Sep
29
Sat
Musical Hike: Viola with High Altitude @ TBA, Boulder, CO
Sep 29 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Boulder Phil and the City of Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks (OSMP) have created an ongoing collaboration to connect community members with the natural world through music. This partnership includes guided musical hikes designed to complement specific works to be performed by the Boulder Phil. The hikes are free and open to the public.

Join Matt Diekman, violist from the Boulder Phil, for an easy hike along one of Boulder’s spectacular trails. Matt will guide the conversation through Western music’s connection with the natural world, and specifically to how stringed instruments are constructed and the mechanics of how they work (very much related to natural materials and awareness of the environment). We will listen to Matt play his viola in one of OSMP’s naturally-formed stone amphitheaters! The location will be provided with reservations. details

Reservations open Sept. 1. Please reserve spaces here:
https://peakperformance092918.eventbrite.com 

A Tribute to John Williams @ Macky Auditorium
Sep 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra
Michael Butterman, conductor

Revel in fantastic music by America’s greatest living composer for film―the incomparable John Williams. From Star Wars, E.T., Jaws, Harry Potter and more, this concert promises to be a delight for all ages!

  • Superman March
  • Cowboys Overture
  • Jaws Suite: The Shark
  • Theme from Jurassic Park
  • Devil’s Dance from The Witches of Eastwick
  • Sayuri’s Theme from Memoirs of a Geisha
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Harry’s Wondrous World
  • March from Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Theme from Angela’s Ashes
  • Viktor’s Tale (from The Terminal)
  • E.T.: Adventures on Earth
  • Across the Stars from Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones
  • Main Theme from Star Wars

Sponsored by
Emily & John Koechel



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Click here  for more information on the Musical Hike, Viola with High Altitude, on Sept. 29

Oct
13
Sat
Infinite Space at Macky @ Macky Auditorium
Oct 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra
Michael Butterman, conductor

MONTGOMERY Starburst
STEPHENSON Celestial Suite
HOLST The Planets

We honor the 100th anniversary of the first performance of Holst’s epic suite, The Planets, with The New Live’s unique visual reimagining that explores the emotional context of a piece written during the depths of World War I. Our Open Space season blasts off with Jessie Montgomery’s exuberant Starburst and continues with James Stephenson’s Celestial Suite, inspired by pioneering astronomers throughout history, accompanied by images from space.

6:30 PM – Free pre-concert talk hosted by Marilyn Cooley of Colorado Public Radio, with Music Director Michael Butterman; astronomer Kyle Kremer; Dr. David Brain of CU’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics; and Jason Weinberger of The New Live.

Note:  This concert will also be performed on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2 PM at Pinnacle PAC (without video projections)  |  more info


Sponsored by
Anonymous
Nancy Clairmont & Bob Braudes
Suzanne & David Hoover
Beatriz & Juan Roederer




About Jessie Montgomery, composer

Jessie Montgomery is a violinist, composer and music educator from New York City. She performs and gives workshops in the US and abroad and her compositions are being performed by orchestras and chamber groups throughout the country.

Jessie began her violin studies, at the Third Street Music School Settlement, one of the oldest community organizations in the country. Upon graduating with her Bachelor’s degree from the Juilliard School in Violin Performance in 2003, she joined forces with Community MusicWorks in Providence, Rhode Island, a nationally recognized leader in community development and music education. With this appointment came her first experience as a professional chamber musician as a member of the Providence String Quartet. She continued her chamber music endeavors as a founding member of PUBLIQuartet, a string quartet made up of composers and arrangers, featuring their own music as well as that of emerging and established contemporary composers. Since 2012 she has held post as a member of the highly acclaimed Catalyst Quartet, raved by The New York Times as “invariably energetic and finely burnished…performing with earthly vigor,” touring regularly in the US and abroad. Most recently she has become a collaborator with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silkroad Ensemble and will tour with them in the 2018-19 season.

