Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra
Michael Butterman, conductor
O’CONNOR Strings and Threads
Charles Wetherbee, violin
BARBER Knoxville, Summer of 1915
MAHLER Symphony No. 4
Mary Wilson, soprano
The wonder and wisdom of childhood imbues both Barber’s nostalgic reverie and Mahler’s sublime evocation of Heaven. Fiddle virtuoso Mark O’Connor’s Strings and Threads connects to Knoxville’s Appalachian setting, and we’ll enjoy soprano Mary Wilson’s easy virtuosity and deep musicianship.
“Lyrical and triumphant, a dazzling array of legato melodies and ornate coloratura.”
~San Francisco Chronicle
6:30 PM – Free pre-concert talk hosted by Marilyn Cooley of Colorado Public Radio, with Music Director Michael Butterman, soprano Mary Wilson and principal clarinet Stephanie Zelnick
TWO FREE TICKETS* for our Feb 9 concert to all federal employees who were affected by the recent government shutdown. To reserve, call 303.449.1343. *Some restrictions apply. Based on availability.
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About Mary Wilson
Soprano MARY WILSON has been hailed as one of today’s most exciting artists, receiving critical acclaim for a voice that is “lyrical and triumphant, a dazzling array of legato melodies and ornate coloratura” (San Francisco Chronicle). Opera News heralded her first solo recording, Mary Wilson Sings Handel. Stating “Wilson’s luminous voice contains so much charisma,” they dubbed her recording one of their “Best of the Year.”
In consistent high demand on the concert stage, she has appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Detroit Symphony, Pacific Symphony, National Symphony of Costa Rica, Nashville Symphony, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Eugene Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony, Rhode island Philharmonic, Dayton Philharmonic, Boulder Philharmonic, Memphis Symphony, Colorado Music Festival, IRIS Chamber Orchestra, VocalEssence, Berkshire Choral Festival, and at Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. She has frequently worked with conductors Jeffrey Thomas, Nicholas McGegan, Bernard Labadie, Martin Pearlman, Martin Haselböck, Robert Moody, JoAnn Falletta, Carl St. Clair, Giancarlo Guerrero, Michael Stern, John Sinclair, Anton Armstrong, and Leonard Slatkin. With the IRIS Chamber Orchestra, she sang the world premiere of the song cycle “Songs Old and New” written especially for her by Ned Rorem. She was named an Emerging Artist by Symphony Magazine in the publication’s first ever presentation of promising classical soloists on the rise.
Equally at home on the opera stage, she is especially noted for her portrayals of Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, Susannah in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Gilda in Rigoletto. She has created leading roles in North American and world premiere performances of Dove’s Flight, Glass’ Galileo Galilei, and Petitgirard’s Joseph Merrick dit L’Elephant Man. A National Finalist of the 1999 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, she has appeared with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Minnesota Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Dayton Opera, Arizona Opera, Tulsa Opera, Opera Memphis, Opera Southwest, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Goodman Theatre.
An accomplished pianist, Ms. Wilson holds vocal performance degrees from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She is an Assistant Professor of Voice at the University of Memphis, and resides in Bartlett, Tennessee, with her husband, son, and two dogs. www.marywilsonsoprano.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
This hike will also be held on Feb. 28.
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.
Rich with meaning and memories, our favorite landscapes speak to us in many ways: joy, beauty, nostalgia, awe, even dissonance. How do composers capture the essence of the land in music? Join OSMP naturalist Dave Sutherland for a beautiful hike to sample music that invokes our sense of place, including works by home-grown composer Kristin Kuster, whose composition Dune Acres will be featured at the Boulder Philharmonic concert on March 2.
How would you express your memories of your favorite landscapes through music? Meet at the Lehigh Street entrance to Shanahan Ridge (map search 1903 Lehigh in Boulder, where Lehigh and Lafayette Streets intersect). This location is served by the southbound SKIP bus. Please bring strap-on traction for your footwear, since trails can be slick and icy.
Join Boulder Philharmonic Music Director Michael Butterman for an inside look at the orchestra.
In addition to exploring what happens inside the concert hall, we’ll also see how orchestral music used in movies can help drive the overall story and shape the way we feel about characters and events. From the piccolo to percussion, the endless palette of sounds and textures found in the orchestra makes movies come alive!
We’ll learn about the basics of the orchestra and how it functions, as well as the important role that the conductor plays. We’ll finish with an advance look at the musical magic created by Pixar Studios that will be featured in the Boulder Phil’s Pixar in Concert performance on March 23.
Free and open to the public.
This event is a collaboration with the Boulder International Film Festival and is part of the BIFF Youth Pavilion at the Boulder Public Library, March 1-3. Click here for more information.
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
Bronze Circle Concert Sponsors
Sara and David Harper
Marti and George Oetzel
Astrid Schween Sponsor
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. www.astridschween.com
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
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.