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Royal Fireworks!

POULENC Suite française
WEILL Suite from The Threepenny Opera
GOUNOD Petite Symphonie
HANDEL Music for the Royal Fireworks

Spotlighting our winds, brass and percussion, Handel’s rousing musical fireworks top off a program that also includes Kurt Weill’s cabaret-infused music from The Threepenny Opera (think “Mack the Knife”).

From Vienna to Hollywood

CHAPLIN Smile (from the film Modern Times)
KORNGOLD Violin Concerto
BRAHMS Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68

Grammy-nominated violinist Philippe Quint plays Charlie Chaplin’s best-known musical composition along with the cinematic concerto by Hollywood pioneer (and Vienna native) Ernst Korngold. After intermission, the first symphony of one of Vienna’s legends, Johannes Brahms.

CANCELLED Musical Hike: Nature + Music 3.20.19

Partnership with City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks & Butterfly Pavilion

Through these unique hikes, Butterfly Pavilion & Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks seeks to bridge music and nature exploration, helping to evoke a feeling of wonder and awe of nature’s beauty and fragility. This will be a guided nature walk through Butterfly Pavilion’s Wings of the Tropics exhibit alongside the music recording of The Butterfly Lover’s Concerto. We hope you can join us on these hikes and spark your creative spirit.

Cost to attend is free, but space is limited. 

CANCELLED: Musical Hike: Nature + Music 3.15.20

Partnership with City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks & Butterfly Pavilion

Through these unique hikes, Butterfly Pavilion & Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks seeks to bridge music and nature exploration, helping to evoke a feeling of wonder and awe of nature’s beauty and fragility. This will be a guided nature walk through Butterfly Pavilion’s Wings of the Tropics exhibit alongside the music recording of The Butterfly Lover’s Concerto. We hope you can join us on these hikes and spark your creative spirit.

Cost to attend is free, but space is limited. 

Musical Hike: The Music of Landscapes: Gritty & Pretty

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? At its next concert, the Boulder Philharmonic will explore both the gritty and the pretty nature of landscapes with works by Jon Lord and Jonny Greenwood. Join OSMP naturalist Dave Sutherland for a pre-concert hike to sample this and other music that invokes our sense of place.

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.

Registration is not required for this activity, but by clicking this link to sign up, you will receive a reminder and updates about this program.

CANCELLED Musical Hike: Mystic Mountains: A Musical Journey

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

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.

When the Boulder Philharmonic plays Alan Hovhaness’s 2nd Symphony: Mysterious Mountain at its next concert, it will transport your mind to faraway places and spectacular vistas. Join OSMP naturalist Dave Sutherland for a free pre-concert nature hike to sample this and other music, and explore how composers are drawn to the mountains.  How would you use music to capture the essence of Boulder’s mountains?

Meet at the NCAR parking lot at the western end of Table Mesa Drive.

Mountain Hike

CANCELLED Musical Hike: Mystic Mountains: A Musical Journey

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

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.

When the Boulder Philharmonic plays Alan Hovhaness’s 2nd Symphony: Mysterious Mountain at its next concert, it will transport your mind to faraway places and spectacular vistas. Join OSMP naturalist Dave Sutherland for a free pre-concert nature hike to sample this and other music, and explore how composers are drawn to the mountains.  How would you use music to capture the essence of Boulder’s mountains?

Meet at the NCAR parking lot at the western end of Table Mesa Drive.

Musical Hike: The Music of Landscapes: Gritty & Pretty

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? At its next concert, the Boulder Philharmonic will explore both the gritty and the pretty nature of landscapes with works by Jon Lord and Jonny Greenwood. Join OSMP naturalist Dave Sutherland for a pre-concert hike to sample this and other music that invokes our sense of place.

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.

Registration is not required for this activity, but by signing up using this link, you will receive a reminder and updates about this program.

Meet the Composer – Peter Boyer

Grammy-nominated composer Peter Boyer is coming to town for the Boulder Phil’s performance of his work Ellis Island: The Dream of America and he will be joining us for tea and conversation about his work.

Boyer is one of the most frequently performed American orchestral composers of his generation. His works have received over 400 public performances by 130 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. He has received seven competitive national awards for his work.

We are honored that he will be in Boulder for this performance and hope you will come get to know him over tea.

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“Meet the Maestro” with Michael Butterman

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.