalog now boasts concertos and sonatas for nearly every instrument, earning him the moniker “The Concerto King” from Chicago Symphony clarinetist John Yeh. The vast majority of those compositions came through commissions by and for major symphony principal players, in Chicago, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Minnesota, Washington DC, St. Louis, Oregon, Milwaukee, and Dallas, among others. www.composerjim.com

Oct
14
Sun
Event of Note: Back to School Brunch @ Private Home
Oct 14 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Event of Note: Back to School Brunch @ Private Home | Boulder | Colorado | United States

Enjoy an elegant brunch with Michael Butterman at this delightful event supporting the Phil’s education programs. Featuring performances by Boulder Phil musicians and lively conversation about education program goals, growth, and ongoing community impact.

Infinite Space at Pinnacle PAC @ Pinnacle Performing Arts Complex
Oct 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra
Michael Butterman, conductor

MONTGOMERY Starburst
STEPHENSON Celestial Suite
HOLST The Planets

We honor the 100th anniversary of the first performance of Holst’s epic suite, The Planets. Our Open Space season blasts off with Jessie Montgomery’s exuberant Starburst and continues with James Stephenson’s Celestial Suite, inspired by pioneering astronomers throughout history, accompanied by images from space.

Note: This concert does not include The Planets Reimagined video projections.



Sponsored by
Anonymous
Nancy Clairmont & Bob Braudes
Suzanne & David Hoover
Beatriz & Juan Roederer



Musical Hikes – Oct. 5, 11 & 12

Click here for more information on the Meet the Planets Musical Hikes – free and open to the public.


Mars and Life in the Universe – Oct. 9, 7:30 PM

Fiske Planetarium, CU Campus, Boulder
Free and open to the public

Inspired by Holst’s The Planets and other works on the upcoming Boulder Phil October “Infinite Space” concerts, Dr. David Brain from LASP and the CU Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences joins Michael Butterman at Fiske Planetarium for a special interdisciplinary event!

Mars Attacks. John Carter. Total Recall. War of the Worlds. Mars has long held a special place in popular culture as a possible place for alien life. We now know that life like that depicted in these stories doesn’t exist on Mars – but Mars is nevertheless highly relevant to our search for life and our place in the Universe. We will use the world-class Fiske Planetarium to view Mars in the night sky, fly to Mars and view spacecraft data, and gain a sense of where other habitable planets in our galaxy might be located.  Throughout the program, we’ll also hear music inspired in various ways by “Infinite Space” and humankind’s ongoing quest to understand the universe we call home.


About Jessie Montgomery, composer

Jessie Montgomery is a violinist, composer and music educator from New York City. She performs and gives workshops in the US and abroad and her compositions are being performed by orchestras and chamber groups throughout the country.

Jessie began her violin studies, at the Third Street Music School Settlement, one of the oldest community organizations in the country. Upon graduating with her Bachelor’s degree from the Juilliard School in Violin Performance in 2003, she joined forces with Community MusicWorks in Providence, Rhode Island, a nationally recognized leader in community development and music education. With this appointment came her first experience as a professional chamber musician as a member of the Providence String Quartet. She continued her chamber music endeavors as a founding member of PUBLIQuartet, a string quartet made up of composers and arrangers, featuring their own music as well as that of emerging and established contemporary composers. Since 2012 she has held post as a member of the highly acclaimed Catalyst Quartet, raved by The New York Times as “invariably energetic and finely burnished…performing with earthly vigor,” touring regularly in the US and abroad. Most recently she has become a collaborator with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silkroad Ensemble and will tour with them in the 2018-19 season.

Since 1999, Jessie has been affiliated with The Sphinx Organization, which supports the accomplishments of young African-American and Latino string players. As a member of the Sphinx network she has played numerous roles within the organization, as a teacher, juror, orchestra member and concertmaster, panelist and ambassador, as well as being a two-time laureate in their annual competition. Jessie was also Composer-in-Residence with the Sphinx Virtuosi, a conductor-less string orchestra which toured her music for three seasons. www.jessiemontgomery.com


About James Stephenson, composer

Leading American orchestras, instrumentalists, and wind ensembles around the world have performed the music of Chicago-based composer James M. Stephenson, both to critical acclaim and the delight of audiences. The Boston Herald raved about “straightforward, unabashedly beautiful sounds,” suggesting “Stephenson deserves to be heard again and again!” A formal sense of melody and tonality characterize his music, each embedded in a contemporary soundscape.

