One of life’s greatest pleasures is the process of discovery. Being truly open to new experiences fosters a sense of adventure about the everyday. The open space that we so cherish in Boulder is about more than physical surroundings. It extends to open minds and open hearts—qualities broadly shared within our community. The Boulder Phil’s 2018-19 season embraces a sense of expansiveness that will take you on a journey of artistic discovery and spiritual renewal.

Our expanded season includes well-loved masterpieces, brilliant music of our time, innovative concert enhancements, family favorites and a new Pops Series that offers something for everyone. Anchoring concerts are favorites like The Planets (celebrating 100 years since its premiere in 1918), Mahler’s Fourth, Prokofiev’s Fifth, and music of Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and Elgar. We are thrilled to welcome international stars Garrick Ohlsson, Mary Wilson, Astrid Schween and violin sensation Midori, who has chosen us as a recipient of her coveted Orchestra Residencies Program, which will bring her into contact with students, community leaders and the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras.

We’re excited to share music by Jessie Montgomery and Boulder native Kristen Kuster, whose Dune Acres was made possible in part by the Phil’s commissioning partnership. With the help of your smartphones, we’ll immerse Macky in the sound of wind and birds as we present Tan Dun’s Passacaglia. James Stephenson’s Celestial Suite salutes famed astronomers and includes NASA images, while we examine Holst’s work in the context of World War I through video created by The New Live. And we will close our season with Dvořák’s beloved New World Symphony paired with a stunning blend of music and theater in Peter Boyer’s Ellis Island: The Dream of America featuring actors and projected images.

Our new Pops Series opens connections to ever wider segments of our community through evenings devoted to the incomparable film composer John Williams, the animation magic of Pixar in Concert, and the life and legacy of the great David Bowie. The Nutcracker with Boulder Ballet once again kicks off the holidays for thousands in our community. And we will welcome thousands more students to Macky for our Discovery Concerts, this year devoted to the parallels between music and architecture.

Whether it’s the openness of the central Asian steppes, the vast emptiness of outer space, or the open-ended opportunities sought by immigrants in a new land, our season offers thought-provoking takes on what it means to be “open.” The concept is even woven into our institutional DNA―the core of our mission is to open the experience of live orchestral music to more and more people in ever more diverse and impactful ways. We invite you to join us on a journey of discovery this season!

Michael Butterman
Music Director

Katherine Lehman
Executive Director