Discovery Concerts: Build It! @ Macky Auditorium
Mar 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

About Discovery Concert 2019

Music and architecture have many things in common – rhythm, texture, harmony, proportion, dynamics – and composers and architects throughout the ages have often approached their work in similar ways. Join us for the 2019 Discovery Concert as the Boulder Philharmonic and special guests explore the intersection between sounds and structures, featuring orchestral works by Bach, Britten, Mussorgsky, Ives, and more. Designed for students in grades 3-6, this program includes a 50-minute concert at Macky Auditorium, an optional 45-minute in-school visit with a chamber music ensemble, and a bilingual listening and learning guide for teachers.

Thursday, February 28, 2019 – 2 concerts at 10 AM & 11:30 AM
Friday, March 1, 2019 – 2 concerts at 10 AM & 11:30 AM

Add an In-School Visit

Hosting a Boulder Phil Brass Quintet or String Quartet during the fall semester at your school brings instrumental music alive for your students! This “up-close and personal” experience highlights instrument families, composers and plenty of time for student questions. We also offer in-school engagements with Maestro Butterman.

Students attend the Discovery Concert for just $6, and teachers and chaperones attend free of charge. All curriculum materials are included with registration, and schools are responsible for transportation arrangements. Financial assistance is available, please inquire.

Questions? Call Cynthia Sliker at 303.443.9203 or email

What teachers are saying about Discovery Concerts…

“You have a real gem in Maestro Butterman. His knowledge of music and ability to hold students’ attention is phenomenal.”
“Such a rich experience! Thank you!”
“The theme and arrangement were perfect for the students. We can’t thank you enough for putting together such a wonderful program.”
“The Discovery Concerts are getting better and better each year. Thank you so much for making this experience possible!”

Curriculum materials available for download on September 1

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Elgar & Beethoven with Astrid Schween, cello @ Macky Auditorium
Mar 2 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra
Michael Butterman, conductor

KUSTER Dune Acres (Colorado premiere)
ELGAR Cello Concerto
Astrid Schween, cello
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 4

Beethoven’s energetic Symphony No. 4 anchors a program both familiar and fresh. The newest member of the famed Juilliard String Quartet, cellist Astrid Schween, joins us for Elgar’s dramatically intense Cello Concerto. We open with a new work by Boulder native Kristin Kuster, made possible in part by the Phil’s commissioning partnership.

6:30 PM – Free pre-concert talk hosted by Marilyn Cooley of Colorado Public Radio, with Music Director Michael Butterman, cellist Astrid Schween and composer Kristin Kuster

Silver Circle Concert Sponsors
Taddiken Tree
Bronze Circle Concert Sponsors
Sara and David Harper
Elgar Sponsors
Marti and George Oetzel
Astrid Schween Sponsor

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for more info on our Feb. 28 Event of Note with cellist Astrid Schween
Click here for more info on corresponding musical hikes, Feb. 28 & Mar. 2

Colorado Public Radio host Marilyn Cooley and Music Director Michael Butterman give an introduction to the concert in this podcast:

About Astrid Schween

New York born cellist Astrid Schween is an internationally recognized soloist, chamber artist, and teacher. This season marks her second year with the Juilliard String Quartet; in 2016, she succeeded Joel Krosnick as cellist of the Quartet and joined the Juilliard cello faculty.

She made her debut as soloist with the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Zubin Mehta, and received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Juilliard School, where her teachers included Harvey Shapiro, Leonard Rose, Channing Robbins and Ardyth Alton. She studied extensively with celebrated cellist Jacqueline Du Pré in London and later with Bernard Greenhouse in the DMA program at Rutgers University. Ms. Schween participated in the Marlboro Music Festival and William Pleeth Master Classes in Aldeburgh and, while a young professional, was mentored by members of the Juilliard, Guarneri, Borodin, La Salle, Amadeus, Alban Berg, Galimir, Paganini and Budapest Quartets. She served for many years on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts, the Hartt School of Music, Mount Holyoke College and the Interlochen Center for the Arts.

As a longtime member of the Lark Quartet, Ms. Schween performed at major venues around the world and received many honors including the Naumburg Chamber Music Award and the Gold Medal at Russia’s Shostakovich International String Quartet Competition. During her tenure, the quartet produced critically acclaimed recordings for the Arabesque, Decca/Argo, New World, CRI and Point labels, commissioned numerous works and performed at international festivals including Mostly Mozart, Schleswig-Holstein and Lockenhaus.

An active speaker and panelist, she has served on the juries of the Fischoff, Sphinx, and Concert Artist Guild competitions, serves on the artistic advisory board of the Global M-Prize Competition, and has been featured in Strings and Strad magazines, on “Living the Classical Life,” NPR interviews and as a guest speaker at the Library of Congress on the role of women in music.