Since 1999, Jessie has been affiliated with The Sphinx Organization, which supports the accomplishments of young African-American and Latino string players. As a member of the Sphinx network she has played numerous roles within the organization, as a teacher, juror, orchestra member and concertmaster, panelist and ambassador, as well as being a two-time laureate in their annual competition. Jessie was also Composer-in-Residence with the Sphinx Virtuosi, a conductor-less string orchestra which toured her music for three seasons. www.jessiemontgomery.com


About James Stephenson, composer

Leading American orchestras, instrumentalists, and wind ensembles around the world have performed the music of Chicago-based composer James M. Stephenson, both to critical acclaim and the delight of audiences. The Boston Herald raved about “straightforward, unabashedly beautiful sounds,” suggesting “Stephenson deserves to be heard again and again!” A formal sense of melody and tonality characterize his music, each embedded in a contemporary soundscape.

Most recently, Charles Vernon, Chicago Symphony bass trombonist, asked Stephenson to write a new concerto, a work to be premiered in their 2018-19 season under the direction of Riccardo Muti. A second bass trombone concerto will receive its orchestral premiere with the St. Louis Symphony and soloist Gerry Pagano in 2017. The 2017-18 season included a new “low brass concerto” with the Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä.

The Devil’s Tale (2013), a sequel to Stravinsky’s famous “Soldier’s Tale” has become a highlight of Stephenson’s extensive chamber music output, having already garnered much critical praise for its recent recording (“a most remarkable work” – Fanfare Magazine) and numerous performances at noteworthy venues such as Ravinia and Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center.

James M. Stephenson came late to his full-time composing career, having performed 17 seasons as a trumpeter in the Naples Philharmonic in Florida. As such, the composer is largely self-taught, making his voice truly individual and his life’s work all the more remarkable. As his catalog grew, so did his reputation. That catalog now boasts concertos and sonatas for nearly every instrument, earning him the moniker “The Concerto King” from Chicago Symphony clarinetist John Yeh. The vast majority of those compositions came through commissions by and for major symphony principal players, in Chicago, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Minnesota, Washington DC, St. Louis, Oregon, Milwaukee, and Dallas, among others. www.composerjim.com

Oct
14
Sun
Infinite Space at Pinnacle PAC @ Pinnacle Performing Arts Complex
Oct 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra
Michael Butterman, conductor

MONTGOMERY Starburst
STEPHENSON Celestial Suite
HOLST The Planets

We honor the 100th anniversary of the first performance of Holst’s epic suite, The Planets. Our Open Space season blasts off with Jessie Montgomery’s exuberant Starburst and continues with James Stephenson’s Celestial Suite, inspired by pioneering astronomers throughout history.

Note: This concert does not include video projections.



Sponsored by
Anonymous
Nancy Clairmont & Bob Braudes
Suzanne & David Hoover
Beatriz & Juan Roederer



About Jessie Montgomery, composer

Jessie Montgomery is a violinist, composer and music educator from New York City. She performs and gives workshops in the US and abroad and her compositions are being performed by orchestras and chamber groups throughout the country.

Jessie began her violin studies, at the Third Street Music School Settlement, one of the oldest community organizations in the country. Upon graduating with her Bachelor’s degree from the Juilliard School in Violin Performance in 2003, she joined forces with Community MusicWorks in Providence, Rhode Island, a nationally recognized leader in community development and music education. With this appointment came her first experience as a professional chamber musician as a member of the Providence String Quartet. She continued her chamber music endeavors as a founding member of PUBLIQuartet, a string quartet made up of composers and arrangers, featuring their own music as well as that of emerging and established contemporary composers. Since 2012 she has held post as a member of the highly acclaimed Catalyst Quartet, raved by The New York Times as “invariably energetic and finely burnished…performing with earthly vigor,” touring regularly in the US and abroad. Most recently she has become a collaborator with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silkroad Ensemble and will tour with them in the 2018-19 season.

Since 1999, Jessie has been affiliated with The Sphinx Organization, which supports the accomplishments of young African-American and Latino string players. As a member of the Sphinx network she has played numerous roles within the organization, as a teacher, juror, orchestra member and concertmaster, panelist and ambassador, as well as being a two-time laureate in their annual competition. Jessie was also Composer-in-Residence with the Sphinx Virtuosi, a conductor-less string orchestra which toured her music for three seasons. www.jessiemontgomery.com


About James Stephenson, composer

Leading American orchestras, instrumentalists, and wind ensembles around the world have performed the music of Chicago-based composer James M. Stephenson, both to critical acclaim and the delight of audiences. The Boston Herald raved about “straightforward, unabashedly beautiful sounds,” suggesting “Stephenson deserves to be heard again and again!” A formal sense of melody and tonality characterize his music, each embedded in a contemporary soundscape.

