Jan
20
Sun
Ohlsson Plays Rachmaninoff at Pinnacle PAC @ Pinnacle Performing Arts Complex
Jan 20 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra
Michael Butterman, conductor

BORODIN  In the Steppes of Central Asia
RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 1
Garrick Ohlsson, piano
PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 5

With a world-class career spanning four decades, Garrick Ohlsson has been described as “producing a sound so lush it glistens.” We’re thrilled to welcome legendary pianist Garrick Ohlsson to perform Rachmaninoff’s exciting Piano Concerto No. 1. Living in the “Steppes of Colorado,” we’ll experience a sense of connection to Borodin’s opening work. Prokofiev’s monumental Symphony No. 5, one of the landmarks of 20th-century orchestral repertoire, closes our program of great Russian music.

“…Words like divine or timeless greatness came to mind…”
~San Francisco Classical Voice



Government closed?  We’re open!

TWO FREE TICKETS* for our Jan 19 & 20 concerts to all federal employees affected by the government shutdown. To reserve, call 303.449.1343.
*Some restrictions apply. Based on availability.

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Pam Dennis and Jim Semborski
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Rena and Ronny Wells

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Doree Hickman
Betty Van Zandt



Listen to this podcast with Marilyn Cooley and Michael Butterman discussing the programming of our All-Russian January concerts:


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About Garrick Ohlsson

Since his triumph as winner of the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition, pianist Garrick Ohlsson has established himself worldwide as a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess. Although long regarded as one of the world’s leading exponents of the music of Frédéric Chopin, Mr. Ohlsson commands an enormous repertoire, which ranges over the entire piano literature. A student of the late Claudio Arrau, Mr. Ohlsson has come to be noted for his masterly performances of the works of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, as well as the Romantic repertoire. To date he has at his command more than 80 concertos, ranging from Haydn and Mozart to works of the 21st century, many commissioned for him. This season that vast repertoire can be sampled in concerti ranging from Rachmaninoff’s popular Third and rarely performed Fourth, to Brahms Nos. 1 and 2, Beethoven, Mozart, Grieg and Copland in cities including Philadelphia, Atlanta, Detroit, Dallas, Miami, Toronto, Vancouver, San Francisco, Liverpool, and Madrid ending with a spring US West Coast tour with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic conducted by Yuri Temirkanov. In recital he can be heard in LA’s Walt Disney Concert Hall, New York, New Orleans, Hawaii and Prague.

A frequent guest with the orchestras in Australia, Mr. Ohlsson has recently visited Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Hobart as well as the New Zealand Symphony in Wellington and Auckland. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Ohlsson has collaborated with the Takacs, Cleveland, Emerson, and Tokyo string quartets, among other ensembles.

Mr. Ohlsson can be heard on the Arabesque, RCA Victor Red Seal, Angel, BMG, Delos, Hänssler, Nonesuch, Telarc, Hyperion and Virgin Classics labels. His 10-disc set of the complete Beethoven Sonatas, for Bridge Records, has garnered critical acclaim, including a GRAMMY for Vol. 3. His recording of Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 3, with the Atlanta Symphony and Robert Spano, was released in 2011.

Mr. Ohlsson was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize in 1994 and received the 1998 University Musical Society Distinguished Artist Award in Ann Arbor, MI. He is also the 2014 recipient of the Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance from the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music. He makes his home in San Francisco.

Feb
9
Sat
The Heavenly Life with Mary Wilson, soprano @ Macky Auditorum
Feb 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra
Michael Butterman, conductor

O’CONNOR Strings and Threads
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 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


Government closed?  We’re open!

TWO FREE TICKETS* for our Feb 9 concert to all federal employees affected by the government shutdown. To reserve, call 303.449.1343.
*Some restrictions apply. Based on availability.

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Three Leaf Concepts


Listen to this podcast with Marilyn Cooley and Michael Butterman discussing the Heavenly Life program:



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

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

Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra
Michael Butterman, conductor

KUSTER Dune Acres
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 Kristen 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 and cellist Astrid Schween


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Sara and David Harper
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Marti and George Oetzel
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Luana Rubin


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

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

Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra
Gary Lewis, conductor

A visually stunning, multimedia concert with montages of clips and music from Toy Story, Finding Nemo, A Bug’s Life, The Incredibles, Brave & more. HB Woodsongs will offer an instrument petting zoo in the lobby. Fun for all ages!

