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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2014—7:30 PM

Brian Jones and Twyla Robinson

Macky Auditorium, CU Campus, Boulder
Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra

Michael Butterman, Music Director

GRIFFES    The White Peacock   Listen

UDOW     Apparition
      BRIAN JONES, TIMPANI  |  bio

STRAVINSKY    Suite from The Firebird (1919)

SIBELIUS    The Swan of Tuonela    

STRAUSS     Four Last Songs
Honoring the 150th Anniversary of Richard Strauss’s birth            

“Soprano Twyla Robinson is a major catch. With perfect diction, crisply articulated  
consonants and a warm, wide vibrato, she purred and comforted...”

~The Atlanta Constitution-Journal

Spirituality and transcendence. Richard Strauss reflects on life's essence in his masterpiece, the Four Last Songs, while shadowy figures haunt Apparition by Colorado composer Michael Udow. Colorful orchestration paints vivid images of famous mythical birds, including Stravinsky's stunning Firebird.

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Wings and Songs: Birdwatching and Music
Sun., October 5, 8–10:30 AM
Tue., October 7, 5:30–7 PM
Please note change in location to Bobolink Trailhead

The Boulder Phil's Wings & Spirits concert features musical works inspired by composers’ fascination with birds. Join Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks naturalist Dave Sutherland for a birdwatching walk to search for local birds during the fall migration, and explore ways that birds have been captured in classical music. Beautiful musical selections and fall colors guaranteed! Meet at Bobolink Trailhead for this easy hike (follow this link for a map to the meeting place). Beginning bird watchers strongly encouraged! Bring binoculars if you have them. Please do not bring dogs.



Brian Jones is Principal Timpanist in the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, having joined in 2011 after having served 13 seasons in the same chair with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Jones has also performed as guest principal timpanist with the orchestras of Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, and Columbus, and has performed as a percussionist with the orchestras of Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Houston, and the Grand Teton Music Festival. Brian has toured and recorded with the Empire Brass Quintet, appeared as a performer on NBC's The Today Show, and was featured in a command performance for Prince Rainier of Monaco. Mr. Jones served as Adjunct Professor of Percussion at The University of Michigan from 2001 to 2011, was a featured clinician at the 2004 Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Nashville, and has given presentations and masterclasses throughout the U.S. and Japan.


Twyla Robinson’s incisive musicianship, ravishing vocal beauty, and dramatic delivery have taken her to the leading concert halls and opera stages of Europe and North America. She has been heard in performance with the London Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Berlin Staatskapelle, The Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic, among others. She has worked with conductors including Christoph Eschenbach, Alan Gilbert, Bernard Haitink, Pierre Boulez, Franz Welser-Möst, Donald Runnicles, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Hans Graf and Michael Tilson Thomas.

Ms. Robinson begins this season with her return to the Indianapolis Symphony singing the Verdi Requiem, a work she will reprise later in the season with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. She will also make her debut singing Dvorak’s Te Deum with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Jaap van Zweeden. Ms. Robinson opened the 2012-2013 season with her first performances of Mendelssohn’s Lobegesang in her debut with the Utah Symphony Orchestra. During the season she returned to the Indianapolis Symphony adding Messiaen’s Poèmes pour Mi to her repertoire. Further concert performances for Ms. Robinson included Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with Cincinnati Symphony and Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with Alabama Symphony. On the opera stage, Ms. Robinson sang the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro with the Orlando Philharmonic and returned to Cincinnati Opera as the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier. Recent performances for Ms. Robinson include debuts with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra,Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Bavarian Radio Orchestra. She also made her Opera Colorado debut as the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro last season.

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