Most recently, Charles Vernon, Chicago Symphony bass trombonist, asked Stephenson to write a new concerto, a work to be premiered in their 2018-19 season under the direction of Riccardo Muti. A second bass trombone concerto will receive its orchestral premiere with the St. Louis Symphony and soloist Gerry Pagano in 2017. The 2017-18 season included a new “low brass concerto” with the Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä.

The Devil’s Tale (2013), a sequel to Stravinsky’s famous “Soldier’s Tale” has become a highlight of Stephenson’s extensive chamber music output, having already garnered much critical praise for its recent recording (“a most remarkable work” – Fanfare Magazine) and numerous performances at noteworthy venues such as Ravinia and Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center.

James M. Stephenson came late to his full-time composing career, having performed 17 seasons as a trumpeter in the Naples Philharmonic in Florida. As such, the composer is largely self-taught, making his voice truly individual and his life’s work all the more remarkable. As his catalog grew, so did his reputation. That catalog now boasts concertos and sonatas for nearly every instrument, earning him the moniker “The Concerto King” from Chicago Symphony clarinetist John Yeh. The vast majority of those compositions came through commissions by and for major symphony principal players, in Chicago, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Minnesota, Washington DC, St. Louis, Oregon, Milwaukee, and Dallas, among others. www.composerjim.com

Oct
16
Tue
Free Chamber Concert at the Library @ Canyon Theater at the Boulder Public Library
Oct 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Free Chamber Concert at the Library @ Canyon Theater at the Boulder Public Library | Boulder | Colorado | United States

This free event is part of the Third Tuesday Lunchtime Concert Series at the Boulder Public Library’s Canyon Theater, generously sponsored by the Boulder Library Foundation.

On October 16, the Boulder Phil Brass Quintet presents Dvořák, Albeniz and more in collaboration with Boulder Ballet.

 

Oct
28
Sun
Musical Hike: The Secret of Wind and Birds @ East Boulder Community Center
Oct 28 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am

The Boulder Phil and the City of Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks (OSMP) have created an ongoing collaboration to connect community members with the natural world through music. This partnership includes guided musical hikes designed to complement specific works to be performed by the Boulder Phil. The hikes are free and open to the public.

On Nov. 4, the Boulder Phil will play composer Tan Dun’s intriguing work Passacaglia: Secret of Wind and Birds. Throughout the piece, the orchestra emulates the sounds of the wind, ocean and bird songs in surprising ways (and audience members’ smartphones also get involved)! Join City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks naturalist Dave Sutherland for a pre-concert hike to explore this imaginative music, as well as other composers who have captured the essence of wind, water and birds. Meet at the East Boulder Community Center.  details

Oct
31
Wed
Midori Orchestra Residencies Program @ Various locations around Boulder
Oct 31 @ 10:00 am – Nov 5 @ 8:00 pm
Midori Orchestra Residencies Program @ Various locations around Boulder

The Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra will collaborate with Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras and the Midori Orchestra Residencies Program (ORP) to bring the outstanding violinist and educator Midori to Boulder for a five-day immersive residency during the 2018-19 season. Through a competitive selection process, the Boulder Phil and GBYO were chosen from a national pool of applicants to host the residency this year and are committed to maximizing the community impact and cultural value of the residency for Boulder residents.

Throughout her career, Midori has been devoted to working with youth and communities in a way that few performing artists of her caliber can claim. Through the ORP, she visits one or two mid-sized communities each year to share her impressive artistry and inclusive vision of the vital role that music and the arts can play – not only in the concert hall, but across the entire community and in the life of every citizen.

While in Boulder, Midori will perform concerts with both the Boulder Phil and with GBYO at Macky Auditorium, engage in numerous community-facing events focused on youth and civic engagement, and participate in a world premiere of a work composed especially for the residency by Daniel Kellogg.

MIDORI RESIDENCY HIGHLIGHTS

OCT. 31 THROUGH NOV. 5 ― Civic meetings and presentations, string teacher workshop, master classes, community play-in
NOV. 3, 5:30 PM ― “Glitter” Gala to benefit the Boulder Phil and GBYO | more info
NOV. 4, 7 PM at Macky ― Midori plays the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Boulder Phil | buy tickets
NOV. 5, 6 PM at Macky ― Midori plays the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto (Mvt. 3), with GBYO, plus a world premiere by Daniel Kellogg | buy tickets

More info coming soon…