Past Concerts

2018 - Apr. 7 - A Song for Swans


Saturday, April 7, 7:30 PM

Macky Auditorium, CU Campus, Boulder
Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra

Michael Butterman, conductor

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS  The Lark Ascending  
with Charles Wetherbee, concertmaster, and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble

SIBELIUS  Symphony No. 5 

PROKOFIEV  Violin Concerto No. 2 

    Stefan Jackiw, violin

Renowned choreographer Cleo Parker Robinson unveils her vision of serenity in a gorgeous setting of Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending, featuring concertmaster Charles Wetherbee. The 5th Symphony of Sibelius, inspired by the sight of swans in flight, conjures the stark beauty of Finnish tundra and the northern lights. And violin sensation Stefan Jackiw thrills with his approach to Prokofiev’s famous Violin Concerto No. 2, full of both stunning virtuosity and sublime lyricism. 

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Tickets start at $13; Students $5!

6:30 PM - Free Pre-Concert Talk
Join Marilyn Cooley, classical music radio host, as she engages Music Director Michael Butterman and guest violinist Stefan Jackiw in a discussion about Prokofiev, Sibelius, and more.


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About Stefan Jackiw

Violinist Stefan Jackiw is recognized as one of his generation’s most significant artists, captivating audiences with playing that combines poetry and purity with an impeccable technique. Hailed for playing of "uncommon musical substance" that is “striking for its intelligence and sensitivity” (Boston Globe), Jackiw has appeared as soloist with the Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco symphony orchestras, among others.

This season Stefan Jackiw will perform Prokofiev's Second Violin Concerto at Carnegie Hall with Mikhail Pletnev, before embarking on a multi-city tour with the Russian National Orchestra. He will also appear in recital with acclaimed pianist Jeremy Denk performing Ives Violin Sonatas, including performances at the 92nd Street Y in New York, and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. In Europe, Stefan makes his debut at Berlin's Konzerthaus and returns to Amsterdam's Concertgebouw with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic. And in Asia, Stefan appears for the first time with the Tokyo Symphony at Suntory Hall under the direction of Krzysztof Urbanski, and returns to the Seoul Philharmonic under Mario Venzago. He will also tour Korea playing chamber music with Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica.

Last season, Stefan toured Australia playing Mendelssohn with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and appeared with the Detroit Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Forth Worth Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, Philharmonische Orchester Heidelberg, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia de la Coruna, Dortmunder Philharmoniker, and Tampere Philharmonic.  He also returned to the Aspen Music Festival performing Lutoslawski's Partita alongside Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5.

About Charles Wetherbee

Violinist Charles Wetherbee has performed throughout the world, including Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Canada, Mexico, and the United States. A native of Buffalo, NY, 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 Japan Philharmonic, Kyoto Symphony, Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, Philharmonic Orchestra of Bogota (Columbia), National Repertory Orchestra, Orchestra Nacional de Mexico, Symphony Orchestra of the Curtis Institute, Long Beach Symphony, and Virginia Symphony, among others. The Washington Post called Wetherbee “a consummate artist...with flawless technique.” The Virginia Pilot said that he  “...gave a performance of great conviction and emotion.” The Columbus Dispatch wrote “...a first rate showman...his double-stops, harmonics, and beautiful sound kept the audience spellbound.”

Charles is an assistant professor of violin at the University of Colorado at Boulder, joining the faculty in 2012. A devoted chamber musician, he is the first violinist of the Carpe Diem String Quartet, with whom he tours and performs regularly. As a recording artist, he is represented on Naxos, Seize the Music Records, Weasel Records, Vienna Modern Classics, and Cascade labels. Wetherbee has been the recipient of numerous honors, including the Ashworth Artist and the George Hardesty awards. In 2002 Charles was able to acquire one of the world’s great violins, the Widenhouse 44.

About Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble is internationally esteemed as one of America’s foremost modern dance companies. Under the direction of Cleo Parker Robinson, the Ensemble performs a dynamic body of works inspired by the African American experience and rooted in ethnic and modern dance traditions worldwide. Legendary and emerging artists alike are drawn by the spirit of the company to create works that transcend the boundaries of culture, class and age while unequivocally communicating the complexity of the human condition. Seen by an estimated 2,000,000 fans throughout the United States and more than 20 countries on five continents, CPRDE continues to be a leader in dance innovation and the promotion of American dance heritage.


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