In addition to her work with the JSQ, Ms. Schween remains active as a soloist with upcoming recitals in Washington DC, Boston, and at the International Cello Institute. She also appears this season in Quito, Ecuador, at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, and has recently joined the cello faculty for the Summer Music School at the Perlman Music Program. In 2017, she released multiple recordings including Rhapsody for solo cello and electronics by Gordon Green, as well as new albums with the Boston Trio and the Juilliard String Quartet.

About Kristin Kuster

Composer Kristin Kuster “writes commandingly for the orchestra,” and her music “has an invitingly tart edge” (The New York Times). Kuster’s colorfully enthralling compositions take inspiration from architectural space, the weather, and mythology. Her orchestral music “unquestionably demonstrates her expertise in crafting unique timbres” (Steve Smith, Night after Night).

Most recently, Kuster received an OPERA America Grant for female composers, made possible through The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. The grant will support the recording of Kuster’s work Old Presque Isle, a 75-minute opera drawn from the haunting of northern Michigan’s Old Presque Isle Lighthouse. The opera is written for a singer, six trumpets, two percussionists, and a men’s chorus, and features a libretto by poet Megan Levad, assistant director of the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan.

Upcoming and recent premieres of Kuster’s music have included works for the Philadelphia-based Network for New Music, the Colorado Music Festival, the Lisbon Summerfest Chamber Choir, multi-percussionist Joseph Gramley, and the Donald Sinta Quartet.

Kuster was recently awarded one of the highest honors the University bestows upon junior faculty – a 2015 Henry Russel Award. The award recognizes faculty early in their academic careers who already have demonstrated excellence as a teacher. Given yearly, university-wide junior faculty are eligible for the Henry Russel award, and Kuster is among only four music faculty to receive the award since its inception in 1926.

Born in 1973, Kuster grew up in Boulder, Colorado. She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts from U-M, where she now serves as associate professor of Composition.  website

Free Community Concert – Build It! @ Pinnacle Performing Arts Complex
Mar 3 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Build It! takes families on a memorable tour of the orchestra in an fun, interactive format. Join Maestro Michael Butterman and the Boulder Phil for this free one-hour concert featuring music by Bach, Britten and more. Expand your musical horizons by exploring the many things that music and architecture have in common―rhythm, texture, harmony, proportion, and dynamics.

Arrive early and enjoy hands-on exploration of music with musicians, instruments and local organizations.

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Pixar in Concert @ Macky Auditorium
Mar 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm


Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra
Gary Lewis, conductor

A visually stunning, live orchestra, multimedia concert with your favorite moments from Toy Story, Coco, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, A Bug’s Life & more! These great film scores have won 10 Grammys and 3 Academy Awards, and have received 10 Oscar nominations.

“Two hours of Pixar music is pure magic.”  ~Broadway World
“It made me wonder at the incredible technique and mastery of music and story telling… It’s a moment in life you’ll remember forever.”  ~The Huffington Post
“…Breathtaking…it’s a great treat for kids and not a bad way to introduce them to the wonders of hearing an orchestra perform live.”  ~Hit Fix

Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Monsters, Inc., Monsters University, Cars
Coco, Ratatouille, UP, The Incredibles, Cars 2, Inside Out
Finding Nemo, WALL-E

Gary Lewis and Boulder Philharmonic perform live to popular film scenes  |  SharpsandFlatirons

Tickets start at $15

Tickets for accompanying children are $15-$25, depending on the section.  Call 303-449-1343 to order.

Join us at 7 PM and at intermission for an instrument petting zoo with HB Woodsongs.

Bronze Circle Concert Sponsors
Hotel Boulderado
Emerson/Micro Motion

 Pixar in Concert Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts.
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Programming subject to change

The Beauty of Bach with Simone Dinnerstein
Nov 14 @ 7:30 pm – Nov 28 @ 5:00 pm

Phil Artistic Partner and audience favorite, Simone Dinnerstein rocketed to international fame following the phenomenal success of her debut recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Bach never heard the modern piano, but one imagines that he would be delighted to hear his best-known works brought to life by Simone as she leads this extraordinary evening. Flutist Christina Jennings joins Simone for two of the composer’s best-known works.

Simone Dinnerstein, pianist and conductor

J.S. BACH/LASSER Erbarm’ Dich
J.S. BACH Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B Minor
Christina Jennings, flute
J.S. BACH Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor
Simone Dinnerstein, piano
J.S. BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 5
Simone Dinnerstein, piano
Christina Jennings, flute
Charles Wetherbee, violin