Mars and Life in the Universe @ Fiske Planetarium
Oct 9 @ 7:30 pm

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.

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.

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.


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…

Glitter! Gala @ Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport
Nov 3 @ 5:30 pm

We invite you to join the Boulder Philharmonic and Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras in a perfect evening of music, glamour, and optimism.

Oh, Happy We!

On November 3, we will transform a hangar at the Rocky Mountain Metro Airport into the Best of All Possible Worlds. Delight in delicious catering from Three Leaf Concepts and an equally sumptuous slate of thrilling instrumental and operatic performances. Rub shoulders with special guest, violinist Midori, thrill to the sounds of the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras’ up-and-coming instrumentalists, and revel in soprano Rose Sawvel’s rendition of Glitter and Be Gay.

Each ticket sold to this sparkling celebration will help Make Our Garden Grow―benefiting performance education across the Greater Boulder area, and sparking the next generation of musical artists.


Glitter! Tickets


Sponsorships available! Click here to learn more

Glitter! Committee
Susan Olenwine, chair

Lari Abraham
Christopher Brauchli
Joan Brett
Heather Dupre
David Fulker
Rich Irvin
Jane Houssiere
Patricia Read
Karyn Sawyer
Cynthia Weeks Rosengren

For more information, contact Director of Development Eve Orenstein at 303.443.0542 or eve@boulderphil.org

Event of Note: An Intimate Evening with Garrick Ohlsson @ Private Home
Jan 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Event of Note: An Intimate Evening with Garrick Ohlsson @ Private Home | Boulder | Colorado | United States

With a world-class career spanning four decades, Garrick Ohlsson has been described as “producing a sound so lush it glistens.” Experience one of the greats of our time in an exceptional, intimate setting.

Event of Note: Mary Wilson, American Soprano @ The Chapel at The Academy
Feb 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Event of Note: Mary Wilson, American Soprano @ The Chapel at The Academy | Boulder | Colorado | United States

Mary Wilson’s crystalline, coloratura soprano has been described as “ethereal and otherworldly.” This recital with piano will feature Mozart and Handel arias as well as songs by Bernstein, Schubert, Schumann, and more.