Most recently, Charles Vernon, Chicago Symphony bass trombonist, asked Stephenson to write a new concerto, a work to be premiered in their 2018-19 season under the direction of Riccardo Muti. A second bass trombone concerto will receive its orchestral premiere with the St. Louis Symphony and soloist Gerry Pagano in 2017. The 2017-18 season included a new “low brass concerto” with the Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä.

The Devil’s Tale (2013), a sequel to Stravinsky’s famous “Soldier’s Tale” has become a highlight of Stephenson’s extensive chamber music output, having already garnered much critical praise for its recent recording (“a most remarkable work” – Fanfare Magazine) and numerous performances at noteworthy venues such as Ravinia and Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center.

James M. Stephenson came late to his full-time composing career, having performed 17 seasons as a trumpeter in the Naples Philharmonic in Florida. As such, the composer is largely self-taught, making his voice truly individual and his life’s work all the more remarkable. As his catalog grew, so did his reputation. That catalog now boasts concertos and sonatas for nearly every instrument, earning him the moniker “The Concerto King” from Chicago Symphony clarinetist John Yeh. The vast majority of those compositions came through commissions by and for major symphony principal players, in Chicago, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Minnesota, Washington DC, St. Louis, Oregon, Milwaukee, and Dallas, among others. www.composerjim.com

Oct
15
Mon
Musical Hike: Meet the Planets! @ Boulder Valley Ranch Trailhead
Oct 15 @ 7:15 pm – 10:00 pm
Musical Hike: Meet the Planets! @ Boulder Valley Ranch Trailhead | Boulder | Colorado | United States

The Boulder Phil and the City of Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks (OSMP) have created an ongoing collaboration to connect community members with the natural world through music. This partnership includes guided musical hikes designed to complement specific works to be performed by the Boulder Phil. The hikes are free and open to the public.

The Boulder Phil’s Infinite Space concerts showcased Gustav Holst’s glorious work The Planets. Take a tour of the solar system through a large telescope with City of Boulder Open Space naturalist Dave Sutherland while sampling excerpts from this stirring music. Meet at Boulder Valley Ranch trailhead.

Follow this link for a map:
https://bouldercolorado.gov/osmp/boulder-valley-ranch-trailhead 

PLEASE NOTE: Telescope viewing is weather-dependent: if there is a 50% cloud cover or more at the time the program starts, it will be canceled and may be rescheduled for another night at short notice. You can find the latest updates at www.NatureHikes.org

Nov
3
Sat
Musical Hike: The Secret of Wind and Birds @ East Boulder Community Center
Nov 3 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am

The Boulder Phil and the City of Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks (OSMP) have created an ongoing collaboration to connect community members with the natural world through music. This partnership includes guided musical hikes designed to complement specific works to be performed by the Boulder Phil. The hikes are free and open to the public.

On Nov. 4, the Boulder Phil will play composer Tan Dun’s intriguing work Passacaglia: Secret of Wind and Birds. Throughout the piece, the orchestra emulates the sounds of the wind, ocean and bird songs in surprising ways (and audience members’ smartphones also get involved)! Join City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks naturalist Dave Sutherland for a pre-concert hike to explore this imaginative music, as well as other composers who have captured the essence of wind, water and birds. Meet at the East Boulder Community Center.  details

Nov
4
Sun
Midori Plays Sibelius @ Macky Auditorium
Nov 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra
Michael Butterman, conductor

DUN Passacaglia: Secret of Wind and Birds*
SIBELIUS Violin Concerto
Midori, violin
BRAHMS Symphony No. 3

Grab your smartphones and help us transform Macky Auditorium into an immersive aviary as we present Academy Award-winning composer Tan Dun’s Passacaglia: Secret of Wind and Birds. Then, superstar violinist Midori joins the Phil for her interpretation of the virtuosic Sibelius Violin Concerto. Brahms’ bittersweet masterpiece, his Symphony No. 3, brings this memorable evening to a heartfelt conclusion.

