Past Concerts


Join us for Opening Night as the Boulder Phil honors heroes from American history and today, featuring a multimedia portrait of Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War and the ongoing struggle for freedom, justice and equality. Copland’s Lincoln Portrait will be complemented by powerful photochoreography by James Westwater and live narration by actor, professional storyteller and Emmy-nominee Bill Mooney.

Bravo! Colorado, a piece dedicated to the memory of Gerald Ford, reflects the beauty of majestic mountains, alpine gardens and whitewater—a fitting soundtrack for our beautiful state. Beethoven’s monumental Symphony No. 3 “Eroica” celebrates the hero within each of us.

FREE Musical Insights:

10:00 a.m. - SuperListening Club with Don Campbell
Please note venue change: the first SuperListening Club of the season will be held at the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St., in the main lobby gallery. Plenty of free parking is available.

6:30 p.m. - Pre-Concert Talk with Don Campbell, Macky Auditorium

We are also proud to be partnering with local service organizations for an original work of photochoreography accompanying Copland's iconic Fanfare for the Common Man, celebrating the volunteers and staff who make these organizations' good deeds possible. 

Join us in saying "Bravo Boulder!" to these area non-profits:

  • Boulder County AIDS Project
  • Boulder Shelter for the Homeless
  • CareConnect Boulder County
  • Carriage House Community Table
  • Community Foundation Serving Boulder County
  • Imagine!
  • Intercambio de Communidades
  • Neck-Lace 4 Life (American Cancer Society)
  • Providers Advancing School Outcomes
  • Sister Carmen Community Center
  • Turning the Wheel
UPDATE: Donations for Red Cross disaster relief will be accepted in the Macky Auditorium lobby. Tickets for evacuees as well as for those providing housing to displaced persons are also being made available. Call 303-449-1343 ext. 2 to reserve. 

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Saturday, September 11, 2010 - 7:30 p.m.
Macky Auditorium, CU Campus
Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra
Michael Butterman, conductor
James Westwater, photochoreographer
Bill Mooney, narrator

Jeff Tyzik—Bravo! Colorado
Aaron Copland—Fanfare for the Common ManListen
Aaron Copland—Lincoln PortraitListen
Ludwig van Beethoven—
Symphony No. 3 “Eroica" Listen

Program Notes

“Spectacular...awe inspiring...Westwater creates what he calls ‘music for the eyes,’ combining sublime images with the music.”

~The Billings Gazette

Read preview article from the Daily Camera (9/5/10):
Mooney back on stage in Boulder

KUNCColorado Council on the ArtsBoulder Arts Commission

Photo of the Fanfare for the Common Man photochoreography from rehearsal:
 Heroic Portraits
Photo by Nicholas Bardonnay,

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