Michael ButtermanDear friends,

A decade has flown by as we have embraced the spirit of Boulder and worked to reflect everything that makes this community so remarkable. This season, your orchestra is being presented as a model of civic engagement, creativity and artistic excellence through our invitation to the Kennedy Center’s inaugural SHIFT Festival. We’re tremendously excited by this honor and hope that many of you will join us in Washington, DC, in March 2017!

Music is all about togetherness—it’s the essence of the word “ensemble,” after all—and our 2016-17 season doubles down on this principle as it brings together fascinating combinations of guest artists and unique repertoire pairings. Teamwork is front and center as we feature duos in nearly every concert. Local gems Edward Dusinberre, Geraldine WaltherCharles Wetherbee and Nicolò Spera will shine along with husband-and-wife partners Jennifer Frautschi and Eric Ruske, and the dynamic duo of pianists, Anderson and Roe, who are media sensations in addition to being brilliant musicians.  

Along with repertoire staples by Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Schumann and Rachmaninoff, we’re sharing some unusual and provocative works, including two world premieres. For our Kennedy Center program in March, "Nature & Music" favorites return with Jeff Midkiff’s bluegrass-infused mandolin concerto, the cinematic Ghosts of the Grasslands, Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance ensemble’s take on Copland’s Appalachian Spring, and “adventurer-composer” Stephen Lias’s tribute to Rocky Mountain National Park (with photos choreographed to the music). Our season comes to a dramatic conclusion with an Italianate program highlighted by the sonic splendor of The Pines of Rome.

The Phil will be teaming up with Boulder favorite, Jake Shimabukuro, for some high-energy ukulele excitement that has to be seen and heard to be believed. We also hope you’ll kick off your holidays with our ever-popular Nutcracker performances with Boulder Ballet, and follow that with A Wicked Good Christmas featuring the fabulous Broadway star Dee Roscioli.

Your Phil will also be busy sharing the magic of music with young people through our school visits and Discovery Concerts for elementary students, as well as two sensory-friendly chamber concerts at the Boulder Public Library specifically designed for children with autism and their families.  

Of all the pairings we’ll enjoy this season, the most important, by far, is the partnership between our orchestra and you. The Phil plays an invaluable role in our community, and YOU are the engine of our success. I feel uniquely privileged to have shared this journey with you for the past 10 years.  I look forward to many more, and I hope you’ll join us as we celebrate a season of musical togetherness. Enjoy!

Michael Signature

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