RANDY NEWMAN
Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Monsters, Inc., Monsters University, Cars
THOMAS NEWMAN
Finding Nemo, WALL-E
MICHAEL GIACCHINO
Ratatouille, UP, The Incredibles, Cars 2, Inside Out
PATRICK DOYLE
Brave


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Apr
27
Sat
The Dream of America @ Macky Auditorum
Apr 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra
Michael Butterman, conductor

DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9, “From the New World”
BOYER Ellis Island: The Dream of America
with actors and projected images

The hope of new beginnings and wide-open possibilities animates Peter Boyer’s Grammy-nominated Ellis Island, recently featured on PBS’ Great Performances series. Emerging from the Ellis Island Oral History Project, monologues by seven actors are interwoven with a full orchestral score and projected images from Ellis Island archives. From Dvořák’s vision of a new landscape, weaving Native American and African American sounds into a symphony, to Boyer’s moving stories of those who left everything to come here, we conclude our season of Open Space with music that reflects the hope, courage, and grace of those who built the dream of America.

6:30 PM – Free pre-concert talk hosted by Marilyn Cooley of Colorado Public Radio, with Music Director Michael Butterman and guests


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Anonymous
Boyer Sponsors
Holly and Grant Hickman
Frasier Meadows
Dvořák Sponsors
Ann and Russell Hayes


About Peter Boyer

GRAMMY-nominated PETER BOYER is one of the most frequently performed American orchestral composers of his generation. His works have received nearly 500 public performances by more than 150 orchestras, and thousands of broadcasts by classical radio stations around the United States and abroad. He has conducted recordings of his music with three of the world’s finest orchestras: the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Boyer’s recording of Ellis Island on the Naxos American Classics label was nominated for a GRAMMY Award for Best Contemporary Classical Composition. In 2017, Ellis Island was filmed live in concert with the Pacific Symphony and a cast of stage and screen actors for PBS’ GREAT PERFORMANCES, America’s preeminent performing arts television series. The PBS national broadcast premiered on June 29, 2018, with subsequent telecasts through 2020.

Many of America’s most prominent orchestras have performed Boyer’s music, including the Boston Pops, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops, Houston Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Pacific Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Fort Worth Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Colorado Symphony, and Phoenix Symphony. His music has been recorded for Naxos, BSO Classics, Koch International Classics, Albany, FWSO Live, and Fanfare Cincinnati. His second recording on the Naxos label, featuring his Symphony No. 1 and four other works with the London Philharmonic under his direction, was released in 2014, with extensive continuing airplay on American classical radio stations.

Boyer was born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1970, and began composing at the age of 15. His first major composition was a large-scale Requiem Mass in memory of his grandmother, composed while only a teenager. He was named to the first All-USA College Academic Team, comprised of “the 20 best and brightest college students in the nation,” by USA TODAY in 1990.   website

 

May
4
Sat
The Music of David Bowie @ Macky Auditorum
May 4 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

 

Tony Vincent from “The Voice”

Join the Boulder Phil with conductor Brent Havens, vocalist Tony Vincent from “The Voice” and a full rock band on this symphonic odyssey by Windborne Music featuring David Bowie’s top hits: Space Oddity, Changes, Under Pressure, Heroes, China Girl, Fame, Let’s Dance and more!


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Boulder Marriott
Steve Edel


About Windborne Music 

Conductor/Arranger/Producer Brent Havens and his Windborne Music rock symphony shows continue to be some of the best attended and most exciting classic rock symphony shows in the marketplace. His masterful combination of symphonic arrangements with a full rock band and singer deliver the greatest hits of these legendary bands (which all feature an incredible rhythm section, background singers and a world class sound and light show); all combining to deliver the purest respective rock experience you will find anywhere.

Best known for his appearance on NBC’s The Voice, recording artist, actor and producer Tony Vincent started his own record company, Adobe Flats, writing and producing an EP (Love Falling Down) that led to a recording contract with EMI Records. The two solo albums that followed, (Tony Vincent, One Deed) produced six #1 Billboard radio singles.

Shortly after his 1997 move to NYC, he took a detour into rock-based theater, starring on Broadway in RENT (Mark, Roger), Jesus Christ Superstar (Judas Iscariot) and Green Day’s American Idiot (St. Jimmy). He played Simon Zealotes in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s film remake of Jesus Christ Superstar, and is also featured in the film Andrew Lloyd Webber: Masterpiece. Vincent originated the role of Galileo Figaro in the rock band Queen’s We Will Rock You in London’s West End (2002), and opened the U.S. production in 2004. He also fronted the band itself, performing “Bohemian Rhapsody” for Queen Elizabeth II, with a live audience of over 1 million people surrounding Buckingham Palace.

Vincent independently released two more albums, A Better Way, produced by Adam Anders (Glee) in 2008, and the self-produced In My Head in 2012, following his appearance on NBC’s The Voice. Tony Vincent is currently headlining the North American symphony tour of The Music of David Bowie, and working as a record producer at his New York recording studio, Soundshop 370.