6 PM – Free pre-concert talk hosted by Marilyn Cooley of Colorado Public Radio, with Music Director Michael Butterman, Midori, and City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks naturalist Dave Sutherland

*NOTE:  Prior to the performance, download this mp3 to your smartphone so you can participate in the interactive performance of this work.

Click here for more info on Midori’s Orchestra Residencies Program schedule of events, Oct. 31-Nov. 5


Sponsored by
Audrey & Andrew Franklin
Christine Yoshinaga-Itano & Wayne Itano
Stephanie & R. Alan Rudy
Marjorie & Bob Schaffner


About Midori

Midori is a visionary artist, activist and educator whose unique career has transcended traditional boundaries through her relentless drive to explore and build connections between music and the human experience. Never at rest, Midori brings the same dynamic innovation and expressive insight that has made her a top concert violinist to her other roles as a leading global cultural ambassador and a dedicated music educator.

A leading concert violinist for over 30 years, Midori regularly transfixes audiences around the world, bringing together graceful precision and intimate expression that allows the listening public to not just hear music but to be personally moved by it. She has performed with the world’s top orchestras including the London Symphony, Staatskapelle Dresden, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, Cincinnati Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony and Czech Philharmonic. In addition, she has collaborated with leading musicians such as Mariss Jansons, Peter Eötvös, Christoph Eschenbach, Daniele Gatti, Alan Gilbert, Susanna Mälkki, Kent Nagano, Robert Spano, James Conlon, Omer Meir Wellber and Paavo Järvi, among others.

The DVD of her highly-acclaimed interpretation of J.S. Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin was recently released. In the recording, filmed at Köthen Castle where Bach served as Kapellmeister, Midori unites her technical and expressive mastery with her historic and emotional insight into the composer, providing the viewer with a multidimensional experience of Bach’s music.

Midori not only brings a fresh perspective to established standards for violin but also ceaselessly strives to expand the repertoire, including through the creation of new works. Midori inspired Peter Eötvös to compose the violin concerto DoReMi, which she then recorded with Eötvös and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. The 2016 CD joins her diverse discography that includes sonatas by Bloch, Janáček and Shostakovich performed with pianist Özgür Aydin, and a 2013 Grammy Award-winning recording of Hindemith’s violin concerto with Christoph Eschenbach conducting the NDR Symphony Orchestra.

In her quest to explore and expand how music is essential to people everywhere, Midori goes beyond the concert hall and recording studio to those areas where music access is most needed. In 2017, Midori celebrated the 25th anniversary of the activities of two of her non-profit organizations: Midori & Friends, which brings high-quality music education to New York City school children, and MUSIC SHARING, a Japan-based program that provides access to both western classical and Japanese music traditions through innovative events, activities, instruction and presentations in local schools, institutions and hospitals. Her Partners in Performance organization, founded in 2003, promotes interest in classical music outside of major urban centers across the United States, while her Orchestra Residencies Program, begun in 2004, encourages young musicians to develop a life-long and multifaceted engagement with the performing arts, helping to ensure that the classical scene will continue vibrantly for years to come. www.gotomidori.com

Nov
23
Fri
The Nutcracker Ballet @ Macky Auditorium
Nov 23 @ 2:00 pm – Nov 25 @ 4:00 pm

Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra
Boulder Ballet
Boulder Children’s Chorale
Gary Lewis, conductor

TCHAIKOVSKY  The Nutcracker, Op. 71

The curtain rises for America’s favorite ballet, brought to life by Boulder Ballet, the Boulder Phil and the Boulder Children’s Chorale. Catch the magic of this thrilling and heart-warming spectacle, all performed to Tchaikovsky’s masterful score.

A holiday tradition with exciting choreography and a full, live orchestra!

 Performance is 2 hours, including intermission.


Special Add-On Event—Subscribers get 10% offListen to these podcast interviews, where George Thomas of the Boulder Ballet interviews Boulder Phil musicians (Gary Lewis, conductor, and Paul Mullikin, assistant principal percussion) about their experiences with The Nutcracker: