Past Concerts


St. Luke's Methodist Church, Highlands Ranch*

Macky Auditorium, CU Campus, Boulder
Please note day & earlier start time for Opening Night in Boulder!

Gabriela Martinez and Charles Wetherbee

Gates of the ArcticBoulder Philharmonic Orchestra
Michael Butterman, Music Director

STEPHEN LIAS      Gates of the Arctic    
World premiere complemented by stunning visual images, in honor of the 50th Anniversary of America's Wilderness Act

SAINT-SAËNS    Piano Concerto No. 2  Listen

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV       Scheherazade  Listen

A feast for the senses! Gorgeous photos complement a world premiere by "adventurer-composer"
Stephen Lias inspired by Gates of the Arctic National Park in Alaska. Then Venezuelan sensationGabriela Martinez joins the Phil for a blazing concerto by Saint-Saens and we celebrate the arrival of new concertmaster Charles Wetherbee, as he leads us into the sensual sound world of Scheherazade.

* Please note: The Saturday, September 13 performance in Highlands Ranch will feature 2014 Young Artist Concerto Competition winner Aris Doike performing the Finale of Dvorak's Cello Concerto, in place of guest artist Gabriela Martinez. This performance benefits the programs of St. Luke's Methodist Church in Guatemala and will have no intermission. Support is provided by Douglas County SCFD.

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Sunday, September 14, 6 PM - FREE Pre-Concert Talk
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Piano recital and reception with Gabriela Martinez in an intimate private home setting. Thursday, September 11, 7-9 PM. More details



Stephen Lias has become increasingly focused on being an adventurer-composer. His passion for wilderness and outdoor pursuits has led to a growing series of works about the national parks of the US. He has had residencies at Rocky Mountain, Denali, Glacier Bay, and Gates of the Arctic National Parks, and has written over a dozen park-related pieces that have been premiered at conferences and festivals in such places as Colorado, Texas, Sydney, and Taiwan. His compositions have been performed around the world by soloists and ensembles including the Louisiana Sinfonietta, XPlorium Ensemble, the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival Orchestra, and the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin. Lias also leads music composition field seminars for Alaska Geographic, the official non-profit partner of many national parks, wildlife refuges, and national forests in Alaska. He currently resides in Texas where he is a Professor of Composition at Stephen F. Austin State University.


Lauded by The New York Times as “compelling, elegant, and incisive,” Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Martinez is quickly establishing a reputation and earning praise as a versatile artist who combines “panache and poetry” (Dallas Morning News) with a “sense of grace and clarity” (The Star Ledger).


Ms. Martinez has already amassed an impressive list of recital, concerto, and chamber music performance credits. Since making her orchestral debut at age 7, she has appeared as soloist with orchestras such as the Chicago, Houston, New Jersey, Fort Worth, Pacific and San Francisco Symphonies; with the Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, MDR Rundfunkorchester, Nurnberger Philharmoniker, and Symphonisches Staatsorchester Halle in Germany; and regularly performs with the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra. She has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and Alice Tully Hall (New York); Grosses Festspielhaus (Salzburg); Semperoper (Dresden); Tivoli Gardens (Copenhagen); Palace of Versailles (Paris); Festival dei Due Mondi (Spoleto); Verbier Festival (Switzerland); Mostly Mozart, Ravinia, and Rockport festivals (U.S.A.); Festival de Radio France et Montpellier; and Tokyo International Music Festival.


An avid chamber musician, Ms. Martinez has collaborated with numerous musicians and ensembles including Itzhak Perlman, Carter Brey, and the Takács and Calder quartets. Passionate about contemporary music, she regularly includes performances and world premieres by living composers. This season, Ms. Martinez will premiere a solo piano piece by Mason Bates, as well as works by American composers Dan Visconti and Adam Schoenberg.


She has won numerous national and international prizes and awards. Her most recent accomplishments include first prize and audience award at the Anton G. Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Dresden. She was a semifinalist at the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, where she also received a Jury Discretionary Award.


Ms. Martinez began her piano studies in Caracas with her mother, Alicia Gaggioni; earned Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School as a full scholarship student of Yoheved Kaplinsky; and worked on her doctoral studies with Marco Antonio de Almeida in Halle, Germany. Committed to arts advocacy, Ms. Martinez was a member of “Ensemble ACJW—The Academy, a program of Carnegie Hall," and is currently on the Concert Artist Faculty at Kean University in New Jersey.


Violinist Charles Wetherbee has performed throughout the world, including Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Canada, Mexico, and the United States. He has appeared at the Aspen Music Festival, the Garth Newell Center, the Hidden Valley Festival (CA), the Roycroft Chamber Festival (NY), the Nouvelle Academie International d’Été (Nice, France), the Olympic Music Festival (WA), the MidAmerica Music Festival (OH), and Strings in the Mountains (CO). A native of Buffalo, New York, Charles gave his first performances at age six. He made his debut with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under Symon Bychkov, and since then has performed with the National Symphony under Mstislav Rostropovitch, as well as the Japan Philharmonic, the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Bogota (Columbia), the National Repertory Orchestra, the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Mexico, the Symphony Orchestra of the Curtis Institute, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Virginia Symphony, among others. In 1988 he toured Asia, including performances in Seoul, Korea, as part of the Olympic Arts Festival. In the same year he also made his New York debut at Carnegie Hall to critical acclaim as a participant in the American Music Competition. In 1990, he traveled to the Persian Gulf to perform for the men and women of the armed services. The Washington Post called Wetherbee “a consummate artist... with flawless technique.”

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