Past Concerts

2016 - Feb. 12 - Spheres of Influence with Anne Akiko Meyers


Friday, February 12, 2016
7:30 PM

Macky Auditorium, CU Campus, Boulder
Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra
Michael Butterman, Music Director

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MISSY MAZZOLI   Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres)
   a Music Alive Composer Residency 

SHOSTAKOVICH   Symphony No. 9  Listen
TCHAIKOVSKY   Mozartiana  Listen
MENDELSSOHN   Violin Concerto  Listen    
   Anne Akiko Meyers, violin 

Every creation is indebted to the works that precede it. In this concert, we explore influential forebears as we hear music of Tchaikovsky based on his idol, Mozart, and music of Shostakovich with a Haydnesque flair. Missy Mazzoli’s Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres) pays homage to Baroque techniques, and superstar violinist Anne Akiko Meyers offers her take on Mendelssohn’s beloved Violin Concerto—an early Romantic work steeped in Classical period tradition.

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6:30 PM FREE Pre-Concert Talk at Macky

Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers is one of the most adventurous soloists on the international scene today.”  
~Chicago Classical

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The Boulder Phil received a $7,500 Music Alive: New Partnership grant from the League of American Orchestras and New Music USA to support composer residency week activities.  press release

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

The February 12 performance is being recorded for broadcast on March 23, at 7 PM, on Colorado Public Radio’s classical service (CPR Classical), 88.1 FM and 99.9 FM, and



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FREE Concert Preview

Tuesday, February 9
7:10 PM
 Composer chat
7:30 PM
 Open Rehearsal

Dairy Arts Center

See the transformation of the Dairy Arts Center, as you watch Michael Butterman and the musicians prepare for that weekend's concert! With special guest, Music Alive Composer-in-Residence Missy Mazzoli. Details


Who Is Missy Mazzoli?
Chamber Concert introducing the music of our Composer-in-Residence

Soundscape ConcertWednesday, February 10, 2 PM
Dairy Arts Center

Missy Mazzoli is one of the hottest composers on the NYC classical scene. This performance is an afternoon of her music and that of one of her main influences—Bach—performed by Missy, the Altius Quartet, and Charles Wetherbee, the concertmaster of the Boulder Philharmonic.  Details & tickets

Anne Akiko Meyers

Thursday, February 11, 9:30 – 11 AM
CU College of Music, Imig Music Building - Grusin Music Hall
Free and open to the public


Meet the Artists - SOLD OUT
Meet_ArtistsProgressive Luncheon with violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, composer Missy Mazzoli, and Music Director Michael Butterman

Thursday, February 11, 1 PM
Chautauqua Dining Hall
900 Baseline Road, Boulder

Get to know Billboard’s top-selling classical artist of 2014, one of the most up-and-coming composers of our time, and the Boulder Phil’s innovative conductor at this unique event! Following a chat among the artists and a Q&A, they will each join you at your table for a course during this luncheon.  Details & tickets


Stars, Spirals & Orbiting Spheres
FREE outdoor program

Sat., Feb. 6, 6:30–8:30 PM 
Mon., Feb. 8, 6:30–8:30 PM
Tue., Feb. 9, 6:30–8:30 PM 

Wed., Feb. 10, 6:30–8:30 PM  (Missy Mazzoli participating)
Boulder Valley Ranch trailhead

The Boulder Philharmonic will be performing composer Missy Mazzoli’s new work Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres) - music in the shape of a solar system, a collection of rococo loops that twist around each other within a larger orbit. Get a sneak peek at the music and study up for the concert with naturalist Dave Sutherland on a reality-bending journey into the universe. Using a large telescope, we’ll loop back in time to watch stars dying and being born, spin with spiral galaxies at mind-numbing distances, and dance with the stardust that makes our lives possible. Dress for the weather – it may be cold and windy.

Meet at the Boulder Valley Ranch trailhead north of Boulder at the end of Longhorn Road. Follow this link to a map. Please note – the program will be canceled if there is a 50% cloud cover or more at the starting time. Last-minute updates will be posted at

Listen to Dave Sutherland talk about the February night sky on KGNU's Nature's Almanac show




Anne Akiko Meyers, violinAnne Akiko Meyers is one of the most celebrated violinists embraced around the world today. Her passionate performances, purity of sound and deeply poetic interpretations, innovative programming and commitment to commissioning new works, her rare ability to connect with audiences from the concert stage, online, in television, and radio broadcasts, Meyers has actively maintained an extensive touring schedule for close to 30 years. She regularly performs in recital and as guest soloist with many of the world’s top orchestras, and is a best-selling recording artist who has released 32 albums. In 2014, Meyers was the top-selling traditional classical instrumental soloist on Billboard charts.

This fall, highlights include a nationwide PBS broadcast special and Naxos DVD release featuring the world premiere of Samuel Jones Violin Concerto with the All-Star Orchestra led by Gerard Schwarz and the French premiere of Mason Bates Violin Concerto with Leonard Slatkin and the Orchestre de Lyon. Two new recordings will be released – Naïve Classics celebrates Arvo Pärt’s 80th birthday with works for violin and orchestra, led by Kristjan Järvi and the MDR Leipzig Orchestra and “Serenade: The Love Album” a recording with Keith Lockhart and the London Symphony Orchestra, features the Bernstein Serenade and 10 newly commissioned arrangements from the American Songbook/Golden Movie Era. Meyers will perform recital and solo appearances throughout North America, Europe and the Middle East.


Missy MazzoliMissy Mazzoli was recently deemed “one of the more consistently inventive, surprising composers now working in New York” (The New York Times), “Brooklyn’s post-millennial Mozart” (Time Out New York) and “one of the new wave of scarily smart young composers” ( Her music has been performed all over the world by the Kronos Quartet, eighth blackbird, pianist Emanuel Ax, the Detroit Symphony, the LA Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra, JACK Quartet, Opera Philadelphia, New York City Opera, cellist Maya Beiser, violinist Jennifer Koh, pianist Kathleen Supové, Dublin’s Crash Ensemble, the Sydney Symphony and many others. She is currently Composer-in-Residence with Opera Philadelphia, Gotham Chamber Opera and Music Theatre-Group, and in 2011/12 was Composer/Educator in residence with the Albany Symphony. Missy was a visiting professor of music at New York University in 2013, and recently joined the composition faculty at the Mannes College of Music, a division of the New School.

The 2015/16 season will include many new projects and collaborations, including a premiere by acclaimed chamber ensemble yMusic, a residency with the Boulder Philharmonic sponsored by New Music USA’s Music Alive Program, a performance of her multimedia chamber opera Song from the Uproar at LA Opera and other performances of her work by the Phoenix Symphony, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, and Grammy-winning vocal group Roomful of Teeth.  Along with librettist Royce Vavrek, Missy is also working on Breaking the Waves, a chamber opera based on Lars von Trier’s 1996 film, commissioned by Opera Philadelphia. Breaking the Waves will premiere in September 2016 at the Perelman Theater in Philadelphia.