Past Concerts


Saturday, September 7, 2013—7:30 PM
St. Luke’s Methodist Church, Highlands Ranch

Sunday, September 8, 2013—7 PM
Macky Auditorium, CU Campus, Boulder

BENJAMIN BRITTEN    Four Sea Interludes from “Peter Grimes”
JEFFREY NYTCH    Symphony No. 1 (“Formations“)  WORLD PREMIERE    
PIOTR TCHAIKOVSKY    Piano Concerto No. 1   

Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra
Michael Butterman, Music Director

Inon Barnatan, Piano

A musical “surf & turf”—Britten’s colorful seascapes evoke the cold North Atlantic while the world premiere of Boulder composer Jeffrey Nytch’s “Formations” Symphony draws inspiration from Colorado’s geology. It’s ‘rock music’ of a different kind! This world premiere is co-commissioned by the Geological Society of America, with support from ExxonMobil. After intermission, Inon Barnatan brings his award-winning combination of artistry and virtuosity to Macky’s stage for the first time.

Program Notes


Listen to the "Formations" Symphony in full below:

1st movement - "Orogenies"


2nd movement - "Rush!"

3rd movement - "Requiems"

4th movement - "Majesties"

Michael Butterman on KGNU's 'A Classic Monday' with Ron Nadel:

Read an interview with Jeff Nytch, "Composer of Deep Time," published in Nature Magazine

Learn more about the "Formations" Symphony in these behind-the-scenes video blogs:
1st movement - "Orogenies" 
2nd movement - "Rush!"
3rd movement - "Requiems"
4th movement - "Majesties"

Audio interview with Jeffrey Nytch by Jim Fricker:


6 PM - FREE Pre-Concert Talk at Macky with composer Jeffrey Nytch and executive director Kevin Shuck (note different time for Sunday's concert)

Co-commissioned by:
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Sponsored by:
ExxonMobil logo

This work was funded in part by the Composer Assistance Program of New Music USA.

Info on the Consortium Project

Musical Geology Hike: Symphony in Stone
Sat. April 12, 2014, 12:30 – 3:30 PM (rescheduled following flood)

The Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra recently performed the world premiere of Jeffrey Nytch’s First Symphony, “Formations,” which draws inspiration from Colorado’s fascinating geology. Visit some of those rock formations  – and meet the composer in person - with Open Space and Mountain Parks naturalist Dave Sutherland, who will lead you on a journey into Boulder’s past with wild stories that include dinosaurs, glaciers, vast swamps, oceans and ancient mountain ranges now vanished into the dust of time. As an added bonus, we’ll play some excerpts from the orchestral work. 2.5 miles, 400 feet elevation gain. Meet on the north side of NCAR at the Walter Orr Roberts trailhead.

Inon Barnatan, piano
Inon Barnatan | Bio  video button

Jeffrey Nytch, composer

Formations Artwork
Original artwork by iconic Boulder artist Steve Lowtwait depicting the four movements of the "Formations" Symphony.
Look for it on busses around town!


Jeffrey Nytch, composer
Jeffrey Nytch has built a diverse career as a composer, teacher, performer, arts administrator, and consultant. He has also run a small business, co-founded a non-profit service organization in Houston, performed a wide range of repertoire as a vocalist, and served five years as Managing Director of The Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, one of the nation’s premiere new music ensembles. In 2009 he joined the faculty of The University of Colorado-Boulder, where he serves as Director of The Entrepreneurship Center for Music. He earned his Bachelors degree from Franklin & Marshall College and Masters and Doctoral degrees from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. Since then, his compositions have been performed throughout the United States and Europe by many major artists, and he has released several recordings on the MMC and Koch International Labels. In addition to teaching, composing and performing, he maintains a career as an organizational and programming consultant to music schools and arts groups.

Inon Barnatan, piano
Pianist Inon Barnatan has rapidly gained international recognition for engaging and communicative performances that pair insightful interpretation with impeccable technique. Described by London’s Evening Standard as “a true poet of the keyboard,” Barnatan performs a diverse range of repertoire, encompassing both classical and contemporary composers, with the variety of the pieces he performs reflected in his being equally valued as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician.

Since moving to the United States in 2006, Mr. Barnatan has made his orchestral debuts with the Cleveland Orchestra and the Houston, Philadelphia, and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras, and has performed in New York at Carnegie Hall, the 92nd Street Y, the Metropolitan Museum and Alice Tully Hall. In 2009 he was awarded a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, an honor reflecting the strong impression he has made on the American music scene in such a short period of time.

In addition to his American appearances, Mr. Barnatan has appeared as a soloist with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of New Europe, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and a tour with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields as a conductor and soloist.

An avid chamber musician, Mr. Barnatan recently completed three seasons as a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two program. Other chamber music performances include the complete Beethoven piano and violin sonatas at the Concertgebouw, the Bergen International Festival in Norway, the Vancouver Chamber Music Festival, the Delft and the Verbier Festivals and the Lyon Musicades. His rigorous U.S. festival schedule has included a broad range of concerts at the Spoleto Festival USA, the Aspen and Bridgehampton Music Festivals, and the Santa Fe and Seattle Chamber Music Festivals. He has collaborated with musicians such as Liza Ferschtman, Miriam Fried, Martin Fröst, Gary Hoffman, Janine Jansen, the Jerusalem String Quartet, Ralph Kirshbaum, Cho-Liang Lin, Paul Neubauer and Alisa Weilerstein. 

Born in Tel Aviv in 1979, Inon Barnatan started playing the piano at the age of three after his parents discovered he had perfect pitch, and he made his orchestral debut at eleven. His studies connect him to some of the 20th century’s most illustrious pianists and teachers: he studied with Professor Victor Derevianko, who himself studied with the Russian master Heinrich Neuhaus, and in 1997 he moved to London to study at the Royal Academy of Music with Maria Curcio –  who was a student of the legendary Artur Schnabel – and with Christopher Elton. Leon Fleisher has also been an influential teacher and mentor and in 2004 he invited Mr. Barnatan to study and perform Schubert sonatas as part of a Carnegie Hall workshop, an experience that has had a lasting resonance for Mr. Barnatan. In 2006 Mr. Barnatan moved to New York City, where he currently resides in a converted warehouse in Harlem. 


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